- Jan 23, 2019 at 6:36 pm #3574681
Ryan- question if I may?
I’m looking at an option for a base layer on the Bob Marshall Open- I’m pretty certain the Patagonia piece will work just fine with the cooler, damp conditions we can have, but what about 70’s and full sun? The weather in May back there is about as unpredictable as it comes.
ThanksJan 23, 2019 at 7:31 pm #3574690
I have been impressed by Duckworth’s Vapor Wool. I wear it when its warmer than 70f. I don’t think my day and weekend excursions represent much of a stress test though.
The fabric resists my body odor and also airs out well; 100% polyester athletic style clothing definitely does not for me. Washing the vapor wool (submerging it) in running water for about 30 seconds and hanging to dry in the sun, completely cleans it even after being drenched in sweat (front, back, pits, completely drenched) with light dirt on the cuffs and elbows. In ideal conditions my Henley completely dried and became warm in under 60 min and even gained a nice soft hand feel from the wind/sun like a pure natural fiber fabric. Its never caught on branches or bushes while off trail or clearing tall grass with a machete but those weren’t extended nor repeated experiences and I don’t think I’ve really tested its durability.
My men’s medium Duckworth Vapor Wool Henley weighs 160g.Jan 23, 2019 at 7:50 pm #3574692
that’s nice and light :) sounds like a great pieceJan 26, 2019 at 4:01 pm #3575169
Mike did you decide to try the Duckworth Snorkel Hoody? If so, I would love to hear your impressions of it. I had never heard of the company but now have it on my radar as a potential piece for summer backpacking in the Rockies.Jan 28, 2019 at 12:10 am #3575416
Brad- I’m leaning towards the Voormi, but haven’t ruled out the Snorkel hoody yet- decisions, decisions :)
MikeJan 28, 2019 at 12:31 am #3575420
Are you looking at the Voormi River Run Hoody or their Running Hoody? I’m not sure how I feel about the color of the running hoody (though I like my OR Echo shirts in that color) but the more fitted hood is appealing to me over the River Run. I think the fabric is the same on both. No matter what you decide please let us know your initial impressions for sizing etc and your thoughts after some use.Jan 28, 2019 at 12:36 am #3575421
yeah I’m not overly thrilled about the neon green; I emailed them to see if they would offer the Running one in other colors- not any time soon was the word. I do like the fitted hood, hence my inquiry- the only real gripe I see on the River Run is the loose hood. My oldest daughter has a sewing machine (and knows how to run it :)), so if it’s too bothersome might see what she can do.Jan 28, 2019 at 11:29 pm #3575565
One last question for those who have the Voormi or Duckworth Snorkel Hoody – Do they hold up under pack straps, etc? I assume so, my Patagonia Wool 1 which is a 120g/oz with a 65/35 wool/poly blend has done OK, but 100g seems really thin (which is both a good and bad thing).Jan 30, 2019 at 2:52 am #3575774
Ryan P. MurphyBPL Member
The patagonia breathes so well that it will probably handle those conditions ok. Downside is the lack of zip so you end up with a bit of a scarf effect which can make it warmer on those warm days. If you’re wearing it as your only top layer with shorts or thin pants I think 70* should be fine. I don’t think I’ve had it out on days that warm other than really variable weather days (50* cloudy then 70 and sun then back to clouds and wind…) so hard for me to say for certain.Jan 30, 2019 at 3:01 am #3575780
thanks for replying Ryan; if I ever find one on a good sale- might have to spring for one; definitely a very unique piece :)Jan 30, 2019 at 10:25 pm #3575911
Jason McSpaddenBPL Member
@jbmcsr1Locale: Rocky Mountains
Mike, Speaking of Patagonia Capilene Air; I don’t know if you saw Will’s most recent review of the stuff. He is very positive.Jan 31, 2019 at 1:28 am #3575939
I had not, but have now- thanks!
I think it (Cap Air) would definitely have a role for me, but I think for the Bob Open (with the potential for warm-ish weather, potential for cold too! :)) a thinner merino blend might work betterFeb 3, 2019 at 3:53 pm #3576559
Chris K.BPL Member
Obviously not merino but just saw this in Patagonia’s new lineup:
Might be worth a look for the price (relative to merino anyway).Feb 3, 2019 at 4:16 pm #3576568
that looks pretty nice :) definitely different than their lightweight Capilene stuff (based on the weight)
I ended going with a Duckworth Snorkel Hoody- if the River Run had a better hood, I would’ve gone with it- neon green in the Runner was a non-starter. I did email them to see if they would offer the runner in different colors, not anytime soon.
I have hedged my bet with a OR Echo Hoody- I have a couple of their Echo tops (no hoodies though) and they (along with the Capilene Lightweights) are easily the best syn base layers I’ve used.Feb 3, 2019 at 6:40 pm #3576587
Eric BBPL Member
Hey, Mike: If you are expanding your search for hoodies you might want to consider a Sitka Core Lightweight. Closeouts (2018 stock) are available on the giant auction site for less that half price. I just picked one up – it weighs 197g in size Large which is moderately roomy. It’s a very nice piece of gear. I just wish they made it in some normal colors; all that’s available right now is camo.Feb 3, 2019 at 7:04 pm #3576592
Eric- I have one of them- great piece :) It looks almost identical to OR’s Echo and Patagonia’s LW Capilene- utilizes a very fine (micro if you will) grid- works just as well AND comes with a hood!
I’m hoping they (Sitka) make their new lightweight merino’s with a hoody for next season.
Dave C is wearing one too in this pic :)Feb 3, 2019 at 8:23 pm #3576616
Eric BBPL Member
Ha – I hadn’t realized you were along on that adventure!
That photo begs for a caption contest. :-)Feb 3, 2019 at 8:47 pm #3576619
something along the lines of “holy $hit, we have a lot of work to do!” :)Feb 6, 2019 at 12:27 am #3577019
Rob PBPL Member
I know you just picked up a Duckworth hoody, but I was on the Rab website today and noticed they had the 120 weight hoodies…just thought you might want to know.Feb 6, 2019 at 12:45 am #3577027
While they list them on the Rab site, both colors and all sizes are ‘out of stock.’Feb 6, 2019 at 1:32 am #3577043
yup- still on their site; my email was answered as they were discontinued
it’s possible whoever answered my email from Rab is wrong?????????Feb 6, 2019 at 2:44 am #3577058
Rob PBPL Member
Just noticed the out of stock sizes, which is weird because it says “New” on the front of the product page.Feb 6, 2019 at 2:52 am #3577065
I believe they (120) were released one year ago; if the email is correct- one year and only one year; I believe the 160 will continue
this was from Rab US; maybe Rab headquarters has different ideas??????Feb 8, 2019 at 5:01 pm #3577496
well the good news is the Duckworth Snorkel is very well constructed, feel good to the hand- weight is 6.8 oz size Large- not bad considering it has a hood and a decent length zipper; the hood is perfect- balaclava style (think Patagonia Thermal weight or R1)
the bad- I’m almost always a size Large, if I leaned anyway it would be towards Medium vs XL; this shirt is simply too tight- superhero tight :) unfortunately they don’t have an XL. so will be returning it
I’ll probably grab another when I find another good dealFeb 8, 2019 at 8:03 pm #3577523
Thanks for the update Mike! I am like you often between a Medium and a Large depending on the brand and how much I have been running at the time. No matter what though, I do not like Superhero tight .
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