SMARTWOOL MERINO 250 SPORT PAT­TERN HOODIE

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OUR TAKE We were loathe to take off the uber-comfy Merino 250 Sport even after the day’s ad­ven­tures, of­ten tran­si­tion­ing straight into couch mode with it still on. Un­like bag­gier fleeces, the light­weight, 100 per­cent merino Sport’s slim, base­lay­er­like cut aids mois­ture man­age­ment, and the merino re­tains its shape dur­ing high-in­ten­sity ac­tiv­i­ties to guard against the “slouchy-sweats” that plague heav­ier and looser lay­ers. The merino also stays warm when wet, which our tester ap­pre­ci­ated on breaks dur­ing sweaty trail runs on low-40s days in Utah’s Pine Val­ley Moun­tains. THE DE­TAILS DWRtreated polyester pan­els on the pock­ets, shoul­ders, and hood warded off diz­zles, and out tester loved the merino's nat­u­ral strech for mov­ing fast in the moun­tains TRAIL CRED “The wind­block­ing poly on the hood and torso is rare in fleeces, and I loved it on breezy days,” said one tester after hik­ing up a gusty ridge on the Adiron­dacks' Gi­ant Moun­tain with temps in the mid-30s. $160 (w's $150); 14oz. (m's M):m's S-XXL. w's XS-XL; smartwool.com

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