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Review: ISOBAA merino 260 casual hoodie

Written by Fiona

April 20 2022

I have been testing the ISOBAA women’s ISOBAA merino 260 casual hoodie. The long-sleeved hoodie is mid-weight and made from 260g loop-back merino.

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Features of ISOBAA women’s merino 260 casual hoodie:

  • 260g 18.5 micron superfine 100% merino wool, with Terry loop back
  • Full YYK zip front with garage and guard for comfort
  • YKK zip hand pockets
  • Loop hood adjusters
  • Flatlock stitching to reduce the chances of chafing
  • Off-set shoulder seams to prevent rucksack straps from rubbing
  • Deep cuffs with integrated thumb loops
  • Printed care instructions directly on to the garment to avoid scratchy labels
  • Easy care and quick drying
  • Recycled packaging
  • Male and female designs
  • Price £145.
  • See Isobaa hoodies.

My thoughts: ISOBAA women’s merino 260 casual hoodie

Merino wool is a great product. It is a natural material that keeps you warm when it’s cold and breathes when it’s warm, so sweat can evaporate. It’s also quick drying, naturally odour resistant and sustainable.

The merino 260 weight is a lovely soft and warm fabric. It’s proved to be a great jacket for wearing as an outer layer on cool spring or autumn days and also as a mid-layer in winter.

The fit is what I would describe as comfortable. It’s not too tight, nor too neat and the length – both the torso and arms – is great. In fact, the arms are really good because I can comfortably use the thumb loops. This is rare for me as I have long arms and usually the sleeves are too short.

I like the hood for times when you need a bit of extra warmth around the head and ears.

The full length front zip allows you to be versatile with how you wear the hoodie. It is great when fully zipped up on a cold day but equally nice as a casual open zipped addition on a cooler day.

The design and colours are great. There are plenty of choices and while I have the grey (charcoal) with an orange zip, I also like the darker colours with contrasting coloured zips.

The zipped pockets are great as hand warmers and also for safely stowing items, such as car keys, thanks to the addition of zips.

Isobaa is a favourite brand and while the products are not the cheapest (you can sign up by email to be notified of great sale prices every so often), they are well made and durable. The company has a keen eye on the environment, too, which is important. Buying fewer clothes and making sure the items we purchase are environmentally friendly is really important.

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