An interesting base layer that can hold its own in good weather. The La Sportiva Stratosphere Hoody is woven with warming blend of EKS fiber and Merino wool yarns, which make a garment optimized for cold weather athletic endeavors. Invented by the Japanese, EKS can absorb moisture and generate heat while you perspire, and the blend with wool further optimizes the temperature regulation. La Sportiva made this hoody one that you can use to layer under a shell, or simply skin uphill in when the temps are appropriate. You can also use the fitted hood and half-zip chest to control heat loss, giving enough flexibility for an average climb. Back at the hut, the Stratosphere Hoody makes a perfect lounging companion.
- Comfortable flatlock seam technology eliminates chafing on the move.
- Advanced fiber blend optimizes body climate surprisingly well on its own.
- Fitted hood can be worn to trap head heat or dropped when the sun hits.
- Half-zip pullover design gives another option for controlling your temps.
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|Fit||Comfortable, alpine cut|
|Materials||75% Polyester, 40% Merino Wool, 15% Polyamide|
|Skimo Co Says|
|Usage||Any cold weather activity|
|Notes||Combo of tech and natural fibers, best of both worlds|
|Bottom Line||An ideal comfort layer|
Questions & Reviews
The Stratosphere Hoodie is more similar in weight to the Capilene, and both are meant to be used as a base layer. The R1 is more of a mid weight piece, and definitely meant to be worn as more of a light mid layer. As an added note, the Stratosphere hoodie is made with merino, and the secret behind this piece is the EKS fabric that absorbs moisture when you're working hard, and expels it away from the body when you're at rest. Pretty cool stuff.
I used it skiing with either a tee or long sleeve poly under layer and a wind breaker or puffy outer layer. It works well in a system in temps down in the teens or on its own for 25+ degree ski days or cold snowy runs.
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