The Outdoor Research Women's Whirlwind Hoodie is a versatile wind jacket that is great for shoulder-season skiing and climbing trips when you need protection from chilly breezes, but you don't need a lot of bulk. Zip up in this pullover before you head up the trail. The breathable fabric won't make you overheat, and it will protect you when you break the ridge line and get a face full of ice-cold wind.
- Breathable recycled polyester with a healthy dose of elastane is flexible so you can move freely, and it's tight weave blocks wind and even repels light moisture
- Quarter-length zipper lets you vent heat when you work up a sweat
- Ergonomic hood fits easily under your ski or climbing helmet
- Fold-over mitts keep your hands warm when cold winds blow
- Zippered chest pocket holds your debit card so you can grab a bit on your way home
Share your thoughts
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
- Fit: True to size
I thought this would be a little warmer I wore it in 40degree weather with a wind and could feel it come through more than I wanted to. Granted I wasn't moving I am thinking with a little exercising it would have been perfect. When I did start running with it on I was way to warm. I wanted it to be my go to lightweight jacket and I'm liking my salmon better right now.
Great Rock Climbing Layer
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Fit: True to size
This hoodie is absolutely great as a spring/fall or alpine rock climbing layer. The weave of the polyester is perfect for blocking wind, but it is lightweight and breathable-- making it very useful for those borderline temperatures in the shoulder seasons. It's also really nice for those alpine rock faces that are exposed to wind. The hood fits great under a helmet, and the fold-over mitts work well to warm the fingers while belaying, still allowing for dexterity.
I really enjoy the cut of this hoodie, which seems to be a semi-slim cut with a long torso that allows all sorts of movement without moving too much on your body.
The snow is melting up here in Canada and that means it's time to run outside! It's not always great temps for running and when it's chilly / windy I always grab my whirlwind hoodie. This hoodie is super light weight and flexible- great for running. It also blocks that chilly spring wind. My house key fits neatly into the chest pocket and I can even cram the hoodie in there too if I get to hot. This pullover offers hand covers too. It's the perfect lightweight running partner for those chilly spring days.
when you don't need a "shell..."
The Whirlwind hoody is that perfect just right layer when you need to cut the wind, but still have a fabric that moves with you and breathes really well. When you are active and it's 40-65 degrees, and you need something, don't grab a shell that will overheat you. Instead, take the Whirlwind for a nice tightly woven stretch softshell piece that should go with you at all times!
Excellent "Just in Case" layer
I use the hoodie for skiing, biking and climbing. It packs small enough that I can always fit it in my pack. Great for spring backcountry skiing when you hit the ridge with a bit of wind. And material is durable enough to handle rock abrasion. Nice touch of a button at the neckline to keep the hood flap off of neck/chin area.