Deviator Hooded Insulated Jacket
You don't slow down when cold weather hits, and you certainly don't stay inside. This versatile active insulator has the breathable warmth and mobility you need to stay comfortable during hard-charging missions on frosty mornings and snowy days. Featuring a hybrid design, stretch construction, and active insulation, it's ready for anything you are.
- Lightly insulated jacket for active adventures in the cold
- Polartec Alpha insulation provides breathable core warmth
- Power Grid fleece at the sleeves and back is stretchy and wicking
- Wind-resistant construction protects you on high-altitude ski tours
- Thumbhole loops make it easy layer underneath a shell
- Mesh lining helps with moisture wicking, breathability, and comfort
- Internal front stormflap stops biting winds from creeping in
- Anti-odor treatment won't shy away from sweaty pursuits
- Item #ODR009G
What do you think about this product?
October 28, 2019
More Use, More Love
Adding a second review here as I've continued to use this piece in new conditions. Over the weekend, I used this piece while attempting to summit a local peak. We hit a storm and had to turn back, but wanted to get a review of the product on here, as I wore it as a mid-layer for the entire trip. Pros: the breathable Polartec Power Dry High Efficiency back panel helps regulate your temperature when wearing a backpack (which I'm almost always doing). The hood stays in place well when turning your head and fits comfortable under a helmet (or another hood) without restricting your vision. The thumb loops are pretty low profile and I was able to easily take gloves on and off without issue. Overall its very versatile and keeps you comfortable in an impressively wide range of temperatures and activity levels for a completely synthetic piece. Complaints: for a large, I felt this ran a little small. I wore an OR Echo as my baselayer piece. The Deviator sleeves tugged on the Echo sleeves a bit when layering, and took a bit more adjusting than I'd like to wear both comfortable at the same time. I've also worn the Deviator as a next to skin piece. It works great in this scenario, but I feel like it's typical use is as a mid-layer. More Info: The trip from the included photo covered altitude between 7,000 and 10,000 ft and saw temperatures between 5 and 15 degrees. I wore it as my only insulation during active descent. Used it as a layer with a down puffy and shell when at rest.
November 19, 2019
Excellent Review, Matt! I love the environment and use detail as well! Many thanks! Leta OR Rep
September 16, 2019
A nice hybrid technical hoodie
I used this hoodie as my first level above my baselayer in my layering system for a 100 mile through hike of the Uintas this Labor Day. I typically do a 4 piece layering system with a baselayer, insulating layer, puffy jacket, and hardshell. This served as the insulating layer. Things I liked: 1) Hybrid fabric, with insulation in the front core and sides, and breathable fabric in the arms and back. Makes it nice for warmth but not too much warmth when you're busy hiking or climbing. 2) Hood - has a tight, technical fit, much like a beanie. This allowed me to leave the beanie at home for the trip. One less thing to bring or weigh down my pack. 3) Thumb loops - just a nice little touch 4) Weight - much lighter than my other layers in this category Thing I didn't like: 1) Fabric seems delicate on the front and side, where the polartec insulation is. I could see this piece not living up to a lot of abuse, which I unfortunately do to all my gear. Held up over the 100 miles, but I typically put thousands of miles under my feet and skis each year...so...TBD??
November 19, 2019
Great review and photo, Matt! Leta OR Rep
June 3, 2019
Bomb piece in between seasons
This thing breathes and moves great. A great active piece for moderate to mildly cold temperatures. I've used it for trail running and hiking and have been supremely happy with it. Its also just plain comfortable to wear around.
June 23, 2019
Hey Matt! I wear mine ALL the time! Enjoy! Leta OR Rep
April 24, 2019
Good Hiking Option
This is a good option if hiking. Seems to breathe well. I initially bought a medium as I have another OR product in an M but this runs a bit small so I returned for the L. It's also comfy around the house and I can see many uses for it, cool weather runs, late summer night layer, etc... It's a nice product.
June 23, 2019
Thank you Lee! Leta OR Rep
March 15, 2019
I always heat up quick when I am moving fast. This jacket is perfect if you are like me. It has the perfect amount of warm and breathability so that you can keep it on when you are working hard. A great jacket for touring, climbing, and hiking. Can also be a good option for a mid layer on cold days. It does run small. I usually wear a large and went with an XL on this one.
