Arc'teryx Covert Full-Zip Cardigan

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Arc'teryx Covert Full-Zip Cardigan
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Arc'teryx Covert Full-Zip Cardigan -
Breathable fleece jacket with a casual design; Ideal for layering or as a stand alone piece. Classic Covert sweater design in a full zipped jacket with two hand warmer pockets. This award winning cardigan provides cozy warmth and outstanding style.

• Weight: 497 g / 1 lb 1.5 oz.
• Breathable.
• Quick-drying.
• Flatlocked seams lie flat for added comfort.
• No-lift gusseted underarms.
• Laminated sleeve pocket with laminated zip.
• Two hand pockets with laminated zippers.
• Full front zip.
• Stretch-knit cuffs.
• Embroidered logo.
• Polartec Thermal Pro Sweater Knit.
• Machine wash in warm water.
• Do not use fabric softener.
• Hang to dry.
• Do not iron.


  • Polartec® Thermal Pro® polyester fleece has a knit exterior and a soft, brushed inner face; it's breathable, quick-drying, warm and durable

Weather and Wind:

  • Flatlocked seams reduce bulk and add comfort; no-lift gusseted underarms keep jacket in place when arms are raised


  • Arc'teryx Covert Cardigan features a full-length front zipper and stretch-knit cuffs


  • Full front zip makes it easy to get in and out of


  • Two hand pockets keep your hands warm, laminated sleeve pocket keeps your ID safe
  • 2 hand pockets and 1 sleeve pocket both have laminated zippers


  • No-lift gusseted underarms prevent the sweater from riding up when you reach across the table for a delicious buttery roll

The men's Covert Cardigan from Arc'teryx provides cozy warmth and outstanding style. A relaxed fit ensures this classic jacket will be one of your all-time favorites.

Take your girlfriend to a nice dinner at Chez Quis in the Arc’teryx Covert Full-Zip Sweater. After dinner, just take off your tie and the two of you can head into the backcountry for a little moonlight ski touring. Later on, when your wife catches you sneaking in the house, you’ll be thankful for the Covert’s breathability as she chases you around the house with a frying pan.
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Back length:Hip-length
Back length (in.):26.7 inches
Fabric:Polartec Thermal Pro polyester fleece
Weight:17.5 ounces
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Arc'teryx Covert Full-Zip Cardigan Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

I am sad to read the recent review of another long time owner of the covert who has reported it's not as good as it used to be.
Both of mine were made in Canada so maybe something has happened to the quality in China but I hope that it was just an anomaly.
I fell in love with this sweater the first time I tried it on at Bivouac in Ann Arbor. I got one shortly after and the nagging feeling of "I spent how much for a fleece?" quickly went away after I realized I wore it damn near every day. My wife ended up getting me another one since she knew I loved it so much and it started to show its age and use. While it resists pilling it does pill after several months of regular use. Careful use of the electric fuzz buster takes care of this and makes it look good as new. My zipper broke after 4 years and Arcteryx replaced it free (just shipping) so kudos to them.
I love the small shoulder pocket which I call the "dollar pocket" because I always keep a single folded up in there.
I'm 5'11" 180 and the medium fits like a second skin.
Not too tight and not loose by any means. Perfect arm length and great articulation. I live in mine (have 2 black and an olive like green).
Wicks well, breathes great, has zero wind resistance (to be fair, it isn't claimed to be).
You can wear it next to skin as it's very soft and the seams are away from pivot points but I prefer a baselayer (T-shirt most of the time b/c I live in this thing - ha).
Arcteryx Strato, just got one and love it. The Straot is definitely heavier than the Covert (1 layer vs. double).
I prefer the Covert for all day lounging. The cuffs are different, Covert is standard style elasticized cuffs.
The other main difference is the "weave" pattern, the Covert looks more like ribbed merino whereas the Strato has a honeycomb like pattern.

Ryan Swank at on 01/20/2012

Great sweater, Medium is actually Large!

I have owned quite a few Arcteryx Covert items through the years. I have had 5 or six of the pullovers and have enjoyed the fit and feel. I really like this product as it can be used while technical climbing or chilling out at home. I like the full zip better than the 1/4 zip pullovers because it gives the sweater is more versatile, easier to disrobe and is a sharper product with the 3 pockets instead of 2. I like the weight which is a little heavier and the soft supple feel of the material. this sweater can make you warm really fast if that is your intention. What I do not like about it and am really getting irritated with Arcteryx products in general is their migration into this realm of making products bigger than they used to be. I have had a lot of Arcteryx sweaters an clothing before and now I find I no longer fit into the mediums. At first I thought I might be the one with the problem, maybe I am gaining weight, but the fact is I am exactly the same size and weight I have always been. Medium has become large and Small is Medium. Please not that this is annoying when purchasing online and the brand you have worn for so long is no resized and you are now playing a sizing game with shipping. A long story short the product is wonderful but if you are a Medium do yourself a favor and order a small as I had too, because I was swimming in the M.
Gaia1231 at REI on 03/03/2011

