GEAR REVIEW – Outdoor Research Transition Hoody ($150)
I’ve been a devoted Patagonia R1 hoody disciple for everything climbing and skiing (and basically any time in life that I can slide by dressing it up with a vest). Over the years, there have been countless revisions to the R1 that have left me longing for something different.
The Outdoor Research Transition Hoody has filled this void as my go to baselayer/midlayer/everythinglayer. I’ve worn it backcountry skiing as an outerlayer on the uptrack, downhill skiing as a midlayer, and casually sipping a beer aprés after all of the above. I sweat like a pig and my midlayer usually smells akin to a mountain goat, but not this piece. It also has a nice stretchiness to the fabric which I am in love with.
As part of the #ORInsightLab crew of dedicated testers for Outdoor Research, I was provided a Women’s Transition Hooded Fleece Jacket (official name is a tad misleading IMO). For fit, I’m 5’8’’ 140lb with an athletic build, long arms, and tall torso. I tested the Hoody in a size M (size chart). The hoody fits true to size.
I am reviewing this as a technical piece of clothing, and as you will see below, the only things I found needed a tad bit more projecting were a few technical features. Really, all ‘project’ items could be combined to create a 2019 tech version of the Transition Hoody – *wink, wink OR*. If I were to be reviewing this as a conventional, everyday backcountry piece, I would give it the full five stars it deserves.
Bottom Line – Your new every dang day layer, active or otherwise
- Hybrid Mapped Construction, Breathable – specific Polartec® Power Grid™ “breather panel” used in high sweat areas like underarms and sections of back panel; with more fleeced Polartec® Power Grid™ to protect front, core and arms.
- Lightweight – 8.3oz (W size M)
- Quick-Drying, Wicking
- Movement-Mirroring Stretch,
- Durable – I couldn’t stop wearing this, tested out over 50+ technical uses
- Thumb loops – who doesn’t love to have this as an option?!
- Fit – True to size, accommodates my long arms thanks to the stretch in the fabric
- Balaclava hood – would love to see this piece zip higher up the face to cover mouth and/or nose. It covers to bottom of chin on me.
- Side pockets – nice addition for casual wear; however, non-functional for mountain use. Zippers would be grand!
- Length – would love to see this a little longer