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First Lite Chama Hoody

rated 5.0 of 5 stars
photo: First Lite Chama Hoody base layer top

My First Lite merino clothing keeps me comfortable in the cold mountain mornings and when I am hiking during the warmer parts of the day. Great for layering or for sleeping in on those cold nights. Pull the hood up, cinch it down for added warmth.


  • Versitle
  • Naturally antimicrobial (doesn't stink after wearing 9 days straight.)
  • Retains some R value even when wet.
  • Dries fairly quickly.


  • Expensive
  • Heavier than some synthetics

The Chama Hoody is a versatile top. It can be used as a base layer on those cold hikes through the woods, or as a stand-alone sweater on those days where a jacket is too much.

The hood, with its cinch string, is useful in a cool environment, but you will want something more substantial in real cold.

If you want this as a base layer order down a size. Fit on the Chama is a normal large. I wear a large shirt and ordered a large, it fit true to size.  

I wore my Chama for eight days while on a Wounded Warrior elk bow hunt, and it did not stink like my synthetics did after two days. We had rain and snow for six days straight, with one day of sun and back to rain the last day.

This Merino wool breathes well, and even when wet this Chama hoodie helped me stay warm. Merino dries fairly quickly, and even when wet retains some of its insulation properties. I  wore this Chama approximately 40 days last year during the fall and winter, and it still looks new.

First Lite manufacturers state, "You’ll be happy to know washing your wool is easy (when it needs it) and it can be dried in the dryer as well. Wearing our Merino wool base layers will feel like you're wearing your softest cotton T-shirt". Check out the link to the First Lite website video.

Source: bought via a "pro deal"
Price Paid: $65

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