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Suprisingly technical.

    During my 2008-9 winter expedition to the Pakistan, Karakoram, I made a radical shift from using polypro/fleece in my layering system to utilizing wool components. The cold weather performance difference was significant. To continue with wool in all aspects of layering, I chose the Backcountry.com Wool Hoody to layer over my Icebreaker merino base layers. I was surprised to find this system was much warmer and more efficient at moisture transport than any cold weather system I have used to date. I was even able to use this jacket as an outer layer on moderately cold days- as long as I kept climbing hard enough to generate some warmth. The athletic cut of this jacket fits me well, but I would prefer a drawcord at the waist to keep warmth in and the snow and wind out. The hood is also close fitting and not bulky, working well with outer shell hoods. This jacket will be a great mid-weight fleece for summer trips. As a bonus, when walking through airports on the trip home I didn't feel like the usual shaggy-fleeced Muppet.

    Great Stylish Jacket

      This jacket is a great causal / nice jacket to wear out and about. I've worn it to go out drinking, out to a business lunch when it was snowing and everything in between. Very versatile, always looks nice. I get lots of compliments on it. I should mention, when the wind blows really hard this isn't totally windproof. Very windy days aside, this will keep you nice and warm.

      Quality and Style

        I have been looking for a wool jacket for a while and finally decided to give this jacket a shot. And I must say I cannot be happier. When I first got the jacket it was a little stiff and I wasn't sure if I was going to like it. After wearing it around the house for a few hours it softened up and has been warn everyday since. I am 6'3 195 with a slim build and the XL is perfect. It is a little wide but that I am used to dealing with that since I have a long torso. As far as warmth, I can wear it with a t-shirt on a windless 30 degree day. wind is a problem, but nothing adding a sweatshirt under wont handle. I also wear this under my EMS Gortex jacket and I toasty warm in 5 below. I love the hood and the pockets keep my hands warm. It has a drawstring waist. No cinching at the wrist, but an internal cuff stops the cold very well. The graphite color is pimp and i have gotten muchos complements on it from the ladies. Its nice enough to wear to the office and technical enough to wear out in the wild. Great work on getting this jacket all kinds of right. (Windstopper backing next time and i will buy another in a flash.)

        Love it

          I'm 5'7" 180lbs. I had ordered a medium but it was too tight for my fit. There weren't any larges available so I decided to go with an XL. It fits fine, but the large would probably fit perfectly. I love the jacket so far. Keeps me warm and looks very good. I've gotten many compliments regarding the jacket, most asking me where I got it which I then referred the website. Definately a jacket I would recommend.

          Love this Thing

            I'm 6' 165lbs - got a Large and have a little room. Comfortable, warm, breathable and stylish, this jacket straight up rocks. Looks good around town and is durable enough for the backcountry. Blocks a fair amount of wind and sheds some water. The inner lining makes it really soft on the skin without being too cumbersome. Don't expect the hood to fit like a Hoody -- not quite as comfortable but way better in the elements. And the inner cuff takes a little getting used to, but you won't want to go back after that.

            Looks great

              I am 5"8 130 and I ordered the small (no more medium left) but it fits well. I could wear the jacket with another sweater inside, but would be tight.

              Jacket is very warm. i love the inner sleeves and the ram logo.

              not entirely wind proof

              Overall very good jacket

                Im 5'7 and 145 lbs and the small fits perfectly. The only complaint is with the construction of the hoodie. The hoodie's brim isnt folded in and sewn. Instead it's left "open" and just stitched on top of. This causes the end of the hoodie to fray, which really ruins the look.

                Jacket keeps me very warm.

                Comfortable and cozy

                  I love this jacket. It's great for blocking the wind if you don't have a shell on. You may be able to feel the wind slightly, but it's not in a way that makes you cold, but refreshed. I love the neck gauntlet the most (like any hoody/jacket should be). The lining is rather soft which is a nice contrast from the wool outside. I've been wearing this on the regular now since the weather has turned cold.

                  Great Jacket

                    I'm 5'9" about 145 lbs and the Medium fits me perfectly. The tailored cut is cozy and looks sharp. I also like that the sleeves are a little longer than most jackets - they come down to my thumb joint with my arms at my sides. A cuff tucked inside the sleeves keeps them from sliding around and they rotate with my hands. A big plus: the thin, soft synthetic lining inside the jacket gives it the benefits of wool without being itchy. It's warm, mildly wind-resistant, and I really like having the hood for when it gets chilly. Super versatile - I have worn this thing on a weekend backpacking trip in NC and to bars with my friends. Wouldn't change anything about it!

