I spent most of my pregnancy sweating in the heat of the summer and now that I’m ready to be outside and active again, it’s winter. Well, Vancouver winter anyway … which means rain, and lots of it! This normally wouldn’t deter me but I doubt it’s recommended to spend hours in the cold and rain with a newborn.
Side note: I’ve had neighbours and strangers say that they are surprised we’re outside at all, even for short walks on beautiful days.
Due this less-than-ideal weather as well as couple months of bedrest, recovering from a c-section, and caring for a newborn baby, I’m not where I had hoped to be in terms of fitness postpartum. But that’s okay! I’m not in a huge rush to return to my previous ultra running lifestyle, however, it does feel good to be moving again.
Luckily we had some sunshine this past couple weeks and there’s nothing quite like new gear to motivate me to get outside. So I put on my Smartwool Women’s Double Propulsion 60 Pullover and my 12 lb weight vest (Baby R in her carrier), and we took off on some long walks and even a short hike.
I’m ashamed to say with all my outdoor adventures over the past few years, I own surprisingly little merino wool. As the cold weather rolls in, I’ve been hearing more and more recommendations touting the benefits – it’s warm AND it wicks moisture away from your skin, whether it’s sweat or rain.
The Smartwool pullover has merino wool on the inside with additional layers of SmartLoft wool insulation and wind-resistant polyester with DWR finish covering most of the outside. The sides and under the arms are only the merino wool layer for venting and breathability.
When you are radiating heat and also have a baby radiating heat strapped to you, you quickly learn to appreciate a garment that can regulate temperature and moisture – especially because removing a layer is a surprisingly difficult endeavour with a baby carrier and particularly so when on your own.
The pullover is super comfortable, aesthetically pleasing, and the fit is perfect. It has a surprisingly convincing grey, woven print on the weather resistant fabric to give it a textured look.
It’s also easy to wash – just throw it in the machine on cold (which is how I do basically all my laundry) and then tumble dry low (yay, I don’t have to hang dry). The things you appreciate when your have a never-ending pile of laundry to be done.
… But my FAVOURITE feature is the zippered kangaroo pocket. I’ve never seen this before but I love it! I am always throwing important items in my pocket like money or my phone, so zippers are a must. And who doesn’t love a kangaroo sweater?
I just have one question for Smartwool or anyone else that can answer. What are the bum zippers for? There are small zippers on both sides on the bottom of the back. Is this to fit the garment over bulky snow pants? Or to provide a little extra room in case my butt expands? I’ve never seen this before.
In any event, I can already tell this will become a staple for outdoor adventures. The only thing missing (in my humble opinion) is thumb holes.