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
The Kiln Hoody was the solution to my main dilemma for over 30 years hunting, backpacking and fishing in the back country. I tend to run cold as a rule but sweat easily with exertion when climbing hills and mountains. Even with the best dry-fit sport bra and my usual dry fit base layer I would be cold and wet while stopped during my hunts. I wore my Kiln hoody for the first time opening weekend in Montana this year when it was -10 below leaving the truck. I had my usual sweat going up the mountain and over the next hour and half sitting in the frigid temperatures I was toasty warm. The Kiln hoody wicked away the moisture and while my bra was slightly damp, the merino wool provided a comfortable base warmth. I wore the hoody 6 days in a row without washing and no odor detected. I have since washed it per instructions and am looking forward to wearing it on my next hunt. The fit was spot on, I am 5'6", 125 and ordered a medium so it was snug but not skin tight. I am delighted with my new base layer!
Love this base layer. It keeps me so warm and it's so soft, not itchy like other wool. I wear this base layer with a normal tanktop under. I have worn this in 50 degree sunny days to stormy negative temperatures. I'm always comfortable because it adapts to my body by keeping heat in or being breathable when I'm too hot. I've also worn this for a week straight without it smelling horrible. This should be a staple in your closet.
This is going to go into my rotation of things that I'm upset when they are in the wash. Been wearing this for about a week straight now. I love that it's not itchy, the thumb holes/long enough sleeves, and how it doesn't stink! The conifer color is awesome for hunting and also to wear in town. Kept me warm in a -11 degree morning, but worked with me on some sweaty hikes packing elk out. I feel like it wicks well and helps me thermoregulate. Anyways as you can see, I have only good things to say. I will say its fairly fitted, so if you plan to wear anything under it, maybe size up to help avoid bunching etc.
My husband purchased the women’s Kiln hoody and the Kiln Long Jane base layers for me to go on an Idaho mule deer hunt. I’ve hunted for a long time and these were by far the most comfortable base layers I’ve ever worn. Neither piece was restrictive like some base layering can be. It blew my mind how lightweight and not at all bulky the Kiln line was, yet kept me really warm. I especially loved the hood on the hoody because it provides multiple options for layering your head gear. The material is stretchy enough that it will easily fit over top of a hat or balaclava and not restrict movement like some heavy hoods can. It’s also worth noting that the overall length of the hoody and the arm length are nothing short of amazing. You’re back and wrists will stay covered without continuously yanking on the garment. I will definitely be getting rid of the other base layers I’ve been using. The Kiln line will also work fantastically for hunting Midwest whitetails which is what we do in Illinois. :) Thanks First Lite for the high quality gear that I’ll use for many seasons to come!
Love this piece, wear it with the long jane bottoms. Purchased them 2 seasons ago primarily for hunting but have used them for everything! The wool really nips odors, I wear them a lot before needing to wash. I've worn in high 50s down to 0s, from very active to just sitting, and they keep me comfortable and handle any sweat well. And I'm a sweaty Betty! Love putting the hood up when cold wind is on back of neck, can't believe how warm and cozy that keeps me. They have really taken some abuse, wash extremely well (I try not to put in dryer although my husband definitely has by accident), don't lose shape, very well made. Highly recommend, well worth the investment! Only wish is that the neck/hood weren't quite as tight.
This is easily one of the best pieces of gear I own, and I am extremely picky about gear. I am a fit 5'11'' tall 145 lbs woman and I got a medium. I typically have to buy men's gear because women's gear always fits weird on me and men's gear tends to be more well-made and durable (and not pink). This hoody fits me like a glove and is extremely well made (and not pink). This is the first piece of women's gear that I have ever been able to use the thumb holes since the arms are actually long enough! The waist is long enough that you can tuck it in, or even if it is untucked, you can bend over or raise your arms up without it riding up and freezing air getting in. I wore this for the first time on a 10 day hunt in Colorado in September. Temperatures ranged from low 20's to high 70's and this thing performed perfectly as my second layer over a 150 merino short sleeve shirt. On very cold days all I had over it was my thin puffy and/or my shell jacket. When hiking hard I usually wore it alone just over my merino t-shirt and it managed the sweat perfectly. After 10 days of working hard, hiking every day, and lots of sitting, it only barely had smell. The quality and craftsmanship is excellent and I anticipate good durability in the long term. Normally I like to use my gear for a whole season before reviewing, but this is so good I couldn't wait. If you're on the fence, just buy it now you will not regret it. I'm getting a second one and the thicker version too because I'm so scared they'll change the sizing! Sadly all the pants are too short for me, but hopefully they will make long sizes soon. Thanks to First Lite for making quality hunting gear for women!
I bought the Kiln Hoody and Kiln long jane bottoms. I was looking for base layers that I could wear all season long that would keep me comfortable. Being a small female, finding quality hunting gear is difficult but these fit me perfectly. They are so comfortable and soft. I wore them for one sit so far in WI, I didn’t feel sweaty after hiking in and they kept me warm as the night got cooler. Exceeded my expectations and cannot wait time use them all season long!
I’m 5’4 and 165lbs. Usually am a large in shirts and jackets but always tricky with big boobs and butt to fit around those sections. I ordered a large and it fit like a glove. My girlfriend tried it on who is 5’9 and 150lbs fit her like a glove too so two very different heights and sizes but still awesome fit. I wear it for work around the house working in the yard and of course in the woods. Absolutely love this will be buying it in every color is just an all around well made piece of work.
This top is so well built and the merino wool has an incredible feeling. I’ll wear this right from Sept 1 as my only layer, right until Dec 20th as a base.
This is my go-to top layer on a cooler, windy day and a base layer on those really cold morning hunts and hikes. I have a long torso and women’s fits are typically short waisted, this is not! Arm length is great and I almost always have the thumb holes on. Washes well and has held up on some pretty rough outings. Just hiked two back to back 14ers in it and it stayed on through 75 degrees and sunny down to 45 degrees and strong wind. Definitely an investment piece.