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Apparel Review


Get Comfy with the Aftco Technical Front-Zip Hoodie

 

Date: 4/22/15
Tackle type: Apparel
Manufacturer: Aftco
Reviewer: Wolbugger






Total Score: 7.75 - GOOD

Introduction:
Growing up in Northern California, there were few fishing trips I went on that didn't involve toting along a hoodie. Now that I live in South Florida, my (few) hoodies tend to collect dust the majority of the year. Nonetheless, they still remain a part of my minimalist wardrobe for those few days of the year when temps actually get cool enough to warrant taking one out of the closet!

 

Aftco Technical Front-Zip Hoodie Specifications

Material 80% Cotton / 20% Polyester
Sizes M–XXL
Colors Black, Gray, Royal Blue
Features Removable hood, side pockets, inner pockets, thumb holes, inner liner, water-resistant outer fabric
Origin China
MSRP $64.99 ($59.99 TackleWarehouse.com)


This Aftco hoodie fits comfortably and looks great!

Quality/Construction: Anyone who picks up this hoodie from Aftco will quickly realize that the majority of it was constructed with a pleasing level of care. The 80/20 cotton/polyester fabric is very smooth and feels soft to the touch. All of the outer stitching is tight and clean, but on the inside a few areas looked a bit sloppy and had some long thread tag-ends still leftover. The front and hood zippers can both be drawn easily.

Quality Ratings for Aftco Technical Front-Zip Hoodie

Thread Work
(1-5)

Outer Material
(1-5)

Lining
(1-5)

Fasteners
(1-5)

Total

Possible

Rating (= Tot/Pos* 10)

3

5

5

N/A

13

15

 8.66


I'm a fan of the slim profile.

Performance: It's hard to get excited about a hoodie, but after I put it on for the first time I was pretty enthusiastic about this garment. It fits me great, has dimensions that aren't bulky, and is extremely comfortable. The soft inner liner adds a bit of warmth and feels fantastic, especially if wearing a short-sleeve shirt underneath. As advertised, the outer fabric indeed repels water nicely, making this garment a fine choice for protecting against spray from a choppy quartering sea or light rain shower.

Performance Ratings for Aftco Technical Front-Zip Hoodie

Wind
Block (1-5)

Water
Repellant (1-5)

Mobility(1-5)

Breathability (1-5)

Adjustability of fit 
(1-5)

Total

Possible

Rating
(=Tot/Pos *10)

3

4

5

  3

2

17

25

6.8


The back sports a small Aftco roller guide logo in the center.

Features: The Aftco front-zip technical hoodie delivers added features not normally found in your average run-of-the-mill garment. In addition to the inner and outer fabric there are built-in thumb holes, two outer and two inner pockets, front and back “roller guide” logos, and in my opinion the neatest feature—a removable hood. This is an awesome feature if you don't like or need the hood or simply want a different look for strolling around downtown.


The threadwork on the inside isn't the tidiest in a couple of areas.

Features Ratings for Aftco Technical Front-Zip Hoodie

Convertible(1-5)

Fastened
Pocket
(1-5)

Waterproof
or Fast Drying
(1-3)

Adjustable
Cuffs
(1-3)

Insulation or UPF Rating
(1-5)

Total

Possible

Rating
(= Tot/Pos
*10)

N/A

N/A

2

N/A

3

5

8

6.25


A peek at one of the inner pockets and the plush lining.

Design and Ergonomics: If you want a fishing-friendly hoodie that will look great around town, the Aftco Technical Front-Zip Hoodie is definitely worth a look. The size M fits my 6-foot 3-inch 180-pound frame very well and looks aesthetically pleasing. Sizes run the gamut from M up to XXL, but only three colors are available.


Built-in thumb holes are a nice touch and provide a high level of comfort.

Design & Ergonomics Ratings for Aftco Technical Front-Zip Hoodie

Aesthetic (1-5)

Oversized
Sizing
(1-3)

Available Colors (1-3)

All Day Garment (1-3)

Packable
(1-3)

Total

Possible

Rating (= Tot/Pos *10)

5

2

2

3

3

15

17

8.82


The zipper connecting the hood to the collar works flawlessly

Application: Fishing, hiking, jogging, bike riding, watching a football game, grocery shopping—just a few of the acceptable places to wear the Aftco Hoodie. Needless to say, this is a garment you can wear anywhere and be both comfortable and stylish. It's warm and not overly bulky which makes it a solid pick for either a mid or outer layer.


The outer hand pocket on the right side houses a small inner pocket to firmly hold a small item like an mp3 player

Application Ratings for Aftco Technical Front-Zip Hoodie

Top Layer (1-5)

Mid Layer (1-5)

Bottom
Layer
(1-5)

 Casual
Wear
(1-5)

Other
Outdoor
Pursuits
(1-5)

Total

Possible

Rating (= Tot/Pos *10)

4

5

N/A

5

4

18

20

9.0


Take the hood off and it looks like a totally different garment!

Ratings: (We've re-calibrated our ratings standard for 2008 and have included a key at the bottom of the following matrix as a guide)

Aftco Technical Front-Zip Hoodie Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality Pleasing build quality, but some of the inner thread work could be a bit cleaner—if that bothers you 8.66
Performance Comfortable, warm, and does a nice job repelling water 6.8
Price Considering the features, the $60 price on TackleWarehouse.com is competitive 7
Features The removable hood is a pretty neat addition, and the thumb holes felt great 6.25
Design (Ergonomics) Adding a couple of extra colors is the only suggestion I can come up with here 8.82
Application This garment is extremely versatile on or off the water 9.0

Total Score

7.75
Ratings Key: 1 = terrible : 2 = poor : 3 = lacking : 4 = sub par : 5 = mediocre : 6 = fair : 7 = good : 8 = great : 9 = excellent : 10 = unbelievable!
For More Details of the updated rating system visit our explanation here


Pluses and Minuses:

                 Plus                                    Minus

+ Comfortable and cut nicely - Inner thread work not 100% clean
+ Water resistant fabric - Comes in only three colors
+ Comfy inner liner  
+ Removable hood  


A close-up peek at the Aftco roller guide logo.

Conclusion: This is a hoodie I can see myself wearing into the future. It does everything that's expected of it and doesn't cost a fortune. I don't think there are many anglers out there that don't own at least one sweatshirt/hoodie to help subdue mother nature's occasional chill. If you're ready to replace your old tattered hoodie with something new, fresh, and stylish, this offering from Aftco will serve you well!

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