The Arc'teryx Kyanite is a Mercedes of fleece, with no expenses spared, no corners cut, and if you're an Arc'teryx aficionado, you won't be disappointed by their take on the classic fleece layer. However, our testers are no brand loyalists, and we want to find the best, regardless of the manufacturer. The Kyanite is soft, the hood fits well, the zippers have big pulls for easy gloved operation, but it still doesn't outperform the venerable Patagonia R1 Hoody when it comes to our favorite lightweight fleece layer.
Arc'teryx has updated the Kyanite's color options. The orange we reviewed is no longer offered, but there are seven other colors to choose from, like the green pictured above. Hues aside, the features of this jacket have remained the same.