Ok, let’s get it out of the way right away: $250 is a ton of money for a hoodie. We didn’t have to pay for it as we get free product to test, so don’t take our word on value or comparability. Those sort of tests take way more time than we have for this stuff. What you should take our word on is just how damn comfortable this hoodie is. Our editor is not exactly the “slim” demographic that Icebreaker has crafted this hoodie for, but the fit is still incredible. Merino wool’s famously comfortable and warm qualities shine through. In the Pacific Northwest drizzle, it managed to keep warm on soggy trail runs, even while wet. The thumb loops point to the high performance Icebreaker intended, and it’s clear in other details like the slickly designed media pocket. Throughout a spring trail running regimen the hoodie went from test piece, to standby layer, to required equipment for anything less than a monsoon. As long as it’s not torrential, the Quantum Plus is the go-to in our tester’s collection now.
Yes it’s expensive, but quality always is. In short, if you can get over the price or you know the dollar value of a long-lasting, extremely high quality piece, then this hoodie might find its way into your collection. We know it’s found a place in ours.
Here’s what Icebreaker has to say about it on their site:
Ideal for running, hiking and skiing but also stylish enough to work as a casual weekend piece, The water resistant Quantum Plus Long Sleeve Hood is made from stretchy, midweight 260gm merino fabric with nanotechnology to keep you dry during wet conditions.
Weight: 260 Midweight
Fabric: 98% merino wool, 2% elastane
Layer: Mid Layers
Best for: Running & Fitness, Snow Sports
Benefits: Midweight, naturally odor-resistant, breathable
Features: Reflective zipper; Secure zippered pocket with media port; Eyelet panels for ventilation; Thumb loops keep sleeves in place; Water resistant