I beat the **** out of my last Rock Hoody, grinding it through chimneys and running past angry desert plants intent on my destruction. It is still alive. So I ordered two more.
This hoody is awesome. It is super light (and almost transparent), so it is great on its own in the hot AZ weather, and works great over a light base layer t-shirt when it gets cooler. I'm not sure it offers a lot of UPF protection due to the see-through nature of the fabric, but it's better than bare skin. This is my go-to piece of clothing when trail running, hiking or mountain biking here in the Arizona heat. The fabric also seems very durable despite being very thin, as I haven't ripped it yet. An added bonus is that it didn't shrink in the drier when I accidently forgot to air dry it. I'm 6'1" and 205 lbs and the XL fits perfect. Not too loose, but not too tight.
This is a versatile shirt that I expect to use for a number of years for trail running and hiking. The comparison to merino wool is accurate: similar feel but more breathable and less piling after use. Not as good with odor after repeated uses, but still much better than most other synthetic fabrics. I am 5'11"/ 160 lbs and got the medium. I would describe the fit as "fitted" but not as tight as typical baselayers. All in all a great shirt at a reasonable price. You will get your money's worth.
I love this piece! Light weight and durable, great features like thumb holes and hood. On top of that it is extremely comfortable and very good looking. I would recommend the Rock Hoody to everyone!
Nice athletic fit for outdoor adventures ...the material is soft, kinda like merino wool, which I primarily use for hiking .... should work well with my Hyoerlite backpack on cool spring hikes and early fall days ....and as always nice to see it made local from a venerable establishment ...