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For the Winds of Change

SmartWool’s Double Corbet 120 Hoody is ideal midlayer for varying conditions

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Price: $240

Sizes: XS-XL

Materials: • Sleeves and side panels of jacket use knit fabric that concentrates Merino against skin and nylon/elastane against the elements
• Merino lined front and back panels and collar for sweat and odor management

Features: • Semi-Form Fit
• 2 secure zip hand pockets and internal secure zip chest pocket with media cord routing
• Integrated thumbhole opening for optional additional coverage

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The weather in my Colorado hometown is unpredictable. I saw it snow on the 4th of July once. Such is life in the mountains where we always say, "If you don't like the weather, wait five minutes." Because it's guaranteed to change.

SmartWool's Double Corbet 120 Hoody is ideal for varying conditions. On my most recent trip back home, I was up early to beat the crowds up one of my favorite trails. Temps were low despite the bright sky overhead, and this jacket's wind protection held up extremely well. It didn't whip in the gusts like a traditional windbreaker shell, and in typical Smartwool style, it was extremely cosy. With the hood up and toggled down, I was perfectly cocooned and protected from the blustery winds outside.

SmartWool's warmer weight insulation, 120g of SmartLoft wool, was plenty warm while the Merino lining kept my body temperature from spiking when I started to warm up on the uphill. Merino is also great for managing moisture, which is a nice way of saying that it keeps you from stinking like cold sweat.

When an afternoon drizzle rolled over the peaks, the DWR finish held it's own. Had it really started to pour, I would have needed a rain jacket over top to stay dry.

Because it's warm and breathable, the Double Corbet hoody is a great midlayer for ski days and doesn't add bulk. The added wind resistance at the core is a lifesaver on storm days, and the ninja sleeve thumbholes are designed to keep the elements out, and one my favorite features in any jacket.

The jacket's tailored fit makes it easy to go from slope to street, and in the off chance you ever actually wash your gear, this jacket can go straight into the wash (cold gentle cycle) and won't shrink if you tumble dry low. True to size, I wear a Medium which is long enough for my height (I’m tall), and hits right at the top of the hip.

Note: This review is of the women’s version of the Double Corbet 120 Hoody. Smartwool also makes this piece for men.