I love spring only because it is the perfect season for hoodies. But in an effort to not have my entire wardrobe consist of hoodies this spring (my dream, but I don’t have the space for it), I tried a thin Showers Pass bamboo merino wool hoodie. I was hoping it would give me the same warmth as a ~regular~ hoodie but without the bulk, and the navy color is one of the main shades in my spring capsule wardrobe because it goes with everything! I was also hoping this hoodie would be the perfect layer to wear while finally riding my bike, because although it seems we won’t get another bomb cyclone, it's still been pretty chilly in NYC.
This hoodie turned out to be everything I was hoping it would be. I generally get cold easily, so it's a good layer to wear around the house, or in the office when I feel chilly. And I finally got to test it on my bike last weekend! I was able to go out for a ride in a turtleneck and the hoodie in the 40(ish)-degree weather, and I stayed warm without wearing any unnecessary bulk. It also seems the bamboo in this fabric helped keep me dry, because usually any form of exercise turns me into a sweaty sweat monster, but no such thing happened on my ride.
The hoodie has a big zippered pocket in the front, which is perfect for stashing things without worrying they'll fall out. It has a slim fit, which helps keep in body heat (I am 5’8” and the medium fits me well). In terms of the look, I love that this is a pullover but has a half zipper, to give the hoodie some versatility when building an outfit. I also like the white drawstrings, for some color contrast. This is definitely the most practical hoodie I own, and I’ll be using it on many future bike rides and outdoor adventures. I recommend it to other cyclists, as well as anyone who is looking for a thin but warm layer to help guide you through weird transitional winter/spring times. —Francine Hendrickson
Get it from Showers Pass for $129 (available in sizes S–2XL and in navy and gray).