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KUHL ENGINEERED Women’s Hoody Review

Check out this KUHL ENGINEERED Women’s Hoody Review if you are looking for a comfortable sun hoodie for your outdoor activities. It’s a lightweight summer layer, cool enough to protect you from the sun on hot days, and comfortable enough to wear in place of a sweatshirt. Check out more details and photos.

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Agnes Stabinska, the author and co-founder of The Van Escape blog is standing on a trail in mountain, among grass with the lake and mountain view. She is wearing orange KUHL ENGINEERED Women's Hoody and black pants.

KUHL ENGINEERED Women’s Hoody – Introduction to Review

Packing for our recent summer trip to Alaska was quite a challenge. We planned to sleep in a tent, do lots of hiking and outdoor activities, reach the Arctic Ocean via the challenging Dalton Highway, and visit the remote Gates of the Arctic National Park.

Therefore, clothing had to be incredibly well thought out because we also had to pack a lot of camping gear. I needed a summery, light, and airy hoody for daily outdoor use. I needed something to protect me from the morning camping chill and the Alaskan sun and bugs.

So, I chose this KUHL ENGINEERED Women’s Hoody.

Why? Because I already had this company’s two pairs of shorts (hiking and casual shorts), and a warm fleece jacket that I love. What’s more, I also bought stretchy roll-up pants and a Prism hoodie, which I like too.

This Kuhl Women’s Hoody has accompanied me on this adventurous trip, and now it’s time to conclude whether it’s worth having in your closet.

Agnes Stabinska, the author is sitting in orange KUHL ENGINEERED Women's Hoody among trees with the lake and mountain view.

Specs at a Glance of KUHL ENGINEERED Women’s Hoody

KUHL ENGINEERED Women's Hoody Review - product specs at a glance.

Notable Features of KUHL ENGINEERED Women’s Hoody

  • UPF 30+ sun protection where the sun hits hardest, with breathable open-knit 20+ UPF in areas where you sweat a lot
  • Strategically placed mesh ventilation for temperature control
  • Aktiv, stretch fabric for freedom of movement
  • Cool kangaroo front pocket
Agnes Stabinska, the authoor, in orange KUHL ENGINEERED Women's Hoody hiking in the mountains in Alaska. She is standing next to blue lake with mountains in the backdrop and mountains reflaction in the lake.

KUHL ENGINEERED Women’s Hoody – Review

Design and Fabric

KUHL ENGINEERED Women’s Hoody is a very interestingly designed summer top with long sleeves, primarily to protect against the sun during summer activities.

This women’s hoodie from Kuhl is perfect as a lightweight summer layer to keep you cool or warm and keep the sun off, as it features UPF 30+ sun protection. The large hood, straight cut, front kangaroo pockets, and thumbholes make it look modern and stylish. This also makes it a versatile hoodie.

The fabric is 100% polyester, weighs 140 GSM, and stretches with every move. What’s more, it features strategically placed mesh venting for temperature control. It is a light and airy top, and the material is very soft. It’s comfortable, breathable, and fashionable.

It’s also easy to care for. I love that it’s lightweight with air-permeable panels, and I like the bright orange color that does not absorb heat. The quality, stitching, fabric, and SPF make it the best safe summer shirt I have ever had. It is very breathable and lightweight, making it a perfect outdoor shirt for comfortable sun protection.

The only downside to this hoodie is the pocket. It looks great and is suitable for keeping your hands warm. But since the material is light and stretchy, you can not put a heavier item, like a phone, in the pocket because it will pull the material down.

Agnes Stabinska, the author, is sitting in orange KUHL ENGINEERED Women's Hoody next to campfire with the tent and sea and mountains in the backdrop.

Comfort and Freedom of Movement

I love camping, hiking, taking photos, and being on the move. That’s why I needed a lightweight top for a road trip to Alaska that would not restrict my movement. And that’s precisely what the Kuhl Hoody is.

I love its simple cut. What’s more, it also features side slits for better movement. Thanks to the interestingly designed kangaroo pocket on the front, the hoody has an original cut but is also practical.

Venting and Dry Time

One of the best features of this hoodie is its ventilation. The Kuhl hoody is breathable and light. I love this airy fabric, which keeps me dry throughout the day. It perfectly wicks away moisture. This is due to the strategically placed mesh vents for temperature control. As the material is light, the hoody dries relatively quickly.


This hoodie is suitable for many activities. If you plan a summer trip, it is worth packing it for its comfortable cut, pleasant material, and versatility. The Kuhl Hoodie was perfect during our mountain trek to the least visited national park in the U.S., the remote and challenging-to-reach Gates of Arctic National Park. I have to admit that I even slept in a tent in this hoodie once in Alaska.

