A balaclava is just about the most versatile garment you can own. Developed for British troops during the Crimean War, it’s essentially a ski mask that can be worn a multitude of ways, exposing the whole face or just the eyes. We took that great idea, sewed it onto your favorite sweatshirt and added some other comforting features to create . . . The Best Hoody Ever.
The sleeves, for example, are slightly longer with thumbholes to keep them in place and the cold out, covering that frustrating gap between your glove and your sleeve. These same clever thumbholes also keep your sleeves from bunching up when you’re putting on and taking off your riding jacket.
And did we mention how soft the Underhoody is? It’s made of a 20% Lycra fleece with a super brushed finish underneath where it touches your skin. The fleece isn’t annoyingly fuzzy however. Instead it’s a high-tech, four-way stretch material that makes it streamlined and flattering — perfect for layering. It’s even sewn with flat stitching to keep the seams slim.