There’s good reason Smartwool is a standard bearer in the Base Layer category. Made with 100 percent merino wool, this hoody is simple and effective and kept testers dry and warm despite the gnarliest conditions. Heavy sweaters appreciated how quickly it dried after exhausting boot packs and high-energy resort laps, and anyone can appreciate wool’s natural ability to keep the stink away.
The casual fit also came in clutch at the local watering hole. While not recommended, one could pack these as a lone base layer for a multi-day hut trip and still be invited back. A simple feature, and a tester favorite, was the color block paneling that moved the seams off the shoulder. This subtle change made riding with a pack more comfortable. With a hefty quiver of base layers to choose from, testers continuously came back to this midweight hoody.