I’ve made a lot of these insulated hoods with varying styles of construction. This is a really easy do-it-yourself (DIY) project, especially if you can use pieces from a fleece blanket that already has a nice hem that can work as a channel for a draw cord.
I love DIY projects that are simple to construct. Hoods and balaclavas can get complicated when you want to build them with fitted contours, etc. I’ve found that a simple tube works remarkable well and with the “face hole,” it allows me to wear the hood around my neck, or pulled up and over to be a beanie.
I’ve sewn layers of fleece or added insulation between outer layers to create very warm winter hoods that were absolutely roasting hot. In three-season backpacking, I’ve found that using a single-layer hood/balaclava works wonders at keeping warm.
The 3-layer Insultex version I made weighs only 5 oz (142 g). The single-layer fleece versions weigh around 2–3 oz (57–85 g).