Outdoor Research Men's Deviator Hoody
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- Shell 1: 100% Nylon; Shell 2: 84% Polyester, 16% Elastane; Lining: 100% Polyester
- Flat-Seam Construction
- Breathable; Wicking
- Quick Drying
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The unique PrimaLoft Gold Insulation Down Blend of the Diode Hooded Jacket packs the best attributes of each material into one weather-resistant and highly compressible insulation. Perfect for preserving warmth in cold, damp environments where pure down could wet out, the body of the Diode is stuffed with a 70% DWR-treated down/30% PrimaLoft blend of insulation that traps heat in the nastiest conditions. In areas most exposed to the weather - the shoulders, hood and waist - the Diode uses 100% PrimaLoft Gold insulation, further protecting from the elements. More than a belay parka, the ingenious Diode Hooded Jacket provides functional, water-resistant warmth in variable conditions.
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Purchased date : End of July 2015 (so this is my initial impression of the jacket)
Size : Large
This hoody piqued my interest because it uses Polartec's Alpha insulation. (And it won an Editors' Choice Award from Backpacker Magazine)
Amazon has a good deal on it. So I decided to go for it.
1. Size - tricky
Many reviewers mentioned that this was a very form fitting and that you would be prudent to order one size up. They are right. This is VERY form fitting. In fact, you may need to order two sizes up.
I usually order a medium for a fleece or a jacket. With a medium R1 Hoody, I have a plenty room around my chest. A medium Thermoball jacket is almost too large. But with Deviator, a size large is just about right. Even with a large, if I try to stretch out my arms, the chest area gets tight. If you find a medium fleece rather tight, you may want to try an XL with this.
2. Design - Excellent
Very well-designed. This is not really a jacket. It is more of a base layer with some insulation. It is VERY breathable. The liner looks/feels like a mesh running shirt. It feels very nice on your skin. The material is very thin. Almost see-through. (you can kindda see the insulation material inside)
The sleeves/back/hood are made of a grid fleece. (no insulation) The fleece is also very thin/breathable. Imagine you are attaching a grid fleece to your old long-sleeve cotton T (a thin one). That's pretty much it.
One design that stands out is the lack of the insulation material on the back. I think it is ingenious. With a backpack on, I would be less likely to sweat. And this hoody is pretty light. (FYI, it can pack itself into a hand warmer pocket, too. Just no zipper)
3. Construction - TBD
Outdoor Research often comes up with innovative products. But sometimes their execution is less than stellar. We will see how durable this thing is. I could not find any errant stitches, though.
4. Performance - TBD, but testing went very well.
I have to use it a few times for hiking and running before I can say something about how this hoody performs.
But I took a walk wearing it as a test (30 min walk, 72 degrees/sunny/hardly any wind. Nothing underneath). Surprisingly I did not overheat at all. Just comfortable. You wound not think that you would be comfortable wearing an insulation hoody on a 72 degree sunny day. But surprisingly it was. Polartec Alpha is the real deal.
5. Price - too expensive
I got a blue one for which I got a nice discount at Amazon. $185 (the asking price) is too much. I think a sweat price point would be around $110. The hoody seems to perform very well. But if you have a light synthetic long-T (like Capilene 1) and add a light vest, you probably could get the same performance.
6. Summery : Very promising, but expensive.
I wonder if this hoody (or this type of garment) could challenge active fleeces like R1. If this hoody proves to be durable, and if OR reduces the price, I think it could. An exciting (but expensive) product.
I am 6'3" and 220. The XL is tight but not uncomfortable. The front of the jacket has heavier insulation than the back and sleeves. I wore the jacket on a 10 mile mountain hike in mild 50-60 degree weather and was soaked. It would probably have been more comfortable in cooler weather. It seems to be a described as a mid layer, presumably for winter outings. It is not wind proof.
The tight fit probably makes sense in the same vein as mummy bags. Other reviewers have mentioned ordering a larger than normal size for them to get a good fit.
As for sizing, at 160 lbs with a 40-41 inch chest and 5 ft-11 inches, I normally wear medium in most coats. At the recommendation of another reviewer I tried on both sizes at a retail outlet--and found that the medium was just too restrictive in the chest--probably because the nylon does not stretch at all. Jumping up to a large, I found the fit and feel near perfect. A new go-to jacket for me!
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