My foray into the Kuiu Peloton 240 Full Zip Hoodie was actually by accident. I intended on purchasing the T-Zip Peloton but when I spoke with a Kuiu representative on the phone that day, I was told they were out of my size but that they would have suggested the full zip anyhow. The thought of a zipper running all the way down my chest was not pleasant, but the guy on the other end of the phone continued to convince me about the full zip so I heeded his advice, and I'm glad I did.
Why I haven't been wearing a hoodie in the backcountry until the past year or two is beyond me. My first of such and item was a Sitka hoodie that can turn you into a ninja in a matter of moments; face covered and all. I love that Sitka hoodie and since I was attempting to build myself a full Kuiu setup, the Peloton from Kuiu was a must.
After a season of using the Full Zip Peloton Hoodie, I'm sold. Not because it keeps me extra warm because of the cool waffle looking squares it has, or because it keeps the wind out, but because it's just easy to use. The full length zipper is so small that you barely notice it's there and when you're in a hurry to put it on or take it off, it's well…just really nice not to wrestle getting something over your head.
Here's a quick recap of what I like and why…
Full Zip Feature
Just like I mentioned above, the full length zipper feature is awesome. Easy on, easy off. The zipper isn't large and bulky and I often times forget it's even there. I wear a Hill People Gear Kit Bag on my chest and have never had it uncomfortably pressing on my sternum in any fashion, nor have I had it catch or malfunction.
Plain and simple, thumb holes are possibly one of the best inventions. They look dumb at first, but I find myself using them all the time. No more fishing for your cuff when putting on a jacket! They also serve as a fake glove to keep your hand warm.
The hood is a good size. It's not bulky and not small. I'd say it's a medium fit to where you can easily pull it over your head and still feel comfortable. I remember one year elk hunting, I bumped into a herd of cows about 20 yards away and kept fishing for my scarf to cover up my bald head. By the time I found it and managed it over my grape, the cows were bounding away. If I would have had a hoodie that day, I could have simply pulled it over my head and been in business. Bald heads don't camo up too well…
This hoodie isn't heavy, but it's not lightweight. I can wear it throughout most of the day when it's cloudy and never think twice about it. If the sun is shining, I usually take it off, but unless I'm going up hill, it can remain on me even in the sun. It's a versatile weight that can do a lot. Toss a rain layer on over it and you're all set for the incoming storm.
The hoodie fits looser than I'd prefer, but that's because I should be in a small and not a medium. I like my clothing to fit closer to my body so it doesn't catch on things but because Kuiu only goes down to a medium, I'm left with dealing with it. I pray for the day Kuiu makes the size small a standard in their lineup. All that said, it still fits really well and I can layer up under it nicely.
The inside has a fleece type fabric which is nice and quiet. The only thing I don't like about the hoody is the seams are a little rough if next to skin but I usually have a long sleeved merino shirt on so it's not an issue. Also, I have a weird thing with seams anyhow. If I were to compare the comfort level of the Kuiu Hoodie to the Sitka Hoodie, I'd choose the Sitka one all day. The fleece on the inside of it is really soft and it's a pleasure to wear. The Kuiu one isn't bad, but it's just not as soft. I think this is the one area Kuiu could improve upon, but it's not a deal breaker.
To date, I've worn my Peloton Hoodie through thick brush and never had an issue with it ripping or tearing a hole in it. It's well built and as long as I'm not tumbling down a hill, I'm sure it'll last for years to come.
Zippered Hand Pockets
I think it goes without saying that zippered hand pockets come in handy. They aren’t in the way if I’m not using them but they’re there when I do. It’s a small thing, but they’re nice to have.
I really like this 240 Full Zip Hoodie from Kuiu. Without a doubt, the full length zip is the only way to go for the simple reason of how easy it is to get on and off. Yet again, the Peloton 240 Full Zip Hoodie from Kuiu is a great product and I highly suggest giving it a go if you're in the market for a mid-weight layering piece.
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