Reviewed by MTtrailrunner from MT on Wednesday, May 01, 2013
I usually prefer zip ups just for the ease and versatility, but these pull on hoodies are nice. Very comfortable fleece, what I'd call a midweight material. The shallow-ish chest pocket is a great touch - seems kind of a basic thing, but I find napoleon/chest pockets really handy. Sizing seem rig...
Information about Columbia Sportswear Fast Trek Fleece Hoodie Sweatshirt (For Men)
Closeouts. Great for when it's chilly outdoors -- or even indoors -- Columbia Sportswear's Fast Trek fleece hoodie sweatshirt puts you on the right track to warmth and comfort with cozy polyestermicrofleece.
Microfleece is warm and quick drying
Attached, three-piece hood with drawstring adjustments
It is designed with a slim fit for, I assume, layering. I'm 5'11", 190lbs, with a 42" chest. I purchased the hoodie in the size large, which fits me. It'll be more comfortable when I drop 10-15lbs, so I'm at the threshold of being able to wear a large for this product.
Answered on 2/13/2014 7:47:35 AM by reid762 from North Carolina
I would say it fits as it should it should. I am 6' 1" and about 210 lbs with a 48" jacket size. I wear an XL typically and sometimes a XXL in the smaller fitting close. I am NOT fat at all but work out quite a bit. This fits me perfectly in an XL. Hope that helps!
Answered on 2/13/2014 8:43:49 AM by Duck Slayer from St. Louis
It's definitely a fuller cut - more of a "mens" vs a "young man's" sizing. That being said it has a anatomically reasonable pattern to the cut. It's not cut like a complete sloppy box. My son who is 15 wears a Large in tee's; he has a muscular build; and the large fits him like teen boys tend to like - roomy. The hem at the sleeves is excellent. It has a a small section - maybe 1/5th of the entire cuff hem - with a very loose piece of covered elastic. If you didn't look for it, you probably wouldn't know it was there. But it keeps the sleeves where you want them, either at the natural hang point of pushed up. The hood is excellent. Again, it has a nice pattern cut to it. It's full but drapes nice and the front opening at point of sew-in to the body of the sweatshirt is open and slightly lower for a perfect drape. This is one sweatshirt where my son doesn't have to pull at the neckline to get the hood to stop pulling against his neck in the front area.
I'm picky about the fit and quality of clothes when it comes to review. There are items I buy my son that I know aren't made with any great fabric or material, but he likes them and they serve their purpose of making it through 6 months or so before his next "growing season". So, when I praise a garment for it's quality, it is true. My mom - long since retired - was a dress designer/pattern maker - and I grew up in the environment of understanding patterns; detail; and craftsmanship.
Regarding the fabric, the Fast Trek uses a mid-weight fleece. It's about a 200 weight (vs the thinner, 100 weight of the NF Claw Hoodie which my son also likes and wears). The nap is somewhat heavy - meaning the fleece is high(er) loft, somewhere between a 100 weight fleece and the heavier, loftier fleece of say a fleece blanket.
Not that you asked, but the chest side pocket is designed and sewn with extreme quality. The zipper is heavy and top-of-the-line for a manufacturer zipper. (Meaning, not plastic and poorly sewn in). My son wears these (he has about 10 of them) every day to school as a "winter coat" (since he goes from car to school and school to bus), and then wears it during the day in class and stuffs in his backpack when he's not wearing it. He says it's like having a blanket.
To be honest, I'm not sure why Columbia closed out this model. In fact, now that I think about it, I'm going to grab some more before they aren't available any longer. I'm not always a Columbia fan. There are some products I don't find made very well or designed very well, but this is definitely an excellent one in design, fabric and wear.
Answered on 2/13/2014 8:59:54 AM by Annie from Boston West