June 23, 2019
Very cool pic, Tyler - and a great review! Thank you! Leta OR Rep
January 7, 2019
I love having gear that works for so many different pursuits. This is a Swiss Army Knife Jacket. You can use it as a stand-alone for trail running, hiking, backpacking, skin-track or a mid-layer for skiing and snowboarding. The jacket is super lightweight so you don't notice it in your pack, but it brings a lot of warmth when you want it. I love that the front of the jacket has a unique fabric that repels light moisture and wind and the back of the jacket is much more breathable. I did find that the fit is a little smaller than other jackets in this category, but I'm not complaining because it fits so great under a shell and is warm enough to use a minimal baselayer. I highly recommend this jacket for anyone who wants a jacket for multiple activities outdoors!
January 8, 2019
Ryan! Thank you for the review, and you are 100% spot on. When I build my kit for an activity or adventure, I always have mine because of the versatility. Killer piece! Thanks again - Enjoy! Leta OR Rep
January 3, 2019
I had the opportunity to demo the Deviator recently and was pretty impressed with its unique design. I have been seeking a piece for touring that somehow manages to insulate and breathe at the same time during high output activity in the snow. The combination of grid fleece and ultra light insulation solely in the chest represents the best solution I have found to achieve this fine balance. The shape is fine for my lanky frame and I particularly like the scuba hood and deep zipperless hand pockets. Some things to be aware of - the fit is pretty trim, if you are at the upper end of a particular size you will definitely need to size up. I am normally a Medium in 99% all tops but am somewhat inclined to size up to Large here. The demo version I used didn't show any wear at all however I would like to see reinforced shoulders down the road to prevent backpack straps potentially wearing down stitching. Construction is fairly delicate by general outdoor standards but perfectly suited for its intended use. Overall a really sweet layer that quite likely could blow your mind.
January 6, 2019
Thanks for the great review, Ryan! Cheers - Leta OR Rep
October 10, 2018
Can't take it off.
I got this to replace a Rab fleece midweight that I loved. So far I have worn it almost every day since buying it because of how comfortable it is. It is lightweight, flexible, and warm. I have worn it climbing and biking and has been great to stop wind and keep me warm without making me overheat. The Polar-tech grid fleece on the sleeves and back are super comfortable and breathable while the insulation on the chest provides just enough extra warmth. Plus the pockets are huge so I feel like I can really cuddle up when my hands are cold. I'm 5'9" and have a slim figure and the medium was great for me. I do like my jackets to fit slightly loosely. Overall it's my new favorite lightweight midlayer and I'm excited to use it as a touring layer this winter. Great work on this Jacket OR!
July 8, 2018
Generally like OR stuff, leaving this review first but I'll leave some other 5-stars to even it out. I bought this as a generalist midlayer, and it is quite versatile. I got it a few months ago, I've taken it ski touring, hiking, mountaineering, rock and ice climbing, and it's become probably my most-worn layer. Great concept. However, the execution leaves a lot to be desired. I've got two main complaints: - Fit. I have a pretty standard physique, I'm no body builder. However, it seems that OR designed this jacket for someone with a large gut and no shoulders. Tight across the upper body, and very baggy around the stomach. This causes it to ride up, and can get in the way when wearing a harness. - Durability. I think this is related to the fit across the shoulders, but a seam burst on the upper back of this jacket, and the polartec alpha insulation is visibly protruding. Picture attached, I've now put on some tenacious tape which will hold for a bit, but not forever. Overall, I love OR, and _really_ wanted to like this jacket. Disappointed in how it turned out.
March 14, 2018
++ supa-tech, lite mid layer
I used this jacket 50+ days this year at Abay/Keystone, as a light mid-layer, over 2-3 lower layers and it performed flawlessly.. I was shocked at the versatility, comfort, robust functionality. The front side, insulated baffles keeps your heat in, the backside breaths and dumps perspiration up to the top layers, leaving the skin with a relatively dry feel.. paired with a POC VPD Spine backpack, w Camelback insert, w 2 glove warmers taped to the water bladder, I never felt either and didn't have the damp back that other midlayers created, when paired with the pack. I also lived and slept in it most days. The hood cups the head, the neck zips up to the chin. I felt a little oompa loompa-ish at first but quickly grew to love how it kept the wind out, warm in, with such a thin layer. With this and a heavy thermal hoody, I could run out for quick walks with the dogs and take a snow covered, spiked tire rides down trails, without getting cold and most importantly, without overheating. Me: 170 5'10" 32-3W, and typically wear a M-L 40-42 jacket. Fitment: I have the M and it fits slim but true to size (for fit folk with athletic builds) and great but can't be used over too many layers..and it's not really an efficient cold weather outer layer, except on warmer 50F+ days, due to how well it wicks and breaths.. If you are a little heavy, buy a size or two up and you'll be stoked. USE: this tech midlayer dominates as a very targeted, specific use garment, riding, skiing, climbing, including sleepwear while camping or in mixed sleeping conditions. the good: well placed hand pockets are warm, with wind solid protection, the hood swaddles the neck and head in warmth and savage wickinessity. The zippers are flat, thin, easy to use, pull and super durable. after 50+ days skiing this year, it still looks great. the bAd: nothing bad though the stitching from one of the front side thermal baffles, has come undone, (nipple area) for about an inch, where my outer shell rides on the jacket.. I put a few clumsy stitches in to stop further pulling and will do a more permanent fix here shortly. Just wore it on my first longer MTB ride of the season, with similar amazing performance to the ski days.. I <3 OR.
