Field Tested: Melanzana High loft Hoodie

The fuzzy Melanzana High Loft Hoodie made-in-the-USA fleece mid layer.

$99, Melanzana.com

Made in the USA, the high-loft Hoodie from Melanzana is a thick, soft, fuzzy mid layer that’s perfect for around camp or on the couch at home. It works great as a mid layer underneath a rain jacket or shell. Although it’s a relatively warm mid layer, it still packs down relatively small inside of a drybag for multi-day trips. It’s super fuzzy but doesn’t tend to pick up lots of dirt or gunk.

The fabric is really breathable, which makes it great for active uses like rowing or paddling but means that you’ll need to cover up with a shell or wind-resistant layer when conditions get breezy. A roomy front pocket is perfect for keeping hands warm.

One of the best parts about the High Loft is Melanzana’s super versatile hood design. The balaclava-like hood can be tightened so that it covers my chin, or even my nose when it’s really cold out. I can also tighten it around my neck like scarf to keep the drafts at bay. The hood is definitely the biggest selling point for this awesomely comfortable mid-layer.

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