The Arc'teryx Covert Hoody is a well-constructed, casual knit style fleece that lives up to the quality we've come to expect from Arc'teryx. Snug cuffs and a waistband keep this jacket in place under a shell layer and keep drafts out, and big zipper pulls make for smooth operation even with gloves on. However, our testers didn't like the shortcut that rides up when they lift their arms up to reach for that next climbing hold or throw another pair of skis into the cargo box, exposing their sensitive underbellies to the cold. Overall, we feel the Patagonia Better Sweater Hoody is a more versatile stylish knit fleece.
The Covert's colors were tweaked for 2017, but the jacket remains functionally the same.