Gear Review: Mountain Standard’s Power Stretch Fleece Hoodie

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Women’s Power Stretch Fleece Hoodie

Disclosure: the following product was donated for the purposes of the review

Materials: Polartec Stretch fleece fabric: 49% polyester, 38% nylon. 13% spandex, brushed back fleece, highly breathable

Features: YKK reverse-coil pocket zipp, YKK vislon front zipper, double layered hood, thumb holes, subtle branding on left hem

Available Sizes: XS – L

Available Colors: Dark Charcoal, Sky Blue, Red

Pros

Light and Warm

The hoodie is the lightest and most stylish fleece I’ve ever worn! It’s not bulky like traditional fleeces. I tested it out on a few chilly bike rides to work and it kept me warm and dry. It’s good solo but also acts as a great base layer under a puffy jacket.

Thumb Holes

The person in the fashion world who invented the thumb hole design should get an award. The thumb hole feature is terrific and really does seem to keep my hands/wrists warmer! My only complaint is that I have to unhook my thumb to check the time on my watch.

Extended Hood

As a female with a small head but a lot of hair, I really appreciate the extended hood. With my hair in a bun on the top of my head I was still able to comfortably wear the hood and it stayed on even without using the ties. I’m a hoodie fan and think there’s nothing worse than a hoodie with a hood that doesn’t stay on so I was very pleased by the hood.

Wind Resistance  

I was recently in Monument Valley, Utah where wind gusts can feel like they’re going to carry you away and nighttime desert temps can drop to the low 40’s. I figured it was the perfect place to dawn my Power Stretch Fleece to see if I could feel the wind in my bones. I was pleased to discover that I couldn’t feel the cool wind through the hoodie! It didn’t prevent me from getting blown away but at least I wasn’t chilly!

Cons

Price

At $138, the hoodie is a little pricey. For a fleece though, I think it’s about average. So, think of it as a fleece!

Texture of the Fabric

This is totally personal but I’m not a huge fan of how polyester and nylon feel to the touch. Thankfully the inside of the hoodie is fleece so it felt lovely on my skin.

Overall

The Women’s Power Stretch Hoodie is a winner! The hoodie style mixed with the warmth of the fleece makes it great for a day of biking on the street or hiking in the woods. The subtle branding on the left hem is a nice touch and is unique to the world of fleece hoodies/sweaters.

Photos © 2018 Shani Leead

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