Arc'teryx Men's Fortrez Hoody

Priced: $129.35 - $199.00 Rated:   - 5 stars out of 5 by 8 reviews.
Arc'teryx Fortrez Hoody
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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.

FEATURES of the Arcteryx Men's Fortrez Hoody.
SPECIFICATIONS of the Arcteryx Men's Fortrez Hoody.


  • Drop-tail hem
  • Easy-to-layer, four-way Power Stretch fleece with a hardface print for added durability
  • Polartec Power Stretch fleece with Hardface Technology provides a durable, smooth outer surface that sheds moisture and layers easily


  • The Arc'teryx Fortrez hoodie has a trim fit


  • Breathable


  • Integrated Phasic AR panel nests inside hood, functions as a balaclava when worn with the hood or a neck gaitor without the hood


  • Lightly insulated

Weather and Wind:

  • Polartec® Power Stretch® fleece with a hardface microprint finish resists wind, light rain and abrasion, plus breathes well and adds thermal warmth
  • Flatlock seams


  • Sleeve thumb loops add extra coverage


  • Two hand pockets, one chest pocket


  • Quick-drying
  • Highly air permeable
  • Articulated elbows
  • Gusseted underarms

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.

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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.

Technical Features.
Highly air permeable—allows air and moisture to move through the fabric to speed drying.
Lightly insulated.
Flatlocked seams lie flat for added comfort.
Four-way stretch textile.
Anatomical shaping for fit and comfort.
Articulated elbows.
No-lift gusseted underarms.
Hood Configuration.
Scuba hood.
Integrated neck gaitor that also doubles as a balaclava.
Collar Configuration.
Chin guard.
Zippers & Fly Configuration.
Full front zip.
Micro corded zipper pulls.
Hem Configuration.
Drop back hem.
Pocket Configuration.
Chest pocket with zip.
Two hand pockets with zippers.


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.
The warmest of the Ascent fleece jackets that stands alone or functions as a mid weight layer.
shell allows air and moisture to move through the fabric to speed drying.
Flatlocked seams lie flat for added comfort.
Four-way stretch textile.
Anatomical shaping for fit and comfort.
No-lift gusseted underarms.
Scuba hood.
Integrated neck gaiter that also doubles as a balaclava.
Full front zip with micro-corded zip pulls.
Drop back hem.
Chest pocket with zip.
Two hand pockets with zippers.
Polartec® Power Stretch® with Hardface® Technology (88% poylester, 12% spandex).
Machine wash cold, tumble dry low.
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Also available for: Women
Back length:Hip-length
Back length (in.):29.25 inches
Battery Heated:No
Breathability:No Breathability
Breathability Rating:N/A
Clothing Fit:Trim Fit
Exterior Material:Polartec Power Stretch Fleece with Hardface Technology
Fabric:Polartec Power Stretch polyester fleece
Fleece Weight:Lightweight
Insulation Type:Fleece
Insulation Weight:None
Material:Polartec Power Stretch Fleece with Hardface Technology
Model #:12725 157169
Pockets:Two Hand Pockets, One Chest Pocket
Taped Seams:None
Waterproof Rating:N/A
Waterproof Zippers:No
Weight:13.6 oz / 386 g
Wind Protection:No
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Arc'teryx Fortrez Hoody Reviews:


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.

jamp849501 at on 11/29/2013

Versatile Mid layer

I purchased this fleece to use for biking to work and around town. I normally ride 100-150 miles a week and was looking for something versatile, warm, breathable, durable, and good for layering. This jacket exceeds those criteria. I find my self wearing it all the time, on or off the bike. I am 5'11 200lbs with larger shoulders and this fits wonderfully. Not skin tight but as if it tailored. Arc'teryx designs all their jackets with longer sleeves and this accommodates reaching for handlebars nicely.

The temp has recently dropped to <20 degrees in Chicago + 20mph wind. This fleece plus a windproof top layer is all I need to stay warm on the bike. The built in face mask is helpful for those particularly gusty days and the scuba hood works under most helmets to keep your head extra warm too. When the temp really drops I add a micro base layer which is kept in my bag.

Worth every penny.
Urban Cyclist at REI on 12/12/2013

Nice Fall/ Spring Trim Fitting Fleece

I use this fleece while biking to and from work everyday. I'm 5'10", 150lbs and the medium is a perfect fit. The fleece material is fairly thin and I've found it to be most appropriate for 50-60 degree weather. Temperatures below 45 require something to block the wind while riding.

This is not a loose fitting jacket. If you are wearing long sleeves underneath, you will need to hold on to your cuffs while you put your arms in. Otherwise,the combination of the trim cut and the texture of the Polartec will cause your sleeves to pull up.

The hood is a snug, but not tight fit and does not block your peripheral vision while it is on your head. The balaclava is a cool feature, but I'm unsure of it's function and effectiveness yet.

All in all, a very nice looking fleece for cooler weather.
camerooo at REI on 11/11/2013

Very nice piece

Arc'teryx gear can be odd on my body - I have a large chest measurement, but relatively short arms. I've had to have an Arc'teryx Gamma softshell jacket altered to get the arms to fit. The fit on the Fortrez hoodie is a little slimmer than the softshell, but not tight. The arms fit better - they're just slightly long, but don't look long on me.

This piece seems to be just the right warmth for cool conditions, say 50-70 degrees, with some wind. I wore it in windy conditions and 45 degrees, and had to layer a hardshell jacket over the top of it. But, its slim fit allows it to be a great layering piece. As a mid-layer, it would appear to be useful down to much colder conditions, but I haven't put it to use there, yet.
XRe at REI on 10/10/2013

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.

Cole VandenAkker at on 11/08/2013

Awesome Hoodie Fleece

I bought this fleece for a trek to Kilimanjaro on 9/2013. This was the best piece of kit I brought with me. The jacket performed well in temps ranging from 60F @ 5000ft to -8F @ 19500ft. On the plane trip from DC-Doha-Moshi and through first nights on Machame route I was totally comfortable with the Fortrez fleece and a T-Shirt. At summit I was warm, dry and mobile with a Icebreaker 200 baselayer, the Arc'teryx Fortrez fleece, Mountain Hardware Nitrous jacket, and Arc'teryx Gamma LT hoody jacket. Very useful features: long tail, balaclava, scuba hood. I'm 5'11, 215lbs, stocky; Large fit well. Very Satisfied. Pricey, but worth every penny.
RL711 at REI on 09/09/2013


Just got it before spending the day on ski slopes. Was really impressed. Good weight, stretchy, and the hood is great -- can wear under a helmet or over a hat.

I also found that I loved the integrated balaclava. Haven't tested it yet, but think it will be great for biking to work on colder days.
levy at REI on 01/01/2014

The perfect jacket

This cost is expensive that is the only negative. Wonderful coat for fall, spring, hiking, etc. I would argue this is the perfect coat.
Get on!

I normally wear a large did get an Xl to give me a little room
mike at REI on 08/08/2013