All in the Hood: Patagonia Guide Hoody

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Patagonia’s Guide Jacket has been around for a while—what’s new about the PATAGONIA GUIDE HOODY ($179, patagonia.com) is the hood. It fits well over a helmet and also over a bare head—often it’s one or the other. The Hoody’s elastic drawcord cinches up snug either way, keeping the hood and visor in place even when you’re facing into the wind, and the pull is centered in the back so the cord won’t lash your face. Built from a stretchy, tough, 47-percent-recycled polyester double weave, the Guide Hoody is super-warm and windproof for its weight. Patagonia calls the Hoody “water-resistant,” but with its DWR treatment, rain beads up and runs off. The jacket is unlined but brushed on the inside, which helps with moisture management and comfort. The articulation, stretch, and trim cut allow excellent mobility and minimal bunching at the harness line, so fit this jacket a bit snug to pull over light- or mid-weight insulating layers, or even just a T-shirt. At 5-foot-11, 170 pounds, I got that fit from Patagonia’s size medium, which weighs 22 oz. and wads up to about the size of a cantaloupe. Which is how it’s stowed right now, in my climbing pack, ready for the weekend mission. —Jeff Achey