Reviewers Paid: $169.95
Lightweight but pricey airy warmth.
- Dries very fast
- Variable warmth
- Cool piping and colors
- Won't block wind or rain
- Tight forearms
The L.I.M. Power Dry Hooded Top is a very lightweight fleece grid jacket that is suitable for all but the hottest times of year. It dries faster than any material I've seen, and is very comfortable to hike in.
The grid faces inward and the outer face is smooth. It's thinner than an R1, when held up to the sun you can see through it. It seems to be durable. It isn't showing signs of pack or any other kind of abrasion since purchased 9 months ago, in fact, it still looks brand new. Stitching and design is quality, as are my other Haglofs pieces.
It has a small chest pocket. The material is lightweight and stretches so it really isn't suitable for something as heavy as a phone, unless maybe you were sleeping with it.
When the temps drop or the wind picks up a light shell or puffy drastically increases it's warmth. Under a Patagonia Houdini on a windy ridge break, I like the silly red and yellow accents on the hood:
The hood fits and works very well. Above freezing I don't take a beanie anymore, though the hood's tailored fit does look a little strange. When the hood is up and I'm using the thumb loops the material stretches slightly and I can feel its heat retention going down a bit.
It's listed as regular cut. I originally ordered it in a large and at 5'9" 180 or so it was way too tight. If tight it doesn't regulate temps properly. In XL it fits well, though the forearms are still too snug to pull up or to wear a long sleeve layer underneath (unnecessary anyway IMHO.) The beauty of this piece is that it's only 6 ounces, is warmer than much heavier layers, and it works in warm weather!
I'm fair skinned and run warm, but hate slathering on sunscreen all day. The Power Dry's wicking properties, breathability and full zipper let me leave this layer on comfortably and get some sun protection when the mercury rises. In a midweight Capilene 3 or fleece I die above 50°F, I've worn this piece moving in the high 70s!
I bought it last year at full MSRP of $169.95. It's worth it to me though maybe not to some, and I've seen it on sale for $101 now, and think it would definitely be worth it at that price.
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $169.95 US