i purchased three of these three months ago; one each in black, bison, and tungsten.
i returned the tungsten immediately since the right cuff was cut a full inch in diameter larger than the left one. not the kind of quality control i've become accustomed to from Arc'teryx.
i kept the bison and black. with just about equal wear the bison still looks brand new while the black one has pilled so badly it now looks ten years old. in fact, I've got another Arc'teryx fleece sweater (can't remember the model) that is over ten years old that looks much better...
i've contacted both Arc'teryx and PolatTec; both companies indicated an awareness of a problem with about 1% of a recent run of "thermal pro" fleece. I must say i really hope to find one or two more of these made with the "good" fleece. problem is, the only way to know is to buy it and see....
anyway, i love the cut and fit of this sweater and the fleece has such a wonderful 'hand'. from a technical standpoint, i've worn these in the nasitest of weather in the mountains of china this winter and found the thermal pro to be incredibly warm for it's weight.
despite my 'issues' i will buy again. as soon as my color/preference/size is available here on backcountry!
if not for the pilling i'd give it five! i'll update later with more info on the pilling if i'm able to find one or two more...

marp105685 at on 01/18/2013

Love it! mostly.

Love the lightweight and warmth ratio. For sizing, because this can be an issue in the new age of "Medium is the new Large". I'm 6'2" 180lb. I bought the Med. Tried the Large, but swam in it, through the chest. The problem with the Med is that the sleeves are a bit too short, but the chest and torso fit great. This is a great base layer, or even stand alone piece (as long as it's not windy) for warmth and style. Have used it thoroughly over the years, I have loved the softness and warmth, though you do need a shell or layering if it is windy. The one other issue I have had, is the material, especially the underside of the arms, pilling. those little balls of material are a nuisance, and give the piece a "ratty" look. With those two issues aside (fit and pilling) I love this Cardigan and it fulfills it's purpose for providing lightweight with warmth.
greyugly at REI on 08/08/2013

Super Comfy -

I almost bought another brand "Sweater" like this but glad I held out for this one. It is perfect weight - not too heavy nor too light. This cardigan is so soft I actually wore it this morning while still in my PJs drinking coffee.

I am 5-10 and 180 and I am always in between sizes. I bought the large and it seems just a tad longer and slightly boxy, but not too bad. I have this problem often with other manufactures.

I like the Arc'teryx finished the hem of the cuffs and I like the look of the logo on the sleeve (not too brash). And the reinforced pockets are nice.

- Haven't had this long enough to see if it piles, so I will update this review after I've worn it a bit.

Highly recommend - it's a solid garment. I'm sure it will serve me well in the outdoors.

FlyFishNut at REI on 04/04/2013

looking good. haha. well, that and all the other specs gear should have that this one is a little lacking in. looks great on, and wish they had the green in this one that they have in the girls. laminated sleeve pocket is great and you can stash your phone in it or whatever. not very warm, and the wind can get into it...i highly highly suggest the apache. i have 2 and they are SUPER warm and amazing! but these do look a little cooler. other issue is they aren't super long on the torso if you're really tall and get a slimmer fit. i'm 6'2 and 170 and got the small...little short in the torso, but does reach the top of the belt. looks great tho.

Ryan Ivy at on 02/07/2010

expensive and you get what you paid for

I rarely splurge for such an expensive garment. I'm glad I did. It not only fits very well, which is rare for someone 6'4" tall, but it is super warm for its thickness. I can wear it like a coat, even though it's thin like a light jacket. Also, it's rather casually elegant looking, so that I can wear it to parties and around town without looking either thread bare poor or snooty rich. Also, it's so well made that I fully expect it last a long, long time. No threads are coming out and it looks new, even though I've been wearing it daily for months now. I would definitely get another one!
Snohomish Marty at REI on 02/02/2013

Warm and cozy!

I bought this fleece to have as a warm layer to put on at the end of a days cycling, while on a bike tour of Iceland.

It stowed away nicely in my panniers, and was great to keep me warm in the cold evenings.

It fits great, looks good, keeps me warm and is comfortable to wear.

I also got it on sale which was good, since it seemed a bit pricy.
Thor at REI on 08/08/2013

I'm 5'11", 190 lbs and the L fits great. It has more of an athletic fit than say TNF Denali, which I think is rather sloppy. It isn't as warm as the Denali, because it uses a lighter weight weight fleece.
It does pile after minimal wear, however, the piling is finer than traditional fleece. I actually bought a "fabric shaver" and found that it looks as good as new once you run over it a couple of times.

jay_p at on 11/30/2009

Comfy, stylish, fits me right.....but

As the other reviewers state, runs pretty big. I normally wear a Large, but the Medium is just about right for me. My arms are slightly longer and this fits me well. It's meant to be snug, not baggy, so as to wear under a jacket and for me, it works perfect, but with the medium.

