Oct 4, 2010 at 5:58 am #1263971
With wind shirts, midlayers, down jackets, soft shells, and hard shells, which ones would be ideal to have a hood attached? I would imagine having all layers with a hood would be quite a nuisance.Oct 4, 2010 at 6:23 am #1651207
@eugeneiusLocale: Nuevo Mexico
Having all of those yes would be a nuisance, you're right. However, almost every article of clothing I take along on any given trip has a hood. I typically don't wear them all at once so interference or ill compatibility isn't usually an issue. I do find that the imperceptible amount of weight found in having a hood is worth every gram and ounce, as the ability to cut down on drafts and retain warmth to my upper body and head is much more effective with a hood, adding to the overall versatility and functionality of the piece in changing weather conditions and environs.
My windshell has a hood, but I don't typically pack my windshell and rainshell simultaneously on trips, so opted to having hoods on both. My preferred midlayer is very versatile, the BPL Beartooth Hoody has a balaclava style hood, it's very efficient, light, and warm for it's weight and the hood is a key feature in the piece. The BPL beartooth hoody hugs next to skin so it easily slides under and in conjunction with other hoods. My Montbell UL Down Parka also has a close fitting cinching hood, as this serves as my insulation piece for cold mornings and evenings. I chose the hooded option to serve in place of bringing an extra warm beanie or balaclava, again it's about versatility, weight savings, and function for me over a broader range of situations.
To answer your question more specifically, having a hood on your rainshell is to be expected and is ideal. The benefits of a hooded windshell also outweigh not having one in my opinion, but some choose to go with a simple hoodless version here (ex: Montane Featherlite Smock or Slipstream). Down jackets are one article of clothing that doesn't necessarily have to have a hood as well, it's very common to see hoodless down jackets.Oct 4, 2010 at 5:54 pm #1651489
I wear a wool hoody base layer, a hooded wind shirt, a hooded down jacket, and a hooded rain coat. They all work together great. I really like how I feel all protected from nasty weather and I don't have a hat to lose.Oct 4, 2010 at 6:01 pm #1651490
base layer … optional if its on yr midlayer, else recommended … nice to have anyways in very cold temps when active … if not bring ear muffs
mid layer (fleece/down/syn) … recommended especially in cold temps … make sure it fits under yr helmet if youre going to wear one
wind layer/softshell … must have if youre not carring a hardshell … otherwise optional … make sure it fits over yr helmet
hardshell … must have hood … make sure it fits over yr helmet
insulating down/syn layer (puffay) … must have in cold temps … make sure it fits over yr helmet
general rule is to have at minimum insulating hood and one shell hood … more in winter … for me anyways
if you ever become hypothermic … a warm hood can save yr lifeOct 5, 2010 at 9:50 am #1651638
@areichowLocale: Northern Minnesota
I only have hoods on my outer shells and on a big down parka for when it's so cold that liquid water isn't much of an issue. Otherwise, I use hats, balaclavas, and scarves/neck tubes.
edit – Worth pointing out that I'm in northern Minnesota, where temperatures routinely reach -10 deg F during the winter, often much lower. Maybe I'm more hardy, but hoods on most jackets aren't needed, often get in the way, and don't do that good of a job keeping the cold wind off your neck and back compared to head gear.Oct 5, 2010 at 12:02 pm #1651674
@retropumpLocale: The Antipodes of La Coruna
Ditto what Aaron said. Even my big down parka no longer has it's own hood. If i expect temps that cold i take a cuben/down balaclava. Otherwise just a wind beanie and rainjacket hood.Oct 5, 2010 at 2:09 pm #1651712
@rcaffinLocale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
Reckon Eugene has it about right.
You don't wear all of them together, and a hood can be crucial in protecting your head.
cheersOct 5, 2010 at 4:42 pm #1651783
@peter_panLocale: Co-Owner Jacks 'R' Better, LLC, VA
The JRB Down Hood, weighs 2 oz and has an available collar modification kit that lets one turn any jacket, vest or sleep shirt into a very warm hoodie…Or just wear it separately.
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