Salomon Swift Mid-Layer Hoody Review
Salomon includes sweet design features I didn’t even know I needed in their new Swift Mid-Layer Hoody ($110, www.salomon.com), making it a perfect piece to grab for cold-weather aerobic activities or as layering piece for downhill skiing.
First of all, the super soft interior of brushed fleece, with flat lock seams and ribbon tape at the neck and wrists provide maximum comfort, while well-placed mesh in the pits helps to keep you smelling as good as you look. A pony-tail pull through in the hood is a great idea, but even better is the mesh venting at the base of the neck as a smart cooling feature.
Speaking of ventilation, doesn’t it drive you nuts when you unzip part way and then have the collar flapping around in your face? Salomon solves that problem with a snap on the collar—the snap holds the collar open and in place so you don’t overheat or suffer repeated collar face-slaps.
Styling is long and slim with a bias cut waste for a flattering fit and 360 degrees of reflectivity for visibility in dark winter weather. A small, front, hidden-zip pocket is discretely placed on the bias seam, and a large (really), reach-in, back pocket with a side zip and two handy interior sleeve pockets, holds snacks and an extra layer while keeping your music or key secure.
Salomon doesn’t want your hands to get chilly either, so the Swift Mid-Layer comes with thumb holes and mini mittens/finger warmers that snap-away once you hit your stride. They even included a hidden seam split on the left sleeve for easy access to your watch without taking off gloves and pulling up your sleeve.