As I write this, I’m wearing the Outdoor Research Soleil Hoody. There’s something about fleece, on a cold day, it makes everything feel warm and cozy.
That being said, this is the most surprising piece of gear I’ve received from #ORInsightLab, because I didn’t expect to get so much use out of it. I don’t always think of fleece as the best option during outdoor pursuits. It’s not as light and packable as down. Still, most days are not jam-packed with intense activity, and on those days weight doesn’t matter. Also, fleece makes more sense to wear indoors than a down jacket.
I’ve certainly found myself reaching for fleece this fall, more often than I expected. Here are some of my favorite times to wear the Soleil Hoody:
- Walks with the dog
- Hikes around town
- Down-time at the crag
- Running errands on a cold day
- Layering on a chilly ski day at the resort
- Lounging around the house
Favorite Soleil Hoody features:
- Incredibly soft material
- Feminine fit with a little extra room for layer
- Good length of the sleeves
- Cozy hood
- Full frontal zipper
- The zippered chest pocket (perfect for my phone or credit card)
The color options for this hoody are really fun too! I’m always a fan of the basic colors, like this Charcoal, but it’s also available in bright colors.
If I were to add anything to the Soleil Hoody it would be draw-cords around the hood and waist. This would help block the wind and snow, but it isn’t necessary. Not having draw-cords keeps the weight down.
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Are you a fan of fleece? What activities do you wear fleece for?