Fabric Blend two fabrics, get both of their strengths? It’s a popular idea these days, and Eider’s version involves a single-layer, bi-face fabric with strategically placed polyester and wool fibers. Poly on the inside of the full-zip jacket helped wick sweat and dried quickly as we charged uphill in temps ranging from 25 to 55°F. The outer layer of wool made the Hoodie cozy for hanging around camp in temps down to the mid-50s. And it’s got staying power: “After several days of abuse in the mountains,” reports a NOLS instructor, “I pulled this jacket from the bottom of my pack and took it straight to the city—no smells, no wrinkles.”
Features We loved the hood for windy summits, and it slides easily under a climbing helmet. The two zippered hand pockets are big enough for a bar and some sunscreen, but they never irritated us under pack straps. Nitpick: It took some adjusting to keep the hood cords from bouncing in our faces when we were fully snuggled in and moving.