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 we 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.Editor's Note: This review was updated on November 22, 2022, to confirm we still stand behind our findings.
Voormi High-E Hoodie - Women's Review
Cons: Stiff fabrics, can feel itchy, heavy and less packable, super expensive
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|Pros||Exceptional merino wool insulation, durable, incredible wind and water resistance, cool features, huge pockets||Very stretchy and comfortable, cozy and warm, breathable, comparatively compact||Comfortable, stretchy, mobile shoulders, fluffy interior, warm, polished exterior look and feel, easy to layer||Very stretchy, comfortable thumbholes, extended coverage, packable, very breathable, great warmth-to-weight ratio||Instantly cozy, soft and fluffy, affordable, lots of color options|
|Cons||Stiff fabrics, can feel itchy, heavy and less packable, super expensive||Slim fit doesn't work for everyone, not very windproof, fuzzy exterior collects debris||Zipper not wind resistant, slim cut may be limiting||Chest pocket looks bad, oddly long cut, light colors are see through||No pockets, challenging to layer, not breathable, less wind resistant|
|Bottom Line||An almost "weatherproof" fleece that will keep you protected in poor weather||An extremely versatile fleece with lightweight breathability and stretchy comfort combined with midweight warmth and protection||All the comfort of your favorite sweatshirt combined with the performance of a technical fleece layer||This lightweight fleece features good technical performance and coverage, a great warmth-to-weight ratio, and a reasonable price||A simple pullover with a classic design that's cozy, relaxed, easy to love, and affordable|
|Rating Categories||Voormi High-E Hoodie||Patagonia R1 Air Fu...||Arc'teryx Kyanite H...||Outdoor Research Vi...||Columbia Benton Spr...|
|Layering Ability (15%)|
|Specs||Voormi High-E Hoodie||Patagonia R1 Air Fu...||Arc'teryx Kyanite H...||Outdoor Research Vi...||Columbia Benton Spr...|
|Main Material||Merino wool and polyester||Recycled polyester||53% polyester, 38% nylon, 9% elastane||94% polyester, 6% spandex||Polyester|
|Cuff Construction||Same fabric as jacket||Quick-drying woven binding||Tanica stretch fabric||Same fabric as jacket||Elastic cuff|
|Weight||16.1 oz||10.7 oz||12.6 oz||8.9 oz||10.4 oz|
|Number of Pockets||1 passthrough, 1 internal||2 hand, 1 chest||2 hand||1 chest||None|
|Features||Hood has ponytail pass-through, chin guard, balaclava hood, flat seams, water resistant treatment, thumb holes||Off-shoulder seams, no armpit seams, moisture wicking||No slip front zipper, chin guard, moisture wicking, off-shoulder seams, no armpit seams||Thumbholes, flat seam construction, UPF 30, moisture wicking, off-shoulder seams, no armpit seams, chin guard||Comfort stretch, extended collar|
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 passthrough 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 adaptable fit challenging — especially in the arms.
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.
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.
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.
We love, love, love the pockets on this jacket. Many manufacturers don't seem to realize that women love pockets, and for some reason, women's pockets are often 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.
Our reservations with this jacket are about its fabrics. While merino wool offers great warmth, it's not very stretchy and is quite heavy. Its 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.
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.
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.
While it has excellent comfort features, the fit is finicky. If you often find yourself in between sizes, we recommend sizing up. You'll have more room and a better fit overall. Voormi is a small company based out of Pagosa Springs, Colorado, with excellent customer service, so don't be afraid to send it back if it doesn't work for you.
WOWZERS! This layer has impeccable water and wind resistance. 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 wearing.
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 the fabric becomes saturated, thanks to the still-insulating-when-wet properties of wool. 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 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.
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.
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 could 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.
Should You Buy the Voormi High-E Hoodie?
The exceptionally high price for this fleece is difficult to stomach. While it costs almost twice as much as many 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.
What Other Fleece Jackets Should You Consider?
The Voormi High-E Hood stands out for its incredible weather resistance, stand-up durability, and super cute look. If you want a hoody that's nearly as good in every way save weather resistance, the Patagonia R1 Air is a lightweight, packable jacket that's supremely comfortable and useful across a ton of activities. The Arc'teryx Kyanite is another excellent hoody with midweight technical performance but the stretch and comfort of a well-owned sweatshirt. But if you want the most water and wind-resistant fleece on the market, there's no better option we've found than the Voormi High-E.
— Amber King and Maggie Nichols
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