Triple Aught Design has advised they are getting a restock on their Stealth Hoodie LT and Ranger Hoodie LT as of today. Like most Triple Aught Design (often colloquially referred to as TAD Gear) apparel, the hoodies typically sell out quickly and I’m sure these will be no different.
The Ranger Hoodie is made of Polartec Wind Pro, which is described as blocking the wind approximately 4x as well as typical fleece. I don’t know precisely how they quantify that, but I can attest to how well my own Ranger withstands the wind (and precipitation for that matter). The restocked Rangers will have the standard TAD hoodie features – 6 pockets, a media port, a guide wire for headphones, lie-flat aero hood, etc.
The Stealth Hoodie LT is described as providing the “…perfect balance between weight, durability and capability…”, making it a good all-around garment. It’s a seam-taped softshell made of Schoeller’s c_change™ membrane. It features Nanosphere™ conditioning and both “3XDRY” and “coldblack” treatments. The former is used to give it better moisture regulation and breathability (as I understand it) while the later reflects UV rays to keep the jacket cooler for longer no matter the color. The softshell is waterproof and the hood, which lays flat, can be converted into a collar.
I have to be honest – I would not have bought a TAD hoodie at their price point, not initially. Not before they sent me one to T&E. My experience with that hoodie (a Ranger, if you recall my review) has completely changed my mind. I’ve been wearing it as part of my snivel kit almost exclusively since October of 2011 and it has performed tremendously, holding up to everything I’ve done in it (and to it) without any appreciable wear or deterioration. It would have been the investment – if all Ranger hoodies (and other TAD garments) hold up as well as mine has, then buyers are getting their money’s worth. Now that my Ranger seems to be spending more and more time with my son (he jokes that he might get suspended for wearing a ‘tactical’ hoodie to school) I will be buying another.