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Särmä Merino Wool Hoodie

Särmä Merino Wool Hoodie

Price 133.99 USD excluding VAT

Finally, a proper hoodie - in this case, the price doesn't come from a big name, but rather from the material, which is thickish Merino wool, which is probably the best fabric ever. Oh, and we haven't forgotten to design the cut properly too. Whether you like to move on foot or two wheels, for the love of God buy this!

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Finally, a proper hoodie - in this case, the price doesn't come from a big name, but rather from the material, which is thickish Merino wool, which is probably the best fabric ever. Oh, and we haven't forgotten to design the cut properly too. Whether you like to move on foot or two wheels, for the love of God buy this!

  • Our best top: superb cut, handy pockets
  • Merino wool - the best material for most uses
  • Works as a top layer or under a shell jacket

While thin Merino wool is best used for undergarments, thicker works superbly for something used as the mid or even top layer, depending on the weather. Such is our hoodie here - works well under a shell jacket but hardy enough to be worn on its own during the intense movement, for example.

Moreover, our hoodie looks good enough to be worn anywhere, which is certainly a nice benefit - no flashy colors or ridiculously skin-tight cut here; you can certainly wear this in the pub too, even after a sweaty bike ride! Sure, when lazying it out on the comforts of home, a standard cotton hoodie does the job, but for someone who enjoys exercise, this is just so ridiculously much better in just about any situation.

Form and cut

Slim fit, with long hem. Quality zipper on the front, with a flap on the backside to prevent it from making contact with the skin if you're not wearing anything under this. The collar is so high when zipped up that you really don't need a scarf of a neck tube. The hood has drawcord tightening and is suitably roomy, but not overly so - it works as an underlayer when worn with a helmet during cold weather. Thumbholes on the sleeve cuffs, of course. Reinforced against wear and can be rolled up if not needed.

Hood Update 2020

Beginning in batches arriving (to us) in August, the hood will be 3-piece. It has a lower profile, and we think it looks better, too. This applies to various colors and sizes in stages as older batches with the 2-piece hood are sold out. It's not like we'd clear them out; they are prime quality stuff. All Yellow hoodies have the 3-piece hood. Below is a table for the other color options:

Hood table

Size Black Dark Gray Green
X-Small Regular 3-piece
Small Regular 3-piece
Medium Regular 3-piece
Large Regular 3-piece
X-Large Regular 3-piece
2X-Large Regular 2-piece 2-piece 3-piece
3X-Large Regular 2-piece 2-piece 2-piece
Medium Long 2-piece 3-piece
Large Long 2-piece 3-piece
X-Large Long 2-piece 2-piece 3-piece
2X-Large Long 3-piece 2-piece 3-piece

Pockets

Sort of five pockets, all are roomy. Two handwarmer pockets (volume about one wine bottle each) and a kangaroo pocket on the back can be accessed from either side, a good place for storing gloves, hats, and other accessories. On the left sleeve, you'll find a zippered pocket, roomy enough for any smartphone (iPhone 6 Plus, Oneplus One or Samsung Note 2/3/4, etc.). Hell, you could probably fit a standard set of groceries in the pockets. The pocket lining is slightly elastic polyester fabric.

As is customary these days, the sleeve pocket is covered with velcro. This means you can slap on a patch of your choice (smart people put a reflector tab on it!).

The fabric

  • Fabric weights 350 g/m2 / 10 oz/yd2.
  • Material: interlock weave blend of 78 % mulesing-free Merino wool, 19 % viscose and 3 % elastane.
  • 19.5 micron.

The percentage of elastane makes the fabric - you guessed it - just a tad elastic, allowing for free movement.

Now, as the material is mostly Merino wool, it has a plethora of nice qualities: warm even when wet, doesn't really soak in water either, doesn't absorb nasty smells easily (i.e., you don't have to wash it that often) and doesn't feel itchy. Probably the only real downside is the high cost, but we wager you'll be much happier using a well-made quality garment than a cheap one. Actually, this doesn't even cost that much compared to similar things offered elsewhere.

Abrasion resistance

When it comes to abrasion resistance, this hoodie does quite well for a wool garment, but has its limitations - especially the sleeve cuff & thumbhole area is vulnerable to wear and tear in continuous use. This is especially true in desk jobs where the sleeve sweeps all the time against the mouse mat. This seems to be a common complaint as people wear these every day everywhere! The sleeve cuffs can be repaired by cutting off the whole thing just before the thumbholes and sewing the cut edge shut.

