Sierra Designs Instigator Hoody Review
Sierra Designs has a fashion-forward hoody for female outdoor adventurists; the Instigator Hoody is a stylish-yet-technical piece that any woman would be happy to add to her wardrobe.
With the weather this winter fluctuating from 60 degrees to 0 degrees (and back again), I have been able to test the Instigator Hoody in a variety of temperatures. Whether I was taking a hike, hanging around the house, or running errands around town, I was always reaching for my Instigator Hoody as a cozy layer of warmth.
The Instigator Hoody has a unique on-mountain design. Sierra Designs created the hoody to look like a ribbed wool sweater, a textured appearance you don’t see very often in the universe of fleece. The outside of the hoody is made of 7% Wool and 93% Polyester. Wool, of course, is a superb temperature regulator. The wool/poly combination makes the Instigator Hoody perfect for layering. The hoody is not bulky, and the cut is very slimming and flattering. The inside of the Instigator hoody is made out of 100% Polyester Fleece. The fleece lines the entirety of the inside: the sleeves, body, and hood. The only fleece-free areas are in the front where the pockets are. The fleece is very light, soft, and welcoming. The Instigator Hoody kept me warm without a shell over it in 30-60 degree weather.
The Instigator Hoody has 3 pockets total: 2 zippered hand pockets and 1 zippered sleeve pocket. The 2 zippered hand pockets are actually quite large. On the inside of the hoody, the pockets extend to the arms, so you could tuck away something fairly sizeable. The zippered sleeve pocket is conveniently located on the left sleeve, and is easy to access. It is big enough to fit a cell phone, credit card, chapstick or sunscreen. The hood on the Instigator is large enough to comfortably fit over your head, even if you have a stocking hat underneath.
As mentioned, the Instigator Hoody has a slim cut ; I ordered according to the size chart and can wear a shirt or light base-layer under it. If you like your hoody to fit a bit looser (or wear more layers underneath), I recommend sizing up.
The Instigator Hoody has an Anti-Pilling Treatment, which likely helps longevity in the wash. I did, however, experience some balling only after a few wears, most prominent on the sleeves and places that get worn or rubbed on frequently.
The Sierra Designs Instigator Hoody comes in 3 colors: Black, Eggplant, and Silver.