A Hoodie of Substance

A Hoodie of Substance

Fibre Athletics’ Everywhere Jacket might be the most substantial, heaviest hoodie I’ve ever laid hands on. Great curves, flattering seams—and it still covers my wrists and back when I’m in full roadie stretch (I’m 5’6″, and a bit longer in the torso than most women my height). Even though I wouldn’t grab it for a 50-mile road ride, it’s great for casually zipping around the neighborhood. You know, the kind of ride where you set out thinking it will just be a get-some-fresh-air ride but then you can’t resist that super fun hill (don’t matter that I’m wearing jeans, Ima climb that), and/or you lose track of time and find yourself racing home to be back when you promised. I’ve also found it’s thick enough to keep the wind off, which is great.
Speaking of windblocking, I share an affinity for snuggling under blankets with Ziggy, my 5-lb. chihuahua. We are both constantly looking for something snuggly and warm year-round here in the Pacific Northwest. I tend to run cold and am also the first to get out of the surf anywhere north of L.A.—and this jacket is the first thing I dove into after wrestling off my 5/4 mm wetsuit yesterday. I bet I’ll be wearing it nearly year-round: daytime in the fall and winter, then chilly evenings in spring and summer here in Seattle.
Complaints? Just one—I’m having a hard time getting the all snaps to snap. To be honest, I’m not sure why they’re there—the hood is not removable. This piece is great for casual hikes, neighborhood bike rides, I’ve even worn it to work and have yet to want to take off the hood. I’ve flipped it up more than once and the thickness of the fabric gives the hood a nice structure and fit too.
It’s too bulky to bring on a road ride where you’d rather have layers you can cram into a back pocket if needed. As for the jacket’s pockets, they are big and sturdy enough I can stash my phone-keys-wallet—and forget they’re there. There’s a tiny stash pocket as well. As if that’s not amazing enough, I can carry these things around without looking like a mama kangaroo. (Who wants to add bulk to their waistline?) I love the Royal Navy color too, it’s blue enough I’ll happily wear it with black tights and not feel like I’ve got a navy-black clash happening.
It’s cut from 100 percent domestically-grown organic cotton. The cotton, we are told, hails from Texas and is spun in North Carolina. Everything about this piece is made in the U.S. It comes in four sizes, small through XL, plus two other colors: black and something periwinkle-ish, called Storm.
Finally, given its thoughtful and conscientious origins, the fact that it survived an unsupervised beagle pocket inspection last night, and it’s now on the list of essential PNW surf equipment alongside my board and wetsuit—it’s well worth the $150 price tag.
Final thought: The perfect transition from technical to casual.
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