MATT MIODUSZEWSKI - ARC'TERYX - FUGITIVE HOODY MENS
- ARC'TERYX - FUGITIVE HOODY MENS
BY MATT MIODUSZEWSKI
February 28, 2009
NAME: Matt Mioduszewski
EMAIL: Mattanuska AT gmail DOT com
LOCATION: Portland, Oregon
HEIGHT: 5' 8" (1.73 m)
WEIGHT: 140 lb (63.50 kg)
I have done small weekend trips in Michigan, in addition to a 5 month
section hike on the AT in 2007. After this I moved to Portland, OR and
frequently hike in the Columbia River Gorge and OR and WA, Cascades. I
generally do day hikes, and weekend over nighters, with 5-15 lbs (2.3 - 6.8
kg), but carry 25-30 lbs (11.3 - 13.6 kg) on multi-day trips. I enjoy doing
steep climbs, 2000-5000 ft (610 - 1524 m) over 1 to 4 miles (1.6 to 6.4 km)
of distance. I have begun to do winter hiking with traction devices,
snowshoeing, and will be taking a basic mountaineering course in the spring
Year of Manufacture: 2006
Manufacturer's Website: <<http://www.arcteryx.com>>
Listed Weight: 15 oz (426 g)
Measured Weight: 15.5 oz (440 g) (size small)
This a lightweight, full zip, hooded fleece made of Polartec® Wind Pro® with
Hardface® Technology. This hoody has a very minamalist design. The fleece
itself is very thin. It is a form-fitting cut fleece with two hand zips, a
soft-chin guard, scuba-style hood, and a short waist. The sleeve cuffs,
bottom, and hood all have piping at thier edge. The two front hand zip
pockets have mesh backs.
Polartec® Wind Pro® is a form of fleece that better blocks wind, and
Hardface Technology is a "finish" on the fleece that gives it a smoothed,
snag resistant property. Close inspection reveals a micro-waffle-like
texture. Arc'teryx states that the Fugitive Hoody has mild water
repellency. It is not clarified if this is from the Hardface Technology or
a DWR (Durable Water Repellent).
Sizes: S, M, L, XL
Colors: Black, Cactus (Green), Shitake (Brown)
This hoody was originally purchased to use both in urban and back country
settings. This hoody has been used in Michigan, Oregon, and along the
Appalachian Trail. I have used the Fugitive Hoody in all four seasons. In
the heat of summer it has been worn without a t-shirt underneath, and in the
dead of winter I have used it as a 3rd layer, and under a 4th layer. I can
verify it has been worn (with and without layers) in a temperature range of
18 to 80 F (-7.77 to 26.7 C).
For use on the Appalachian Trail, this was my main 'warmth' option while in
camp and for hiking when it was cool or cold. I also used it on a few
occasions for bug protection when it was warm out. It was frequently used
as a pillow, as well. The Fugitive Hoody was very functional for these uses
for a variety of reasons. First of all, at 15.5 oz (440 gm) it was
relatively light. Secondly, it was very compressible, taking up a small
volume for a fleece. Thirdly, as it is form fitting, very thin material, it
is also highly breathable, with superior wicking properties, which allowed
me to wear it with a backpack on. Forth, it has mild water repellency,
suitable for very light rain or mist, the "after" rain that drops from trees
long after showers have stopped, and dew or rain that one may come into
contact with when pushing through brush, trees, or tall fields. Fifth, it
is very soft! it feels good on bare skin and it rides over layers very
well. Sixth, and finally, it dries very quickly.
This versatility allowed the Fugitive to work well over a wide temperature
range, as at warmer temperatures with more sweating, it breathed, wicked,
and dried quickly and at colder temperatures still performed these tasks,
but at the same time provided necessary warmth. I found it's use to be
excellent for the situations when it was mildly wet and cool out, yet a full
rain coat was overkill. It is also worth noting that after multiple days on
the Appalachian Trail without a shower, this hoody did not seem to hold body
odors very much. I have found some synthetic materials to wreak body oder
after a short time of wear, but this is not one of those items.
The water repellency is not something I would depend upon in continued
exposure to rain, snow, or heavy mist. It is sufficient for short durations
of these types of precipitation, if they are light. That said, under light
conditions, the water repellency works great, water does bead up and roll
off the Fugitive Hoody. Wind protection is also light, but better than a
regular fleece. However, in any significant wind, other options would
probably be desired, as a moderate wind easily cuts through it. I will
provide more details on it's wind blocking properties in the next paragraph
when I describe it's winter use.
In Oregon I have used this Hoody similarly to how I used it on the
Appalachian Trail, with the addition of winter use. As a 3rd layer winter
use, above a silk/fine merino base layer and a patagonia capilene 3 mid
layer, it has performed great during snowshoeing. It's wicking, fast drying
properties make it excellent for warmth for winter time aerobic activity. I
especially enjoy using the hood for basic neck, head, ears, and chin wind
protection and warmth. That said, when I have stopped snowshoeing for a few
minutes, the Fugitive Hoody does relatively little to stop a cold winter
wind. So, while this lack of windproofing is great while aerobically
snowshoeing and sweating a lot, it is not when stopped in cold
temperatures. The impact of changing from this "wind blocking" to a nearly
"wind proof" shell was stark. However, I do not consider this to be a
weakness of the Hoody, as it is a light hoody and never intended as a
serious winter shell. I have used it as a 3rd layer with a heavy winter 4th
layer, though that was for warm only, and I think it's thinness was more of
an asset in gaining warmth with 4 layers, than was it's actual
One caveat I have found with winter use that I do not encounter during other
seasons is that the zipper is difficult to operate when using heavy gloves.
Getting the zipper going is fine, but getting it zipped up to below the chin
with one hand is nearly impossible. The small chin-guard of brushed, very
soft fleece seems to get hung up on the zipper at the top. I have had to
use both hands to get the zipper zipped to the top. I do not believe I
encountered this in other seasons because I have rarely felt the need to zip
it to the very top.
Worthy of note about the "Hardface Technology" is that after close to 1000
miles (1600 km) of wear, it has few, if any snags or pilling in the
material. I have not hesitated to run, creep, or stomp through brush with
the Fugitive Hoody because it does not pill, snag, rip, or get 'stretched
out'. The construction is superior, with welded seams, and after lots of
hard use, there are no 'loose' threads, frayed areas, or worn spots.
The Arc'Teryx Fugitive Hoody is a light weight, wicking, light wind and
water repellent full zip hooded fleece. It has minimalist design, and a
formfitting cut. It can be used over a wide range of temperatures and
conditions because it is light weight, form fitting, dries quickly, and
provides light weather repellency. It seems quite impervious to rips,
snags, or stretching from underbrush, sharp or rough rocks, or backpack
strap rubbing. The thinness and lightness of the hoody allows it to be
compressed in a pack, or worn without being too bulky with a backpack on.
THINGS I LIKE
Thinness - not bulky at all for fleece
Minimalist design (there are no 'features' to fool with or to break).
Inside fleece is very soft
THINGS I DON'T LIKE
Zipper gets hung up on the hard backed fleece chin protector at the top of
Polartec WindPro in this hoody only provides minimal to light wind
protection, though the water repellency seems satisfactory given the
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