The Arcteryx Men's Fortrez Hoody is a mid-weight fleece hooded jacket with some super cool features. The most unique feature is a ninja-like integrated neck gaiter/balaclava that pulls down from the hood. As soon as I saw this mid-layer jacket I thought about how great it would be for biking around town in the fall and even into the winter (and through the winter under another jacket). It is constructed of a four-way stretch fabric that is highly breathable and quick-drying to manage moisture and mobility. The anatomical shaping, articulated elbows and drop back hem will keep you covered as you reach for the handlebars or hike the backcountry. So go out there and do what you do, but look like a ninja while you do it.
Your climbing partner is very uncomfortable with his rigid jacket that restricts his mobility. It's too bad he doesn't have the Arc-Teryx Men's Fortrez Fleece Hooded Jacket on like you do. This fleece uses Polartec Power Stretch fabric to keep you fully mobile on the mountain, and it's surprisingly breathable so you stay comfortable, too. A HardFace coating increases this fleece's durability against abrasions from rocky terrain. Plus, Arc'Teryx added a neck gaiter that doubles as a balaclava so you don't have that snot-riddled look that your belay buddy is sporting along with his uncomfortable jacket.
A trim fit pulls the Fortrez close to your body for layering a waterproof shell over it during poor conditions. Its Scuba hood slides across your head tightly to seal out any strong gusts of wind. Articulated elbows and gusseted underarms increase the range of motion you need to pull past those technical cruxes. A drop-tail hem offers more coverage when you bend over to brush debris off your shoes. And flatlock seams reduce bulk for easy layering with your winter wardrobe.
Arcteryx Fortrez Hoody - Men's: Durable, mid weight, hardfleece hooded jacket; a great layering piece, or as a stand alone piece on cooler, dry days.
The Arc'teryx Fortrez Hoodie is made from Polartec® Power Stretch® fleece. With four-way stretch and a durable, hardface fabric, you can wear it alone or layered underneath a shell jacket.
The Arcteryx Fortrez Hoody is a durable, mid weight, hard fleece hooded jacket; Ideal as a layering piece, or as a stand alone piece on cooler, dry days.
|Back length (in.):||29.25 inches|
|Clothing Fit:||Trim Fit|
|Exterior Material:||Polartec Power Stretch Fleece with Hardface Technology|
|Fabric:||Polartec Power Stretch polyester fleece|
|Material:||Polartec Power Stretch Fleece with Hardface Technology|
|Model #:||12725 157169|
|Pockets:||Two Hand Pockets, One Chest Pocket|
|Weight:||13.6 oz / 386 g|
Just back from a Thanksgiving 2hr pre-dinner hike in 30F degree and 15mph wind. The Fortrez was the only layer under my breathable Patagonia Guide softshell (7.1oz Polartec Power Shield). The size L is a comfortable fitted cut for me (6' 1", 210 lbs, 42" chest, 36" waist, 35" arms). Leaves enough room underneath for a light or heavy base layer. I used the neck gaiter. Pulled in front under the chin it created some tension on the hoody's top/back to keep the hoody snug. My Mammut Rock Rider climbing helmet fit well with no strap adjustments. I bought the Fortrez as a substitute for an older 200-weight fleece that has seen a lot of use. So, this new hoody will swap in for fall hiking/climbing, winter off-trail X/C trips, and summer high-elevation mountaineering in the Swiss/French Alps. Depending on temperatures, the Fortrez can serve as a standalone exterior piece or layered mid-layer. My flexible "go-light" (4.6 lbs weight) upper-body clothing options are now these: Ibex wool 1/4-zip base, Fortrez hoody, Guide softshell, Mtn. Hardwear Compressor jacket, and Arc'teryx Alpha LT hardshell.
Cons -- The price. Because this is a new item from Arc'teryx that I wanted right away, the price paid was a hefty $200. With off-season discount, and more user demand, maybe it should drop to something closer to $150.
This is a great piece. The Polartec is super comfortable and the combination of that with a little more durable outer material makes this a perfect fleece. The fit is a little snug, particularly in the arms, which is what you'd expect from a mid-layer like this. The integrated neck gaiter/balaclava is a nice feature. Haven't really needed it yet, but can see how it will be useful and you don't notice it when not using it. Great look, feel, and functionality. Highly recommend it. Fits true to Arc'teryx sizing. I'm 5'11" and weigh 170lbs and the Medium is a perfect fit. Also, I purchased the Nighthawk color. On the site here it looks grey. However, it is definitely a navy blue color, NOT grey. Just a heads up if you go for the Nighthawk.