12 minutes ago
Fall is here which means cooler temps are on the way! Which also means, it's time to break out the hoodies. Im a big fan of fleece. Ive been using a 100 weight fleece for all my 3 season backpacking trips for years, but recently, I found a new hoodie. I think that it may be one of the best out there. I've been wearing it every chance I get so I thought I would share my experience thus far. Appalachian Gear Company makes hoodies, beanies, and buffs from 100 percent #alpaca fiber right here in the USA.
Oh by the way, AGC did not pay for or ask for a positive review. Bought my hoodie with hard earned cash.
Here are 10 things I look at when testing a mid layer.
1. Performance when wet/breathability
2. How quickly does it dry
3. Warmth to weight ratio
6. Environmental impact
7. Durability/build quality
10. Brand values/customer service.
My App Gear Hoodie
1. Similar to other synthetic fleece. Retains heat when damp. Very breathable.
2. Water beads off. Dries very fast.
3. Toasty. Very comparable to other lightweight fleece hoodies.
Maybe a bit lighter than some. 11 oz for a medium
4. Slightly scratchy at first but quickly becomes soft, smooth, and very comfortable.
5. Packs just as small as my synthetic fleece.
6. Alpaca cloth is ecofriendly. All the way from raising the animals, processing the fiber, and creating the gear. No plastic fiber shedding like synthetics.
7. The cloth, stiching, and wear is super impressive.
8. Pricey, no doubt. But, Well worth the investment if your comparing apples to apples.
9. Small company, sometimes sold out, but worth the short wait.
10. Ridiculously awesome. Friendly, detail oriented, focused on a superior product that's both high quality and great for the world we live in.
Things some people might wish it had...
1. Drawstring for the hood. I use a buff so not a big deal for me. Hood is deep, large, stretchy, but not too big and flappy. Flappy? Is that a word? You know what I mean.
Is it the perfect hoodie for everyone? No, but if your looking for a minimal, high quality, ecofriendly, badass hoodie, then you deffinately need to check it out.
@appgearco at Alaska