Perfect on its own or as a light layer, the StrongCore Merino Hoodie Sweater is a sweater you can wear day-in and day-out that won’t show signs of wear or odor. It’s ready for anything you’re up to and anywhere you’re going.
I received the product, and the construction had no flaws that I could discern. No irregular stitches, fabric was not damaged in any way, and the hoodie is incredibly cozy. The fit around the chest was perfect, at 5'9", 41" Chest, Med was the ideal choice. Slim down to the waist, and the hood sizing is lovely. Not oversized, so I'm not constantly pulling the hood back, but not too small, meaning my head movements are not restricted in the slightest while moving my head. The sleeves are where the problem lies. I have average sized arms, not a power lifter, but fit, climber arms. The sleeves were twice a big as they needed to be. They were excessively loose, and were irritating when moving my arms around, due to the swinging material. The excess material also made putting a jacket (Arc-Teryx Atom LT, athletic cut) over the hoodie problematic, because the sleeve would bunch up around my elbow, and the overlap was bothersome. I had to take the hoodie to a tailor, and remove a few inches from each sleeve, and now it's a perfect fit. Trim around the wrist, and now it doesn't hang from my arm like fat does from the arm of an obese person.
The quality is really excellent. The online ordering was simple and the shipping was fast. The service is nothing short or greatness.
I initially noticed that the sweater didn't quite feel like other StrongCore products I've purchased. Rather than the smoother handfeel of a strongcore t-shirt or underwear, this feels slightly more felt-like, like traditional merino wool feels. At first I thought it might be itchy, but I almost immediately forgot I was wearing it and was extremely comfortable all day. I've since made it a mainstay in my wardrobe because it's perfect for spring when the weather doesn't know what to do.
This hooded sweater is great. When I first put it on, I could tell that it hold up much better than most wool garments that I have had. I feel comfortable wearing it on outdoor adventures as well as errands around town. It is also very soft and comfortable!
I'm not big on sweaters, but I decided to try this out during the year-end sale and haven't regretted it for the price, merino wool reinforced with nylon after all. It's nice to layer with the AirLoft Shirt Jacket and is compact in my backpack when I haven't needed it for this winter.
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