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What i forgot is that without a hood, wind and cold enter through your neck. I definitely wish i had gotten a hood. Try a Merino buff. One of my favorite pieces of gear for both the backcountry and city commuting. I went with merino balaclava for this purpose. Totally saves the day if you need to protect your gaps. I go with this principle: If its my first garment of said design say, buying my first puffy, or first fleece mid layer, or first soft shell jacket Down The Terraced Fields - Worn Hood - Day After Day (File), and I intend to use it in the actual outdoors, I always go for the hood It provides a lot more utility and comes in quite handy to have.
If i'm buying the jacket for mostly city or urban use, then i'll consider no hood so that it can wear it better with regular clothes like button downs. This is generally my line of thinking as well. I rather have my R1 hood and a nice hat or balaclava I pretty much always carry a shell. Every hardshell made for the backcountry has a hood already and I find stacking hoods annoying. I also like to be able to use my backcountry gear in the city, hoodless midlayers are more versatile for layering IMO.
Just a little more coverage? I'd think with the hood being connected to the jacket it insulates better. I have an aegismax and a goosefeet gear. Honestly though even into the teens using a merino buff and fleece beanie is pretty warm tucked into a quilt. If you're in weather where you want a hood you'll also want one when you're sleeping. So why are you bringing two? Get something like the Hoodlum or whatever setup you like. There's your day and your night covered and it comes off if you warm up in the day.
Also it depends where you hike. A long time ago, puffies had removable hoods you could snap on and off. Best of both worlds. I agree, and I also don't like how they interfere with my hearing. They're definitely warmer than a beanie, though. The hood is a little noisy for me. Every step is swish, swish, swish. But I am all for the hood otherwise! No hood. Hood is good on a baselayer or fleece midlayer. Hood on a puffy limits auditory input. First down puffy had no hood. Replaced it with a hooded Patty Anorak.
Better to have and not need than need and not have I vote no hood on the puffy. They work for hiking in a large range of cooler temps, and also for sleeping. The gaiter can also work as a good-enough visor, so I can avoid carrying a billed hat. Hoods rarely fit well and the right fit for active use is not always the right fit for sleeping.
The separate pieces give more versatility and adjustability, analogous to layering. I also bought a 2-oz? I had a buddy that already had a Sierra Designs puffy without a hood and when he saw mine with a hood, he ended up buying the same one!
Buy once, save later. Lots of good info here people. Thank you. Need to upgrade my puffy with no hood. Was thinking of an fill with a hood but the idea of a puffy with no hood and a down balaclava intrigues me. The balaclava would work great with my quilt when the temps are cold but not cold enough to wear the puffy under the When The Crowds Are Gone - Savatage - Gutter Ballet. And the two could work together when needed.
Seems more versatile. What are you gonna use it for? Thats the main question. When I ski, I dont want a hood because I just have my baclava merino wool and the hardshell has a hood as well. When I go out for dinner or parties, I choose a non hooded jacket because personally, I like how these type of jackets look. IF Im using this for hiking or in a situation where I will be exposed for a long time then the hooded version comes into play.
Its really a personal desicion. I went no hood on my puffy. For winter activity I bring a merino gaiter and beenie hat. If I need a hood I rely on my hard shell. Better layering options. Too many hoods get in Down The Terraced Fields - Worn Hood - Day After Day (File) way Down The Terraced Fields - Worn Hood - Day After Day (File).
Depends on the use. My big puffy has a hood because I use it for max cold protectionbut my lightweight one doesn't because I move a lot with it. A scarf keeps me warmer than a beanie and gloves combined. If the hood fits closer to your head, yes. If not, no. If you already have a buff and watch cap, also no. I wear a coat with a hood, but I always fold the hood into a high collar and wear a hat if I'm chilly.
It's a Sierra Designs model whose name I can't recall, but the hood was overstuffed and can be turned inside out and tucked down the back to form a fantastically warm collar that goes up almost to my nose and ears. Hooded sun hoody, hooded fleece, hooded puffy, hooded wind jacket, plus a buff and a fleece hat.
Love them all. When it gets cold enough to wear my puffy to bed, I find that I Chic - Le Freak / Savoir Faire to have a beanie to keep my head warm and a hood to keep my neck warm. So, I am a hood-guy through and through. I have a hooded puffy. Unless it's insanely cold or wet, I can just go baselayer - jacket and it covers me.
I have long hair; it is almost to my waist, so even braided it can be a bit bulky. As a result I tend to go no hood for insulation layers I plan to use while moving. I Down The Terraced Fields - Worn Hood - Day After Day (File) fortunate enough to be gifted Merino ones that I love.
My warmest jacket does have a hood, though. No hood on puffy.
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