So I've got this fleece, the Delta SV, and the Apache Cardigan. I like the fit of the XL of the other two vs. the Strato Hoody, but as I mentioned I like hoods. The texture of this fleece is OK, but I prefer the Apache's, plus the Apache's interior texture is really plush and fine. If the Apache had a hood I'd go with that one over this, but since I wanted that feature I got one of these as well. The Apache looks nicer too I think.
Anyway, it's a nice jacket.
HOOD! hahaha. Nice color, very rich, deep blue. They so "no piling" but i've heard that song before. I will post back after some use. The 4 stars, well im struggling to adjust to the different "sporty" style of collar to hood conversion. As is zips up it sorta tapers the zipper up higher that I am used to with a more casual "street" hoodie. I think this might have some advantages for athletic type activates. Seems pretty warm, fits a little large, like most Arc-gear
This is a great midlayer for snowsports and hiking in cool temperatures. It gives great warmth while letting sweat escape easily. It's not wind resitant. So you can wear it hiking uphill in moderate temperatures with no wind and need not fear overheating. When the wind blows though, you need to put on an additional shell.
This is really great product. I bouth it few years ago and I use it only for skiing. Only question I have for producers is why there is no larger than XXL?
I'm very disappointed with this hoody. My first one was replaced a few weeks after its first wash, as it pilled (bobbled). It wasn't down to the way I washed it either. The second started to pill/bobble before its first wash. It wears where the arms rub against the body, whether it be zipped up or not. It still looks brand new around the shoulders & upper back. This material wears away by friction. It looks old within months. I strongly think that this product needs to be shelved until they can make a material that won't wear away so soon. My 3 year old Arc'teryx Covert hoody took over 2 years to start pilling.
I have only given this a 1 star because it won't let me rate it any lower.
Please people, just look at my photo attached. It's an awful hoody to own.
I think this fleece is made of very high quality materials, and well made, but it just wasn't for me. I returned it for two reasons 1- the fit is very loose, almost like a casual sweater. I am a muscular Med, and this fleece has room under it for several base layers. I couldn't really fit a slim vest over it very well. This is not a technical mountaineering fleece, it is a cool looking, nicely made fleece sweater. That brings me to my second reason for returning it - It is way too expensive for a baggy, non-wind proof fleece.
Fit is as expected, at 5' 11" and 190, the large fits nicely - I don't look like a stuffed sausage, but it's trim enough to work as a layer under a shell. Front hem is higher than I'd like, this design may have some specialized rock climbing or backpack waist belt advantage, but for skiing or casual wear it'd be better if it were an inch or two longer. Material is not particularly thick or windproof, so it's a good all-rounder to mix with underlayers and shells but not a solo layer for cold temps. Served me very well as my only insulating layer on a trip through Europe, and still looks great after lots of packing and unpacking.
That said, this should retail for at least $100 less - and that takes into account Arc'teryx "brand tax" pricing. $225 for a basic fleece hoodie with no unique features is nuts even for Arc'teryx - other places have house-brand fleece hoodies with similar characteristics for 1/4 the price, or try Mountain Hardwear for half the price.