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Merino Hoody -Ground Effect Robin Hood
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Rod Lawlor
(Rod_Lawlor) - MLife

Locale: Australia
Merino Hoody -Ground Effect Robin Hood on 04/11/2008 08:55:20 MDT Print View

I received my Ground Effect catalogue today, and sure enough, there was the hoody, as promised last year.

Great to see a company responding to customer demand. Especially at this price.

Okay, it's a 68% Merino 32% polyester blend. Fitted. 190g/m Long, but not full zip. No thumb loops though, and I'm not sure about the green colour, although I'm sure some of you will like it. The black is not bad though.GreenBlack

Cost is NZ$99 plus postage.

Please note that I have no connection to Ground Effect, apart from as a very satisfied customer. The only thing I don't like about their gear is that I can't seem to wear it out, in order to justify getting new stuff!

Sven Klingemann
(svenklingemann) - F
Re: Merino Hoody -Ground Effect Robin Hood on 04/11/2008 09:04:14 MDT Print View

The black one looks awesome ... any weights on these?

Michael Neal
(michaelneal2) - F
no on 04/11/2008 09:06:12 MDT Print View

It looked cool until I read the socialist political comments

Sven Klingemann
(svenklingemann) - F
Re: no on 04/11/2008 09:24:26 MDT Print View

I doubt that guerilla socialists could ever afford spending that much money on it ... lol ... Maybe we can rephrase it to make it more palatable to cold-war fans:
"Shove one of your many luxurious merino wool sweaters between the spokes of bike terrorists and laugh at their bloody faces ... hey it is not even cashmere!"

Ernie Elkins

Locale: North Carolina
Re: no on 04/11/2008 10:08:46 MDT Print View

"Just the story for guerrilla socialists. Eat the rich."

The "socialist" comment is a play on the product's name (Robin Hood) and value. I don't think they're advocating insurrection...

Joshua Mitchell
(jdmitch) - F

Locale: Kansas
Re: Affordability on 04/11/2008 11:08:20 MDT Print View

99 NZD = 75 USD (, not bad at all. No thumbloops suck, but are doable. Deep zipper is nice.

All in all, a little nicer than the Nomad from Icebreaker, and less expensive than the now available Atlantis Hood (190 g/m, hooded, full zip, not sure of thumb loops... not sure if they don't have them or the model simply isn't using them. I know my Nomad has thumbloops even though the website doesn't mention them or show them... but the site shows the thumbloops of the Conquest Hood on 320g/m 2)

Roger B
(rogerb) - MLife

Locale: Here and there
Merino Hoody -Ground Effect Robin Hood on 04/11/2008 11:20:13 MDT Print View

According to their web page 263 gm which in old money is 9 and a bit ozs.

Web address is

Thom Darrah
(thomdarrah) - MLife

Locale: Southern Oregon
"Ground Effect Hoody" on 04/11/2008 11:46:07 MDT Print View

I will stay with my 10 oz power stretch WildThings Hoody. Yes it is alittle heavier and has no zip but it has the thumb loops, is well made, has a great fit, is durable and best of all is MADE IN THE USA.

Michael Neal
(michaelneal2) - F
melanzana on 04/11/2008 11:50:12 MDT Print View

I am pretty happy with my microgrid fleece Melanzana hoody

Robert Devereux
(robdev) - F

Locale: Pittsburgh, PA
Re: Merino Hoody -Ground Effect Robin Hood on 04/11/2008 12:15:27 MDT Print View

Looks nice, and I like the green option. However, I'm unsure of the merino/polyester blend. I've only used pure merino or pure polyester. What kind of experiences have people had with a blend? Does it gain the best of both fabrics (odor reduction and durability)?

Regarding other hoody options, I don't think the Icebreaker Atlantis has thumb loops. I didn't look too carefully since they didn't have anything in size small, so I didn't look carefully.

However, Icebreaker has 3 new hoodies in NZ now, and all three appear to have thumb loops. One is the Quantum (220 g/m2) and the other two are heavy weight options (340 g/m2). I hope they do a better job with the thumb loops than the Nomad. The sleeve seams come into the middle of the palm, so it makes it less comfortable to hold onto things.

I am interested in what BPL puts out for a hoody later this year. Ibex is also going to have something in fall (probably a hooded Shak at 390 g/m2).

I expect that I'll end up getting several of these options, but some might end up just as fashion items.

Joshua Mitchell
(jdmitch) - F

Locale: Kansas
Re: Thumbloops on 04/11/2008 13:00:40 MDT Print View


You're saying you'd prefer true thumbloops (small loops of fabric) rather than the thumbholes that are normally called thumbloops?

I actually don't might the thumbholes on the Nomad as generally, if I'm needing to grip something enough that the fabric gets in the way I probably am active enough that I don't need the extra warmth.

Of course, it could also be that, even with low grippage needed items, the edging of the sleeve sits right in the seam of my thumb perfectly, so to me it actually feels kind of nice...

Edited by jdmitch on 04/11/2008 13:02:35 MDT.

Robert Devereux
(robdev) - F

Locale: Pittsburgh, PA
Re: Thumb loops on 04/11/2008 13:10:22 MDT Print View

Either thumb loops or thumb holes are OK as long as the seams don't come together in my palm. The Ibex Sidewinder shirt has thumb holes, but the seam comes on the outside of the thumb, so it doesn't interfere with my grip. I wish they could do something like that with the Nomad.

nathan frisch
(nathanfrisch) - F

Locale: Southern Appalacians
Merino/Poly Blend on 04/11/2008 13:32:38 MDT Print View

I have a Montane Terra T that is a similar merino wool, polyester mix. I have had great results with it. Regulates temperature, odor resistant, and very durable.

Joshua Mitchell
(jdmitch) - F

Locale: Kansas
Re: Re: Thumb loops on 04/11/2008 14:23:26 MDT Print View


Okay, so I can see the upclose on the Sidewinder Long Sleeve Zip page... but I'm having a hard time remembering the difference between what I'm seeing and my nomad... I'll have to look closer when I get home.

Rod Lawlor
(Rod_Lawlor) - MLife

Locale: Australia
Bloody Socialists on 04/11/2008 18:54:28 MDT Print View

Yeah, you can't trust those darn New Zealand pinkies. Who would have believed that they could up and ban nuclear powered warships from their waters? Even the good ones!! And now they have a female Prime Minister (president to non-Commonwealth readers)

It must be all that Possum fur going to their heads.

Or maybe it's a sense of humour. Who knows? THESE ARE designed by mountain bikers, and we all know how anachronistic they are. THESE guys even put money into building local MTB tracks.

Much better to buy from Icebreaker. At least they only have naked animal people on their website......or is that a sense of humour too. No wonder they blew off ANZUS. :>)

(PS I like that I can say BLOODY, but not d*amn. I had to change to darn)

Andrew :-)
(terra) - F

Locale: Sydney, Australia.
Bloody oath mate! on 04/12/2008 22:14:17 MDT Print View

Keep up the good posts.