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Designed By Adventure: The Whirlwind Hoody

Author: Outdoor Research

July 18, 2016

The most perfect light-and-fast minimalist products are the ones—like the newly redesigned Whirlwind Hoody—that actually perform in so many different ways that they cross over seamlessly from sport to sport.

That’s what Jeannie Wall, OR product and marketing consultant, had in mind when she was working on the Whirlwind’s redesign—she’s a competitive skier, a climber and a runner herself. And the new Whirlwind Hoody certainly delivers, for all those sports.

To start, the Whirlwind Hoody is highly stretchy and very breathable, with a light DWR coating, so it moves with you and sheds excess heat but will still give weather protection, whether you’re racing a thunderstorm down the trail or building an anchor up high in the alpine. And it’s light—weighing in at just 9.3 ounces for the men’s version and 7.7 ounces for the women’s. So it’s perfect for stuffing in your running vest or in your summit pack when you’re going fast and light. Its chest pocket also doubles as a stuff sack with a carabiner loop, so it’s a cinch to store away, even if you only have a harness to clip it to.

“The Whirlwind Hoody is made from a recycled poly/spandex blend that feels like a shirt but acts like a shell,” says Jason Duncan, OR Director of Apparel. That abrasion resistance makes it perfect for climbing—or even mountain biking—but the soft knit feel will make you want to wear it all the time.

Graham Zimmerman, OR climbing ambassador, explains that it “feels like your favorite climbing shirt but with added features to keep you warm high up on the rock.”

In keeping with the Whirlwind Hoody’s clean, streamlined design, the features on the Whirlwind Hoody are subtle but pack a punch. The front half-zip plunges just low enough to quickly ventilate, or zips up to cover the neck from exposure. Pull up the adjustable hood for even more protection, customizable for a perfect fit that won’t mess with your field of vision.

The simple elastic cuffs lightly lock in the sleeve and the optional internal thumbloop adds more customization. “We wanted to minimize the plastic parts and pieces,” says Duncan. “It was important to make this top lighter and faster.”

At the bottom of the Whirlwind Hoody, a drawcord hem cinches to seal off the elements from below and keep the jacket in place.

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