Outdoor Research's Deviator Hoodie crosses between a heavyweight baselayer and synthetic insulated jacket - grabbing the best of both. Styling is pretty good as well. The Deviator Hoodie combines Polartec breathable Alpha insulation on the front of the garment with Polartec Power Grid elsewhere creating a garment that provides zoned warmth whilst you're active.
Outdoor Research says: The lightly insulated Deviator Hoody provides the perfect amount of air permeability and warmth for active pursuits. Polartec® Alpha® insulation stays dry and circulates airflow for incredible breathability, and Polartec® Power Grid™ in the hood, sleeves and back panel wicks moisture and keeps you comfortable.
Outdoor Research's Deviator Hoodie is a really interesting garment, most of it is Polartec Power Grid which is a high wicking, high breathability insulator worn either next to skin or over a thin baselayer. In the Deviator Hoodie this is teamed up with Polartec Alpha insulation on the jacket front and a nylon shell to block the wind and keep it all in place.
Practically what you have is a garment with higher insulation on the front torso with less insulation on the arms, back and hood - and both insulation levels are using highly breathable systems which means you can use this garment confidently when engaging in high activity. Therefore its an ideal, practical, insulation piece to pull on while on the move - we're thinking towards the end of the day when it cools down but you haven't got off the mountain yet!
Feature-wise the hood is a simple affair with binding around the face edge, the front zip is backed by a weather flap and there are two hand pockets. There are thumb loops at the sleeve ends, its a nicely finished garment with an 'edgy' look to it.
- Reviewed by BasecampGear
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