If you really have to wash this, do it gently in about 30 degrees Celsius, preferably by hand but machine wash is probably OK too. The rinsing water should be about the same temperature as the washing water - this is important! For a complete, thorough washing process we have some pretty nice solutions for wool, like these two:

  • Sonett olive laundry liquid for wool and silk1 l
  • Sonett wool care 300 ml
  • Size info

    Sizes in the dropdown box according to recommended user's height and chest circumference. The hem and thumbhole sleeves are very long, so it's suitable for much taller people than usual. If you are a girl, we recommend taking the chest measurement below the boobs. Normal size women usually are well off with size X-Small.

    Just in case we have provided the actual measurements of the garments for each size, see the chart below. Please bear in mind that the fabric still is very forgiving despite the given measurements! Front and back length are measured from the base of the hood.

    Metric size chart

    Size Chest circumference Sleeve length Back length Front length
    X-Small Regular 88 cm 70 cm 72 cm 60 cm
    Small Regular 96 cm 71 cm 72,5 cm 61 cm
    Medium Regular 104,5 cm 72 cm 74 cm 62 cm
    Large Regular 112,5 cm 72,5 cm 75 cm 63 cm
    X-Large Regular 120,5 cm 73,5 cm 76 cm 63,5 cm
    2X-Large Regular 130,5 cm 74,5 cm 77 cm 64,5 cm
    3X-Large Regular 143,5 cm 76,5 cm 78 cm 65,5 cm
    Medium Long 104,5 cm 76 cm 77 cm 66,5 cm
    Large Long 112,5 cm 77 cm 79 cm 67,5 cm
    X-Large Long 120,5 cm 78 cm 80 cm 68,5 cm
    2X-Large Long 130,5 cm 79 cm 81 cm 69 cm

    Imperial size chart

    Size Chest circumference Sleeve length Back length Front length
    X-Small Regular 35" 27.5" 28.5" 23.5"
    Small Regular 38" 28" 28.5" 24"
    Medium Regular 41.5" 28.5" 29" 24.5"
    Large Regular 44.5" 28.5" 29.5" 25"
    X-Large Regular 47.5" 29" 30" 25"
    2X-Large Regular 51.5" 29.5" 30.5" 25.5"
    3X-Large Regular 56.5" 30" 30.5" 26"
    Medium Long 41.5" 30" 30.5" 26"
    Large Long 44.5" 30.5" 31" 26.5"
    X-Large Long 47.5" 30.5" 31.5" 27"
    2X-Large Long 51.5" 31" 32" 27"

    Made in EU (Lithuania).

    Varusteleka Särmä

    Särmä is our own brand of clothing and equipment. When you buy Särmä you get purpose-built stuff at a decent price, something that will fill it's intended role well and not cost you an arm and a leg!

    Särmä products are covered by a 12-month warranty against defects in materials and workmanship. For further information please read our detailed warranty guide.

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I would recommend for a friend

27.06.2016 (Edited 03.05.2017)
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192cm/95kg ja Large Long istuu täydellisesti. Kerrankin pitkät hihat ja helma!

Uudemman version kestävämmät taskut ovat huomattavasti paremmat. Oikeassa hihassakin olisi voinut olla hihatasku, mutta silti täysin hintansa väärti ja 5/5!
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10.08.2016 (Edited 07.09.2016)
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Tuotekuvauksessa luvattiin maailman paras huppari ja sitä myös sain. En ole ikinä omistanut yhtä mukavaa ja monikäyttöistä vaatetta. Hinta ja laatu kohtaavat myös hienosti. Itselleni sopi medium regular 180cm/80kg
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08.09.2016 (Edited 09.09.2016)
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Tuotekuvauksen lupaukset pitävät paikkansa. Parhautta!!!
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12.09.2016 (Edited 14.09.2016)
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Lämmin ja yksityiskohdiltaan tosi kätevä ja fiksusti suunniteltu huppari. Materiaali on sileä, eikä ole melkoisella kulutuksella nyppyyntynyt tai mennyt muuten pahaksi. Huppuun mahtuu oikeesti pää, mikä on, kumma kyllä, aika harvinainen asia oikeastaan.

