Gear Review: The Alaskan Hardgear U.P. Stream Hoodie
This hoodie dries fast, protects you from the sun, and is super comfortable
The AKHG U.P. Stream Hoodie from Duluth Trading Company is one of those pieces of clothing that you can practically live in. With access to fishing opportunities available nearly year round in most places, you’ll be happy to have this fast-drying, sun-blocking, comfortable hoodie to throw on no matter the forecast, destination, or target species.
Constructed with 95 percent polyester (33 percent recycled) and 5 percent spandex fabric, the U.P. Stream Hoodie wicks sweat, dries quickly, and stands up to all the abuse you can throw at it. The durable, anti-snag fabric holds up to pricker bushes, stray hooks, and whatever tough conditions you might find yourself in. The main feature of the U.P. Stream Hoodie is its superior defense against the harsh sun. Anglers spend countless hours baking in direct sunlight and need to stay protected or risk serious health risks. With long sleeves, a three-piece hood with built-in neck gaiter, and a UPF 50 rating, the U.P. Stream Hoodie offers great coverage and keeps your skin safe from damaging ultraviolet rays. The long sleeves, hood, and neck gaiter also provide a little warmth, as well as some protection from the wind, insects, and windblown dust and dirt when out on the water.
Between the spandex woven into the fabric and armpit gussets, the U.P. Stream Hoodie has the perfect amount of stretch to allow for a full range of motion whether casting a fly rod, climbing a steep bank, or chasing after a big fish as it tears downstream. Thumbholes in the sleeves keep the sun from burning the back of your hands, and ensure your layers stay in their proper place when adding or removing additional pieces of clothing. The thumbholes, as well as flat seams, also keep fabric from bunching up and chafing in the field. The U.P. Stream Hoodie also features a zip chest pocket for stashing keys, licenses, and other essentials.
With a combination of breathable, wicking fabric and an anti-odor finish, the U.P. Stream Hoodie excels at temperature regulation and minimizing odors when you inevitably get dirty and sweaty. The U.P. Stream Hoodie is thick enough to provide some warmth and protection from the wind, but still thin enough to stay cool on a hot day. Above all, the U.P. Steam Hoodie offers great ultraviolet protection, a comfortable, flexible fit, and all the typical features anglers love in a sun shirt. From the tundra to the flats, it’s the kind of piece you’ll want to have on nearly every outing and fishing trip.