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Hooded baselayers: MEC T2 vs. Capilene 4 vs. NW Alpine SL
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Nov 1, 2012
Anyone have experience with two or more of the following?

1. Patagonia Cap 4 hoody
2. NW Alpine Spider Light hoody
3. MEC T2 hoody

I'd like a hooded layer that is less warm than an R1. Other than ordering all of three of these separately there's really no way to test them all out.

MEC is at the bottom of the list because it doesn't have thumb-loops but the price is pretty sweet. I've got a non-hooded cap 4 but it looks like the material is different this year.

Any other options I'm missing?
Dave Bn
From Fort Collins, CO
Joined Jul 13, 2011
21 points
Nov 1, 2012
There's a discussion of the Cap4 over at backpacking light, with mentions of the Spyder and T2. One user says Cap 4 is lighter than the Spyder; another didn't like the feel of the T2 against the skin. The whole thing is here:

backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/b...
Paolo Speirn
From Santa Fe, NM
Joined Mar 31, 2011
25 points
Nov 1, 2012
MEC has a few other options also
mec.ca/AST/ShopMEC/MensClothin...

mec.ca/AST/ShopMEC/MensClothin...
johnthethird
Joined Jan 6, 2012
13 points
Nov 1, 2012
Cap4 is the most over priced, slow to dry, heavy piece of gear I've ever used. Don't get it. Medic741
From Red Hook, New York
Joined Apr 1, 2012
285 points
Nov 1, 2012
Cap4 is the most over priced, slow to dry, heavy piece of gear I've ever used. Don't get it. Medic741
From Red Hook, New York
Joined Apr 1, 2012
285 points
Nov 2, 2012
I have a MEC hoody that does have thumb loops - it's fucking awesome, for a lot less than just about any of the other options out there. I think mine is an older version of the T3 hoodie.

Go for MEC
Graham Johnson
Joined Apr 27, 2006
1 points
Nov 2, 2012
Medic741 wrote:
Cap4 is the most over priced, slow to dry, heavy piece of gear I've ever used. Don't get it.

Are you talking about the new Cap4 material though?
redlude97
Joined Jun 21, 2010
8 points
Nov 2, 2012
Dave Bn wrote:
Any other options I'm missing?


I really like my Radiant Hybrid Hoody from Outdoor Research.
Kirk Miller
From Golden, CO
Joined May 13, 2003
1,627 points
Nov 2, 2012
The MEC site made my computer's anti-virus/malware go crazy. Tom T
Joined Apr 7, 2006
126 points
Nov 2, 2012
Tom T wrote:
The MEC site made my computer's anti-virus/malware go crazy.


Do you have Yahoo toolbar installed on you web browser? I emailed them about the same thing and they pointed to Y! Toolbar as the culprit, and they were right.
Dave Bn
From Fort Collins, CO
Joined Jul 13, 2011
21 points
Nov 2, 2012
Kirk Miller wrote:
I really like my Radiant Hybrid Hoody from Outdoor Research.


Yeah, the radiant seems to be about just as warm as an R1 though. I like that it has thinner material in the underarms though.
Dave Bn
From Fort Collins, CO
Joined Jul 13, 2011
21 points
Nov 2, 2012
Try the Rab Baseline Hoodie. I sold my Patagonia after I picked this thing up, I like it so much better. Sunny-D
From SLC, Utah
Joined Aug 2, 2006
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Nov 2, 2012
Are you sure the MEC T-2 doesn't have thumb loops? I have a 2 year old Mec T2 and it has thumb loops. I never used them though. I find it's a gimmick. YMMV. If I were you I'd get the Merino option that Johnthethird gave as other options. Dom
From New Brunswick Canada
Joined Dec 8, 2007
1,197 points


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