Triple Aught Design Artemis Hoodie

Triple Aught Design Artemis Hoodie ReviewTriple 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.

Outdoor Research Contour Shorts

Outdoor Research Contour Shorts review

I’m generally not a huge fan of shorts made by outdoor brands. They’re always kind of frumpy, all the wrong length, borderline capris. I mean, come on. I’m 5′ tall. Anything cut between mid-thigh and my feet will make me look at a stump. But Paulina! You are doing things outdoors and getting dirty and not showering, why does it matter if you look like a stump or not? It just does.

Cue the Outdoor Research Contour Shorts, aka the best outdoor shorts known to mankind.

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Rattlesnake Mountain: Rattlesnake Ledge and East Peak

Hike: Rattlesnake Ledge to East Peak and back
Where: Rattlesnake Lake
Level: Strenuous
Duration: 3 hours and 58 minutes roundtrip
Length: 1.9 miles up to Rattlesnake Ledge, 2.4 miles from Rattlesnake Ledge to East Peak, one way.
Fitbit Steps: Approximately 27,000
Gear:
CamelBak Aventura Hydration Pack
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REI Sahara Convertible Pants
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Ahnu Women’s Montara Waterproof Boot
,
ExOfficio BugsAway Adventure Hat
, UNIQLO Airism men’s v-neck (check out my review of this here)
Cost of Parking: Free!

Rattlesnake Ledge is a fun, short little hike with an elevation gain of 1,175 feet in a short 1.9 miles. The huffing and puffing all the way to the top is worth it though. The views of Rattlesnake Lake, Mt. Si, and the surrounding greenery is unbeatable.

The trail consists of steep switchbacks under the shady cover of tall evergreens. Even on hot days, the hike is not unbearable.

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UNIQLO Airism Men’s V-Neck

UNIQLO Airism Men's V-Neck Review

UNIQLO Airism is UNIQLO’s new lightweight, moisture wicking, anti-odor, odor controlling “innerwear” line, designed to trap all that is bad before it ever reaches your current outfit (whoops, did not know that before starting this review). The line consists of underwear, camisoles, tanks and t-shirts.

The men’s v-neck is ridiculously lightweight and compact-able. It’s great for traveling and hiking. It feels like you are wearing almost nothing. Hiking in 90+ degree weather tested its ability to wick away moisture and dry quickly. This thing does not soak up sweat and retain it. After halting movement, the shirt was dry to the touch in about 10 minutes.

The fabric also lived up to its anti-odor and odor controlling claims. Careful sniffing (and I have a super sensitive nose) yielded faint traces of deodorant and slight body odor, mostly overpowered by the smell of new, synthetic shirt.

If you’re looking for a cheap and lightweight shirt for outdoor activities, this shirt gives you a ton of bang for your buck. Oh, and did I mention it’s cheap? It’s available at UNIQLO for $12.50. Not too shabby!

The UNIQLO Airism Men’s V-Neck is pictured with
ExOfficio BugsAway Adventure Hat
, Proof Provo sunglasses, REI Sahara Convertible Pants, and Ahnu Women’s Montara Waterproof Boot. Photo taken at Rattlesnake Ledge south of North Bend, WA.

Hike to Alamere Falls

Palomarin Trailhead to Alamere Falls, Point Reyes, CA

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.

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