MON­TANE WOLF HOODIE

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OUR TAKE 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 bonechilling 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.

THE DE­TAILS 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.

TRAIL CRED “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.” $180; 15 oz. (m’s M); m’s S-XXL, w’s 6-14; mon­tane.co.uk

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