Ridge Merino Women’s Convict Merino Wool Hoodie – An Invaluable Layer for the Backcountry
We are all looking for the perfect layering system. Maybe it exists, maybe it doesn’t, but I am getting pretty dang close to finding it. Ridge Merino’s Women’s Convict Merino Wool Hoodie ($149) has assisted me on this perfect layering quest I have been over the moon with its performance. Although advertised as a mid-layer, I have been using mine as my base layer since it feels incredible on my skin and has a snug fit. The soft and light material is warmer than you would expect and has been invaluable in my layering system since I’ve owned it.
Ridge Merino Women’s Convict Merino Wool Hoodie
Is the Ridge Merino Convict hoodie warm enough?
I have predominantly worn this backcountry skiing where breathability is essential on the way up and warmth is equally necessary for the downhill. I think it is warmer than it is breathable, but the breathability is still present in the material. On cold days it is perfect but if it gets warmer than 30º F (and you’re working hard) you’re going to get too hot. While huffing and puffing up the skintrack I worked up a good sweat with this as my only layer and wished I had worn a t-shirt under it.
Something like Ridge Merino’s Women’s Journey V Neck t-shirt would be great to throw on under this hoodie for the warmer days (. Despite the thin material, this hoodie can hold its own in cold temps. I’ve been really pleased with its heat retention and think it’s ideal for those chilly days on the skintrack.
How does it fit?
It fits true to size and is a flattering cut. It is close-fitting with room for a light layer underneath so it works well as both a mid-layer and a base layer. The hood is a perfect fit. It is low profile so it can go under a helmet but is still loose enough it can go over a hat. I think Ridge Merino really hit the nail on the head with this feature. There are also thumb loops and the soft, stretchy fabric and perfect arm length make these an awesome addition. The 1/2 zip is awesome for getting in and out and for ventilation. It also zips up a little past your chin to help keep the elements out. There is a left breast pocket to hold any small items like sunglasses or a snack.
The Convict is made of Polartec® Power Wool™ which is designed to maximize breathability in this mid-weight hoodie. It combines the natural fibers into a micro-grid pattern on the inside with a polyester outer. It is 54% polyester, 38% wool and 8% spandex to give it that warm, soft and stretchy feel. It is naturally odor-resistant to keep you smelling fresh all the way up the skintrack. It is also super lightweight (but with more of a mid-weight warmth factor) and highly packable.
Ridge Merino Women’s Convict Merino Wool Hoodie
Bottom Line: The Ridge Merino Women’s Convict Merino Wool Hoodie
Is unparalleled softness, quality, and warmth make it the ultimate layer for backcountry travel.
From the male perspective – Sean Sewell
I am a big fan of merino wool base layers. The Convict Hoodie has been on every splitboarding trip this season. The material is soft against the skin and the hood is perfect for touring. Check out the fit and function in the video below:
Growing up snowboarding and hiking in the bitter cold winters and humid summers of northern Vermont, Eliza learned how to beat up gear and quickly became infatuated with new technologies. After moving to Colorado in 2015 to pursue a degree in recreation and outdoor education at Western Colorado University, her passion for the outdoors grew exponentially. Soon after, she picked up rock climbing, telemark skiing, backpacking, canyoneering, and is slowly learning to love rafting. Through these learning processes, Eliza began to understand the importance of the right gear and hopes to share her experiences and knowledge with others through Engearment.
Now working for Beacon Guidebooks as the ‘Wearer of Many Hats’ (yes, that is her official title), Eliza has learned the ins and outs of the outdoor industry. She has also worked on marketing teams, as a photographer, media coordinator, outdoor instructor and as a wrangler. She is especially excited to encourage other women in the outdoors and is an advocate for diversity and inclusion.
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