Monad- we are many
April 19, 2018
Stellar review on the Deviator! Thank you so much! Leta OR Rep
November 14, 2017
Lightweight and Comfortable
This is a great lightweight mid layer. The Polartec fleece arms are comfortable and stretch well to allow for maximum mobility if you get the appropriate size.. The synthetic front and sides are both breathable and will do well in keeping your core warm. As other reviews state this jacket does run small (for me in the chest and shoulders) I would probably get it in an extra large next time with that being said this jacket is meant to be an active layer and fairly form fitting. I wish the side pockets zippered as well but over all this is a versatile insulator and well worth the price!
June 21, 2017
This is the ONE
When I travel and am feeling unsure what layers to bring, the Deviator always makes my decision easy—I bring it every time. It’s warm, but never too warm. It fits great. (I’m 6’ and 170 lbs and wear a large). It works great as a stand-alone layer, as a midlayer under a shell, or as a cozy piece for airports and planes. I seriously never want to take this thing off!
April 24, 2017
Wish it were warmer
I do love this style of piece, breathable where ya want it and insulated were you want to retain heat. The hood fits nice, not quite under a ski helmet but good for a transition and on the uphill. Thumb loops are better than some older OR piece I've had. I got this piece as a replacement for an OR Acetylene jacket (my favorite midlayers ever!) and I'm a little disappoint in the warmth of the Deviator compared to it. Much more breathable and more like a baselayer with insulation in the front. Now some folks might prefer this piece for its warmer weather versitility but I'm left wanting more. Pros: Fit is awesome with great mobility. Chest pocket is big enough for a smart phone. Body mapping is down very nicely. The Polartec fabric is soft and breathable. Cons: Thinner fabric than I'd like. No zippers on the hand pockets so they're only good for warming hands. Also would prefer no hood to prevent "hood stacking. Because of its thin, close fitting nature its prone to odor after a few tours. All in all, this is a well built jacket with quality materials. It can be used for cycling, climbing, skiing and running. I'm just missing the Acetylene. If this jacket were made of Wool and functioned the same or had a bit more thickness and looser fit I'd rate it a 5.
April 10, 2017
My husband loves this
Was really worried about sizing--but thanks to my awesome Gearhead Lisa, we got the size right! My husband won't take it off--he loves the fit, durability, comfort and functionality. Perfect layer! I have the women's version and love it too!
March 16, 2017
Great mid/outer layer
Great mid/outer layer that provides a trim fit for layering over and torso wind protection as an outer layer. Quality materials and construction as with all OR products I own. The hood fits well with or without a helmet.
March 16, 2017
Curious about sizing...?
Odds are you are struggling to figure out sizing of this thing. I even contacted a Backcountry rep through chat and they were fairly useless as they didn't have personal experience and almost lead me to pick the wrong size. I'm 6'0 male. Roughly 180-185lbs. Chest around 41-42". 33" waist. I'm right in between Med and Large for most tops and it really depends on the cut. I ended up getting a Large and am pretty sure that's the way to go. Rep tried to tell me to get an XL and that would have been way too baggy. I probably could have pulled off a medium but I think that would have been really tight in the chest area. The "slim" fit of this feels like it's mostly in the chest. The lower half of this is sort of billowy/baggy. Yes, there's a drawstring to cinch it but I don't find that necessary. My L is pretty form-fitting but still has some space around the stomach area....not a ton that it would blow in the breeze or look bad. I'm just saying it's not AS slim as in the upper body. Frankly, it looks and feels fine. A Medium would likely have been very very form fitting. A Large is snug but has enough room to wear something thin underneath it. Point is, if you are in between sizes, you'd probably do well to pick the larger size. If you are right on the money w/their sizing chart, and you don't have a huge gut, pick your normal size and remember that it's supposed to be a slim, active fit.
