Arcteryx Delta AR Zip Neck - Men's: this efficient layer traps heat and packs small. Grid texture layers with ease, the deep zip vents heat and the long cut tucks in to keep snow out.
|Arc'teryx Delta LT Zip Neck||$79.99 - $99.00|
|Arc'teryx Delta LT Zip||$49.99 - $100.00|
|Arc'teryx Rho AR Zip Neck||$111.20 - $139.00|
|Arc'teryx Phase AR Zip Neck||$67.74 - $79.00|
Fantastic fleece, very comfortable. I love the waffle knit. Its thicker and warmer than it appears, though it breathes quite well once you warm up. The zipper is the perfect length, allowing a deep enough opening to get some ventilation going when you get too warm. The velour cuff and collar liners are a nice touch. I find myself reaching for it on chilly nights when I want something cozy to sit around in. Its got that kind of security blankey kind of vibe to it.
The only downside is that it does not pack down small. Its bulkier and thicker than it looks. It takes quite a bit of effort to get it down to the size or a cantaloupe (I wear a large). However, its a fleece, that's how fleeces are. I wouldn't take it backpacking, it too bulky and heavy. But for a day out when you know you'll need some warmth, both sitting around and moving, this is a primo fleece.
Its fit, while still athletic, is a little more casual than some of their other pieces, so layering over it might be tough. Layering under it would be great though.
I was looking for an attractive midlayer that would fit into my layering system and also look great as a standalone piece. I found both in this piece from Arcteryx. Although the price is a little steep, after wearing this for several backpacking and rock climbing outings, I feel that it's more than paid for itself. I wore it under the Arcteryx Strato jacket in 18 degree weather and didn't feel the bite from the cold. And its breathes wonderfully. Like other posts say, the gold medal color is not as bright as the picture shows, but it still looks great nonetheless.
I love this sweater, but I will say that it tends to bunch up around my forearms, but I can shake it out rather easily. All in all its a great buy and I love it.
You should see just how cool the Gold Medal color looks in real life. I don't know how many people ask me where I got this and tell me how good it looks (not to brag). The very first thing I noticed when I tried this on was that this is WARM! I almost didn't need any other jacket or sweater when I was walking around outside in 30degree weather. The texture is extremely soft and looks great too. It is a little pricey for what you could get for another brand or whatnot but as with most anything Arc'teryx, it is very very nice quality. You spend a little more money for something that will last ALOT longer. I highly recommend this.
This is another surprise from Arc'teryx-I knew I'd get great,super high quality gear from the bird co.,but this just iced it. Warm,very comfortable,deep front zip,but what did it for me is the warmth to weight ratio and the fact that it's so thin-but really keeps me warm.Easily as warm as other heavier weight fleece that I have.One of my best,and quickly becoming a favorite.
I have other 100 weight and 200 weight polartec fleece from other companies that don't hold a candle to this one.It's the warmth to weight that really does it.I'm a minimalist when it comes to clothing (travel light-freeze at night)so this can take the place of two midlayers stacked.
I got this zip for Christmas and I love it. I use it around the house when the temperature drops and I plan on using it for Spring backpacking at night. As a stand alone piece it is very warm and pretty durable. However I would not use this to layer unless you are visiting the South Pole. It doesn't breath very well and makes for a hot and sweaty mess. I would walk into town in this alone in 40-50 degree weather but any lower a jacket may be in order. Overall very good quality and warm/comfortable.
This is one of my favorite pieces of outerwear that I own. It has very soft fabric and it feels good on the skin. Its a great layering piece, but is also awesome to wear on cool spring and fall nights. Its is also stylish enough to wear out to the bars. I only give this 4 stars instead of 5 because it is a thermal fleece so it doesnt block any wind and i did wash it once and found a hole after around the neck. otherwise it is a great piece.
Climbed mount saint Helens dec 18, 2011. This is the garment I wore as a mid layer. Way to hot for me. Had to just use as an out layer. Wicked moisture really well and pushed to the outside of garment. Once cleared wood line had to change to different mid layer all together, but only because I'm particular and sweat way to much. Since then just wear garment out and about around town. I'm 6'1" 175 and large fits perfect.
I used this over a Stoic 150 merino bliss shirt on a backpacking trip and only had to put my down jacket on once. It got down to the high 30s. This thing is WARM! Very lightweight, too. I think this particular model is being discontinued, so you better jump on it while they are still around.
Hands down this is the best piece of outdoor gear I own! I've had two of these since 2007 and they are still going strong. I abuse them, stuff them in backpacks, dry them on hot, and they just keep asking for more. No problems with zippers or piling of the fleece.
I love the comfort and warmth that this mid-layer provides. Aside from base+shell, this provided me enough warmth through several alpine mountaineering days. I'm 5'8" 140 and a med. fits with a little room. Super breathable and therefore allows wind penetration.
I have several Arcteryx fleece sweaters, all in XL. This model, however, had a wierd fit. It was wide and short, and did not look good on me. I returned it, and will stick with my other fleece sweaters instead.
I am not sure why I have to 2 set of Delta AR: Red and Black in color. I have a hate and love relationship with it. It really keep you warm in winter, durable after many years and washes. I used it few times as mid layer but they don't breath very well and you will sweat after long hike and get uncomfortable. Maybe suitable for short walk as a sweater over T-shirt. I just use it now for home use. Also, too thick and bulky for travel. Pricy but very quality is really good.
This fleeces is much heavier than its cousin, the lt zip. For me, this one oftentimes gets too warm. I love the waffle fabric, but it just overheats very easily. Plus the fit is different than most other arcteryx pieces. Good, but would rather wear the lt zip.