This fall, Outdoor Research launches the next development in blended fiber garments. All 11 items in their three-phase layering system are woven from “drirelease Merino,” a fiber that’s blended from 90 percent polyester and 6 percent Merino wool to capture the best attributes of both synthetic and natural fibers. The resulting material is lightweight, moisture wicking and odor resistant. Available in base layers, mid-weight and heavier layers, individual garments can be combined for varying levels of warmth during autumn and winter activities.
The Delta Hoody falls right in the middle of the pack. Available in men’s and women’s fits, the Delta offers smooth, flexible and stretchy light-weight warmth. The material is quick drying and breathable to keep you comfortable and an odor controlling coating promises to prevent stink. The blended fiber cuts the cold without the weight or itch of wool. This piece is warm, however thin, and can be easily combined with other layers to keep up with fluctuating needs during the change in seasons.
Since the Delta Hoody’s main feature is the lightweight material from which it’s cut, additional features are kept to a minimum. The Delta’s close fitting, balaclava style hood fits under helmets and hats to keep drafts off your neck and storm flaps behind the front zipper keep them off your core. Thumb loops keep wrists warm and help keep sleeves in place when pulling on additional layers. The zippered chest pocket is big enough to stash cash or keys. Weighing only 10 ounces.