One, or even both of these should be on your Christmas list this year- they made Chrome's holiday guide and Chrome "staff pics" for a good reason...a great his & her present too!
First off- it's no secret that we love merino wool. We've sung its praises on many occasions. Personally, I think if you've ever worn it and are not a true believer, you need help. Serious help. I've been wanting a merino hoodie for what seems like forever, and then these came in the mail.
That being said, both the Cobra (mens) and the Pasha (womens) are 100% merino wool, so we might be a little biased.
Chrome has spent years making quality cycling products, and both models are true to form.
I love the fact that merino wool is so thin, yet so warm...and soft. It was even softer after washing it once. I love that it has fleeced merino wool in the back that helps wick moisture even more when I get too warm.
Both models are pretty form-fitting and snug...really cozy. I've been wearing mine almost constantly since it arrived. I switched it out for a thick pullover for a couple days and it was half as warm, and (so i thought) a decent hoodie.
Clothing made for cyclists by cyclists is always rad, and worth it in the long (and short) run because they think of the little things- like being lower in the back which is a feature of both, but each have rad features that the other doesn't.
For instance, the Cobra has a semi-secret stash pocket down low on the right arm that the Pasha doesn't. But the Pasha gets mad style points for the offset zipper. I wish the Cobra was made like this but with the zipper on the other side. I love that feature!
Style wise, the Pasha takes the cake (a plus for the ladies!)- besides the offset zipper, right above the chest there is a check-mark like seam, then another straight seam above the belly. The arms are cut diagonally just past the elbow and re-stitched with red thread which really pops out. Likewise on the back, it's got another horizontal seam. Mad style all around. While the Cobra has mostly straight seams (which is fine by me).
The sweetest feature that both have are the pre-made, heavy duty thumb holes. If you don't want to use them, it's no big deal, pull your thumbs out and push the sleeve up.
Both hoodies have zippered hand pockets with a soft mesh interior, and a zippered rear pocket that runs through the bottom of the back. Play eye-spy & find the double red marks that have adorned this season's line, and both have a small, classy, embroidered griffin logo as a final touch. Five stars all around...
I knew I was a lucky girl when I received the Pasha Women’s Hoodie. I instantly fell
in love with it and knew it would probably become one of those clothing items I wear
entirely too much; It has.
The hoodie is beautifully made, and after the first wash, it is snuggly soft. Being made of 100 percent merino wool allows the hoodie to be versatile to temperature changes. It can be worn alone, or layered under or over other clothing. It’s been a great layer for the beginning of another Michigan winter. It features side-zip, hand pockets made of mesh.
While trying to keep my hands warm in the pockets on a cold, windy night, I realized
I could feel a draft coming up under the hoodie through the mesh pockets. Layering or wearing gloves solves that issue.
The women’s model, unlike the men’s, zips on the side like a motorcycle jacket, rather than the typical hoodie. This variation adds a little more badass factor. There is much stitching detail that is worth mentioning but hard to describe (check out the pictures!)..
I dig being able to put the hood up, zip up to the top, and have my mouth covered. It’s a nice, ninja-like characteristic. Thumb loops on the sleeves help keep those drafts out and your arms warm. Thumb loops are always a big plus. You can also feel safe wearing your low rise pants, because the back of the hoodie hangs down slightly lower than the front. It’s barely noticeable, but you’ll know, because you’ll feel fewer drafts and avoid accidental peep shows. This back panel also owns a discrete, mesh, zipper pocket for stashing your stuff to hop on your bike.
Overall, I love my hoodie and will continue to wear it almost every day.