Base layers with hoods are not that common and won’t appeal to everybody. However, if you like the idea of the all-over protection that a hooded base layer provides, the Arc’teryx Phase AR Hoody is one of the best. It wicks moisture, insulates and is tailored for an active fit with flatlocked seams for added comfort. The clever combination of materials ensures it dries quickly and offers UPF 25+ sun protection while silver ions encapsulated into the fibres minimise the odours often associated with man-made fabrics. But it’s the snug hood that fits easily beneath other hooded clothing or headwear that makes the Phase AR Hoody perfect for active wear in ear-bitingly cold environments. It also makes you look like a proper mountain ninja, which we happen to think is awesome.
Material 87% polyester, 13% polypropylene
Colours black, blue (men’s); purple, red (women’s)
Sizes S-XXL (men’s); XS-XL (women’s)
Weight 183g (size men’s L)
Of the base layers we looked at, the Arc’teryx Phase AR Hoody is the best for protection.
Review by Ben Weeks
First published in Trail magazine Spring 2013