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Voormi High-E Hoodie - Women's Review

An almost "weatherproof" fleece that'll keep you protected in poor weather
Top Pick Award
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Price:  $229 List
Pros:  Exceptional merino wool insulation, durable, incredible wind and water resistance, cool features, huge pockets
Cons:  Stiff fabrics, can feel itchy, heavy and less packable, super expensive
Manufacturer:   Voormi
By Amber King ⋅ Senior Review Editor  ⋅  May 11, 2020
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RANKED
#10 of 13
  • Warmth - 20% 9
  • Comfort and Fit - 20% 7
  • Breathability - 20% 6
  • Layering Ability - 20% 5
  • Ease of Movement - 15% 6
  • Weather Resistance - 5% 10

Our Verdict

The ultra weather protective High E Hoody is brought to you by a small Colorado-based Company called Voormi. This company specializes in producing wool products that are technical, durable, and all-around awesome. This hoodie is no exception. It's stellar at wicking away moisture, protecting from the sun, and insulating. While it's not the most breathable (because of its thicker design), it provides the best weather resistance we've seen from //any fleece tested/. Unfortunately, the fit is a bit tight, and the fabrics don't stretch much, making it hard to layer and fit if your limbs are a little thicker. If you can stomach the price, this highly weather-resistant layer has its place as an award winner.

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Our Analysis and Test Results

The Voormi High E Hood is a merino wool-polyester blend hoody that offers the best weather protection and warmth of any jacket tested. It features a fitted ¾ zip design with functional pockets and even a ponytail pocket in the hood! It offers full coverage in the form of a big balaclava, to help weather out any storm. Its style is cute and easy to wear in town or while exploring trails in the mountains. Our biggest caveat is the stiff materials that make fit difficult — especially in the arms.

Performance Comparison


The Voormi High E Hoodie is at home both at home and high up on blowy mountain summits. Here we do remote testing work for other OutdoorGearLab categories while donning this fleece.
The Voormi High E Hoodie is at home both at home and high up on blowy mountain summits. Here we do remote testing work for other OutdoorGearLab categories while donning this fleece.

Warmth


This excellent technical jacket has all the warmth features you'd want while tackling big mountain peaks and hanging out near cold mountain streams.


Composed of merino wool and polyester, it provides incredible insulation for even the coldest days of winter. This warmth is one of the many reasons it's our favorite layer for cold weather.

A look at the make-up of this warm jacket. It's loaded with insulation.
A look at the make-up of this warm jacket. It's loaded with insulation.

This was the layer we went to when the wind was truly wailing, and we needed something nice and warm, yet breathable. The ¾ zipper comes all the way up the nose like a balaclava, offering excellent coverage and more warmth in poor weather. Wear it with a thin base layer or jacket on the coldest of winter days. It's almost the warmest jacket when wet as it's made of wool.

The balaclava hood offers excellent coverage  is helmet-compatible  and even comes with a ponytail hole! We love the women-specific thought here.
The balaclava hood offers excellent coverage, is helmet-compatible, and even comes with a ponytail hole! We love the women-specific thought here.

Comfort and Fit


This jacket has an immense number of comfort features, including cute thumb loops and a ponytail hole in the hood (yes, you read that right!) that's best for a low ponytail. It's also compatible with a helmet while your hair is through the hole, which is incredible for women who don't like to braid their hair and want to keep it out of the way while exploring. We also like the garaged zipper that keeps metal off the face in super cold weather. Unfortunately, the fit is tight and the materials aren't stretchy, which made this less of a favorite amongst our testers.


The hood offers full coverage and garaged zipper which adds to its comfort features.
The hood offers full coverage and garaged zipper which adds to its comfort features.

We love, love, love the pockets on this jacket. Many manufacturers don't seem to realize that women love pockets, and for some reason, they are small and unusable. This utilitarian jacket has a kangaroo pocket on the front and a chest pocket to the right that is HUGE. Whether you're climbing or backpacking, it'll hold all the goodies you need.

The internal chest pocket is so big  we can fit our whole hand inside...up to the wrist. What storage!
The internal chest pocket is so big, we can fit our whole hand inside...up to the wrist. What storage!

Our caveats with this jacket come in the fabrics. While merino wool offers great warmth, its not very stretchy and quite heavy. Fit isn't super versatile, either. If you order a size that's a little too small, this jacket won't stretch to fit. Instead, you're left feeling a little claustrophobic. The arms are thin, and many of our testers say it's harder to layer because of this stiffness, which is inevitably less comfortable. However, the more we wore it, the more we got used to it.

We also love the Kangaroo pocket that you can access from either your left or right side. Talk about convenience!
We also love the Kangaroo pocket that you can access from either your left or right side. Talk about convenience!

On that note, there's not much length through the arms and torso, and again, less stretch. We've definitely noticed a little itch in the fabric that we haven't observed with any other fleece. So if you're sensitive, we'd recommend a different option.

Unfortunately  even our smaller testers agreed the fabric isn't very stretchy or accomodating for thicker base layers.
Unfortunately, even our smaller testers agreed the fabric isn't very stretchy or accomodating for thicker base layers.

