Picture a crisp, cool morning walking out the door for a day on the river, and realizing that there is likely some rain in the weather forecast. It’s too chilly for just a rain shell, and too wet for a fleece or hoodie. You could wear a fleece under the rain shell and deal with the additional bulk, or you could reach for your Redington North Fork Hoodie! This hooded soft shell jacket caught my eye recently on a discount outdoor website and I have to say I’ve been loving it ever since. I have been looking for a hooded soft shell that provides some protection against water, while still providing more warmth than a rain shell. This jacket fits the bill to a “T”.
What I like about the Redington North Fork Hoodie: My favorite feature of this jacket is the fact that it’s a soft shell with a hood. For me, shielding my glasses from light rain/drizzle is super important whether I’m walking out the door to work or hiking along a stream high in the mountains ( Having water/smears on my lenses is one of my biggest pet peeves!) I like having the ability to pull up a hood when it starts to rain and keeping water off of my face and neck which would still get wet with a regular soft shell and ball cap. The hood comes with a full elastic draw string that allows you to cinch down the hood on the sides if wind keeps blowing your hood off.
Another feature that I like is the abundance of pockets in this thing. The Redington North Fork Hoodie does not have any pockets other than those that come standard (hand warmer pockets, exterior chest pocket, and interior chest pocket), but all of them zip which a huge plus for the active fisherman that doesn’t want to get back to the car after a day of fishing and can’t find his keys. A drawstring waist is also a major selling point on all of my jackets because I like to be able to cinch down the bottom and keep wind from blowing up my back. The Redington North Fork accomplishes this through a discrete, easy to operate waist cinching system that keeps all the extra cord inside the pockets.
Last but not least, the North Fork Hoodie provides ample warmth without the weight common to some soft shells. The interior of the jacket is fleece, while the outside provides a stretchy, VersiShield wind protective and Durable Water Repellent (DWR) exterior that will bead up water and withstand light drizzle and rain, making it a perfect jacket for spring and fall.
What I don’t like about the Redington North Fork Hoodie: I have very little that I don’t like about the Redington North Fork jacket. My only qualm would be that it’s a bit bulky to wear over chest waders and then put my chest pack on top, but it’s a minor thing to complain about. Compared to others, the warmth-to-weight ratio is really quite great. Check it out today!