Sherpa Adventure Gear Tchimi Hoodie, $80, sherpaadventuregear.com
The Good: Balaclava hood keeps lips from falling off.
The Bad: Face mask flaps around when unzipped.
The Ugly: No one can see how pretty I am when I’m wearing it.
If you’ve been reading Trek Tech for a bit, you know we’re suckers for three things: outdoor gear, zombies, and ninjas. And bacon. Scotch is good, too. Anyway, when any of these things come together, it always gets us extra stoked.
Sherpa Adventure Gear’s Tchimi Hoodie mid layer takes a cue from the deadliest art, providing a full-face coverage hood. Made from Polartec’s supremely comfortable Power Stretch material, the Tchimi Hoodie takes after most hooded base layers, but it goes the extra inch when it comes to coverage. Extra-long sleeves with thumb loops keep your hands warm and keep the Tchimi’s sleeves in place when you’re layering over it, and the balaclava hood keeps your face from going numb when the conditions get frosty.
The Polartec Powerstretch material is as comfortable as is ever was - soft against the skin without hindering movement in any way. When the weather turned foul, the ninja-style balaclava hood kept my face nice and toasty.
The one issue that I had with the Tchimi stems from that unique hood - it’s great when you’ve got it all zipped up, but when the hood is down, the unzipped balaclava has a tendency to flap around, especially if you’re bombing your way down a steep run. A minor problem, but a pretty annoying one, for sure.
Other than that, the Tchimi Hoodie is a solid layer - it takes a basic design and adds a bit more coverage for some windy days.
Most importantly, though, the thing makes you look like Snake Eyes from GI Joe. Win.
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