Haglöfs got it right-first-time a few years back with the Triton, a hooded microfleece with different fabrics cleverly position for best performance, two big venting chest pockets, a good hood and a trim cut. They canned it, brought out the Bungy and the Gemini hoodies, neither of which was quite as good, although the Gemini’s hood is the best of the bunch, then they welded the two of those into the Treble, again which wasn’t up there with the Triton.
So, have we come full circle with this winter’s Juniper Hood? The fabric is good, a velour-esque Polartec Microfleece, the cut is neat, but with a good length to the body and arms. The hood has a stretch face opening, but no other adjustment. The fit seems okay on me as we speak, but I’ll report back on the with-my-head movement and how it behaves under a shell hood with no cinching available. The pockets are two tiny handwarmers placed down at the bottom, clenched bare fists only in these for me.
It’s comfy, and very light, the hood makes it versatile, and from experience, the faff avoidance of having that hood handy at all times is a joy when your Buff or beanie is still in your pack.
More soon, winter’s kinda here so I’m back to base+midlayers again.