Voormi River Run Hoodie Review | Average Hiker
Voormi River Run Hoodie
Recently, I decided to get a new “sleeping shirt” for backpacking, and the Voormi Women’s River Run Hoodie was my choice. My sleeping shirt is also my “town shirt,” so it needs to be slightly better than my grungy hiking shirt.
The requirements for this hoodie were pretty simple.
- Wool, thin, soft and light weight
- Deep hood
- No zippers and no tight neck
- Loose so it does not constrict me, as I’m a “tosser” at night
A few weeks ago, an add for Voormi popped up on Facebook. I had been looking for the right shirt for months, and the River Run Hoodie seemed to check all the boxes. It was pricey @ $129, but my last sleeping shirt had lasted me 10 years.
My quality control specialist, and clothing model, tested it out first. Passing that gauntlet, it was my turn to take a spin in the hoodie.
- Fabric – DUAL SURFACE Blended Wool 52% Wool / 48% Polyester
- Weight – Women’s Medium 5 oz.
- Color – Rose
- Cut – Relaxed
- Woolx – $144
- Icebreaker – $180
- Woolly – $99.99
- Smartwool – $140
The River Run Hoodie is made of a wool blend – 52% wool, and 48% polyester. I hoped this meant the hoodie would not be itchy, and I was correct. After wearing the hoodie all day, and under a jacket, there was no classic wool itch.
There are other benefits to wool. Wool is naturally odor resistant, and this hoodie was over half wool, which checked a box. I would be out anywhere from 4 – 10 days with no shower (don’t judge), so this was a plus. Wool also retains warmth when wet, and sometimes I’m forced to wear my dry layers in dyer situations, so another thumbs up for the hoodie.
Appearance and Fit
Besides being light weight, the hoodie had a relaxed fit. This is a plus for me when sleeping. I did not want a fitted garment. The rose color was also a solid color I liked. This hoodie offered 4 different colors, unlike a lot of the fitted performance hoodies. The relaxed fit also led me to believe the hoodie would have a deep hood – good for my large head.
The hoodie met my expectations. As a matter of fact, the material was a little bit thinner than I had expected. I got an XL, since I would probably layer it over other shirts, and it is a loose fit, which is perfect. The color is a slightly faded rose red, just like it’s picture, which is not always the case. Last but not least, the hood fits my large brain perfectly!
There are a few little extras on the hoodie. Some I like and others I could do without.
- There is a small button above the neck. I like this because I can tighten up the hood when I sleep, but it does not choke me.
- Thumb loops – It does not really need these, and I don’t care that much for the elastic material.
- I like the brand name on the front. It is a darker shade of red and subtle. The same goes for the “V” on the back shoulder of the garment.
River Run Hoodie Summary
The hoodie is coming with me on the Arizona Trail in six weeks. It will travel about 800 miles with me, so I should be able to provide a good post hike review when I get back.
Since I’ve purchased the hoodie, it has turned into my go to lazy top. I throw it on when I’m running errands, or just need a comfortable shirt to go meet friends. The hoodie does not keep me warm on it’s own, but it makes a good comfortable layer.
If you are looking for warmth in a single winter layer, this may not be your hoodie, but then I run cold. On me this hoodie goes under a jacket and does not substitute for a mid-layer or even a light base layer. It is great to sleep in though, and to hang out in if I’m going to be in town.