By Pat Connolly
In full disclosure, I buy a lot of gear. I keep very little of it because I’m, well, how do you say, high maintenance when it comes to what I keep and use. I need things that work, look good, and are built to last. Thusly, when my beloved Patagonia Nano Puff Hoody finally died after 10+ years of service, I was ready to see what I could find to fill the void left by my favorite synthetic puffy ever. Enter the ENVE Insulated Hoodie.
For a high end carbon bike company, it seems odd to choose ENVE as my new jacket provider, right? The Insulated Hooded Jacket is just one of a few stellar offerings from the company’s new “Lifestyle Collection” – a first for ENVE venturing into casual/technical apparel. While looking at the details online, it seemed to check off all the boxes in what I wanted for a synthetic insulated layer – but would it deliver in person? If this singular piece is indicative of the rest of the line, ENVE has crushed it out of the box.