When I backpack or camp in cold weather, I sleep with a beanie on my head for added warmth. Over the years, I have been driven crazy by the fact that the beanie NEVER stays on my head. I invariably wake up in the middle of the night aimlessly searching for it in the dark tent. After several futile attempts, I usually give up and lie there – freezing – for what seems like eternity. If I do get lucky and find the beanie, the vicious cycle seems to continue throughout the night.
What is my solution for this maddening situation? I just discovered the Patagonia Women’s R3@ Hi-Loft Hoody which is considered one of Patagonia’s warmest layering pieces – it is thick and fluffy. I do have to warn you, if you have a tendency to sleep warm, this may not be the solution for you. If you sleep cold like I do, you will be nice and cozy. If you get hot, you simply pull off the hood.
If for some reason you find it is not the best option for sleeping and would like it for other uses, you will appreciate the fact that with the hood on, you will avoid the feeling of wind on the back of your neck whilst enjoying those cold winter days. Depending on the temps, it can be worn by itself or as a toasty mid-layer.
I love all Patagonia has to offer for many reasons, but I particularly like their green attitude. Per their website, they “recycle used soda bottles, unusable second quality fabrics and worn out garments into polyester fibers to produce many of our clothes.”
Environmentally friendly AND good for noggin warming – what’s not to love?