The Arc’teryx Fortrez Hoody is a technical fleece created with comfort in mind. The hoody is a piece that can be worn by itself or easily used for layering to get your desired performance needed. The Fortrez hoody is designed with Hardface Technology, Polartec Power Stretch technology for warmth and durability and has a scuba hood. The zip front abrasion-resistant fleece gives durability yet is flexible for easy movement. The hoody has a unique added feature of a balaclava to brave the elements without having to pack or carry extra gear. The trim fit paired with the water resistant material keep you dry and warm when out on a mountain climb or using for skiing.
Created by a company that knows and meets the needs of all types of elements you can face, this fleece will not let you down. With careful detail when it was designed that range from the self locking zipper that does not unzip on its own and a scuba hood that can be secured tightly keeping even the strongest wind gusts out. Get optimum protection without the bulk or weight of other materials will give you the edge you need to tackle your next adventure. You will find excuses to use this hoody more than you expected.
Well designed with functionality
Not as warm as other jackets
Higher price point
The Polyester blend provides a four-way fabric movement for flexibility along with great moisture wicking properties. Polyester is known to have a faster drying time and attract body odor less than other types of fabric. The durability of the materials used keep the protection at a high level while still allowing air flow to regulate body temperatures. The full zip closure allows for the ability to unzip the fleece to adjust airflow as needed.
Hand-warming pockets with zip closures built into the fleece get high reviews when toughing some of the elements and your hands need a quick break. If using a harness the Fortrez hoody is cut long enough that it will not ride up however some users experienced the hand warmer pockets can get bunched up under the harness. It is recommended to place your hands into the pockets to flatten them out and zip them closed before putting on the harness. This can help alleviate the problem from happening and will be more comfortable even with the harness on.
Comfort is always something to consider when wearing a standalone piece but also when using it with a layering system. The slim and lightweight design are a feature that is important when layering to avoid the bulky and restrictive feeling that layering with other fleeces might be felt. The total weight of the hoody is 13.2 ounces. This can be worn as a standalone piece but paired with a vest for run down a slope or when on an extreme climb where the extra layer is needed. The sleeves have a cuff for a snug fit so when putting on as a layer the arms stay in place. It allows for a full range of motion with the entire body and with gusseted underarms there is no restriction when arm movement can be demanding.
The use of a fleece is not only based on what activity you are doing but also how it can used. The Fortrez is lightweight, with a smooth feel and flat lock zippers make this a great layering tool. Conditions can change quickly and being prepared is a priority when packing for an adventure. With this fleece being used as a protective layer and the ability to slip an outer shell on top of it quickly helps to preserve body temperature that you already have generated.
As with climbing or skiing the body is moving in multiple directions at the same time so having a covering that is designed to be flexible and move with the body part is its covering is important in the elements. The Fortrez Hoody does it job well but giving you the coverage needed while remaining flexible with your bodies natural movements during activities.
Most owners stated using this for more than what the originally intended it for. Most users purchased it with the intention of wearing during as protective layer for active outdoor use. Once they used it became the go to for daily casual wear for anything throwing on to run errands to a casual night out that required a little more warmth than just a button up shirt or long sleeves. The classic clean fit does not make it look like you can only wear this while scaling a mountain side.
As with any water resistant material if after extended use and care of your fleece is no longer shedding the moisture like it used to you can apply a water repellent spray to extend the life and protection provided of your fleece. There are several suggested brands of sprays to use which is the suggested method of spraying on the fleece after washing. Then hang the wet fleece and close all the zippers, spray evenly with the repellent and put in the dryer on medium heat.
Wind and Water Resistant
Trim fit for layering
Built in Balaclava
Providing protection with comfort and movement in mind the Arc’teryx Company got it right with the Fortrez Hoody. The durability of material and ease of care will keep this fleece looking great without pilling like other styles can. The investment in a quality fleece that can be used by itself or as a layering system while remaining smooth and slim cut make it a valuable piece of your outdoor equipment.