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Outdoor Research Deviator Hoody

- published April 2017

88

2017

RATINGS

Fit & Comfort
7
Warmth
6
Features
7
Quality
8
Weight
10
GEAR INSTITUTE RATING
88

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$185.00
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THE GOOD

  • Comfort under layers
  • Breathability
  • Under-helmet hood
  • Material combination

THE BAD

  • Tight fit around core
  • Chest pocket fit
  • Warmth

THE VERDICT

The Deviator Hoody by Outdoor Research is a highly versatile layering piece with a good combination of materials and features to warrant being packed on almost every trip in any season. In the right temps it can be worn alone, but that’s going to require warmer shoulder season temps. The slim fit requires a minimal base layer to remain comfortable and avoid feeling bulky.

FULL REVIEW

Warmth
The Deviator is not the warmest jacket tested but it did provide impressive warmth-to-weight ratio and surprising wind resistance. The jacket's minimalist construction and wicking Polartech® Power Grid™ augmented breathability so I never over-heated or stayed wet.

Fit & Comfort
Knowing that the Deviator's form-fitting design is core to its functionality, I found the men's medium somewhat tight through the middle, and chest pocket contents are very noticeable. Polartech® Power Grid™ is soft and flexible with no constriction points. The Deviator disappeared under larger mid-layers and shells—I forgot how I stayed so warm.

Features
The Polartech® Power Grid™ hood is over- and under-helmet ready. Streamlined hand-warmer pockets open into the insulated core, meaning hands enter a pocket of captured warm air. They also hold an adjustable waist drawcord and a keyclip. It has chin guard on the zipper and padded thumb loops. 

Quality
Shoppers considering the Outdoor Research Deviator Hoody may worry about such a light jacket keeping pace, but I found no reason for concern after a couple of months of consistent wear. The 7D ripstop on the front panel warrants extra care.

Weight
The Deviator Hoody was the lightest in the hybrid jacket test, measuring 10.9 ounces. Bonus: whether designed to or not, the Deviator packs easily into either of its pockets to the size of a softball.

Additional Specs
Insulation: Polartech® Alpha Exterior
Shell: Polartech® Power Grid™, Polyester, Spandex, 7D ripstop.
Interior Lining: Polyester Stretch Mesh; Polartech® Power Grid™

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
$185.00
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
7
Warmth
6
Features
7
Quality
8
Weight
10
GEAR INSTITUTE RATING
88

Weight

10.9 oz

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