The POC Mantle Thermal hoodie has a nice slim fit with a quarter zip front. Making it more of an anorak then a pullover hoodie. The fit is similar to the POC Transcend Jacket we reviewed previously, the size Large I tested was a great choice to have ample room around my torso for layers and plenty of length in the sleeves to offer full coverage to my wrists while riding.
With the hood on, the quarter zip front will zip all the way up to your chin keeping the heat in and blocking the wind. Zipping it down for warmer rides allows plenty of airflow to help regulate your body temp without overheating.
The POC Mantle Thermal hoodie uses insulative recycled polyamide fabric. Along with being stretchy to not restrict the body while riding, the fabric is warm and durable.
The inner side is a brushed fabric with a waffle like pattern adding comfort and warmth. With the outer shell being host to the fluorocarbon free DWR offering the wind and water resistance.
Rated for 15000mm the water repellent material will keep you dry in moderately wet conditions, but excels when paired with a rain fly for those really wet rides. Additionally, the material is breathable, allowing moisture to escape when you’re working hard helping to regulate temps.
POC includes functional features like a sunglass holder, indicated by the double orange stitch on the front, and lycra cuffs to help keep the sleeves down. On the back there is a zippered pocket slightly larger then your hand which we’ve found useful to carry snacks and wallet on rides.
The hood is designed to fit under the helmet. In doing so the thin material of the Mantle Thermal hoodie is comparable to wearing a balaclava hood under the helmet.
The POC Mantle Thermal hoodie is offered in both men’s and women’s for $180. There are a few colors to choose from in sizes XS-XXL.