Monad- we are manywrote a review of Outdoor Research Deviator Hooded Insulated Jacket - Men's on March 14, 2018
Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
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.