I have a hard time with gear geeks, those who go on and on about features of the equipment for the outdoors. For me, I either like it, or I don’t. And, the Hot Dome Hoody from Core Concepts, I like. I like it, a lot.
Simply put, the Hot Dome Hoody (Retail: $139.00) is a more lightweight version of the ever-popular Patagonia R1 hoodie. The features are incredibly similar from the snug fitting hood, the zip chest pocket to the thumb loops at the wrist. Core Concepts calls the Hot Dome, “a perfect mix of warmth and breathability” which, for the purpose of my use, has certainly rang true.
I purchased both the Patagonia R1 hoodie, and the Hot Dome Hoody this winter, but more often than not I’ve chosen the Hot Dome for day-to-day use. For clarification I’m a rock climber that does not climb ice or cold mountains. My use for the Hot Dome Hoody has been on daylong rock climbs in the Utah desert, local cragging and bouldering, trail running and mountain biking. It’s my go-to layer with a hood for these types of excursions.
Some other features about this layer I like:
The hood fits under your helmet. Many times over the last month I’ve found myself slipping this on at a belay, or even just leaving it on for the entire climb.
A perfect mix of polyester and spandex. (91% polyester and 9% spandex)
Designed in Idaho, and made in Washington. It feels good to represent a company that designs and produces their products here in the U.S.
As summer approaches I won’t be wearing this layer as much while out cragging and bouldering, but when I get up in the high country for some mountain running, the Hot Dome Hoody will continue to be put to good use.
Side note: I also had the opportunity to test out the Old Faithful baselayer from Core Concepts (retail $59.00). While I didn’t use and abuse it as much as the Hot Dome Hoody, it’s a stylish shirt that I could wear climbing, and then wear out on the town.
Another sweet shirt to look out for from the brand is the Whiskey River Hybrid (retail $89.00). Super stylish, with a wind and water resistant nylon face, hiding a bonded lightweight polyester lining inside that wicks and breathes.
Oh, and did we mention that all of these above products are currently on sale at the Core Concepts website? You’re welcome.