Sunday, January 22, 2017

#ORInsightLab Gear Review: Men's Transition Hoody

The #ORInsightLab Gear Reviews are back for another round!  This week's featured review is the Outdoor Research Men's Transition Hoody.  The weather here in the northeast has been quite mild lately, which made the Transition Hoody a perfect test piece for the outdoor bouldering sessions.  This time, I decided to take the #ORInsightLab review gear through a little more abrasive areas that did not afford easy access to trails.

The Transition Hoody is extremely lightweight and flexible.  While these are great for climbing adventures, I wanted to see if the material could withstand going through rugged areas.  Surprisingly, the outer material was not prone to snagging on branches or brush.  This is a quality that I like to see in outerwear when on the trail.

The fit of the hoody to to my chest, arms, and back area was true to the sizing and was perfectly snug.  The inside texture of the jacket, to which I can only compare to a waffle iron pattern, features Polartec® Power Grid fabric.  The material feels similar to fleece but a little thinner and slightly stiffer.  Even though this is a thin jacket, it did an amazing job keeping my body warm during a mid 30s bouldering session.  An extra bonus for the hoody is the thumb holes on the sleeves.  I love the versatility of jackets/hoodies that are able to provide a little extra warmth to the hands while also keeping sleeves in place while putting on extra outerwear.

The performance of the Transition Hoody worked as well most other Outdoor Research lightweight jackets and hoodies.  The flexibility and stretch capability of the fabric allows full range of motion with no setbacks.  I didn't utilize the hood part of the Transition Hoody during any of my testing because it was not warranted.  I think it would have been a great to try the on the hood while carving some lines on the slopes... but another warmer winter season has left a lot of empty slopes here in the northeast!

The overall grade of the Transition Hoody was given 5 out of 5 sprays.  It has proved its worth and is perfectly capable of being a 3 season Hoody for my climbing needs.

Disclosure:  The products received from Outdoor Research for the #ORInsightLab program are provided in exchange for honest feedback.  All opinions are my own and are not influenced in any way by receiving such products for review.