When your down jacket leaves you wanting more.
Chances are if you spend a good amount of time in the mountains, you have a love/hate relationship with your puffy jacket. While a good down jacket is an invaluable accessory to any climbing or backcountry ski trip, it can be a real pain in the ass to coddle whenever there is the slightest bit of moisture in the air, which is almost always. The Outdoor Research Men's Diode Hooded Down Jacket aims to fix this through its Hybrid Mapped construction that sheds moisture in areas prone to contact snow and rain and a down blend fill throughout the body of the jacket.
Starting at the hood, shoulders, and sleeves, the Diode is equipped with a waterproof, breathable two-layer shell to shed moisture, which is then backed by the water-resistant Primaloft Gold insulation. In the body where weather resistance plays second fiddle to breathability, the Diode is fitted with a breathable and tear-resistant Pertex Quantum fabric, which allows the goose down, Primaloft blend insulation achieve more loft to efficiently insulate your core. While most puffy jackets tend to be minimalist in design, the Diode is anything but minimalist with a helmet compatible hood, fully adjustable cuffs and hem, and a zippered left pocket that doubles as a stuff sack. In addition to all of those features, the jacket also features two internal pockets, a wire-brimmed hood, and an internal, media-compatible media pocket.
- Hybrid Mapped construction
- Down and synthetic insulation
- Standard fit
- Helmet compatible, adjustable hood
- Hook and loop adjustable cuffs
- Drawcord adjustable hem
- Stowable design
- Item #ODR00AQ
- Q & A
Less than expected but a keeper
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: Large
With synthetic over the shoulders and hood where my puffys always seem to get damp in the PNW I was all about this piece from OR.
The fit is about the same as the incandescent jacket and maybe the old Choas jacket, with the roomy body and sleeves. Very long, actually longer than both those jackets. Keeping the hips warm and easily accommodating a thicker layer underneath.
This thing is feature packed which I love! huge "stuff it" style pockets inside,higher hand pockets, fully adjustable hood and velcro sleeves. Double seperating zippers are a subtle but key feature for me.
Admittedly those features made me keep the jacket cause I am very let down in its actual warmth.
Having owned the Incandescent, Choas, superlayer, and transcendent jackets over the years I was lead to believe this would be in the thicker "expedition" style or belay jacket. But its only about as warm as a Transcendent, other mid layer puffys.
I think OR should throw double the weight of down in this thing to bring it to the level of being used as a stand alone piece or real cold weather jacket.
Will work for the PNW to about 10k or 20 degrees.