OMM Core+ Hoodie Review

Ultralight Air-Permeable Primaloft Insulation Hoodie

Having worn it plenty post-run and during a midnight run in early March, I was super impressed with how light-weight for such a warm jumper, but more so with how soft the fabric remains after a few washes and still feels like when first tried on. Having had a couple of longer runs where it was just too warm to get it out the bag, I had the chance to really test it during a three-day hike trip in the Lake District in late April, where all weather is likely.

While lucky with three dry days (when did that last happen!), it was blowing a cold northeasterly with 50mph gusts above 600m and with a temperature of 5-7 degrees. Armed with a backpack full of waterproofs and enough equipment to scale the Eiger, I set out with a simple short sleeve technical tee, the ones you get free with races, and after the initial steep climb of the day taking us to around 650m, it was chilly enough for the jumper to go on while taking a tarn-side brew stop; and it never came off, but more importantly, nothing else went on over it.

Not only does it feel soft, but it retains warmth and breathes so you don’t sweat. There’s some dark magic going on here; I’ve never had something which can do both, despite the manufacturers claims on the technical specification tags. The slightly longer cuffs on the sleeves fit over gloves to keep everything covered, but the best feature is the hood. Only my hair fits better on my head than this hood. I’m blessed with prominent ears which always struggle with being captive but now they have a new favourite place and remained cosy throughout. With the remaining ascent and subsequent breaks in walk/running the top stayed on and only came off later in the descent but soon went back on as the sun dipped behind the mountains and the pub beer garden fell into shade.  

I’ve attached a photo of me comfortable with no additional layers stowed out of sight. Look at everyone else wearing their heavy wind-proof/water-proof jackets! This is the top of Scafell Pike, a peak I’ve done multiple times but the first time I’ve had a brew & a biscuit up there. Happy days. 


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