                    Fast and awesome

                      I used the free shipping on this jacket, that's supposed to take 10+ days, but yeah i got it in 2!!! and this thing totally rocks. comfy and great looking, i am a very fit guy, with a slim waist. This was the Hoodie/Jacket of my dreams, XL fits my chest fine and the slim taper waist fits great. LOVE IT LOVE IT. Backcountry.com rocks!

                      Good jacket but watch sizing and don't go out in the wind!

                        A great jacket and I agree with the other reviewers that it is a bit on the tight side - I had to send mune back and get a larger size. I was out in New York at the weekend and I wasn't as warm in the jacket as I thought I would be - the wind just seems to cut right through it but it did keep the rain off.
                        Very comfortable jacket and cool looking

                        Check your sizing carefully

                          This jacket is awesome, the only problem you might experience with it is sizing, I'm 6'1 175 and the large was just a bit too big for me, but I have a smaller upper build and like my jackets a little tighter. So if you're in this range you have to figure in how big your build is and how tight you like your jackets/if you plan on layering under the jacket or over the jacket.
                          The branding on it is great, a cool goat logo that's not too big or flashy is the perfect addition to this wool hooded jacket.

                          My new favorite jacket

                            I'm 6'1" and 175 lbs, large fits me perfect. I had to exchange the medium I ordered originally because it was way too tight across the chest (my chest measurement is ~39 inches if that helps at all). The large is still on the form-fitting side, but that's good if you like your clothes that way. This is a great jacket- it looks nice but not too nice, if that makes any sense at all.

                            Amazing, but small

                              I was so bummed. I am an XL in Arcteryx, westcomb jackets and XL in other backcountry shirts, but this I can barely fit in the XL! So sad... maybe I need to lose some weight anyways. Good thing they have XXL.
                              The wool on the outside is really nice touch, and yes will get all baled up under the arms, but it is cool I think. The fleece on the inside is so deceiving. The wool on the outside is no merino and looks like you can use it for sandpaper, but then you put your arms in and it feels like a bed of soft... fleece. The hood is bomber and has plenty of room, not helmet worthy but nice.
                              It is a more stylish item than a technical peice but would keep plenty warm under a shell regardless. I think the best part is the goat. Backcountry does a great job of not plastering their name everywhere, but a simple little goat on the collar. Classy!

                              Great, but not all around

                                I wore this jacket all last year and it is a great jacket. I am 5'11'' and about 180 and the medium fit snuggly. Almost too snug but this thing moves pretty well. The length is perfect for me. If you're taller, go with a large. I think it looks distinctive in that it really looks more formal then your run-of-the-mill hoody or North Face fleece. Very clean. Its warm for sure. The wool is even pretty durable although not waterproof at all. I tried to wear it to work but I noticed the lining would leave lint on a dress shirt and continued to do so even after being cleaned. It was also snug enough to wrinkle whatever I had underneath. I the end, its perfect for your general messing around outdoors and car camping. Can't wear it to work and its not technical enough to wear skiing, hiking, etc.

                                Do it!

                                  im 5'11" and 140lbs(skinny and lanky). i went with a small and it fits well. the sleeves are long enough for my + 3" arm span, but it wouldnt hurt if the torso was a tad longer and the hood was bigger. havent washed it yet, it would be bad if it shrunk a lot. overall though, this jacket is uber steez!

                                  Will you guys ever have more of these in...

                                  Will you guys ever have more of these in stock?? If so, any idea when?

                                  I`m 6,3 and 210lb with pretty long arms...what...

                                  I`m 6,3 and 210lb with pretty long arms...what size should I take????

                                  I am 5'11'' pushing 190. I like a loose comfortable fit but not crazy baggy. I find that most BC.com products I am an XL. However, I purchased this in an XL and it was too long and baggy for me. It may be perfect for you though. When ever they restock with a L i will exchange my XL.

                                  Does anyone from Backcountry.com know if...

                                  Does anyone from Backcountry.com know if you guys are gonna have more sizes again in the graphite color instead of the new version with the coffee and grey color in sizes M or L?

