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Gear Review: Wild Things Custom Wind Pro Hoody Softshell

Make a statement with this custom softshell from Wild Things.
BP0413SHELL_WildThings_445x260.jpgWild Things Custom Wind Pro Hoody (Courtesy)

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If cookie-cutter styles and colors aren’t doing it for you, check out Wild Things’ new personalized design process. Online, select from a range of features and fabrics—at a competitive price, with a 14-day delivery turnaround. An editor who designed and tested the Wind Pro Hoody says, “It’s superfun to play around with different color combinations—the site shows you an instant preview every time you select a hue—but major features, like the Polartec Wind Pro face fabric, are fixed, so that you can’t mess up the shell’s core performance.”

She ultimately paired the hard-faced, DWR-treated fleece fabric (which achieves its impressive wind resistance through a tight weave rather than a membrane) with highly breathable Polartec Power Stretch side panels, then added chest and hand pockets; other custom options include logos, zippers, and hoods. After weeks of running and snowshoeing, our tester says, “This jacket’s cozy feel and superb breathability made it ideal for high-output activities down into the teens, and it works well as a shoulder-season outer layer and as a warm midlayer.” Also available: the Custom Insulight Jacket, a PrimaLoft-filled puffy (base price $189). $119 base price, $149 as tested; 15 oz. (w’s M); wildthingsgear.com

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