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FIRST LITE MERINO WOOL Chama HOODED SWEATSHIRT. First Lite has received many requests for a hooded style over the last couple of years. Taking their midweight Chama design and adding an articulated hood for added warmth and concealment, we have created the ultimate technical hunting hooded layer for your quiver of First Lite Merino. The Chama Hoody provides maximum warmth with minimum weight. Add technical features like Shooters Cut, thumb loops and a zippered sleeve pocket and you have the ultimate in technical versatility.
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Posted by chukardoc on 22nd Mar 2016
This hoody makes a huge difference in warmth given its lightweight nature. The arms are long enough for all of my activities without being bulky. The built in hood made all of the difference during a New Year's bird hunt in the low teens with added windchill.
If there is any downside to this product it might be that over time the soft wool can pill a bit under contact points (back of your shoulders if you wear a pack for instance). However, I didn't buy it to look pretty and this top does everything I need it to do. As with any wool product, be sure you follow cleaning directions. Like others note in the reviews, this top does not need to be washed very often.
Posted by Matt on 2nd Mar 2016
I use the Chama for everything. I actually have one in ASAT and one in Fusion. I love the versatility of the weight, the hood adds sunshade as well as some warmth. I recently used it in AZ with the hood up to hide my face in the mid-day sun while stalking deer in the January archery hunt. I like to wear it in the sleeping bag to keep my neck and ears warm. I also hardly ever wash my merino outerwear. The odor is kept to a minimum so I don't care if it has some dirt on it.
Make sure to order size accordingly. First Lite sizes more to the European style. This piece is not really considered a base layer but rather insulation so the fit will not be as snug as a t-shirt (like the Llano) but more like a sweatshirt. I wear a M for all my First Lite shirts/jackets.
Posted by Roger Shaw on 6th Jan 2016
The chama hoody should be in every hunters clothes bin. I ordered late into the New York deer season and received it in the first of December, I ordered a large and it does run a little big so I could layer up with a exp chama and I was very comfortable and also had room for a labrador sweater if needed, the hood fit great and was also warm. I can see me wearing this the entire season. I purchased this in the asat camo, which in the beginning I was a little skeptical here in Central New York for I have never seen anyone wearing it here before, but after catching myself on a trail camera and seeing myself blend in with the leaves on the ground and the back ground I am sold , I had deer stand by me at 10yds and never once did I get busted , I also have a few pieces of fusion and can say that between the Fusion and the ASAT that they are the best camo patterns that I have ever owned! and I often mixed them together.
Posted by chukardoc on 6th Jan 2016
I used the Chama hoody (worn over a baselayer merino wool long sleeve top) this past weekend hunting chukar in 1F weather. I wasn't sure how I would like the built in hood, but it was perfect for keeping my neck warm (no draft!). My core stayed warm whether I was working hard climbing a slope or standing still just enjoying the scene (i.e. catching my breath). Wore both shirt and chama three days steady with plenty of sweating and no smell. The hood is light enough that if you are not wearing it, the material isn't too bulky on your neck. The arms are plenty long as well (unlike some other brands). It definitely needs an outer layer over the chama (some sort of wind blocker).
Posted by sooner mountain man on 26th Sep 2015
Wore it for 7 days elk hunting as a base layer. Kept me warm in the mornings and didn't over heat during the day. Really like the hood. Size runs a little big.
Posted by Unknown on 23rd Mar 2015
I'm amazed at how comfortable, light , but warm this is..
I've worn it as a base layer,and it has really replaced 2 layers that I have worn in the past. HIGHLY RECOMMEND.
Posted by Don Thorsten on 6th Oct 2014
I normally wear a large and heard these run big so I ordered a medium and it fits perfect. Very comfortable piece. Been wearing it as a base layer. Love the big Q-zip and I really like the fit and style of the hood when slipped over a hat. Thumb holes are great. I have nothing bad to say about it whatsoever. Linton Outdoors is also a great company. Excellent customer service and very quick responses and detailed info on all questions I had. Will be buying more first lite like the Llano and Halstead very soon. Thank you Linton Outdoors. You are my new go to for hunting apparel.
Posted by Unknown on 14th Jan 2014
I absolutely love this piece! It is a very versatile size that I use almost every day. I have been very pleased with how comfortable it is especially around the hood area. Very often a shirt with a hood can cause discomfort, but after many hours I have found this to not be the case. The quality is great. The cut is very generous and makes this piece versatile. I have used it as a base layer, mid and also outer layer.
Posted by Mark Ruesch on 4th Nov 2013
I like the feel of Merino wool. It wicks nicely, and is easy to care for. When the November chill hits in Wisconsin, I put on 4 layers of First Lite clothing. The Llano, the Llano quarter zip, Chama Hoody, followed by the Labrador full zip sweater. The layering allows me full range of motion, and the material is quiet.
Also, the material sheds odors. Get it while it's hot!
Posted by John Purcell on 29th Oct 2013
My new base garment. As with all First Lite products, quality is very good, Merino is fantastic and it has held up very well during both the Archery and Rifle hunt this year. No itch and dries very quickly. Great product and service from Linton is excellent.
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