Finding a good end-of-winter/spring mid-layer jacket can be a tough task. Your down jacket which kept you warm in the depths of winter is now too warm, resulting in instant overheating. And wearing a shell on its own will leave you shaking like a leaf when the cold winds prevail. The Drifter Hoodie from Salomon is a versatile jacket which also looks great, perfect for the changeable conditions in the mountain or even worn casually.
About the Drifter Hoodie
The Drifter Hoodie is a reversible jacket with two different face fabrics which offer different levels of warmth. Wear the shiny side on the outside with the soft side against your skin for maximum warmth and protection from the wind. Or turn the jacket around when you get warm to regulate your temperature. Weighing in at 570g, the jacket is pretty light and packs down extremely small. However, Primaloft insulation and AdvancedSkin technology will keep you warm in the harshest conditions. Like most Salomon clothing, the Drifter Hoody comes in an ‘athletic’ fit, meaning it’s a closer fit on the shoulders and arms.
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In the hills
I’ve been wearing the Drifter Hoodie since last autumn, all the way through the winter and I love it. It’s a great mid-layer jacket which you can switch up depending on the temperature or your exertion levels. Worn over a t-shirt, the softer side is really comfortable and warm against your skin and the athletic fit means you can easily wear it as a mid-layer. The large hood is helmet compatible and draws up nice and tight to keep your face warm.
One of the best things about the Drifter hoody is how small it packs away. You can easily stuff it into your pack when you get too warm without even noticing it. That’s one of the key things to look for in an inter-season jacket as the conditions can change so quickly. Salomon says that the Drifter hoody is water repellent and I think it would be to a point, but I wouldn’t want to get caught in a downpour without a shell.
Overall, I think the Drifter Hoody is a great addition to the gear cupboard. It’s warm, windproof, breathable, fits excellently and packs down really small. Whats more, the versatility of the jacket makes it perfect for the Spring.
The Drifter Hoody is available in a number of different colours. Featured is the blue and maroon colourway. You can view other colourways and find out more here.