Aclima Warmwool Hoodie (2014)

Features
This oddball from Norwegian wool specialists Aclima can be worn as a crew, a polo neck or sporting a full hood, making it ideal for a range of cold conditions. You also get a tunnel pocket and thumb loops so – while it looks a bit Flash Gordon – you’re getting great value here. A women’s fit is available. 5/5

Fabric
The Aclima Warmwool Hoodie is made of 100 per cent merino wool treated to allow it to be tumble-dried. It’s a heavier wool – 200g per yarn metre, and weighs 352g (size M) – and can feel coarse very initially on the skin, so outside of winter this will double as a mid layer as it will simply be too warm. The good news is it resists odour! 5/5

Fit
Fits like a sweater, with a close but not too body-hugging feel. The hood feature works well, though it can feel a bit awkward when tucked away behind your neck. 4/5
 
In use
The Aclima Warmwool Hoodie is a very warm base layer, which when you’re working hard takes the place of two or even three layers while still moving sweat effectively away, and it's extremely comfortable and breathable. The merino keeps you warm even when wet (an asset in emergencies) and resists odour well. Then there’s that hood, which despite reservations actually works really well when understood. This is too warm for normal use, though; it’s for colder seasons. 3/5

Value
Considering the weight and yarn of the merino used, this is actually spectacular value – more so given its features. 5/5

Verdict
The Aclima Warmwool Hoodie is a rather niche product; but if you think you need it, you probably do. 4.4/5

www.nordicoutdoor.co.uk

Review by Simon Ingram
First published in Trail magazine October 2014