There’s nothing quite like the anticipation before a trip, especially when you’ve got new gear to test out and are heading to a new place. That anticipation hit me before I headed out to explore Capitol Reef National Park for five days. Before I left, I got the chance to snag the Mountain Standard Men's Lightweight Pullover Hoodie, which became the piece I was most excited to put through though the paces out in the desert.
Wide temperature ranges define southern Utah in Spring. Cold mornings give way to hot days. It’s part of what makes us so desperate to get out among the rocks and junipers this season. It means that any piece needs to be warm when it’s needed and disappear in the bag when it’s not. With photography gear in tow, I don’t want anything in my pack heavier than it needs to be. After all, extra weight means less enjoyment walking through sun scorched washes. The Lightweight Hoodie kept me warm hiking through cool canyons during the day and was forgotten in the bag when hiking back to trailheads in the sun.
On our first morning, vicious winds made for a testing sunrise shoot. Luckily, the Lightweight Hoodie is cut long enough, a rarity in hoodies and something this tall dude appreciates, that part of my bum was covered. Combined with the snug hood and high collar, I didn’t need a beanie or balaclava. I just threw on my MS Down Jacket over the hoodie and got on with making images.
My favorite part of the hoodie is the texture. The knit is uber comfortable and a really nice surprise for a piece so lightweight. This type of knit is, in my experience, only found in heavier layers. I appreciate the added touch of comfort and it makes the hoodie better for hanging around camp cooking up all sorts of curries (MS has you covered with the World Explorer Spice mix here too).
Lightweight. Packable. Comfortable. Warm. The lightweight hoodie served me equally well during sunrise clifftop photoshoots and mid afternoon jaunts through narrow canyons. I didn’t suffer through any gear disappointments this trip, but the hoodie is up there at the top of the gear I’m happy with, even compared to our new two person sleeping bag. When a hoodie can compare to warm camp snuggles, you know it’s a good one!