Women's Kiln Hoody
Midweight 250 Merino-X
Women's Kiln Hoody Details
- Next to Skin
- True to size: Purchase your normal size to wear over or under other layers
- The successor to the Artemis Hoody
- 18.5 micron, superfine merino wool
- 95% merino / 5% spandex
- Interlock knit for high loft insulation and moisture management
- Ergonomic, quarter zip hood for excellent temperature regulation and concealment
- Modified raglan sleeve moves seams out from under backpack shoulder straps
- Thumb loops
- Flatlock seams for next-to-skin comfort
- Machine wash, line dry
How It's Built
- Material: Merino-X
- Cut: Athletic
- Primary Uses:
- Spot & Stalk
- Tree Stand
- Material Weight: 250 Midweight
Where to Use
- Temperature Range:
- Below 20F
- 20F - 45F
- 45F - 60F
I bought this hoodie to go mule deer hunting in Idaho. I am normally a size L in shirts and sweats, but I got an XL so I could fit layers under it. When I tried it on.... it fits like an XS. BUT it does stretch out a little and is very warm and soft. It was perfect for those sunny, chilly days to hike around in. I would give it a 5/5 if it didn't fit so small. Love the snug hood though and the thumb holes- great designs.
The kiln hoodie is a bread and butter piece that you can realistically wear year round. The zipper and hood allows for quick temperature regulation in earlier season hunts when the temps and conditions change frequently. I found that it ran smaller than I would personally like. I usually get smalls in everything but I think I would prefer a medium in this.
In the winter I live in wool base layers since I work outside in cold conditions. I've owned merino base layers from all the top brands and I have to say I am very impressed and happy with the First Lite merino base layers I've bought. The material is excellent and the design is great. I love the long sleeves and thumb loops. As for size, the M fits me well, not too tight. I'm very happy I decided to give First Lite a try and will be back for more!
Okay, I will admit when I received my Kiln hoody top and bottoms I was a little iffy on how warm it was actually going to keep me in the low N. Idaho temps. I WAS IMPRESSED! I absolutely love my kiln set. Over the last handful of hunts I have found myself hiking in my kiln top and wishing I could take off my catalyst pants and hike in my base layers alone. My last hunt was in 20 degree weather with a windchill in the mid-teens and the kiln base layer did great at regulating my body temp. On one hunt I made the mistake of pairing my Kiln top with an old poly-pro base layer... I was more than warm but that decision also prevented the merino wool from doing its job properly and I ended up sweaty and my next to skin layer (kiln hoody) was drenched in sweat. The base layers did far beyond what my expectations. I currently have the Women's Fuse Crew enroute to add to my layering system.
As far as the fit... the kiln fit perfect in all the right places. It is thin so you don't feel like Ralphie from A Christmas Story. Just as another review mentioned, the seems are in the right places so there isn't any uncomfortable scratching and the material is super soft. Best of all, caring for the garment is super easy and dries incredibly fast (hang-dry).
This shirt ticks all the boxes for me! Trim, athletic cut that is very different from traditional women's hunting clothing. Fits more like an actual piece of athletic wear than a potato sack, which I very much appreciate. The sleeves are long enough to keep my wrists warm, and there is a bit of extra fabric in the shoulders and arms to accommodate the actual movements you make when hunting, so it never bunches, and doesn't feel tight. This is my new favorite shirt!