Gear Review: A Sleek, Swanky Hoodie For Men

Boulder-hood By National
Geographic Adventure Contributing Editor Steve Casimiro, editor of
The Adventure Life

A few years ago, an outdoor apparel manufacturer was showing me a line of tops for men and women. All the chickie pieces had hoods available, but none of the men’s. “We can’t sell hoodies to guys in outdoor shops,” he said, which was a head scratcher to me because at the time surf companies couldn’t make enough guy’s hooded sweats.

Times have changed. Or guys have changed. Or apparel makers have changed. Because one of the swankiest hoodies I’ve ever worn is just hitting stores, the Boulder Hood from Icebreaker. Made of organic merino wool and lined with stretch-woven polyester, it features a polyurethane laminate that blocks water but still breathes. It’s at once a dressy coat and a performance garment.

By some measures, the Boulder Hood is a strange beast. The wool outer fabric feels like what you’d find on a high-end woolen coat. But the hood gives it a decidedly modern, hip silhouette while adding an extra bit of functionality. In some coats, the hood might not work. But with Icebreaker’s subtle attention to details, it does.

And forgetting about how it looks for a minute, when worn it’s super comfortable—roomy without being huge, soft on inside and out, and warm but not stifling. The hood might not play on Wall Street, but for just about everywhere and everything else—work, travel, going out, primary autumn jacket or layered winter coat—this Icebreaker sells itself ($400; www.icebreaker.com).

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    Thanks for letting us know about this. Winter is coming up so this should make a good gift at least.

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    how the fit?

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    November 2, 2010, 5:35 am

    Nice, is it also suitable for biking?

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    November 2, 2010, 3:29 pm

    Yea, great Brand all round. Stylish and comfortable, warm and practical. Cant think why they refused to make hoodies for so long!

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    Wow, a very nice clean look. A few more stylish pockets would be nice.

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    great outfitting cloths but hoods look more attractive and fabric feels

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    November 4, 2010, 2:29 am

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    November 5, 2010, 5:31 am

    I’ve been looking for a good quality jacket for my husband for Christmas. I think this is the one thanks.

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    Not sure about if it is a hoody or a hoody + jacket mixed. It looks good I might just get one to try it out.

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    This is just not your average “hoodie”. Looks terrific and I think it will catch on

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    November 11, 2010, 8:43 am

    i want this one, cool!

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    November 12, 2010, 4:07 am

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    November 13, 2010, 4:25 am

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    November 15, 2010, 2:37 am

    Yeah! good post, suitable jacket for this time and it is nice looking too..

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    November 18, 2010, 10:59 pm

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    November 22, 2010, 5:39 am

    Nice jacket, really looks good, and I liked it bcoz it is a body fit too.. Thank you, Steve Casimiro for the info..

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    Nice Jacket.. Can we use this in rainy day? That means, is it a multipurpose jacket? Please let me know..

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    This Hoodie is great to wear especially this Christmas season. It will be a great gift for your love ones.

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    December 29, 2010, 1:19 pm

    Is it just me or are the outdoor ‘fashion police’ getting into the style. When I was younger it was all about keeping warm when out doors. Now it is all about looking good no matter what you feel like. Does any one else agree?
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    Nice post! I love the style. You mention that it was made of organic merino wool and lined with stretch-woven polyester, it features a polyurethane laminate that blocks water, so it is useful for rainy season. 🙂 Do you have any color?

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