I appreciate your website, reviews, and that you took the time to post this on MD. I have the beanie/neck warmer from the last run, and they are still going strong. I'd have purchased this blind, hoping to use it as a nice 2nd layer for cold weather hiking/backpacking, if it wasn't for this review. I feel that the beanie is too thin for me to be thermally efficient in colder weather, and the wind whips right through it. When paired with the neck warmer, however, as a sort of Balaclava setup, it's worked really well for me to keep my ears warm. I was worried that the sweater would be the same way, and that I'd have to always wear my 250 merino layer under it for it to work the way I wanted it. Nothing against the quality of the items, though, as mine have both held up well, and I even bought a second set for the old hag that lives with me! They've been great for around town, and at work.