True Life: I hoard insulation. Synthetic, natural, fleece, down, Primaloft… you name it, I will probably come up with an excuse as to why I want it. When I saw the Triple Aught Design Valkyrie LT Hoodie at their warehouse sale for just over 50% off, I had to have it. I’d been lusting after it since one in the perfect size slipped out of my hands at last year’s sale. This was my chance.
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I picked up one of the last Triple Aught Design Ares Half-Zips left in existence at the Dogpatch Warehouse Sale last weekend. For 2014, they are taking the Ares and combining it with the Merino Half-Zip and making it 10 times better.
The Ares is a 270-weight half-zip made out of 100% merino wool making it a great midlayer for winter or an outer layer on a cool spring or summer day. It comes with two shoulder zip pockets, and thumb holes.
I haven’t had it for very long, but I’m pretty in love with it already. Took it for a lovely jaunt in the San Jose hills (Almaden Quicksilver County Park, to be exact) on a brisk fall day and it kept me toasty. This doesn’t fare too well with wind, but toss on a shell and you are golden. It’s also a great layer for climbing. It fits well under a harness and keeps you warm while you’re on the wall and making moves.
Pictured above is the Ares in a men’s XS. On me, it’s fairly roomier fit but it still gets the job done. I suspect the boyfriend might be stealing this from my closet in the future (for once).
This is no longer on the Triple Aught Design website, but you might be able to find it on eBay.
Last night, I had the chance to check out TAD’s renovated Dogpatch location and meet the team, and boy, it was fantastic. Here’s a sneak peek of what it all looks like before their grand re-opening on Saturday!
The new space is spacious! There’s a dedicated corner for all the women’s apparel which is super awesome. It’s small, but it’s there! The full line of accessories and men’s apparel is also carried at the store. And the coolest part, there’s an enormous space for collaborative and community-based activities like movie nights, classes, trip planning, etc.
I got a sneak peek at some goodies for Saturday’s big Warehouse Sale which includes some very old items, and some never-seen-before items.
Their grand re-opening is on Saturday at 9AM in conjunction with Dogpatch Warehouse Sale. 22nd Street between 3rd and Indiana Street. It’s gonna be packed, so come early if you want to snag some discounted or one-of-a-kind TAD goodies! For more information on the Dogpatch Warehouse Sale and the vendors, check out the website here: http://dogpatchwarehousesale.com
And oh! As a super awesome visitor, check out these new fabric swatches for Spring 2014!
Triple Aught Design Artemis hoodie at Sanborn-Skyline County Park in Saratoga, CA, paired with Outdoor Research Contour Hoodie and rock face paint.
I’ve had the Triple Aught Design Artemis hoodie since February of this year. Basically the minute I left the Hayes Valley store with it was the minute it became glued to my body (only to be alternated with the boyfriend’s Flux hoodie which he accidentally shrunk so it is now mine, and yes, review to come).
I love this hoodie. Love. It. Love it to pieces (and to pieces I did love it because now it needs to be repaired). It’s great for everything. And I mean it. Every. Single. Thing. I wear it when I’m gallivanting around the city. I wear it to and from work. I wear it while climbing. I wear it while hiking. I wear it when snowboarding. I wear it when I’m kayaking. The Artemis hoodie is basically everything you will ever need in a technical, but casual hoodie.
It’s a great form fitting mid-layer when you need to stay warm. It layers well under every shell and waterproof jacket imaginable. It has thumb holes in case your hands get cold, or if you’re weird like me and you like your sleeves covering your hands. The back is cut slightly longer in the front so people don’t see your butt crack when you bend over.
Also, did I mention it is made of merino wool? And merino wool is pretty much magical. Soaking wet while kayaking in the San Juan Islands? No problem, I’m still toasty because I’ve got my trusty Artemis hoodie on.
The only cons are…
- The hood. This hood is the least flattering hood ever. It’s got the strangest shape when worn because it’s designed to lay flat against your back when you’re not wearing it. Plus it’s kind of small. It doesn’t fit on your head very well if you have a ponytail on, so you have to keep pulling it back on.
- The neck, fully zipped. Before it’s “broken in”, when you fully zip up the hoodie, the neck can be very restrictive. It’s bearable, but this might be a not selling point for people who hate being uncomfortable around the jugular. It’s definitely inconvenient until it’s broken in, and even then, it rests in a slightly awkward, kind of annoying way.
Cons aside, would I buy this hoodie again? Hell freakin’ yes. It was worth the $180 (gotta love CA sales tax) I dropped on it and I would so do it all over again. Available via the Triple Aught Design website for $169 in three different colors.
On a side note, TAD, could you please make more stuff for women? Pretty please? I will gladly fork over my paychecks from now through the end of the year. Please and thank you. Love, Paulina.
Hike: Palomarin trail to Alamere Falls and back
Where: Point Reyes, CA
Duration: 5 hours and 3 minutes
Length: Approximately 8 miles round trip
Fitbit Steps: 24,585
CamelBak Aventura Hydration Pack – 100 fl. oz.,
REI Sahara Convertible Pants with No-Sit Zips, Triple Aught Design Artemis hoodie,
The North Face Resolve Rain Jacket, &
The North Face Hedgehog Guide GTX Hiking Shoes
This hike from the Palomarin trailhead to Alamere Falls is a moderately easy, but decently long hike. Start at the trailhead and follow signs for the falls. Early into the hike, underneath a grove of eucalyptus trees, there is a small trail to the left leading to the coast. This little offshoot leads you through green hills to a rocky beach (read: dinosaur egg rocky) that has the potential to be absolutely gorgeous in not-foggy weather.
Continue on the trail past Bass Lake until you reach a sign that points to Alamere Falls through some underbrush. If you are up for a potentially poison oak-y adventure and getting hit in the face by shrubbery, take this trail to reach the waterfall and a sandy beach. Your shell will come in handy to protect your clothing and skin from PO and snagglies.
Once you get out of the brush, begin your descent down to the first set of mini-falls of Alamere Falls. Beautiful, but small.
Cross the stream and continue down to the top of the big falls. Look over the edge if you dare. The crumbly rock face to your right will be your way down. It’s easiest to just jump off onto the first ledge, and then run the rest of the way down onto the sandy beach . The rock is incredibly fragile and does not do well with force.
Run around and frolick in the sand, have lunch, enjoy the beach and waterfall. Then head back the way you came to get back to the trailhead.
All in all, this is a good hike if you’re out for a mellow day. It’s not strenuous and the scenery is gorgeous. The only downside is Point Reyes is a bit of a hike (ha!) if you live in the South Bay like me.
Note: This trail gets very muddy and run out when it has been raining. Proceed with caution.
Additionally, if you are not a fan of seeing people everywhere in nature, this is not the hike for you.