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Black Diamond Deployment Hybrid Hoody

- published April 2017

87

2017

RATINGS

Fit & Comfort
8
Warmth
8
Features
6
Quality
9
Weight
5
GEAR INSTITUTE RATING
87

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THE GOOD

  • Material combination
  • Durable
  • Breathable
  • Insulated hood

THE BAD

  • Poor fit over base layers
  • Awkward pocket design
  • Weight

THE VERDICT

The Black Diamond Deployment Hybrid Hoody is the most mountain-ready, technical jacket in this test. The fabric combination excels when in motion and in keeping the user warm and protected. It can be uncomfortable when worn over all but the most minimalist of base layers. The pockets are placed away from harness clutter but are tedious under a backpack and take two hands to close.

FULL REVIEW

Warmth
The Black Diamond Deployment Hybrid Hoody's PrimaLoft® and merino wool blend admirably delivered on its promise to keep winter athletes comfortable when active, warm when not. I found it only slightly less warm than the Brooks-Range Hybrid Down Sweater.

Fit & Comfort
The Deployment Hybrid was a tight fit over heavier base layers. The fabrics are soft, forgiving, and go where you go. It is bulky through the insulated chest and shoulders.

Features
The hood fits over a helmet and the pockets are designed to be out of the way of waist belts and harnesses, but that results in them landing squarely under shoulder and sternum straps. They’re easy to open but tedious to close—I had to remove mittens each time. 

Quality
The Black Diamond Deployment Hybrid Hoody is a formidable piece of cold-weather practicality. Despite so much multi-directional stretch, I could find no evidence of stitches pulling or exterior wear. Everything is tightly bound and sealed.

Weight
The Deployment Hybrid Hoody weighs 18.2 ounces, making it the heaviest jacket in the test. In terms of packing, the Deployment is not designed for hanging from a harness, packing to about the size of a football.

Additional Specs
Insulation: Primaloft® Silver Hi-Loft Insulation 
Shell: Schoeller® stretch-woven nylon with NanoSphere® 
Back, Under Arms, Cuffs: Blended Merino Wool 

How We Tested It

The jackets in this test were used for several months during the burly 2016-17 Sierra Nevada winter throughout the Tahoe basin. They were tested in a number of activities, including sunny hikes, shoveling snow, full-moon snowshoe hikes, and under a shell during a few powder days.

For more reviews beyind this 2017 test, check out our Best Active Insulation Jacket Test, our softshell jacket tests, as well as our other related hiking gear tests

The products featured in this test have been loaned to the Gear Institute. For more on our policies regarding editorial objectivity and sample returns, see here.

About the Author

Craig Rowe

Craig Rowe

Craig is a backpacking guide, copywriter, occasional climber, sometime surfer and fair-weather snowboarder. He went to NOLS, Leaves No Trace, and lives in Truckee, CA. He also invented TripTarp.

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MSRP
LOW PRICE
$229.00
Support Gear Institute. If you make a purchase after clicking on the links above, a portion of the sale helps support this site.

RATINGS

Fit & Comfort
8
Warmth
8
Features
6
Quality
9
Weight
5
GEAR INSTITUTE RATING
87

Weight

18.2 oz

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