Black Diamond Deployment Hybrid Hoody
- Material combination
- Insulated hood
- Poor fit over base layers
- Awkward pocket design
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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