Other than that, it's well made, warm, and a great Polartec piece.
DWG at REI on 11/11/2011

Negative Reviews:

This is a HUGE disappointment from Arc'teryx!
I have owned many of their pieces (jackets, clothing, backpacks, etc…) over the past 10 years, and have always been impressed by the exceptional quality and attention to detail.
I have owned 3 other Arc'teryx Covert sweaters, and this one is noticeably lower quality fleece and a sloppier overall impression. I have owned this exact piece, in this exact size (that I still wear frequently after 5 years), so I can make a direct comparison. Also, the details (zipper color, trim, etc.) don't come close to matching the image on their website.
Almost $200 is an outrageous price for this sweater.
Arc'teryx has always stood for exceptional quality gear, at an equivalent price… You got what you paid for!
Most of their products were made in Canada, and of the highest quality. I understand why Arc'teryx has shifted most of their manufacturing to China to stay competitive with other bands (Patagonia, NorthFace, etc…), but producing and selling lower quality products at a premium price seems to be the current practice at Arc'teryx.
I have always been a huge fan of everything Arc'teryx, and would happily give my highest recommendation to anything bearing their name. I am sorry to say that this is no longer true.

sac5155351 at on 12/15/2011

I am glad they make the Covert Cardigan will full zip since it is a slim fit sweater. Firstly, material was great since I had the early version which is make in Canada. It is too warm for Winter condition in California so I seldom use it. Secondly, I don't think it is breathable so again, great that it is full zip to ventilate the sweater. Not a fan of the material Polartec Thermal Pro because it pile and bulky. After keeping it for 2 years and used less than 10 times, I donated it away.

Samsudin at on 10/11/2013

I have to admit I'm not an expert on 'technical' clothing. I bought this just to have a fine fleece jacket for our fall/winter San Francisco weather (40-55 degrees). I expected this thing to keep me warmer than my el-cheapo standard fleece jackets from Old Navy. But if anything, I got colder wearing this. I realize it's not a wind-proof coat, but it really lets the wind through. Maybe this would work as a layer underneath another coat.

Matt Walsh at on 12/15/2008

Shows early signs of wear and have only wore in town. Its not warm and the wind goes right through it. I have XL and fits on the baggy side; 5'10 210lbs

ferrantech2209282 at on 11/05/2009

It is a lovely cardigan but it showed strong signs of wearing shortly after purchsase. This is not what I expect of an almost USD 200 Jacket.

Raindrop at on 01/20/2009

Neutral Reviews:

If you ask my uncle, its better to look good than to be good. This fleece fits that bill. The M fits just like you have come to expect from all other Arcteryx outerwear - perfect for me at 5'11" 165lbs. No pilling (sp?) yet but I dont doubt that it will come after a few more months of wear. No wind protection, and not too warm, but just awesome for covering up your smelly shirt to head over to Mom's house for dinner.

Nick Stadie at on 12/26/2009

Beware - no longer made in Canada

Beware. Arc'teryx sold out to Adidas (some time ago) and the quality is slowly starting to revert to that of Adidas. All manufacturing is now outsourced to China and Vietnam. This product is made in China. I own many Ayc'teryx products (all with the made in Canada on the label) and have been happy with paying the premium price for the quality, and the quality and economic benefits that come from being made in Americas. No longer will I pay that premium.
reibart at REI on 11/11/2011

Too Big!

This Arc'teryx fleece is great looking and light but, as mentioned above, runs way too big. I'm 5'6" and have found that the small is unreasonably large. The sleeves almost reach my fingertips and the shoulder seams sit about 3/4" beyond my shoulder. Definitely size down if you're unsure of your size.

If you sit right in the middle of the small range you might be out of luck as they do not make an XS. Very frustrating.
Alex F at REI on 11/11/2011

Can't quite make up my mind about this. Read that Amer sports, the biggest sporting company in the world, bought arcteryx from Adidas. I have a feeling theres pure marketing involved here. It is definitely a great looking piece of clothing. The wind does blow right through it, but its not advertised as wind-stop, so no surprise there...sure looks good though. Guess I'd say its not really gear, but a very nice fleece jacket.

Ah Gear at on 04/27/2009

Arc'teryx Covert Cardigan Full-Zip Sweater - Men's Color Blue is Nice and sweater is soft.
Ordered Large but fits too snug to the body. Defintely need a flat stomach.
Sleeve length good in Large. Side arm zip pocket very shallow.
This is a return, however Back Country Rocks!!
Will replace with a different item from Back Country.

t43p304017 at on 12/26/2012

Looks great when new. Very warm and comfortable. The only drawback is that it piles, and after only two years of light-moderate use it shows signs of wear.

asmca at on 10/05/2009