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Outdoor Research Deviator Hoody Earns Backpacker Editor’s Choice Award

Backpacker Gear Editor threatens harm to any test team member who tries to take “the layer everyone wanted to wear.” 

SEATTLE, Wash. – Deemed “the layer everyone wanted to wear,” Backpacker Magazine this week bestowed a 2015 Editor’s Choice Award on the Outdoor Research Deviator Hoody, a new lightweight Active Insulation layer that uses the latest technology and hybrid-mapped construction to yield an ultra-versatile piece. 

“Perforated Polartec Alpha Insulation lines the front of the core and provides a touch of insulation and max breathability during exertion, while a soft, wicking polyester liner and gridded Polartec High Efficiency fleece make the jacket sweatshirt-comfy,” Backpacker editors said.

This Active Insulation combination offers light insulation in a package that allows moisture and heat to easily escape during high-intensity efforts while retaining warmth at times of rest, all in an extremely light, highly compressible and wind-resistant package. 

“Regardless of the temps or conditions … the Deviator emerged as the layer everyone wanted to wear, both as a standalone and part of any layering system,” Backpacker’s editors said. “In fact, over the course of nearly a week, our gear editor threatened to harm anyone who tried to take it from her.” 

Testers also gave accolades for fit and design.

 “The cut is trim but not clingy, and the fabrics are stretchy and thin, so they never limited our movement during class 3 scrambles. The snug fitting hood slips nicely under a helmet, and the whole thing scrunches down to a grapefruit size.”

The Deviator Hoody, new for Spring 2015, is available in both men’s and women’s fit options and costs $185.

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Outdoor Research® is Designed by Adventure®. We provide Innovation and Inspiration for the Relentless Adventurer. Based in Seattle, Outdoor Research was founded in 1981. We are dedicated to building better outdoor apparel, gloves, hats and an array of other outdoor accessories informed by real-world testing. We develop innovative, functional, bomb-proof products that are beautiful in their simplicity. We strive to provide the best value to our customers, not shareholders. We are committed to our core sports: alpinism, rock and ice climbing, hiking, backpacking, paddling, trail running, and skiing and snowboarding. And we’re having fun along the way.

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