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There's no time quite like go time.
Whether the climbing conditions are closer to dismal than they are prime, or vice versa, the Mountain Equipment Men's Eclipse Half-Zip Hoodie offers steadfast performance and warmth no matter what Mother Nature throws your way. The Eclipse features Polartec's Power Dry fabric, which not only assures efficient warmth retention and heat transfer, but also wicks away moisture and dries quickly, making it ideal for aerobic pursuits that aren't limited to climbing. An under-the-helmet hood further safeguards your melon from brisk winds, and the on-seam thumbholes make layering over-top easy as tying a figure eight knot. Additionally, the Eclipse's flatlock seams and asymmetrical front zipper offer chafe-free comfort as you move, groove, or stand still, while the Polygiene anti-odor treatment keeps those post-climb funks at bay. So you're able to head to the local pub, without worrying about offending the locals, per say.
- A warm midlayer hoodie for climbing or skiing
- Polartec Power Dry wicks away moisture and assures warmth
- Semi-fitted construction and thumbholes make for easy layering
- Polygiene treatment keeps post-activity funks at bay
- Hood is under-the-helmet compatible
- Chest pocket keeps necessities close at hand
- Q & A
- Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
- Fit: Runs small
- Size Bought: XL
I'm 5'11, 200 lbs, 46" chest. XL was way too small. Fabric was slightly itchy to my skin, but I've always hated all but the most comfortable fabrics. Probably wouldn't bother most. Other than that, cool design and good quality.
Mountain Equipment Eclipse
The Super-R1 Hoody
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: M
I'm a fan of the R1 hoody and owned two of them. The one thing I couldn't get over with them was the scuba-style hood. They never fit comfortably with a helmet and don't cover as much of my face as I'd like when I'm shivering at a belay getting doused with spindrift. I've always added a wool buff over/around the hood and left the zipper down to about neck height to get the versatility and protection I wanted. After buying the Eclipse Hoodie, I sold one of my (cleaner) R1's to a buddy.
The Eclipse has a unique, hinged/gusseted balaclava hood which allows the front to be easily pulled over helmet chin straps and comfortably up to your nose. Two-thumbs up for innovative designs!
Out of the box the gridded fleece feels and fits very similar to the current R1 but the fabric is a touch thinner/lighter. It has a lighter gridded fleece for the pits, hem and hood like the older R1's used to have. Additionally, like the older R1's it has an offset zipper, which I also prefer for its comfort.
We'll see how this holds up on some climbs this winter. I'm expecting it to be on par with the R1 in terms of warmth, wicking, etc. but better in terms of usability and comfort. Sometimes it's the little things that matter when you're freezing your ass off in the winter. :)
Also, FWIW the yellow color isn't nearly as offensive or bright as the stock picture makes it out to be.