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Kari Traa Rothe Fleece Hoodie - Women's Review

An oversized fit adds relaxation vibes we can sleep in, with fluffiness inside and out and wide sweatshirt cuffs
kari traa rothe fleece hoodie for women fleece jacket review
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Price:  $90 List
Manufacturer:   Kari Traa
By Maggie Nichols ⋅ Senior Review Editor  ⋅  Nov 29, 2022
58
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RANKED
#12 of 13
  • Warmth - 25% 7.5
  • Comfort - 25% 7.5
  • Versatility - 20% 4.0
  • Breathability - 15% 5.5
  • Layering Ability - 15% 3.0

Our Verdict

The Kari Traa Rothe is a deliciously oversized fleece hoody with a relaxed fit that cocoons you in cozy warmth. It has a big floppy hood with drawstrings and a fuzzy passthrough pocket to keep your hands warm. Unique side zippers add a pop of color and the option for ventilation, and very wide sweatshirt cuffs add a layer of comfort and a feeling of security that our testers enjoy. The Rothe lacks any secure zippered pockets and its bulk can be challenging to layer over. Though it's not a great high-tech performance piece, we love wearing this baggy pullover on lazy days around the house and for afternoon naps.
REASONS TO BUY
Very cozy
Warm
Oversized fit is relaxing to wear
Comfy kangaroo pocket
Hood drawstring
Unique side ventilation
REASONS TO AVOID
Not a great performance piece
Bulky and difficult to layer over
No secure pockets

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Pros Very cozy, warm, oversized fit is relaxing to wear, comfy kangaroo pocket, hood drawstring, unique side ventilationSoft interior, pockets are high enough for hip belts, robust wind guards on zippers, easy to layerVery stretchy, comfortable thumbholes, extended coverage, packable, very breathable, great warmth-to-weight ratioInstantly cozy, soft and fluffy, affordable, lots of color optionsWarm thumbholes, easier layering, solid coverage, good breathability
Cons Not a great performance piece, bulky and difficult to layer over, no secure pocketsShorter torso and sleeves, less stretchy, stiff zippers and wind guard make hood awkwardChest pocket looks bad, oddly long cut, light colors are see throughNo pockets, challenging to layer, not breathable, less wind resistantLess stretchy, cuffs are slightly scratchy, hood is an odd fit
Bottom Line An oversized fit adds relaxation vibes we can sleep in, with fluffiness inside and out and wide sweatshirt cuffsA simple and lightweight sweatshirt-like jacket that's comfortable to wear, if lacking in a few detailsThis lightweight fleece features good technical performance and coverage, a great warmth-to-weight ratio, and a reasonable priceA simple pullover with a classic design that's cozy, relaxed, easy to love, and affordableA lightweight hoody with comfortable thumbholes, good breathability, and ease of layering
Rating Categories Kari Traa Rothe Hoodie The North Face Cany... Outdoor Research Vi... Columbia Benton Spr... Mountain Hardwear S...
Warmth (25%)
7.5
7.0
6.0
8.0
6.0
Comfort (25%)
7.5
7.0
6.5
7.5
5.0
Versatility (20%)
4.0
6.5
7.0
6.0
6.0
Breathability (15%)
5.5
7.0
9.0
4.0
8.0
Layering Ability (15%)
3.0
7.5
7.0
4.0
7.0
Specs Kari Traa Rothe Hoodie The North Face Cany... Outdoor Research Vi... Columbia Benton Spr... Mountain Hardwear S...
Type Midweight Lightweight Lightweight Midweight Lightweight
Main Material Polyester 96% recycled polyester, 4% elastane 94% polyester, 6% spandex Polyester Polyester
Cuff Construction Elastic sweatshirt cuff Elastic cuff Same fabric as jacket Elastic cuff Elastic band
Weight 14.1 oz 10.6 oz 8.9 oz 10.4 oz 11.5 oz
Hood Option? Yes Yes No No Yes
Number of Pockets 1 passthrough 2 hand 1 chest None 2 hand
Features 2 side zips for easy on/off, drawstring hood, chin guard Chin guard, elastic hood hem, full length wind guard Thumbholes, flat seam construction, UPF 30, moisture wicking, off-shoulder seams, no armpit seams, chin guard Comfort stretch, extended collar Thumb holes, chin guard, elastic hood hem, off-shoulder seams

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Kari Traa Rothe Hoodie is a midweight polyester pullover with a quarter zip and a hood. It features a single passthrough kangaroo pocket, elastic sweatshirt cuffs, two ventilating side zips, a hood drawstring, and a chin guard.