In the morning, it was not at all creased or sweaty. Hiking, trekking, camping, biking, sightseeing, boating, and more. Whatever summer activities you like, this hoodie should be the perfect choice for sun adventures.

Agnes Stabinska, in orange KUHL ENGINEERED Women's Hoody is in a tent in Alaska in a sleeping bag and she is drinking coffee.


I am wearing it for another month, and despite many washes, the Kuhl hoody remains unchanged in color and size. It did not stretch, even though it had a loose, straight cut. I wore this hoodie on several hiking trails in Alaska, and it did a great job, too.

Despite the backpack, the material on the back and shoulders has not worn out so far. I wash this hoodie as recommended by the manufacturer: wash cold, do not bleach, and tumble dry on low. I do not iron. But this hoodie does not need ironing because it does not crease, making it perfect for any trip.

Agnes Stabinsa in orange KUHL ENGINEERED Women's Hoody is hiking in the forest.
Agnes Stabinska in orange hoodie on the camping in Homer, Alaska.

Colors and Sizing

The KUHL ENGINEERED Women’s Hoody is available in Emberglow, Cloud Gray, and Black. I chose the first one, delicate, pastel orange. The color is beautiful. Despite many washes, it remains the same shade. It is a pity that only these three colors are available because I would like to buy another hoody in a shade of green or blue. I hope it comes in more colors soon.

Sizes are standard women’s sizes from XS to XL. They are based on the size chart. I chose L to have a little more freedom and space. I wanted a hoodie as one of the layers in case the weather was bad. The hoodie is a loose fit. If the fit and the adhesion of the hoodie to your body are essential to you, choose a smaller size.

Agnes Stabinska, in orange hoodie is sitting on the bench with the lake view in Gates of Arctic National park in Alaska.

KUHL ENGINEERED Women’s Hoody – Verdict

The KUHL ENGINEERED Women’s Hoody is a perfect choice for summer activities. On hot days, it protects you from the sun while keeping you dry. And on summer mornings, it will keep you from getting chilled. The hoody is ideal for sunny days and warmer regions.

The fabric is lightweight and will not crease, making it an excellent choice for travel. It fits in any luggage or backpack. It has a comfortable straight cut that gives you perfect freedom of movement. In this hoodie, you can go camping, biking, fishing, boating, or hiking in the mountains. Combined with a pair of jeans, it is also suitable for going to town or to work.

I highly recommend this well-constructed Kuhl women’s hoodie. It’s great for outdoor activities and everyday comfort wear.

KUHL ENGINEERED Women's Hoody Review: verdict and points: 9.3 overall score.
Agnes Stabinska in orange hoodie in Homer, Alaska with the sea and mountains in the backdrop.


  1. The Kuhl Engineered Women`s Hoody looks like a great piece of outdoor clothing. I know how difficult it is to find pieces you can wear in different situations and climates and for different activities. Also good to know, that it dries quickly and the fabric is very durable.

  2. I love the fact that this doesn’t crease and is lightweight. Having an extra layer that isn’t going to take up so much room and weight is ideal for hiking when you reach more exposed parts of a trail or peak in summer. It also looks really soft.

  3. This hoodie sounds great for hiking. I like that it is lightweight but also protects you from the nocive rays of the sun. That is such a great advantage. I also like that it is breathable, and allows your body to properly regulate its temperature, keeping you dry when you sweat. I am looking into gear for my next trip to Morocco, I will have this hoodie in mind when I finally do the shopping.

  4. This hoodie looks so versatile and perfect for the outdoors. I like that it is UPF 30, I never heard of it before! Also great that you don’t have to iron it, because it’s my worst chore! Love the colour on you, I would choose the same.

  5. I was interested in reading more about the KUHL ENGINEERED Women’s Hoody. It looks like a good one for hiking. I like long sleeves when I am in the outdoors and have struggled to find the right thing for summer hiking. Quick drying is great for when we are travelling and do a quick wash.

  6. The Kuhl Engineered Women’s Hoody looks like a perfect wear to beat the heat of the sun or the winter chills. I like the bright orange color and I would go for the same. Nice to know that it comes with UPF 30+ and has Aktiv stretch fabric for flexibility and layers of mesh for temperature control.And the kangaroo pockets are a bonus for sure. Not only it is a great outdoor wear but it passes as a stylish hoody for work or casual purpose. And it can survive so many washes and can easily fit into luggage. Thank you for sharing!

  7. The KUHL Hoody looks to be the perfect choice for those active women. It has so many benefits – the lightweight fabric, the ease with which it can travel, protection from sun and warmth, the versatility of where you can wear it, and acts as a great layer piece too.

  8. They look good on you. I wonder if they have a version for men. I like the fabric and how it is made to protect against the sun and cold. You did mention that it helps you cool off in summer and vice versa. It can see it is a fit for every season.

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