Arc’teryx Fortrez Hoody
I have a shortlist of never-ending quests. Anyone who spends a lot of time outdoors is always looking for the most durable this, or the lightest that, the most versatile something or other. The search for your technical macguffin is integral to refining any pursuit, and every time you successfully add a piece to your arsenal, you hone your edge a little bit; you go faster, you go lighter, you go farther, you have more fun.
The Fortrez is not Arc'teryx's lightest, warmest or most compact piece, but it is easily one of my favorites. When I am moving hard and fast I generate a lot of heat & perspiration, and I've found it difficult to find a very breathable piece of cool weather gear that will stand up to the abuse of climbing and backpacking and still keep me warm. This hoody gets it done.
PROS: polartec® powerstretch® with hardface® (durable and warm)
Form fitting + scuba hood + neck gaiter & layers well (helmet and harness compatible)
CONS: wind cuts right through it (obviously)
Very trim fit with long hem (good and bad)
No thumb holes on sleeves.
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