Yeah. I thought about combining the hat and fleece with a hoodie to save weight, but there are areas where I can't cut ounces in terms of comfort as well.
When sleeping, I can't wear a balaclava. I've tried like five. I have no problem with most hats, however, but I can't sleep when my face is cold. I recently picked up the Patagonia Micro scarf, which should be about as heavy as a balaclava (maybe slightly more).
My worry with a hooded fleece is that I wouldn't be able to use it while sleeping, since when down it'd bunch up around my neck and when up, it'd constrict around my ears, since my head is slightly larger than average. I'm gonna keep off the hoodie train until I can try on a few at an REI next time I'm in the Boston area.
I looked at the Patagonia R1 Hoodie (which I have heard whisperings about) but I hesitated since the balaclava-style hood didn't look comfortable (given the above mentioned difficulties) and the material looked thin- really thin. I don't know how much warmth I can expect out of that.
At 50% off, hopefully the Arcteryx Caliber Zip Neck does the trick for me. Looks thicker and tougher than the R1.