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Patagonia Merino 3 Midweight Hoody

rated 3.5 of 5 stars

The Merino 3 Midweight Hoody has been discontinued. If you're looking for something new, check out the best base layer tops for 2024.

photo: Patagonia Merino 3 Midweight Hoody base layer top

Encapsulating warmth, anti-stink, relatively quick drying, optional thumb loops, fairly lightweight even with the double layer hood, and price was right. One versatile top in cool to cold weather.

*Rating dropped from 5 to 3.5 after 01MAR2022 update.

Pros

  • Can't lose your hat, and way warmer than a tuque.
  • Venting is great w/ a below sternum zip.

Cons

  • Needs a wind breaker
  • Too warm for much sun.

Fit for me is spot on throughout. Deep chest zip is perfect, extra long arms, breathes and adjusts to temperature (*or so it seemed at first),  (*too many hoods became an issue when layering), more robust/abrasion resistant and better wicking/drying time because of the addition of Capilene in theory.

*Update 01Mar2022

I sold mine on consignment as of two years ago. I noticed that many of my merino wool garments were starting to perish prematurely (these were probably more robust because of added Capilene).

My gripes were the following issues: The forehead on the hood often slid downward obstructing my vision, discovered over time that the percentage of merino did not regulate temperature as well as higher ratios of merino, I was trying to decrease my wardrobe inventory—I could not practically use hoodies for dining out or other similar occasions.

I stand by all the PRO's that I mentioned and as of late I have been successfully using breathable wind shirts as base layers for hot and cold weather and supplementing them with Dri-Clime or pile insulation (alpha fleece)/wind shirt combos for action suit layers while moving. This change in paradigm has allowed me to keep lower inventories of clothing and decrease worn ounces. When these combos are deconstructed/compiled they allow use in climate ranges by adding or decreasing layers.

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $98

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Specs

Men's
Price MSRP: $125.00
Historic Range: $70.00-$140.00
Reviewers Paid: $98.00
Weight 11.2 oz / 318 g
Fabric 6.5 oz / 220 g 80% Chlorine-Free Merino Wool / 20% All-Recycled Polyester
Women's
Price MSRP: $125.00
Historic Range: $34.83-$149.00
Weight 9.6 oz / 272 g
Fabric 6.5 oz 80% Chlorine-Free Merino Wool / 20% All-Recycled Polyester

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