Tag: zip up
Fun fact: the Outdoor Research Valhalla jacket is my first softshell. Well, the first softshell I can remember owning as an adult. Here’s a first look at the jacket by Winnemucca Lake in Mokelumne Wilderness. Full reviews of the hike and the jacket to come shortly.
Some specs from Outdoor Research:
- Critically Taped Seams
- Drawcord Hem
- Hand Pockets Set Above Hip Belt Or Harness
- Two Zippered Hand Pockets
- Dual Zippered Napoleon Pockets
- Internal Front-Zip Stormflap
- Double-Sliding TorsoFlo™ Hem-to-Bicep Zippers
- Water Resistant
- DWR Coated Zippers
- Small Internal Mesh Pocket
- Hook/Loop Cuff Closures
- Internal Media Pocket
- Double-Separating Center-Front Zipper
- Adjustable Wire-Brimmed Hood
- Average weight is 19.3oz
- Roomier fit
The Outdoor Research Valhalla was provided to me for an honest review.
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.