- Nov 8, 2019 at 5:28 pm #3617796
I’m looking for a lightweight baselayer hoody to wear under a hoodless active insulation jacket. I have a couple of Rab Merino + 120 LS that I like a lot, but they don’t carry the merino hoodies anymore.
The First Lite Aerowool seems very similar to Rab (65% superfine merino, 35% polyester with 37.5 technology). Wondering if anyone has any feedback on the Wick Hoody or other 150 Aerowool pieces from them. Right now I’m using a lightweight grid fleece (Marmot Neothermo) for a hooded base, but want something more like the Rab.Nov 8, 2019 at 9:27 pm #3617829
Brad RogersBPL Member
@mocs123Locale: Southeast Tennessee
I have no experience with the First Lite, but I am also a fan of Rab’s Merino Plus (I wore the 160 Hoody for 14 days and nights straight in Alaska) and the very similar but now discontinued Patagonia Wool 1 (I wore my Wool 1 L/S on a 16 mile training dayhike (with a 28lb backpack) today.
I just want to add the closest thing I could find was the Duckworth Vapor Snorkel Hood. I think it’s worth checking out. Of note – It fits about 1 size smaller than my Rab Hoody.
You also may want to look at the Voormi River Run Hoody (loose hood) or Road Runner Hoody (tighter hood).Nov 9, 2019 at 12:58 am #3617847
Zack LBPL Member
Big fan of First Lite merino and Aerowool. I have the Chama which is a little heavier weight and not the Aerowool mix but it’s a great piece. I also have some of their Aerowool in other pieces and they’re also greatNov 9, 2019 at 2:02 am #3617852
Thanks! Yeah, I missed the 120 and 160 Rab hoodies.
I took a look at the Duckworth Vapor Snorkel. Like the hood, athletic fit, and quarter zip is a plus. So it says the Vapor wool is 130 weight and 38% Merino, 50% recycled Polyester, 12% Modal. Little different from Rab mix. How does it compare in terms of feel and warmth? Large is a good close fit for me in the Rab 120. MInus 33 Woolverino hoody and KUIU 145 Ultramerino hoody seem very similar style to the Vapor, but much higher percent Merino.
Looked at Voormi before. River Run looks like good sun hoody, but already have a few of those style. Road Runner seems limited to the neon yellow color.Nov 9, 2019 at 2:27 am #3617855
Thanks, I’m leaning toward the First Lite as the Aerowool seems identical to Rab + Merino. Can you comment on the fit and feel of your other Aerowool pieces? The Hoody says that it is 150 weight, but has mesh 125 panels under the arms. Just wondering how soft it is against skin and how well it wicks. Not looking for lot of warmth, plan to wear hoodless alpha direct 90g jacket over top in cool weather.
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