Truewerk M3 Woobie Hoodie Review – Light and Comfortable
Truewerk M3 Woobie Hoodie Review – Light and Comfortable
Truewerk – Celebrating Tradework & Play in Style That Will Last for Days
(M3 Woobie Hoodie – Men’s Fit)
Are you ever tired of trying to find a solid staple three-season jacket that can easily be paired with other layers or perform on its own?
Well – I may have a solution for you! This month I’ve been lucky enough to learn more about a local Colorado company – Truewerk – testing out their M3 Woobie Hoodie. As a 5’3” (on a good day), 138lb female, small was the right size for this product.
The Men’s Fit M3 Woobie Hoodie in Black ($139) is Truewerk’s extremely light, comfortable, and flexible hoodie inspired by military-issued poncher liners, otherwise known as “Woobies.” Although my military friends mentioned it was not a traditional woobie, it still should be classified as an extremely soft and comfortable mid-weight jacket.
It has only been a few weeks, but I am 100% certain this jacket will become one of my staple three-season layers. It quickly has turned into the first jacket I grab out of the closet on these Colorado spring days when mornings start off chilly in the 30s and evenings end with 30+ mph winds. Although it is a Men’s cut (so the elastic waistband may need to be pulled up slightly to sit naturally on the female hips & the arms are slightly long), it screams comfort and functionality!
We’ll dive a bit deeper into what I liked the most about the M3 Woobie Hoodie, but before that, I wanted to share a bit more about Truewerk and the mission behind their brand.
Truewerk was founded in 2015 as a high-performance industrial workwear company that strives to bring their mission of “Believing in a life well built” to each piece of their clothing. Inspired by elite military and professional mountain guides, Truewerk gear is engineered for work. Whether it be for the individual that helps bring power to the masses or keep our daily conveniences of running water & electricity to life, or simply those that choose to live a rugged life of adventure, Truewerk has you in mind. They created the world’s first integrated workwear system, where each piece is designed to work together and adapt to the elements and the jobs its wearer takes on.
Although I do not personally work in the field, I immediately resonated with building high-quality products that thrive in adversity. It also speaks to Truewerk’s style that their clothing can be worn on the job site, in the mountains, or out on the town.
What stood out to me the most about Truewerk’s mission is they are fiercely advocating and empowering our tradesmen and women, striving to recognize and reduce the stigma around trade work, listening and amplifying the voices of this community, and are actively working to change the system that too often presents trade work as a step back, rather than a step up.
This passion to showcase the strength of such an incredibly hardworking, resilient, and dedicated community makes me proud to rock the Truewerk brand (while also sharing it with every person I could think of that may benefit from this amazing gear as they brave the elements each day at work – shout out to you Dad!)
Truewerk has a great mission, uses high-quality materials to hold up to the rugged conditions of its wearers, and is the perfect blend of style and durability. With that, here are a few things that stuck out the most to me when testing out my M3 Woobie.
- Wind, Water, Weather Proof – I was truly amazed at how protected I felt in this hoodie, specifically in the high winds Colorado Aprils seem to bring. Forgetting to put a layer on under this as I went to take my dog on a walk around the lake, I was shocked that despite the 30+ mph gusts hitting us left and right, not once did I feel that wind slip through my jacket.
- Durable, Protective, Yet Compact & Packable – Although the Woobie is built with four-way stretch & abrasion-resistant fabric, has an exterior that sheds water thanks to the DWR-coating with extra lining on the interior that feels cozy like your favorite flannel, it has a compact design that is not bulky. It would be great out in the mountains to provide warmth without taking up too much space in a backpack.
- Hood – Similar to my shock at how the Woobie delivered in the wind, I was almost as much in shock with how the hood stayed in place, even if I was running, jumping or chasing Bailey (our favorite fluffy golden retriever) around. Typical hoodies I’ve tried out have difficulty keeping the hood in place given the amount of hair I have, or makes it difficult to pull my hood up and stay in place with a ponytail in. Both of these situations proved no match for the Woobie, staying in place on my head the entire time.
In short, the M3 Woobie has my approval and will be my go-to mid-weight jacket for AOTDs moving forward!
Growing up in Massachusetts, Devan has been an athlete all her life. Starting at the age of 4 as a competitive gymnast, she quickly learned the joy that comes from hard work, determination, and a jammed packed schedule. Eventually, gymnastics led to competitive lacrosse, which resulted in her growing some wings and going to the PNW to pursue a DI College Lacrosse opportunity at the University of Oregon.
On the single off-day each week, she quickly learned to see Mother Earth as her playground and wanted to use every second of free time to find chase AOTDs (Adventures of the Days). These AOTDs were the inspiration for her blog Dabbling in Traveling & youtube channel.
From waterfalls, to snow covered mountains, to sand dune hikes – one thing was certain, something always went awry on these AOTDs. But hey, memories were always made! Not only was UO an incredible college experience, Oregon sparked her love for the outdoors & traveling across the country for games helped introduce her to Colorado in 2014. Staring up at the Flatirons on CU Boulder’s campus, she knew one day she would call Colorado home!
After returning to the east coast upon graduation, Devan’s heart never stopped longing to live in Colorado one day. But luckily the pandemic brought a newfound acceptance for remote work and in Nov. 2021 her dream came true!
By day, Devan is a Product Manager at Capital One. By afternoon, she is a personal trainer, coaching group Crossfit classes at Axistence Athletics (the best Adventure gym you will ever find!). By evening, she pours her heart into nonprofit work, specifically focused on driving sustainable change in Haiti through the Brace for Impact 46 organization (Fun fact – she has been traveling to Haiti since 2015, accumulating 7 trips and 7 months of living down there!).
Brace for Impact works in Northern Haiti to provide sustainable, multifaceted approaches to support child development, education, medical care, job development, and implementation of clean water & sanitation across the community, which touches 40,000 people each day! (Want to learn more? Check out their website www.braceforimpact46.com )