Review-by Campsite Correspondent Sara Mansfield

Crispy weather is lurking in Northern California, especially with the damp El Niño doing it’s thing. It’s the perfect time to try out a new sweater! Thanks to the Campsite, Royal Robbins sent me a Sophia Cowl Neck sweater to see what I thought. My first impression was how lightweight and soft this sweater is. I truly wondered if there was anything in the package when it arrived. When I opened it, I immediately noticed how pretty it was and was taken in by all the details.

The cowl neck almost floats. At first I wanted to fuss with the cowl and arrange it, but I learned to go with flow and let the cowl fall as it may.  It will always look cool and easy. The cowl, cuffs, and hem all share the same lovely scallop detail. I received a sweater in the color Spanish Moss, a vibrant, variegated, synthetic yarn blending both warm and cool tones of green.  This does mean that one of my sleeves is green-blue, and the other is green-yellow, but that has not really bothered me, and no one else seems to notice.

Let’s talk about fit. For me, a slim-ish 5’10” (that’s 177 cm for you metric folk), size medium fit very nicely. The overall shape is the Royal Robbins Natural Fit, so it’s neither too tight, nor too baggy. It seems like the style will compliment many body types. It fits my own straight torso without being bulky or awkward, but seems like it could nicely accommodate someone curvier. As a long-armed lady, I am pleased to see my wrists adequately covered by the long sleeves. I do wish the body length was a bit longer. For me, the length of this sweater was meant for jeans or pants, but leggings might work for some shorter…or bolder…women.

Royal Robbins Sophia Cowl Sweater Review

For a real world test, I grabbed the sweater for an afternoon stroll in the woods at Tomales Bay State Park in California. The yarn is soft and the knit is flexible, so I was totally comfortable hiking and wearing a backpack without any irritation. The sweater is lightweight and breathable, so the cool breeze snuck through a bit, but with a tank layered under it and feet on the move, I stayed plenty warm. When I got a little too hot from trudging uphill with my kiddo on my shoulders, it was no burden to throw this light sweater in my pack.

The Sophia Cowl is a more laid-back, feminine sweater than I usually choose, but I get compliments every time I wear it. It’s a great light layer under a vest or puffy jacket for winter here, and the gorgeous green color can carry it spring, as well. A three-season sweater for $70 USD? Huzzah! It’s easy to wear, it washed up nicely according to the instructions, and I’m glad to have this stylish addition to my closet.

Royal Robbins Sophia Cowl Sweater Review
Sara Mansfield testing out the Sophia Cowl sweater from Royal Robbins while walking the Johnstone Trail at Tomales Bay State Park in California.

Royal Robbins was founded by outdoor adventurers and they definitely know how to make clothes that work outdoors AND look good.  Get your cozy sweater here!

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