January 2, 2018
Just the advice I was looking for. Thanks, Matt.
January 31, 2018
I second Marvin J. Always in the same situation. Thanks, Matt!
January 4, 2017
Great for the money, may not hold up
The fit is a little snug, but using it for AT Skiing its perfect for me. Keeps me comfy and dry. The outer layer on the chest seems fragile and prone to tear; we'll see after the season. Happy for now!
January 6, 2017
Hey Nick, thank you for the review. The fabric on the chest is very light, allowing for maximum breathability and packability. Consider it a trade off to something burlier that won't work as well as the Deviator does. It WILL hold up if you recognize that it is lighter fabric and you need to not trash it - it just wasn't designed for maximum durability, but maximum breathability and packability. Be nice to it and you will love it! Leta OR Rep
April 18, 2016
Outdoor Research Deviator
January 14, 2016
Fit is small, and jacket is fragile
I'd been eyeing this jacket up for a long time as it seems perfect for folks who wear a pack a lot. The fit is snug in the middle. I ordered a medium (5'5", 150lb) and just too snug around the chest. I'm afraid ordering a large would have also been too baggy for it to be a solid base layer. I found that the layer of synthetic filled in the chest was just too fragile. Sure, any "puffy" is going to be a bit soft, but all my others have held up well, where this tore very easily after brushing up against a bush. I had to return it. Too bad, I still love the style and the idea behind this jacket.
January 14, 2016
Hey Tim, agreed on the sizing. We are working to adjust, but the fit of this piece is still a trim fit. Remember, this piece is not built as a base layer, so for you to have a little room underneath is not bad. The fabric on the Alpha is critical to its breatability, air permeability, etc, so yes, it is light. And because of that, it needs to be treated with a bit more care. There are trade offs in all outdoor product, and if you want a layer to bushwhack in, this is not the one. Hope this helps, and I am sorry this jacket wasn't the right piece for you. Leta OR Rep
December 6, 2015
Good warmth for weight, but fragile
I bought this "mid-layer" to keep me warm underneath bigger, puffier layers, or as a layer for running/climbing in colder weather. It's surprisingly warm for how thin it is and seems to be very efficient at keeping accumulated sweat buildup at bay. I do think the material could be ever so slightly thicker on the sleeves to match the insulation over the core. My main issue is with how thin the outermost material is. Though very windproof and warm for its weight, I managed to make two small tears in the fabric after using the hoody outside only a few times. Outdoor Research offered to honor their lifetime warranty and send me a new one, which was helpful, but if your main applications involve bushwhacking, chimney-ing, or otherwise thrashing your gear you might want to look elsewhere. If you're looking for a warm, lightweight mid-layer for any sort of active application that has you sweating and doesn't normally tear through your clothing, this is a good choice. EDIT: After using this piece for almost a full year I'm looking in to buying my second (and possibly third). Though the face material is a bit fragile the insulation tends to hold up well in the wash so my small tears have not rendered the layer useless. This jacket is PERFECT for long, cold approaches so as to keep me from being sweaty and gross and cold when I arrive at the cliff (or boulder, I generally use it for climbing). I couldn't find my cycling base layers one cold morning and used the Deviator instead and was floored by how well it worked. Perfect insulation, breathability, and some windstopper up front. Though Leta has said this is not intended as a base layer it is what I use it primarily for, and I love it. Other outdoor clothing companies need to take note and make something in this same category. For now, OR has the market cornered. Leta's response should be a good indication of how well this company will take care of you. They are honest and generally quick to respond...the lifetime warranty helps me sleep at night but seems as if it's something I will rarely/if ever have to worry about.
December 22, 2015
Zane, fair review and thank you. This is definitely not for bushwhacking and chimney-ing. Just like a super light down piece with a very light fabric, this jacket needs to be used in areas where you aren't going to tear it up. This piece is a rock star when you use it for active insulation - skinning up hill on a cold morning, runs or rides outside in chilly weather, etc. Or, of course as a mid layer too. The great thing about the Deviator is that it is awesome at delivering insulation without having you overheat. Thanks again for writing, and sorry for the delay! Leta OR Rep
January 14, 2016
How does this jacket work as an outer layer for a cold weather running jacket? Say, below 35 degrees.