Outdoor Research Deviator Hoodie
Dressing for a balance between warmth, breathability and wind protection while on the uptrack is part of the art of ski touring. Everyday presents its own weather conditions and demands, but the Outdoor Research Deviator Hoodie handles the job of climate control on the uptrack in a wide variety of conditions. It’s a versatile uphill layer that offers stand-alone protection in modest weather and functional layering under your shell in storm conditions or when it’s time for the descent.
Part fleece sweater, part insulated jacket, the Deviator Hoodie insulates your core while maintaining impressive breathability. It achieves this by using a blend of materials or what designers call mapped design – as in mapped to match where your body needs breathability versus added insulation. The back, arms and hood are lightweight Polartec Power Grid fleece for maximum breathability, while the front and shoulders add Polartec Alpha insulation – polartec’s air-permeable, active insulation – under a super-light ripstop nylon face for added warmth.
It’s kind of like a lightly insulated vest with lightweight fleece arms. By using air-permeable insulation, the Deviator maintains breathability while offering a level of wind protection that sets it apart from a more basic fleece. One the thing OR did so well with this piece is they kept the whole jacket lightweight, soft and form fitting. The insulated front matches the weight and feel of the lightweight fleece very well so, although it’s made of different materials, it feels more like a lightweight fleece, than an insulated jacket.
I started wearing the Outdoor Research Deviator Hoodie during the fall season and put it to work pedaling, hiking and scrambling in a variety of mixed weather. It’s so comfortable and functional, I couldn’t wait to put it to use ski touring. Now that winter is here, I’ve been wearing it over a lightweight base layer on the uptrack in non-storm conditions. The Deviator works in a wide range of temps. At the top of the climb, I add my shell or puffy and drop in. Peel the shell after re-skinning and I’m ready for the next lap. Thumb loops help seal out cold air, while the full-zip front lets you vent further if needed. The hood adds warmth under a hemet or if the wind is a howlin’.
The Outdoor Research Deviator Hoodie is one of those rare pieces that became a staple in my outdoor adventure kit from first use.