Where do I even begin, when it comes to explaining how much I love my Cayoosh Hoody. I only knew of the Westcomb brand through Carly’s instagram posts. She seemed to be obsessed with the gear so I thought I would try it during a two week backpacking trip through Patagonia. I have always been bold with my color choices and this wasn’t going to be any exception. With colors ranging from black, love red, sunny lime, night shade, juice… etc. I got myself tangerine. No way I was going to get lost on the the trail. Immediately, I was impressed with my purchase. As an ultra light backpacker it is important to get the lightest gear possible as well as minimize bulky clothing that takes up unnecessary and crucial space in my pack. The packability of the sweater was incredible. It was nearly weightless and I easily folded it up tightly, with it taking up no more space than a pair of socks.
I was a little worried as I packed the jacket because it seemed extremely lightweight. Would this down feather hoody keep me warm on glaciers or if it snowed at higher altitudes? The answer was a huge YES! It did wonders at shielding me from the wind and temperatures ranging from 20-60 degrees in the Andes of Southern Patagonia. The tangerine was a beautiful color choice and looked great against any outdoor landscape with the pop of color it offered. I appreciated the quality and attention to detail in which this coat was made. Now that I’m back from Patagonia, I wear it around in Chicago. I receive compliments on my jacket all the time. In all honesty, I have nothing bad to say about the Cayoosh Hoody. If they offered one in a similar weight and style but waterproof, I would probably purchase two. I know this one is DWR durable water repellant, but for some reason where ever I travel, I bring the storms.
Carly also brought a Westcomb jacket. Hers was a Chilko Sweater in Dark Amalfi. It might have been warmer than mine but I think she wished it had a hood, especially since the first day on the trail, her only hoody blew off the side of the mountain.