                                  Hey P - Unfortunately, we're not getting any more of this specific style. This is last season's model, and has been replaced with the Siphon Wool Hooded Jacket for this season. The Siphon Wool Hooded has shed some weight compared with this style. Much of the feedback on this jacket pegged it as too heavy/restrictive, so in response we lightened up the wool-blend shell and used a grid-fleece lining in the new Siphon Wool Hooded.

                                  What's the difference between this jacket...

                                  What's the difference between this jacket and the siphon wool jacket.

                                  wool blend? What is it

                                  wool blend? What is it

                                  It's wool that's been woven and blended with other stuff (probably polyester or something). The wool is on the outside and the inside is fleece. It looks less technical than traditional jackets as you can see the weave of the wool and the fleece is hidden on the interior.

                                  I'm 5'11'' 185 with broad shoulders I...

                                  I'm 5'11'' 185 with broad shoulders I like a comfortable fit (not slim, and not crazy baggy). I have the bc.com full zip hoody and the rime pullover in an XL and I love the fit. Should I go for the L or XL with this item?

                                  How much will this jacket shrink when...

                                  How much will this jacket shrink when washed (following the washing instructions of course!)

                                  i would lke to buy this jacket with a M....

                                  i would lke to buy this jacket with a M. The thing is, they don't have this size, what i should do, i'm from Poland, and i really don't know where i can get it, thanks for your help.

                                  WAS THIS EVER MADE IN ANOTHER COLOR?

                                  WAS THIS EVER MADE IN ANOTHER COLOR?

                                  I've read all the reviews & spoke with...

                                  I've read all the reviews & spoke with Porscha via IM. I'm 6', 155lbs, 38" chest with a thin/athletic build. My torso is longer than normal - like a swimmer's. I prefer the slim look without looking baggy. Would you recommend a small or medium? Porsha surprisingly recommended a Large which I'll surely not go with.

                                  I would honestly go with a medium. A small will not have enough material in terms of length, and the jacket is rather tapered in its fit too.I absolutely love this jacket, especially with regards to the tapered fit (I have broad shoulders and a narrower, very long torso).

                                  im about 175 cm tall. and 72kg. what size...

                                  im about 175 cm tall.
                                  and 72kg.
                                  what size would fit on me.

                                  Usually fleece jackets are for Spring/Fall....

                                  Usually fleece jackets are for Spring/Fall. Will this jacket keep me warm throughout Winter when it gets to be -35C or -31F? Or is this jacket better suited for Spring/Fall?

                                  I love this jacket even in the cold, I've used it down to 0° F before and still am very comfortable. Also keep in mind that I use this jacket casually, not when I'm out in the backcountry.For those extreme cold temperatures, I'd look at a down jacket from Montbell. Montbell makes incredibly awesome gear and its what keeps me warm in the absolute coldest of days.

                                  im 6'2" and weigh 200lbs with an athletic...

                                  im 6'2" and weigh 200lbs with an athletic build, what size should i get?

                                  I do not think you'd need an XXL for the arms. I am 6'3" 175 pounds, 15.5 36" dress shirt size (slim fit) and the size M fit me perfectly. To my surprise, the sleeves were long enough. Definitely a nice, slim fit. Very similar to an Arc'Teryx Gamma MX in sizing.

                                  hey, im realy keen on getting this jacket...

                                  hey, im realy keen on getting this jacket but im curious as to wat size to get.... im 6"2 and i weigh 85kg and a slim build with a largish torso should i get a large or medium???? plz help i want this jaket lol

                                  I'm 5'11" 145lb, is a medium gonna fit me...

                                  I'm 5'11" 145lb, is a medium gonna fit me well?

                                  I talked to one of the Gear Experts about sizing. I'm 5'10" 145lbs, about a 38" chest and he told me a medium would fit me well. I'm going with that.Update: The jacket fits great. It definitely has an athletic fit and the sleeves run a little bit longer than normal (which is fine with me since my arms run a little bit longer than normal as well).

                                  I am going to Ireland this summer and have...

                                  I am going to Ireland this summer and have been told, for obvious reasons, that I need a rain coat. My question is will this jacket protect me from torrential rains (as expected in Ireland)? Also, the high temperature is expected to be between 60 and 70Farinheit. Is this jacket for colder climates?

                                  I'm 6'2" and 180-185 lbs. Fairly athletic...

                                  I'm 6'2" and 180-185 lbs. Fairly athletic build but lean. What size should I get. I figure I'll only where a long sleeve tee or a snug fitting fleece at most under this.