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SmartWool PHD HyFi Hoodie Sweatshirt - Merino Wool (For Men)
Closeouts. The ultimate midlayer for all your high-energy endeavors in cool weather, SmartWool's PHD HyFi hoodie sweatshirt delivers extra coverage of abrasion-resistant merino wool with it's form-fitting hood, high collar and extended, articulated sleeves.
Reviewed by Mister Bill from misterbill01 on Tuesday, March 26, 2013This is a great hoodie. It fits well, is warm and looks good.
Verified Buyer Reviewed by Craig from Boston, MA on Monday, February 25, 2013Great hoodie. I'm 6'3" and 180lb, and this fits almost perfectly. I have the large.||Usually, getting a large means that it's way too big around the midsection, and if I get a medium which fits me around the torso, the sleeves are usually too short. This seems to fit OK as a large, since the sleeves have thumbloops and therefore, although I can't use the thumb loops, the sleeves are about the righ
Reviewed by Combobulated from Eugene, OR on Saturday, February 23, 2013For the ridiculous price, I really wanted this jacket to be perfect. However, it's not quite there. Here are my impressions.
Thickness and warmth: Thin to medium thickness. Frankly, don't expect it to be very thick. It's not. It has a thin, stretchy nylon layer (or perhaps nylon-wool blend?) on the outside and a thin, stretchy merino wool layer on the inside. The layers are somehow woven together to form a single sheet of fabric. Each layer is about as thick as a thin T-shirt. The jacket is warm enough for walking around in temperatures down to maybe 40 degrees or so. Anything below that and I'd definitely want a shell or another layer of some sort. But it's perfect for a mid layer, anyway.
Construction and design: The jacket is very well constructed. It fits perfectly and overall looks sharp. There are a few things I don't like about the design, however.
1) The hood. The hood is functional, but in my opinion, it doesn't look great either up or down. When it's down and the zipper is not zipped all the way up, the collar flops open in an inelegant fashion due to the way that the hood and collar are constructed as one unit. In addition, when the hood is up and the zipper is zipped all the way up, you basically look like an Olympic speed skater. It's just kind of a weird look and not something I'd want to walk around town in. Furthermore, the zipper in this configuration is kind of stiff and ends up pushing back against your throat, giving you the feeling that you're being choked a little bit. For this reason, I find it to be a bit unpleasant to wear the hood up. Otherwise, the hood is quite functional and warm, even if it isn't the height of fashion. One thing that I do like, however, is the way it looks when the hood is down but the zipper is zipped all the way up. In this case, the collar serves as a neck gaiter, fitting snugly around your neck (and chin, if you want), and it seals the wind out and the heat it. I should also comment on the asymmetrical zipper position on the hood. As you can see in the pictures, when zipped all the way up, the zipper rests slightly to the right of your chin rather than directly at the midline of your chin. I wondered if I'd hate it, but after wearing it, I decided that I don't really notice it much. It looks slightly unusual, but not too weird, and overall, it's not a big deal.
2) No drawcord at hem. Another thing I don't like is the fact that the jacket has no drawcord around the bottom hem. A simple elastic cinch cord would allow you to seal the waist and keep the wind out. As it is, some heat is lost out the bottom, especially on breezy days.
3) Mesh pockets. The pockets are made of mesh, which allows wind to blow through (especially with the aforementioned lack of drawcord at the hem). The result is that the pockets aren't very efficient at keeping your hands warm. The positive side, though, is that they allow some extra degree of ventilation when you get overheated.
Water resistance: None whatsoever. Even though the outer layer of the jacket is nylon (or perhaps a nylon-wool blend), there is no water-resistent treatment on it. The jacket does not shed water at all. Instead, it instantly soaks it up. When I read that the outer layer was nylon, I thought one of the benefits of that would be some degree of water resistance, so I was disappointed to find there was none.
Wind resistance: Adequate. The jacket does provide a reasonable amount of wind resistance -- at least as much as I would expect based on the materials it is made from.
Fit and feel: Fantastic. I'm 5'10" and 155 lbs. I usually wear a medium, and the medium jacket fits perfectly. It's a close, athletic fit, but it doesn't feel too tight at all when I'm wearing just a T-shirt underneath. Furthermore, the materials and fit feel great to wear. The wool does not itch at all on my skin, the stretchy fabric gives easy full range of motion and does not bind at all, and the weight is just right for a light jacket. You could comfortably wear this jacket all day long, indoors and out.
Color: I got the navy jacket, and it looks sharp -- though perhaps a bit conservative/unexciting.
Conclusion: Smartwool's original price for this jacket is an outrageous couple hundred bucks. In my opinion, the jacket has too many small design faults to warrant spending that kind of money. For half that price, the jacket is still too expensive, in my opinion. For the price I paid (slightly less than that), it's still very overpriced, I think. However, despite its many small imperfections and annoyances, there is some je ne sais quoi quality that makes me want to keep it and wear it anyway. Which is probably what I'll do.
Verified Buyer Reviewed by the night guy. from a very chilly section of queens. on Monday, February 18, 2013I work outside, in the cold, at night, and so I buy warm stuff. this, and most smartwool products, perform.
it breathes and does not trap sweat, so I remain sweet smelling.
my cup runneth over.
Reviewed by Snurfer from VA Beach on Monday, February 11, 2013I just received this merino piece today. Looking to use if for snowboarding with a shell. First impressions when putting it on (over a short sleeve shirt) was that the seams on the arms, near my triceps, were annoying. After putting on a long sleeve merino shirt, that was a non issue.
The hood coverage covers the chin and mouth, which is perfect for snowboarding, that is if you can keep up with me!
This is my first Smartwool purchase. As a merino fanatic, who owns the other top brands, this piece really stand apart! My black icebreaker hoody does not fit nearly as nice. This has a pretty tech layer on the outside that feels quite durable.
Bottom line, psyched.