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Outdoor Research Deviator Hoodie wins ISPO Award

November 28, 2023

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SEATTLE (November 28, 2023) — Boasting a superb balance of weather protection and warmth paired with breathability and versatility for cold-weather sports, the new Outdoor Research Deviator Hoodie won an 2023 ISPO Award this week.

The ISPO Award, bestowed by ISPO, one of the primary outdoor and sports industry trade/B2B organizations, is one of the industry’s most prestigious awards. Each year it honors the most exceptional new products in a range of categories.

Created by pairing hybrid-materials construction with emerging fabric technologies and athlete feedback, the Deviator Hoodie excels at stop-and-go activities in cold weather — situations where warmth is crucial during stops, as is the ability to shed heat and moisture while on the move. The design is versatile, built for everything from winter running to hiking, fat biking to nordic and backcountry skiing, and snowshoeing to alpinism.

“This super-lightweight hooded jacket is all about providing only as much weather protection and thermal performance as you actually need during winter activities so that breathability doesn’t suffer. Outdoor Research presents a well-thought-out combination of innovative fabric construction and material placement,” the ISPO Jury said in a statement about the award.

Built for a wide range of active pursuits in cold weather, the Deviator Hoodie is able to retain warmth when it’s crucial yet breathes and sheds heat when on the move. A new insulation technology called VerticalX™ Octa is paired with a 20D stretch-woven fabric for weather resistance, giving the Deviator a superb blend of warmth and breathability. VerticalX Octa, a bi-component synthetic insulation, is created by pairing an eight-sided, hollow-core polyester fiber in the center surrounded by a loftier polyester.

The Deviator uses VerticalX Octa insulation inside the front-of-body panels, shoulders, sleeves and hood. VerticalX Octa is more effective for active use because it doesn’t require an interior liner fabric and has an open structure, both of which allow it to breathe more effectively, and it pairs well with truly breathable exterior fabrics. It’s also 50-percent lighter in weight than traditional polyester insulation, has an outstanding warmth-to-weight ratio, is superb at wicking moisture and is soft against the skin.

On the back, side panels and under the arms, the Deviator uses a more breathable polyester/spandex grid fleece. All fabric and insulation materials are bluesign-approved.

The hoodie comes in men’s and women’s versions and retails for $229 USD.

“Our goal was to build a versatile collection for cool and cold temperatures that are the kinds of multi-purpose layers you reach for again and again on your way out the door,” said Charlie Berg, outerwear product manager for Outdoor Research. “We’re honored to get this award along with independent confirmation that we accomplished that goal.”

The Deviator Hoodie is part of the new Deviator Collection from Outdoor Research which also includes gloves, mitts and wind pants.  This seven-piece line excels at stop-and-go activities in cold weather — times when warmth is critical for stopping but you also need the ability to shed heat and moisture on the go.

About Outdoor Research

Since 1981, Outdoor Research has created trusted apparel, accessories, and equipment for you to thrive outside. Our award-winning outdoor gear is meticulously researched and tested for outdoor enthusiasts and military users around the globe. Grounded in our values of curiosity, passion, innovation, collaboration, and community, we strive to create space for all in the outdoors. We celebrate wins outside at every level together with our ambassadors, non-profit partners, and employees. For more information, visit


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