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Arc’teryx Covert Collar Zip Fleece Sweater

Arc'teryx Covert Collar Zip Fleece Sweater

Fashionable Fleece?

I’ve never really understood why people are willing to pay such a premium for Arc’teryx gear. But when I saw this Arc’teryx Covert Zip fleece sweater on sale, I decided to buy it and try it out. The truth is, I needed a few more fashionable sweaters for work, but I hate wool sweaters because they’re too hard to clean and we have moths in the house. Since then, the Covert Zip has become my favorite sweater to wear for work, and I’ve had to buy still more sweaters, so people don’t remember how many times I wear it each week.

While this sweater is very comfortable for casual wear, it is simply too warm for outdoor hiking, even in winter when layered under a shell. My winter layering system is based on wearing several thin porous layers like a Patagonia R1 fleece and Capilene 1 jersey, and as long as I keep moving I stay warm, even in extremely cold conditions.

But for wearing around town, this fleece sweater is the bees knees, and I still get compliments about it. A size XL weighs 17.8 oz and retails for a whopping $150. But if you get a chance to find it on sale, buy it.

Disclosure: The author owns this product and purchased it using their own funds.


  1. Santa Claus will occasionally deliver me an Arcteryx piece. I’m a fan of their gear. If you ever have the chance, give the Arcteryx AR Bora 63 pack a try. Great winter and/or heavy load pack. Carries better than anything I’ve ever tried. It has an interesting articulating hip belt that transfers weight to the hips yet allows the hips to move freely like a beltless pack. At $550 retail, it is not cheap but I was able to get one nearly new on ebay for $300.00.

    • I haven’t tried the Bora myself, but my orthopedic surgeon — who is a backpacker — has one and recommends it for people with hip issues.

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