Performance Comparison


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The Rothe is very comfortable and warm, if not a great technical performance piece.
Credit: Maggie Nichols

Warmth


The Rothe is a thickly warm pullover with fuzz both inside and out, creating that feeling of instant warmth and helping to add sustained warmth. The quarter zip has a fleece wind guard behind it — though the side ventilation zips do not. Drawstrings allow you to cinch the loose-fitting hood against the cold. Wide sweatshirt-style elastic cuffs warm our wrists very effectively. The fabric does a reasonable job against light breezes. The only weak point in this jacket is its fairly open waist hem.

kari traa rothe fleece hoodie for women fleece jacket review - drawstrings let you pull this hood tight against the cold or leave...
Drawstrings let you pull this hood tight against the cold or leave it open and comfortable indoors.
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Comfort


The Rothe 's soft fabric and loose fit are a major part of what makes this fleece comfortable to wear. The signature elastic cuffs are snug but not tight and lay very pleasantly on our wrists. Even with its oversized build, the Rothe is quite stretchy, allowing it to be more accommodating of varying body shapes than most others. A single passthrough pocket is made of the same material as the jacket. It's several inches deep and we had no issues with it holding our phone through a lazy weekend at home, but there are no zipper- or snap-secured pockets on this fleece.

kari traa rothe fleece hoodie for women fleece jacket review - the rothe is very fuzzy and warm inside and out.
The Rothe is very fuzzy and warm inside and out.
Credit: Maggie Nichols

Versatility


The Rothe isn't a particularly element-resistant hoody. Like most fleeces we tested, water easily soaks into the fabric and will eventually transfer to your clothing underneath. It does slightly better against wind, but the loose-fitting waist hem is a weak point. The size Small we tested weighs 14.1 ounces — one of the heaviest models in our lineup. It's also one of the bulkiest. We prefer to wear the Rothe around the house than to try to travel with it.

kari traa rothe fleece hoodie for women fleece jacket review - a cozy passthrough pocket and side ventilation zips help make the...
A cozy passthrough pocket and side ventilation zips help make the Rothe unique.
Credit: Maggie Nichols

Breathability


Two prominent zippers on the sides of the torso allow for extensive ventilation of about the bottom 7 inches. The hood is well-balanced, easily allowing us to fully unzip the chest for additional airflow. The loose-fitting hem again comes in handy for breathability, but the wide elastic cuffs keep the sleeves from being very breathable. Their snug fit also makes them challenging (though comfortable) to wear pulled very far up our forearms. And the thick warm fabric itself just isn't all that breathable. It does a solid job mitigating its warmth, but still isn't a model we want to wear on a hike, let alone a long run.

kari traa rothe fleece hoodie for women fleece jacket review - the wide sweatshirt-like cuffs can be pushed up comfortably and are...
The wide sweatshirt-like cuffs can be pushed up comfortably and are one of our favorite cozy features of the Rothe.
Credit: Maggie Nichols

Layering Ability


While this oversized pullover easily fits over just about every base layer, it's difficult to layer anything over the top of it. Unless your parka is also oversized, this bulky, loose-fitting fleece isn't an ideal midlayer.

kari traa rothe fleece hoodie for women fleece jacket review - the oversized, bulky rothe is challenging to wear a jacket over.
The oversized, bulky Rothe is challenging to wear a jacket over.
Credit: Maggie Nichols

Should You Buy the Kari Traa Rothe?


If you're in the market for a very casual fleece to snuggle up in at home, the relatively low price tag (for this lineup) of the Kari Traa Rothe makes it a solid choice. It's one of the only fleece jackets we enjoyed sleeping in and a go-to layer for a case of the cold weather sniffles. If you're hoping to go hiking in your new fleece or integrate it into your layering system, the Rothe is not the right choice.

What Other Fleece Jacket Should You Consider?


When we wanted a fleece to wear while lounging around and not doing much, we reached for the Rothe. The Patagonia Synchilla is a similarly relaxed, cozy model without a hood that we also love to hang out in. But when we wanted a jacket that was exceptionally cozy and warm, built for outdoor adventuring and relaxing at home, and easy to layer, the Ar'cteryx Kyanite had our backs.

kari traa rothe fleece hoodie for women fleece jacket review - hanging out with friends in the rothe is an exercise in warm fuzzy...
Hanging out with friends in the Rothe is an exercise in warm fuzzy feelings.
Credit: Maggie Nichols

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