The next best thing to snuggling with a (friendly) polar bear? The Wolf Hoodie and its fuzzy interior. Polartec High Loft makes up the bulk of this fleece, and it kept us toasty when the mercury plummeted. Our tester was comfortable wearing the Wolf over just a light baselayer on bone-chilling 15°F climbs in New Hampshire’s White Mountains (high winds cut right through it, though). Drawback: The Wolf starts smelling a little too animal-like after just a few wears.
Our tester lauded the thin Polartec Power Grid panels on the sides and forearms, which allow moisture to escape during high-activity use. “I wore the Wolf while trout fishing in Maine on a sunny day in the upper 40s,” she says. “The forearms dried really fast after they got wet when I was handling a fish, and I never got too sweaty on the approach.” She also appreciated the snug-yet-stretchy hood and microfleece chin guard.
“The Wolf handled Katahdin’s nasty winter weather with ease,” our tester says. “Even in the freezing fog above treeline, it never matted down, and it stayed extremely warm.” montane.co.uk