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REVIEWED: Icebreaker Quattro Hood

All-purpose hoody that packs to almost nothing is the perfect solution for staying warm while travelling light

Price as reviewed: £150

Icebreaker Quattro HoodWarm yet with a small footprint when rolled-up, the Icebreaker Quattro Hood is a great all-purpose hoody for travelling through airports, train stations and bus parks.

Big decision

Travelling light is all very well, but deciding to leave your bulky coat behind is a big  – and often bad – decision. It might cut-down on your luggage by 25%, but the chances are that you’ll then get stranded in a bus station in a t-shirt at 3am in a chill wind.

Travel toolbox

Not with the Icebreaker Quattro Hood in your travel toolbox. We tried the full-zip version, which is easier to get on and off while in the confines of an aircraft economy seat. The hood proved very handy for windy platforms and for battling over-done air-conditioning. It’s also got that rare thing – a top quality, smooth zip. The drawstring is helpful, too.

Easy to stow

When things hot-up and you don’t need the Icebreaker Quattro Hood, it’s really easy to stow. It shoves easily into an airline seat pocket, daysack or at the bottom of a backpack. Our only worry is that the hand pockets will stretch if over-used, but that’s the case with all pockets on all hoodies.

Very comfortable

Not as tight-fitting as other Icebreaker gear, the Icebreaker Quattro Hood is so comfortable that you’ll want to wear it when you get home, too. Don’t – at this price the Icebreaker Quattro Hood should be reserved for trips only, especially since merino wool doesn’t last forever. Give it two years, maybe three – but it’s still worth the high price.

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