I am, by nature, a person who is nearly always cold.
In the spring, until it is routinely above 50 degrees, I still have to wear some kind of light glove or my hands will be freezing.
In the summer, if it’s not above 75 degrees, I’m still wearing jeans. Otherwise, I get cold.
In the fall, I’m the guy at the cyclocross races wearing a thermal skinsuit, embrocation and heavy gloves when some others are in short sleeves.
In the winter, I am patently miserable. My boots cost $120, my mittens cost $130 and I am usually still cold — unless I am running or riding or skiing. Last night I was lounging around my house in a North Face base layer and hoodie just to stay comfortable. My office at work is heated to 72 so that I’m comfortable sitting in front of a computer for hours.
So, it is to me no small miracle that something as light as the Twin Six Standard Tech Hoodie keeps me warm. It does not appear impressively insulated or downy. It is made of 92% recycled polyester, not some wonder material. Yet this morning — a blustery, snowy morning in which the air temperature was only 5 degrees Fahrenheit with a windchill well below 0 — I arrived at the office astride my bicycle and perfectly comfortable.
I commuted by bike all of the last two winters wearing a Columbia Bugaboo Interchange jacket and was generally colder than with this amazing hoodie. I generally think of myself as having a decent vocabulary and being a pretty serviceable writer, even with an engineering background. But words fail me when I try to describe how wonderful this hoodie is. From sub-zero temperatures on the bike to coaching Little League in 50 degree weather, it is my go-to jacket.
There is no doubt that it is expensive, running $195 regularly. However, the good folks at Twin Six frequently run sales to bring that cost down. In fact, despite being a member of the Twin Six METAL team for many years (with access to a sweet discount), I acquired mine in the first place on a clearance for $96.
Listen, if you ever ride a bike in less than optimal weather, you need one of these. Not everything has to be plastered with logos. With understated good looks and stellar performance, the Twin Six Standard Tech Hoodie is my absolute favorite piece of riding apparel.