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Fall is here – and so are CrossTrek hoodies and pants from Patagonia


It has been such a weird 2017 for the Pacific Northwest. Starting the year off with snow, ice, and frigid temperatures, followed by a Spring of ceaseless rain, and culminating with a Summer of wildfires and smoke, and it’s just been hard to pin down many things. LIke the saying goes, “If you don’t like the weather in Oregon, just wait 10 minutes”.

That’s why we have had a few items from Patagonia‘s CrossTrek Fleece line for a few months now, but haven’t pieced together our review until now. Now that the weather has turned into more “hoodie and sweats” weather, it seems like the obvious time for us to post that – and the ideal time for you to consider adding these to your closet.

Even with the crazy weather, we actually were able to use these a variety of times in the last months. From some cold mornings in Central Oregon to some trips to the Oregon Coast, these have seen some usage.


CrossTrek Hoody

CrossTrek Hoody

Once Fall hits in Oregon, you can be sure it’s time for layering. I have been outdoors in days where I can go from a relatively warm day in just a tee-shirt, to needing sleeves and warmth in the next 15 minutes, to needing a rain coat in the 15 minutes that follow. You just never know what you are going to get. The CrossTrek Hybrid Hoody is a really nice addition for Oregon’s weather system.

This midlayer is made from a polyester and spandex construction, with a new fleece fabric on the inside. When it’s unzipped, it’s a comfortable fall or spring hoody, providing some simple warmth for cooler weather. However, it can definitely hold its own when temperatures dictate that it must and be a standalone top for harvest festivals or chilly bike rides to work. One cool feature is the  DWR-coated ripstop nylon over body of the hoody, which goes a long way in blocking what will keep you cold, rain and wind. I wore this at the inaugural Salem River2Ridge and got to test its durability right off with a light and steady post-race rain. I was pleasantly surprised that it deflected the moisture (almost shell-like) so that I didn’t have to find another water barrier layer. It didn the job in this setting quite nicely. The sleeves are completely fine with being rolled up, yet also have thumbholes for when you want to keep things as long as possible. Ultimately, I really like that it fits a nice middle ground.

The hoody is a regular fit so that you can do some layering underneath if needed, yet remains lightweight and streamlined enough that it can even fit under other outer layers. What this means is that there is enough material to stay warm, while at the same time having a pretty decent range of motion if you are wanting to even get a workout in really chilly temps. It is water-repellant so that it can hold up to light sprinkles, though crazy Oregon downpours may necessitate an additional layer.

As you can see, it’s technically well constructed, yet still remains stylish and something that you could wear in multiple settings.

Specs:
  • Polartec® Power Stretch® fleece fabric provides next-to-skin comfort during movement, durability and stretch for full range of motion
  • Flat-seam stitching reduces bulk and chafing
  • Cuffs constructed for ease of movement and minimal bulk; thumb loops help to cover hands
  • Two zippered pockets; right-side pocket includes an interior media pocket for your phone
  • Hood constructed with a close, streamlined fit for added warmth and use under a helmet
  • 16.3 oz


CrossTrek Bottoms

 

CrossTrek bottoms

 

I generally wear shorts as long as I can, even in the Fall and Winter months.

Much like the Hybrid Hoody, the CrossTrek bottoms are a mid-layer pant that can be worn as a standalone in many settings, and are still slim and sleek enough to wear under a more heavy-duty pair if necessary. It provides the same sort of warmth with the new Polartec Power Stretch fleece. It’s also stylish enough to wear to a casual post-hike drink/dinner, as slim sweats are sort of “in” right now. I am able to wear these in public without that feeling that I am “that guy” wearing sweatpants.

While it wouldn’t matter if you were using these as a baselayer item, when wearing them as an outer, I do wish they had pockets. Granted, there is one zippered pocket on the right thigh, but as I am always lugging keys, wallets, and the like around, a single pocket is fine, but doesn’t full meet all my needs (though they may yours). Again, if you are planning on utilizing primarily under a pair of heavier duty winter pants, multiple pockets are probably unnecessary and a single one for a phone to stay dry will definitely do the trick.

Personally, I feel these will be a perfect pair to change into post-race this fall and winter. They are super soft and comfortable, yet warm enough to wear as I’m throwing back my race beer or driving home.
Specs:
  • Polartec® Power Stretch® fleece fabric provides next-to-skin comfort during movement, durability and stretch for full range of motion
  • Cut-and-sew waistband lies flat on body for increased comfort
  • Leg tapers to ankle for a more technical fit and features functional seaming for increased mobility
  • Zippered pocket on right thigh for media storage
  • 9.3 oz

Company: Patagonia (Facebook)

Products:

  • CrossTrek Bottoms ($99)
    • 6.8-oz Polartec Power Stretch 86% polyester/14% spandex jersey face with a fleece back

    • Fabric is certified as bluesign approved

  • CrossTrek Hoody ($199)
    • Body: 6.8-oz Polartec® Power Stretch® 86% polyester/14% spandex jersey face with a fleece back

    • Hybrid body: 1.3-oz 20-denier 100% nylon mechanical stretch ripstop with a DWR (durable water repellent) finish

    • Body fabric is certified as bluesign approved

More about Patagonia:

We believe the environmental crisis has reached a critical tipping point. Without commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, defend clean water and air, and divest from dirty technologies, humankind as a whole will destroy our planet’s ability to repair itself. At Patagonia, the protection and preservation of the environment isn’t what we do after hours. It’s the reason we’re in business and every day’s work.


Thank you to Patagonia for providing us with some hats Please read our transparency page for info on how we do our reviews.

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About Matt Rasmussen (1010 Articles)
Matt Rasmussen lives in Keizer, Ore. with his wife and three daughters. He enjoys watching the Olympics, sampling craft beers, and all things Canada (he was born there). Matt was raised as a baseball player and officially transitioned over to running in 2010. Matt joined the Run Oregon team in October 2011, and since then he has spearheaded the blog’s efforts to cover product reviews, news about businesses related to running, and running events in the Willamette Valley.

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