Hunters are always looking for ways to enhance and upgrade the gear they wear and carry into the backcountry. Comfort, fit, features, durability, color, and odor control are just a few of the factors that most will use to make a purchase decision. Stone Glacier out of Bozeman Montana has expanded their technical apparel line to include the Helio Series of mid-layers that utilize Polygiene Odor Technology. I had the opportunity to wear the Helio Hoody through the end of winter and throughout spring while shed hunting. More info here on their website.

Stone Glacier Helio Hoody

The Helio Hoody is offered in two colors, Granite Grey and Coyote. I chose Coyote in a size large. Large is my normal size and found the sizing and fit to be what I expected. The first thing I noticed is how soft the feel of the hoody is. Though designed as a mid-layer, it is soft enough against the skin to be worn as a base layer, if wanted. The flat seams and 94/6 construction of poly/spandex blend are extremely soft.

Testing The Helio Hoody

My testing of the Helio hoody was predominately days of high exertion walking with temperatures ranging from the teens to the fifties. The 3/4 zip allows you to regulate your temperature easily to dump heat with high exertion and as you cool down, zip backup to secure any needed warmth. I found that the blend of poly and spandex breathed very well and when I did collect sweat it would dry very quickly.

Important Features

Being a hoody fan, there are a couple of key items I’m always looking for. Thumb loops and coverage on the face when the hoody is fully zipped. I found these two features to be well designed. The thumb holes are sufficiently cut in design to cover the main portion of your hand. They provide added warmth when gloves are not required. And, at the same time not being restrictive to your hand. When the articulated hood is fully zipped, it provides full coverage to your face. The softness of the material is very comfortable. It does not feel overly tight nor binding, and does not limit your field of view.

The cut and design of the hoody are such that it has an elongated tail. Meaning it is longer on the backside providing further coverage from the elements. It also prevents rubbing of your pack on your back. There is a large zippered chest pocket that is easily accessible to store miscellaneous items you may need throughout the day.

Helio Hoody Durability And Scent Control

When out for multiple days, you want gear that will not fail, whether this is durability, functionality, or performance. How long clothing can be worn without washing over multiple days and not collect an unwanted odor is always a consideration. The Helio Hoody is treated with an odor control Polygiene treatment during its fabrication. This process helps to eliminate odor-causing bacteria that can develop during usage. Being an individual who sweats heavily, I was able to test these properties over several concurrent days of usage. I found it highly effective at preventing the stink from accumulating on the hoody.

Information provided from Stone Glacier website:

My use of the hoody was in open conditions and also included many days of brush busting. The fabric was able to withstand any rips or tears and was found to be very quiet, making it acceptable for use in most conditions you would find during hunting season.

If looking for a piece of clothing to add to your mountain arsenal that is comfortable, has a performance fit, 4-way stretch, and efficient in design. Look to Stone Glaciers’ new Helio Line, which includes both the Hoody and matching Helio zippered bottom. Order yours direct from Stone Glacier here.

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Ross has resided in the Northwest for 30+ years, grew up in a family of elk hunters and the passion of the hunt was instilled early on when his family would gather in North Idaho for the annual general rifle season. When falls arrives, Ross can be found in the high country of North Idaho and Northwest Montana, with Bow or Rifle in hand. "As long as I am chasing Big Bulls in the backcountry there is a smile on my face. Many would call Elk Hunters an odd lot, as who in their right mind would want to put their body through the trials and tribulations that we do each fall, with no guarantee of success. It takes dedication, perseverance and someone who enjoys hardwork to be successful year in and year out. I like hardwork, so count me in"! Many a fine bull has been taken by Ross' bullet and arrow. To expand his love of the outdoors and his knowledge of Elk, he can be found each spring fervently pursuing Elk Sheds. "Shed hunting gives you an arm up on the quality of bulls in the area, expands your knowledge, is great for training and is another opportunity to be in the great outdoors." Ross resides in Liberty Lake Washington, with his wife Kirsten and his shed hunting companion Magnum.