While it has excellent comfort features, the fit is finicky. If you're on the fence, and sometimes wear a medium, but mostly wear a small, we'd recommend sizing up. You'll have more room and a better fit overall. Voormi is a small company based out of Pagosa Springs with excellent customer service, so don't be afraid to send it back if it doesn't work of you.

Winter decides not to use the hood on this bluebird day. However  it does fit nicely under a helmet.
Winter decides not to use the hood on this bluebird day. However, it does fit nicely under a helmet.

Breathability


This jacket is one of the warmest and features an average level of breathability. The face fabric is continuous, but porous, which allows moisture to escape, but not as quickly as thinner fleeces we've tested. If you look at the material, it features the classic grid material, which promotes breathability.


This material runs throughout the jacket, but is double layered in the upper front of the torso, perhaps for additional warmth and to accommodate pockets. That said, the continuous face fabric and thicker, less porous design is less breathable than some of the best performers in this review.

We enjoy the protection and lower level of breathability on this leisurely hike around our backyard.
We enjoy the protection and lower level of breathability on this leisurely hike around our backyard.

However, it'll still vent moisture if you're engaging in a more mild activity like a leisurely hike or even backcountry skiing in super cold weather. This wasn't the jacket we reached for when we knew that we'd be producing a lot of heat. It's one we use for less sweaty activities or colder weather.

A look at the woven ventilation. Unfortunately it doesn't breathe as well as thinner  technical competitors.
A look at the woven ventilation. Unfortunately it doesn't breathe as well as thinner, technical competitors.

Layering Ability


This fleece layers easily underneath shells and jackets but catches thicker base layers.


It does, however, have a tighter and less stretchy fit throughout the arms and torso, making it more difficult for base layers to fit easily underneath. While we were able to pull this on over base layers, we preferred to wear it with a t-shirt or tank top as long sleeves typically bunched up. If we were to ask for some minor improvements, we'd ask for a little more room in our arms, especially since many of our testers have arms that need a little extra room.

We use this jacket on a sunny day skiing at Grand Targhee ski resort. Only a thin softshell is required over the top as there's ample insulation below. Layering under something like this is simple.
We use this jacket on a sunny day skiing at Grand Targhee ski resort. Only a thin softshell is required over the top as there's ample insulation below. Layering under something like this is simple.

Ease of Movement


The materials don't stretch as easily as traditional polyester (this is made with thicker Merino Wool and hard-faced merino wool technology), which makes movement a little more difficult. When we reach up or down, the jacket catches layers below and moves up with it. For that reason, we'd recommend sizing up to promote better movement.

Here we see the layer moving up. This is a result of its more rigid make-up.
Here we see the layer moving up. This is a result of its more rigid make-up.

Weather Resistance


WOWZERS! This layer has impeccable water and wind resistance, which has earned it a Top Pick. It's built with a surface hardened thermal wool technology and a DWR finish that completely resists water penetration and wind. If we had to choose a fleece to wait out a huge wind or snowstorm, and we were without a shell, this is the one we'd want to be in.


When hiking and skiing, we hardly feel the wind blow — unless we unzip the jacket. If you're skinning and a snowstorm hits, you can take your time putting on your shell. The fabrics bead up this water, and it wicks away quickly. Plus, it's the warmest layer we've tested that keeps you warm, if, and only if the fabric becomes saturated. As a result, it's our favorite for weather resistance, and one of the many reasons we'd recommend it to those who see poor and cold weather often.

This fleece does an impeccable job protecting against both wind and rain. The reason it earns it's Top Pick award.
This fleece does an impeccable job protecting against both wind and rain. The reason it earns it's Top Pick award.

Value


The price for this fleece is difficult to stomach. While it costs almost twice as much as other fleeces, no other fleece jacket was able to match its level of water resistance and durability. However, it's difficult to justify spending this much on a fleece jacket.

We enjoy the glorious mountains while exploring in this weather-resistant fleece jacket. While we love its comfort features  we just wish it had fabrics that were more mobile. Be sure to size up as the fit is tight.
We enjoy the glorious mountains while exploring in this weather-resistant fleece jacket. While we love its comfort features, we just wish it had fabrics that were more mobile. Be sure to size up as the fit is tight.

Conclusion


The Voormi High-E Hood stands out for its incredible weather-resistance, stand-up durability, and super cute look. It comes in a plethora of color options and provides the best protection (on its own) of any fleece jackets we've tested. Unfortunately, the materials aren't as stretchy as other fleeces, so it's important to get the size right. Make sure you size up if you're on the fence…then enjoy all the lavish comforts it brings. It uses a surface hardened merino wool that you won't find with any other product out there.

The Voormi High E hoodie is super cute and comes in a variety of colors. We appreciate that it holds its shape to deliver a flattering design. However  we just wish it were a little more mobile.
The Voormi High E hoodie is super cute and comes in a variety of colors. We appreciate that it holds its shape to deliver a flattering design. However, we just wish it were a little more mobile.

Amber King