Gear Review: Icebreaker Sierra/Cascade Long Sleeve Hood

A mideweight merino layer perfect for on or off the mountain.

[versatile hoody]

“On my last winter trip, this cozy jacket never left my body,” raves our tester. “The midweight merino kept my temp even-keeled from 15°F mornings (snug hood up) to sunny middays (full zip open), only getting damp beneath my pack on steeper climbs.” The fleecy inner is itch-free, and fit is contoured, so the coat can double as an extra-warm baselayer or sleepwear. Post-hike, the stink- and wrinkle-free Sierra (Cascade is the women’s model) has ski-town good looks. $200; 1 lb. 5 oz. (m’s XL), m’s S-XXL, w’s XS-XL;