Rating: 5 / 5
I've been the proud owner of this piece for maybe 6 weeks or so. I'm planning on using it on my PCT thru this year.
Weight is going to be of the essence, but there were some items I had told myself I would be able to go heavier with. Fortunately, this one wasn't one of them, as it turns out. 312 grams of versatile equipment.
I've been having a hard time not just wearing this around casually. It's VERY comfortable, and I have worn it with a Capilene 2 t-shirt underneath it and also as a stand-alone top. Next to skin is soft, despite the waffle-shaped pattern (designed to catch & trap warm air). The fit is not loose and baggy, and the sleeves can be pushed up but it's again, not a loose fit in the forearm either. Definitely not uncomfortable by any means, though. The whole piece fits closer to the body (if you buy it true to your size.).
The hood is pretty cool. It is close-fitting, does not flop around in the wind, restrict your peripheral, or feel unnatural. The zipper tracks up to the side, not directly up the front of your face, so you don't have to feel that seam across your nose/lips, which the hood piece in front covers. It essentially leaves all but your nose, and eyes and cheeks covered. Really nice. The hood is thin enough that I can fit my beanie (which fits snugly to begin with) over the hood, and I have a quick, easy hood/balaclava-type feel. Very effective and practical.
The thumb loops in the hands are excellent. I haven't had to use them in real-time yet, but I have toyed with them while wearing gloves and mittens, and they are a nice feature. Keeps your sleeves from riding up while wearing gloves. Whether you wear gauntlet-style or shorter cuffed gloves, it's just as effective with both.
The bottom of the garment, around your waist, is thinner to accommodate either a climbing harness or, in my case, a backpack belt. I've worn it under my heavy monster Gregory Baltoro 70, and it felt great.
Fabric stays comfortable even after a decent sweat, doesn't get clammy.
Bottom line, I'm extremely glad I found this hoody. Just looking at my clothing set-up for the PCT, it looks like it will be not only the most versatile piece of equipment I have, but my most used. If that's the case, I may be buying a new one come October when I get back...but then again, it might hold up better than I think. I'll come back and add to this review after the PCT. I'll be giving a review on my YouTube channel as well (thruhike4freedom)