It was always a love-hate relationship though. I liked not feeling soggy the whole hike and enjoyed fun perks like a lower risk of hypothermia (since cotton offers zero warmth when damp). I disliked how un-stretchy it was and how much it continued to smell like sweat after washing.
I continued that relationship for years though until I discovered a new breed of technical fabrics – wool. The new wool was not only not itchy, but it wicked better and didn’t smell, even after hiking in it for a few days.
Over the last year I have been replacing many of my technical, and even lounging-around-the-house, clothes with wool versions.
I was super excited when the Sierra Trading Post, who I have been writing for monthly, offered to send me a goody to review. I looked up some of my favorite wool brands and requested the Icebreaker Cascade Hooded Jacket (sweatshirt).
I always have a hard time selecting a size when I am ordering clothes online. Every clothing line is so different. A lot of reviews I found online said that the Cascade Hooded Jacket ran a little small so I took a chance and ordered an extra large. The size was perfect. The sleeves were a tad long (which the reviews also mentioned) but it’s not a big deal if you just scrunch the arms up a bit.
I actually ordered the jacket earlier this summer and have been *trying* to wear it since then. We’ve had an unusually warm summer in Seattle this year so it’s was way to warm most of the time.
Now that the weather has turned, we’re having chilly evenings and mornings. II don’t want to let go of summer so we’re still camping and having barbecues though. The Cascade Jacket has been great to wear on those chilly times.
I practically lived in it when we went camping this weekend.
What I like about the Icebreaker Cascade Hooded Jacket:
- Icebreaker harvests merino wool exclusively from sheep grown in the Southern Alps of New Zealand
- It’s temperature regulating and moisture wicking
- The wool doesn’t itch and it has lat-lock seams so there is no chafing
- It doesn’t have to be washed often – it gets dirty before it starts to smell
- It’s warm and cozy – It’s warm enough to take me well into fall and I am looking forward to wearing it under by down jacket this winter
- The outside of the jacket has a smooth finish so it’s not a dirt magnet
Things I wasn’t so happy with:
- It’s not true to size – it’s a good thing I listened to the reviews or I would have ended up with one that was too small
- The surface of the inside of the jacket is fuzzy and starts to “felt” like traditional wool (just an aesthetic dislike)
- I wish the hood was a little snugger fitting because I don’t feel like it keeps my head that warm when I wear it (it’s more for blocking wind)
Sierra Trading Post has generously offered me 3- $50 gift cards I can give away to our readers (three different winners). If you win, you can use it toward one of their thousands of discounted products. They don’t just carry outdoor clothing and gear either – they have a lot professional, dress, and designer clothes and shoes.
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Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by the Sierra Trading Post. I received the Icebreaker Cascade Hooded Jacket in exchange for my honest review. Here at YouDidWhatWithYourWeiner, free does not equal good so everything we say is really how we feel about the product. The Sierra Trading Post is not responsible for the content of this article.