- Recycled stretch fabric
- Lycra bound hood
- Item #EID004V
- Q & A
- Size Bought: Small
Love the look and feel of this base layer/sweater. Warm fleecy inside with slick outside. Wicks away bits of scattered mist and leaves you feeling warm and stylish. Feminin cut and cool design. Would have liked some form of pocket along with longer arms and thumb holes for when things get nippy but you dont want mittens. This will mot only be great for hiking but skiing and normal wear. The hood is tight and ridiculous looking but who cares when you are hiking and the wind is ripping and all you want is a skin tight hood.
Dingus in a hood
More like a scuba steve look-but it was form fitting, comfortable, hood that kept my head warm and dry.
26 degrees - no baselayer.
We went to Lookout Pass in search of snow and boy we found it - 26 degrees and SO WET. I wore a Cottonwood Down Vest from Basin and Range over the Pila II - perfect combo for hard work in the wet and cold.
My face and mittens were soaked but the Pila II kept everything else dry.
High performance hoodie
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Fit: True to size
The Eider Pila II caught my eye, the asymmetrical color blocking of the wine/grenadine color just grabbed me and wouldn't let go. I wish Eider would have done the same two-tone trick with the other color choices.
With hoodies, I always feel sloppy if I don't wear a t-shirt underneath. Up until yesterday I always had a layer on beneath the Pila II. Despite a close fit, the Pila II layers pretty well but I was amazed at how comfortable it was by itself - I probably won't wear anything under it again.
The inside of the Pila II is extremely soft. The outside has more of a slick, technical garment feel; I'm reminded of Under Armour storm fabric but Eider has a much tighter, smoother weave. I usually favor soft hoodies over the more slick styles but I would never take my usual hoodies backpacking (too heavy, slow to dry).
The hood is less "hoodie" and more "baselayer." Actually, it might be more "speed skater." The hood is not attractive when in-use is what I'm trying to say. However it is very effective and it would easily fit beneath a helmet. When not in use, the hood acts like a cowl-neck and then I think it's quite fetching.
Wildfires delayed our backpacking trip through the Mallard Larkins until October and it was COLD, I was glad to have the Pila II in the mornings and evenings. When the sun went down, I added the Millet LD Hybrid Langtang Jacket over the Pila II and the combination was enough to be comfortable.
The wind was howling when we broke camp at Northbound Lake so we departed wearing our hoodies. My dad complained that he was starting to sweat after one mile. I might not have noticed if he hadn't commented but I wasn't sweating at all. Eider did a great job, the Pila II isn't just a pretty face, it's a well-designed piece of performance clothing.
I've worn the Pila II out on the town and been complimented. I've hiked in it and done office work in it. I wore it fishing and on one cold, windy night I slept in the Pila II. It packs down small, dries quickly, and didn't get all that smelly even after 4 days of hard use.
The only negative thing I could possibly think of is that I expect a kangaroo pocket on a hoodie. However, I've been complimented on the fit a lot so maybe it's a case of sacrificing utility for a bit of vanity. Bottom line: I recommend the Pila II and I'll be keeping an eye out for other Eider products.
Looking sharp in the Pila II
Straight from Eider's website:
The Pila Hoodie rethinks what technical apparel looks like, by combining a performance fabric with a modern, chic design. Longer cut, asymmetrical stitching, and oversized cowl neck hood, there’s no need to forego femininity and style while working up a sweat!