Insulation you can hike, climb, and ski in.

Insulating puffies and fleece jackets both have their merits, but when you combine the two you get the best of both worlds. The Outdoor Research Men's Deviator Hooded Insulated Jacket puts synthetic insulation throughout the body and sides to keep your core warm, and places Polartec stretch fleece at the arms and back to wick moisture and provide full mobility whether you're hiking, climbing, or ski touring. Polygiene active odor control keeps the stink off when you're out for a few days, making this jacket great for backpacking or multi-day alpine climbs. The close-fitting hood is helmet compatible, and a drawcord at the hem helps to seal in the heat when you're ready to take a break.

  • 7D ripstop nylon front and side panels
  • Polartec Power Dry High Efficiency arms and back
  • Polartec Alpha lining
  • Synthetic insulation in the body
  • Polygiene active odor control
  • Trim fit
  • Flat-seam construction
  • Hem drawcord
  • Reviews
  • Q & A

Can't take it off.

  • Fit: Runs small
  • Size Bought: Medium

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!


Disappointed

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: Small

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.

Disappointed

++ supa-tech, lite mid layer

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: Medium

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.

Stellar review on the Deviator! Thank you so much!

Leta
OR Rep

Lightweight and Comfortable

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: Runs small
  • Size Bought: Large

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!

This is the ONE

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: Large

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!

Wish it were warmer

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: Large

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.

My husband loves this

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: Runs small
  • Size Bought: Medium

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!

Great mid/outer layer

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: Runs small
  • Size Bought: Large

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.

Curious about sizing...?

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: Runs small
  • Size Bought: Large

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.

Just the advice I was looking for. Thanks, Matt.

I second Marvin J. Always in the same situation. Thanks, Matt!

Great for the money, may not hold up

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: Runs small
  • Size Bought: Large

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!

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

Outdoor Research Deviator

Unanswered Question

How does this jacket work as an outer layer for a cold weather running jacket? Say, below 35 degrees.

Fit is small, and jacket is fragile

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: Runs small
  • Size Bought: Medium

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.

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

Good warmth for weight, but fragile

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: Small

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.

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

Great performance, poor construction

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: Runs small
  • Size Bought: Small

I love this jacket. It has excellent temperature regulation (both hot and cold) and is very light and comfortable. However, within 6 weeks of pretty light wear, the seams on the sleeves went at multiple spots. Thankfully Outdoor Research has a liftetime guarantee but it still sucks that you have to treat your outdoor wear with kid gloves.

Good Insulating mid layer

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: Runs small
  • Size Bought: Large

I like this layer a lot. Typically I have worn an R1 Hoody or something for a mid weight layer for all outdoor activities. The insulation in the chest/body helps keep me warmer and helps cut the wind, but also breaths while i'm moving at a high rate. The hood is awesome and fits over my climbing helmet perfectly! I've found this layer to be part of my new kit.

My only issue is i've found the polartec alpha material easy to tear and shred. Granted I was climbing a chimney with this layer on, so overall pretty happy with this layer.

Uses: Ski touring and resort skiing, alpine climbing, mountaineering, rock climbing, and just city life!

hi, can you tell me exact measurement between armpits? thanks

Great performance, poor fit.

    According to the sizing chart, I am a size small. I ordered a medium because I read that this ran small. I am now returning it for a large. I understand the close to body fit and actually enjoyed that part. The fatal error to me is the body length. With the body pulled down flush against my torso this is only about 1/2 inch overlap with my waistband. This means your base layer needs to be tucked in to keep your belly warm, and any arm movement much less and over head movement results in my belly being exposed to the chilly air. Aside from that I liked this as light cover for chilly spring AM where a thicker jacket would have been overkill. My only hope is that the large isn't to baggy everywhere else and provides that length I need.

    please can you tell me exact measurement between armpits size M or L? thanks!

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