Saturday, February 14, 2015

Gear Review: Toasty Warm + Stylish Winter Wear

Another day, another snowstorm. That's the way this winter is working out in New York City. When I received the women's Stio Skycrest Pullover to review, I initiallly thought I'd wait until I took my cross-country ski adventure in Maine in a month. Instead,  I've been relying on this warm, ultra thin and soft piece of clothing for the frigid weather in Manhattan. The garment is insulated with a non-bulky synthetic fill, Thermo Ecodown. (Bye, bye layering with bulky sweaters.) And the kangaroo zipped pocket is ideal for stashing valuables. (There are also two side pockets to keep my hands warm.) Plus, when I need to stow it away in my bag, it rolls into a tiny bundle. The garment doesn't skimp on aesthetics either. The fabric itself has a luxurious silk-like feel. The gunmetal color and trim fit  looked casually stylish no matter whether I paired it with a long-sleeve t-shirt plus black leggings, a sweater dress, merino wool skirt, or a pair of slim black pants. With a blizzard expected this week, this pullover will not be far away from me. And, of course, I'll be packing it in my tiny backpack for my lodge-to-lodge ski trip next month. I'm sure it'll perform well on the trail, and then look great when I sit down in the lodge for a warm meal and a glass of wine at night.