First things first – the look is awesome. It takes a simple-ish concept – hybrid half-zip/tech hoodie – and adds a splash of floral on the shoulder, back, hood, and on half of the chest. It’s just got a bit of flair on an otherwise simple brown top. The picture makes it look lighter than it actually is – I would describe it more as a tan. Nevertheless, it’s still a good looking color.
I tried a size up – an XL instead of my typical L – and am happy I made this decision. When I am wearing hoodies, for the most part I want a bit of layering and room to move around – even when running or working out. The body itself is made from ReFlex Stretch lining that is designed to provide breathable, moisture-wicking performance while maintaining wind-blocking warmth. I have found it surprising how warm this has kept me – its definitely the warmest hoodie I own. The XL fit the bill and I would definitely anticipate the L being much more form fitting. The larger size also was ideal for my longer arms and incorporates a thumb slit that is hardly noticeable when not being used.
The real beauty comes in the visual details, yet there is more than meets the eye. The floral panels are woven and soft and have a DWR finish to keep rain from ruining a good day. The half zip is unique, as it pulls diagonally instead of the standard up and down, but still provides nice functionality with the ability to zip up just under the nose when the temperatures dictate, and easily zipped down to vent when it gets too warm. The hood itself fits snugly and has that “scuba” design to allow for the neck to be covered than standard hoodies and have solid visibility at the same time. The last thing you want is to run with a hood on and you have a small 90 degree visual window. That’s not safe nor comfortable. Speaking of safety, there are some light reflective parts on the back for a little more visibility.
- TT Rover Hoodie ($112)
- Sycamore (Green)
- Midnight (Navy)
- Transit Tech (TT) soft-shell shoulder panels: 88% Polyester, 12% spandex
- ReFlex Stretch Knit body: 77% recycled polyester, 23% Lycra
- Weight: 12.4oz (M’s size M)
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