Angela Hawse, a Marmot Athlete for over ten years, is one of just a handful of women mountain guides in the U.S. to receive full Alpine Guide Certification from the American Mountain Guides Association. It is her latest accomplishment in a career full of highlights in the mountains and outdoors. Learn more about her on marmotpro.com. There is nothing that matches the feel, functionality and look of wool. I find that wool products meant to be next to the skin, are much of the time, itchy! Well, meet the new Women’s Wool Half Zip. Marmot has woven in Polartec® fabric and added our new Cocona® eco-technology to this Wool Half Zip that gives it a non-itchy feel next to the skin and enhances the wool’s natural ability to wick and provide warmth. I’ve had this sweater on everyday since it came and it’s my new favorite layer. I usually wear it with a cotton t-shirt underneath and am incredibly satisfied with the comfort next to skin on my bare arms. I’ve worn it out on high aerobic hikes up in the mountains and it is the perfect under-layer. Add a Dri-Clime Jacket, a Super Hero or one of our excellent Gore-Tex® Jackets like the Minimalist or the awesome new Fjell Jacket and this is a perfect layering system. It breathes incredibly well, wicks moisture away and doesn’t hold odor like many baselayers do. Go right from the mountains to the pub and you can be confident you look great and even smell decent after a good day in the hills. For the minimalist or someone who just wants to add a great looking layer to their kit, this Half-Zip is going to be your favorite piece. The details of the contrasting flat stitching, the collar and the feminine, but not overly fitted style make it a casual and comfortable piece. Knowing that Marmot’s UpCycle ® products are recycled waste materials and minimizing impacts on the environment is another feel good addition to this awesome new product.