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Mountain Hardwear Type 2 Fun 3/4 Zip Hoody Review

An incredible layer that strikes a perfect balance between warmth and breathability for active pursuits.
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Price:  $125 List | $119.00 at Amazon
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Pros:  Lightweight, long zipper, chest pocket, thumb loops
Cons:  Less breathable
Manufacturer:   Mountain Hardwear
By Adam Paashaus ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Nov 4, 2019
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  • Warmth - 20% 6
  • Comfort - 20% 9
  • Breathability - 20% 8
  • Layering Ability - 15% 10
  • Weather resistance - 10% 6
  • Weight - 10% 8
  • Style - 5% 7

Our Verdict

The Type 2 Fun is a fantastic new fleece pullover from Mountain Hardwear that puts the Patagonia R1 in its sights. While not as breathable or lightweight, it does serve the same purpose, for a much lower price point. We love the super-long zipper that reaches down below the belly-button to shed heat quickly. The hood fits well under a helmet, and the thumb loops, though not our favorite design, do a decent job of keeping your sleeves down when layering up. The grid fleece is more durable and slightly more wind resistant than a few of the other similar products. While it didn't overtake the top contender, it did make our testers think twice.


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Pros Lightweight, long zipper, chest pocket, thumb loopsPerfect fit for most active uses, ideal weight for many conditions, great hood designBreathable, awesome balaclava feature, great fitGreat hood design, handwarmer pockets, water resistantStretchy, lightweight, comfortable
Cons Less breathableNot as stylish as some other fleeces for around town, not as warm for its weight as some high-loft modelsExpensiveNot as warm as other jackets, not as breathable as jackets with gridded fleeceNot incredibly warm
Bottom Line An incredible layer that strikes a perfect balance between warmth and breathability for active pursuits.A perfect layering piece that regulates body temperature so well you'll leave it on from summit to sleeping bag and everywhere in between.Arc'teryx's take on the half zip has some solid advantages over the R1.A sleek fleece that layers well and has a unique and useful balaclava feature.This fleece is as light as some base layers, but still takes the edge off on cool days.
Rating Categories Type 2 Fun 3/4 Zip Hoody Patagonia R1 Hoody Arc'teryx Konseal Hoody Arc'teryx Fortrez Hoody Arc'teryx Adahy Hoody
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Specs Type 2 Fun 3/4 Zip... Patagonia R1 Hoody Arc'teryx Konseal... Arc'teryx Fortrez... Arc'teryx Adahy...
Type Lightweight Lightweight Lightweight Midweight Lightweight
Weight 11.7 oz 10.8 oz 13.3 oz 13.2 oz 9.9 oz
Main Material 55% polypropylene, 45% polyester 6.9-oz Polartec Power Grid 93% recycled polyester 7% spandex with Polygiene permanent odor control Polartec Power Dry High Warmth Polartec Power Stretch with Hardface Technology - 88% polyester, 12% elastane, 230 g/m² Torrent (84% polyester, 16% elastane)
# of Pockets 1 1 1 3 2
Unique Features Helmet-compatible hood Balaclava style hood, thumb loops, Polygiene permanent odor control, longer length to stay tucked under a harness Neck Gaiter/Balaclava, Thumb Loops, Media Pocket Integrated neck gaiter doubles as balaclava, streamlined hood fits udner climbing helmets, gusseted underarms for unrestricted movement Gusseted underarms
Hood Option Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

Our Analysis and Test Results

Mountain Hardwear is going for a slice of the Patagonia R1 market with the Type II Fun Hoody. This style top has become a favorite and an indispensable layer for casual weekend warriors and big mountain alpinists alike. This fleece has a few key attributes that impressed our testers.

Performance Comparison


The Type 2 Fun was one of our favorite fleeces despite not winning an award.
The Type 2 Fun was one of our favorite fleeces despite not winning an award.

Warmth


The Type II Fun is a lightweight fleece that doesn't have a ton of loft, and as such, doesn't trap much warm air. However, a fleece of this type isn't intended to be super warm. This fleece is made to breathe well and be a warm layer for cool weather activity. Any warmer, and this would be to thick for much activity.

Comfort


Our testers absolutely loved the fit of this layer. Some of our testers found it to have a better overall fit than the long-standing leaders in this category. The fleece is soft, but not overly so, and the exterior has a smooth, almost oily touch, and the hood feels great under a helmet or by itself.

The Type 2 Fun fit great under a helmet.
The Type 2 Fun fit great under a helmet.

Breathability


We found that the fleece had a fairly tight-knit. This keeps warm air close to the body and doesn't allow a light breeze to rob you of it. However, the breathability is only marginally worse than other performance half zip style layers in our test, and we think it's just about a toss-up.

If the grid fleece doesn't breathe well enough  the looooooong front zip makes venting a "breeze".
If the grid fleece doesn't breathe well enough, the looooooong front zip makes venting a "breeze".

Laying Ability


This jacket layers just as well as any fleece in this test. The thumb loops assist in keeping your sleeves down when layering up, and the fit is trim so it won't bunch up under a shell. There are no hard pockets to get in the way of a harness or waistbelt of a pack.

This fleece layers great under anything. Harness  rain shell  or down puffy  this works great with no discomfort.
This fleece layers great under anything. Harness, rain shell, or down puffy, this works great with no discomfort.

Weather Resistance


The Type II Fun strikes a balance between ultimate breathability and weather resistance. The slightly tighter knit makes it a little harder for the wind to penetrate, but it still breathes quite well. On cold, windy days, however, you will definitely want to have your favorite wind shell nearby.

Weight


At 11.5 ounces, this is just about the lightest fleece in our selection. The shorter hemline and lightweight fabric make that possible.

One of the lighter fleeces in the test  this is a great option for going fast and light in the mountains regardless of how big the expedition.
One of the lighter fleeces in the test, this is a great option for going fast and light in the mountains regardless of how big the expedition.

Style


This fleece is, first and foremost, a technical piece, but we found it to be an acceptable layer for around town, at school, or out at the pub.

With just one type of fabric and a relatively low key logo  the Type 2 Fun works just fine for after sesh meals.
With just one type of fabric and a relatively low key logo, the Type 2 Fun works just fine for after sesh meals.

Value


The tight-knit face fabric on this fleece jacket adds a level of durability that is unmatched in this category. After weeks on the trail, there was no pilling or any loose stitches to be found. We thought hard about this piece. With its relatively low price and high functionality, we debated giving it the Best Buy Award. We also think that it competes well against models more; with that said, we give this high ranks for value.

Conclusion


We had very few issues with this jacket, and even our gripes felt nit-picky. We loved the performance this brings to the table. We were impressed by the design and execution, and any serious outdoor enthusiast should at least consider this for your layering collection.


Adam Paashaus