Triple Aught Design Praetorian Hoodie: Perfect for the Active Traveler
by Mike Richard | November, 2012
Anyone who knows me knows I’m a little obsessed with hoodies. I’d wear them in the shower if only I could find one that dries fast enough.
In short, the Praetorian features:
- Active fit
- 100% Merino wool construction
- Reinforced elbows
- Two Hand Patch Pockets
- Napoleon Pocket
- All Zippers are YKK® Zippers
- Thumb Hole Cuffs
“Wow, you really like that, huh?” was my girlfriend’s not-so-subtle hint that it was perhaps time to change. Even if just for a day. A week after TAD had sent it to me, I realized I’d hardly taken it off. To say I love the Praetorian Hoodie is an understatement: it’s stylish, warm, insanely comfortable, and fits like a glove.
The biggest win for travelers and why I personally dig it so much is its Merino wool construction. For those familiar with this material of the gods: ’nuff said.
If you’re not familiar with it, it has an incredibly high warmth-to-weight ratio and the ability to regulate body temperature. In warmer weather, its fast-wicking – pulling moisture up and onto the surface of the fabric – to provide a natural cooling effect to keep you comfortable and dry. When the temperature drops, air pockets within the wool trap and insulate body heat. This makes Merino wool the ideal fabric for travelers who count on a flexible arsenal of clothing to ensure they’re prepared for nearly any weather situation. Bonus: it’s also naturally fire retardant in case you’re prone to [ahem] accidents.
Other features include a small Napolean pocket that adds just the right amount of storage for a smartphone, earbuds, or passport. Thumb hole cuffs ensure a nice snug fit in the arms while keeping your hands warmer and covered. And the massively oversized hood is ideal for anyone looking to smuggle a Thanksgiving turkey through customs. Or be an extra on the CW’s Arrow.
Pricing & Availability
Available now in Black, Charcoal Heather Grey, or Loden Heather Green for $175 (USD) directly from Triple Aught Design.
The Bottom Line
While the nigh $200 price tag is nothing to sneeze at, keep in mind that this is 100% plush Merino wool. In short, it’s the best of the best in terms of active/outdoor clothing construction – all natural, lightweight, fast wicking, will keep you warm even when its wet, and odor resistant. Pricey? Sure. But worth every penny. It’s the last hoodie I’ll need for a long, long time.
Disclosure: Vagabondish received one complimentary Triple Aught Design Praetorian Hoodie in advance of this review.
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About the Author
Vagabondish founding editor, Mike Richard, is a Rhode Island native, professional web designer and travel junkie with an unhealthy addiction to backpacking, hiking and seeing the world. He enjoys knit hats, small, declarative sentences and speaking in the third person. His professional credits include "Woman's World magazine contributor" and having once been interviewed by Tyra Banks (seriously).