Fleece, you may want to brace yourself. It’s one of those, there’s-a-new-sheriff-in-town kinda things. Brand new and here to regulate is the women’s Valkyrie Hoodie from Triple Aught Design, a San Francisco-based company known for making high-performing men’s apparel coveted by everyone from outdoor adventurers to undercover cops.
One of the few items the company offers for women, the new, made-in-the-USA design packs the same durability as the men’s counterpart, but is cut to flatter the female form. Sure, at $235, it’s just a wee bit more expensive than your average hoodie. But then, its charms go far beyond looks: the zip-up jacket is four times as effective at blocking wind than standard fleece, thanks to DWR-treated Polartec® WindPro® fabric. Freedom of movement comes courtesy of the single underarm panel that runs from cuff to hem, while half-mitt sized thumbholes help keep your hands warm. Last but not least, the jacket’s signature Aero Hood is designed to lie flat when not in use for a sleeker, more polished profile.