Olen pieni tytönrääpäle (163/53), ja tavallaan koon xs huppari on mulle inasen turhan pitkä, mutta harteikkaana istuvuus on kuitenkin mainio. Käytän tätä lähinnä pyöräilyyn ja arjessa selviämiseen, eli aikalailla koko ajan. Ja jos tästä vielä lihaksistun (heh) niin materiaali kyllä joustaa.
Merinovilla on parasta. Kiitos tästä!
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28.09.2016 (Edited 29.11.2016)
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tämä on ollut haluan -listalla jo pitkään ja nyt kun viimein sain aikaiseksi hankkia ihmettelen vain miksi en ostanut tätä jo aikaisemmin. taitaa todella-kin olla maailman paras huppari, ja muukin tuotekuvauksessa mainittu pitää paikkansa :).
huppu on tarpeeksi iso, mutta ei liian iso kuten useimmissa vastaavissa vaatteissa. hihat ovat jopa omille apinakäsilleni riittävän pitkät ( mikä ei todellakaan ole itsestäänselvyys ) ja peukalonreikiäkään ei tartte itse silmukoiden väliin venyttää koska ne on tajuttu tehdä hihoihin valmiiksi.
plussaa myös kokovalikoimasta - lähellekään sopivaa on näillä mitoilla ( 170/53 ) usein lähes mahdotonta löytää mutta tämäpä onkin täydellinen. kun rikastun ja lakkaan köyhtymästä hankin toisenkin, niin en koskaan enää tarvitse uusia huppareita :D
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08.10.2016 (Edited 29.11.2016)
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I would recommend for a friend

25.10.2016 (Edited 29.11.2016)
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Samoja huomioita kuin edellisillä arvostelijoilla - tuotteessa on paljon hyvää ja vähän ylimääräistä.

Hyvää:

Tuote on lämmin, tyylikäs ja laadukkaan tuntuinen. Reilun kuukauden kokemuksen perusteella uskoisin, että neulos kestää pidempääkin käyttöä hyvin. Koko (minulla S, olen 175cm/75kg ja miltei lihakseton ja hartiaton) on hyvä. Paita istuu hartioista hyvin, hihat ovat ulkokäyttöön ajatellen erinomaisesti mitoitetut ja peukkulenkit hyvä plussa ja helma on tarpeeksi pitkä ettei rekkamiehen pajatso näy. Hinta/laatu -suhteeltaan tuote on hyvä, ja toimii kerrospukeutumisessa tärkeässä roolissa paitsi ihan kylmimmillä keleillä. Alempana kuitenkin muutama kehitysehdotus.

Heikommin toteutetut asiat:

Velcro on suoraan sanottuna ihan turha. Mustassahan se ei juuri näy, mutta muissa väreissä kyllä, ja armeijan jälkeen en ole kokenut tarpeelliseksi kiinnittää yhtään mitään velcrolla vaatteisiini. Vaikuttaa siltä, että aika moni muukin päätyy ratkomaan sen irti ja niin teen minäkin. Voisi olla hyvä idea jättää se pois seuraavista versioista.

Selkätasku on tuollaisenaan niin ikään hieman ylimääräisen tuntuinen. Fillaritakkityyppinen ylhäältä täytettävä tasku/taskut (vetoketjulla tai mieluummin ilman) olisi(vat) ehkä käyttökelpoisuudeltaan siinä ja siinä. Jättäisin kuitenkin jatkoversioista pois.

Kauluksen viimeistelyssä olisi vielä vähän tekemistä. Vetoketju tuppaa jäämään pari pykälää auki ja kauluksen istuvuus ei ole ihan smooth ja pehmeä.

Jossain toisessa kommentissa toivottiin Napoleon-taskua hihataskun tilalle, joka onkin mainio ajatus.

Suosittelen joka tapauksessa ainakin tutustumaan tuotteeseen.
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13.11.2016 (Edited 18.11.2016)
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Paras koskaan omistamani vaate. Materiaali on aivan lyömätön, tuoteinfo ei liioittele. Kaulus lämmittää hyvin, mutta kokonaan suljettuna laskee käyttömukavuutta. Hiukan avoimeksi jätettynä kaulus kuitenkin asettuu siististi.

Hihatasku on hiukan hankalakäyttöinen - taskua ei saa kunnolla auki ja kiinni yhdellä kädellä. Velcro siinä päällä on muuten turha lisä, mutta peittää taskuun laitetun materiaalin muodon mikäli siellä tykkää pitää vaikka maksukortteja. Takana oleva tasku jää tavallisesti hiukan vähemmälle käytölle, mutta on muutamia kertoja osoittanut tarpeellisuutensa - sinne saa nopeasti heitettyä kaikenlaista sidetarpeista pyörän pumppuihin.
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01.01.2017 (Edited 03.01.2017)
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Great hoodie! The merino wool feels great against the skin, much nicer than a cotton hoodie.
I'm 175/104cm and the medium fits me nicely.
Will shrink a little in the wash, but it is so elastic that it doesn't really matter. It just gets a little more fitting against the body.
I own a Chrome merino cobra hoodie, and the Särmä hoodie is thicker and made of better quality fabrics.
Highly recommended!
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