Ideal for runners, hikers, and adventure travelers, Marmot’s Women’s Stretch Fleece Hoody is a versatile cool weather fleece that does double duty as a cold weather base layer.
I am earning the extremely versatile Marmot Women’s Stretch Fleece Hoody. As the name suggests, it is really stretchy. So you have got full range of motion. I can see this piece being great as just a standalone piece for chilly temperatures when you need a jacket that is just going to take the edge off of the chill. This would be great for running in really cold weather. It has got thumb holes here and it is definitely versatile in that way. But it also works well as a base layer. So you have got a pretty athletic fit with this jacket. You can put layers over top of it and it is not going to feel too bulky, but you could also layer up underneath of it if you size up. We will take a look at all of the features and what makes this jacket so comfortable.
The material here is Marmot’s stretch fleece. And as I mentioned before, it is really stretchy. So right now I am wearing a medium. I normally wear a small in Marmot and for an outerwear piece I would size up to a medium just so it is a little bit bigger, I can get layers underneath of it. If I was wearing this close to my body or if I was wearing this as a base layer, I would stick with a small and it would be a lot tighter fitting.
The fleece here is really soft and comfortable on the insides. So it feels nice next to skin. And I feel like I can move in this. So it would be a great climbing piece. You have full range of motion. It would be great for hiking and back packing just as an extra layer to pull out. You have got a hood up here at the top so that provides a lot of extra warmth. And the collar is pretty high as well, so you can zip that up to just protect against your neck.
The features here really light weight and simple, but the attentions to detail are also very important. So you have a full length zipper. There is a nice storm flap behind the zipper to hold in heat. You have two hand level pockets here on the front and these are bonded pockets. They are really comfortable and they are just nice little hand warmer pockets, small pockets right here in the front.
You also have a pocket up here on the chest, so where you want to keep small items close at hand. I could see you putting a pair of keys or Chapstick in this pocket up here.
It has got really comfortable thumb holes down here on the bottom. So the length of the sleeve is a little bit longer to accommodate for those thumb holes. If you are not using them, they tuck away really nicely, so you can just pull the jacket, no problem. The thumb holes are really nice and comfy with that stretchy fleece on the inside. And this is just a really nice comfortable fleece jacket.
There is one hem adjustment in the bottom and this is a little bit longer piece than I have seen in some other fleece jackets. The hem in the back is actually dropped so you can definitely pull this down and cinch it down to keep you nice and warm and comfortable. And something I really appreciate about this piece in particular is the seams here are flat lock seams, so the seams under your arm and places where you might develop chafing if you are on long days on the trail or if you are running with this piece, it definitely cuts down on that. So those seams are really important. It is a small detail, but it makes a big difference if you are spending a lot of time in this jacket.
Overall I can see this as a really versatile hoody. You can wear it every day. You can wear it back packing, climbing, running and it is just a great piece that is going to take the chill off on those chilly or cold days.
It is the Marmot Women’s Stretch Fleece Hoody.