It's no surprise that the humble hoody remains popular among both athletes and those who simply like its cozy and comfortable appeal. But for outdoor lovers who want a performance top, Smartwool's PhD Ultra Light Sport Hoody takes the weekend staple to a new level. As its name implies, Smartwool is known for its creative use of Merino wool, and this piece is no exception. While the super-light shell fabric (that's both wind and water resistant) is 100 percent Nylon, the trim includes some of that signature wool to provide extra comfort.
The jacket is extremely light, and it can be packed snuggly into a chest pocket for easy packing out outdoor trips. But once the temperature drops or the rain comes, you can continue your journey without worries. For runners and cyclists, it's a good spring top to have in the closet for those cool and rainy days. In winter weather, pair it with a thicker base layer (say one of Smartwool's many next-to-skin options) and you've got a great option for cross-country skiing or snowshoeing. Or just wear it to the coffee shop and fit right in with the rest of the crowd.