Icebreaker Stealth Hood ReviewMarch 28, 2014
- Beautiful finish
- Good water-repellency
- Merino lining was super-comfy
- Awkward patterning impaired mobility
- Most features were incompatible with active outdoor use
The Stealth is a sleek and highly weather-resistant casual coat, but its fashion-forward details quickly became liabilities once we left the streets behind.
The Icebreaker Stealth Hood is a hooded, windproof polyester softshell with merino wool lining for casual outdoor use.
A tightly-woven polyester shell with a decent DWR coating, a windproof laminate, and a cozy merino lining delivered strong protection from nasty conditions.
We found the Stealth’s breathability to be about average for a windproof garment. The merino lining kept it comfy on casual outings, but its breathability couldn’t quite keep up with faster-paced activities.
Even with good 4-way stretch built into its fabric, the patterning in the shoulder area prevented this jacket from scoring well in this category.
With pleasant textures inside and out, a well-designed hood, and decent stretchiness, the Stealth felt great even with minimal under-layers.
Attention to Detail
Although the Stealth’s design and patterning ultimately compromised its mountain functionality, it was well appointed and beautifully finished for urban use. Our only big complaint was with the overly roomy stovepipe sleeves that lacked sufficient adjustment at the cuffs.
We ultimately felt that the Stealth offered better value to concrete-jungle users than to those taking it to the hills.