More Use, More Love
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Fit: Runs small
- Size Bought: Large
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.
Excellent Review, Matt! I love the environment and use detail as well! Many thanks!