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Several years ago I ran across a photograph of a prominent twentieth century French photographer in his skiing outfit. I was impressed by the custom fit of the hood on his jacket. Not long after that, clothing designer Rick Owen brought out the “scuba hood”, a close-fitting version of the usual sloppy blinder.
Dinosaur brought out a revolutionary bonded-wool winter coat with a close-fitting integral hood. Last week I surfed an Italian clothing site that has gone urban field gear one better: they cut the sleeves longer on the upside for better cycling performance.
The climbing expedition that found the body of George Mallory near the summit of Mt. Everest marveled that he had been able to get so far wearing wool clothing and leather boots. A subsequent expedition experimented with low-tech clothing and concluded that custom-cut low-tech outerwear is very efficient.
As a voluntary pedestrian and frequent rider of city busses, I appreciate the hood as a sanitary layer between my hair and whatever remains on the public headrest.
P.S. Around 1990, I saw a couple of Inuit tourists wearing their best not far from the train station. Their just above the knee custom parkas were closely tailored of half-inch cotton patches finer even than Seminole work, and the two women looked like a million dollars.
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