Rating: 4 / 5
The Smartwool Shadow hoody is essentially a Smartwool Zip-T with a hood and cuff thumb holes. The fabric weight of the two garments is the same, 195g. My size large weighs 12.7 ounces on my scale. As I recall the color is driftwood with brick red stripes. I bought this because I thought it would be more versatile over a broad range of conditions than my Zip-T. It has met my expectations. It is now my first choice for a base layer
I've had this for about a year now. I wear it skiing, backpacking and around town. I've been comfortable from the upper 50° F in camp to the upper 70° F while hiking with a pack. I feel my Patagonia Houdini and the Shadow Hoody are a perfect combination.
With a hood, when the temperature drops you don't have to go looking for a light hat, the hood is always there and you are more likely to use it. Besides providing warmth, the hood also provides protection from bugs, and in the winter it keeps the snow from going down my neck. My one complaint with the hood is that I wish it came around my face a little more.
I am very pleased with the cuff thumb holes. For such a small bit of fabric they provide a lot of warmth without a loss in dexterity. I like how they fold back and under the sleeve. When the cuffs are folded back in this way they are invisible, unless you looked close, and they stay put.
The main reason I gave this garment a 4 is because of a decorative stripe of brick red fabric was sewn to each sleeve. It serves no purpose and thankfully was not too difficult to remove with a seam ripper. A little less weight (0.2 oz) and a little less fabric to absorb water and have to dry.
I just checked the Smartwool site and driftwood doesn't appear to be an available color. This is unfortunate because the light color of mine makes it cooler in the summer. I sent my review and a plea to carry a light color to Smartwool and will update my review when I get a reply.