Outdoor Research Deviator Hoodie – Breathable Warmth
Balancing warmth and breathability on the uptrack is easier said than done. Everyday presents its own weather conditions and demands, but the Outdoor Research Deviator Hoodie handles the job of climate control on the uptrack by effectively wicking moisture and breathing to keep you dry, warm and on the move. More than just another mid-weight fleece, the Deviator is a hybrid layer that offers stand-alone warmth in modest weather and functional breathability for layering in all conditions.
The OR Deviator Hoodie is purpose built for aerobic activity. Part fleece sweater, part insulated jacket, it breathes on all fronts thanks to a blend of materials that match where your body needs breathability versus insulation. The back, arms and hood feature a lightweight Polartec Power Grid fleece – the fleece with the waffle grid backside. The front and shoulders feature Polartec Alpha insulation–an ultra-light, air-permeable synthetic insulation–and faced with a super-light ripstop nylon face. Together, they create a lightweight layer that is warmer than a basic fleece and breathes better, too. A trim fit, thumbhole cuffs and slide-in hand pockets round out the functional design.
Put to the Test
I’ve put the Deviator to the test hiking, riding and on countless days of ski touring. The insulated front panel and fleece zones are well matched creating a uniform feel that is soft and form fitting. The Deviator breathes and wicks moisture to keep you warm and dry while on the move.
Outdoor Research takes the idea of a fleece mid-layer to a new level of functionality. Thanks to excellent breathability, a uniform lightweight build and a slim, form-fitting cut, it’s a stand-alone piece that has become a staple in my outdoor adventure kit from first use.
Outdoor Research Deviator Hoodie: $189
Weight: 11 oz / 320 g (M)
Avail in men’s and women’s models.
November 2019 – A vest version of the Deviator is on closeout at REI for 30% off – OR Deviator vest
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