I prefer a hood for running in the cold, especially when the weather is windy and the route involves significant exposure. I find that a well fitting hood seals up my neck/head better than a beanie and/or Buff (*I do still bring a Buff or beanie). My standby midlayer for the colder morning runs has been the Melanzana Microgrid Hoody, similar to your MEC hoody and the R1, minus a few bells and whistles. I can dial in my comfort by adding the hoody to my layering system, especially on long runs where I may take a chilly stop break to take in some calories or fill up a bottle. People complain about a hood, when not pulled on, bouncing around while running, but my experience has been different.