Black Diamond’s Deployment Hoody is, at first glance, a fine looking but fairly traditional hoody with a whopping price tag. However, any similarities end there as the merino-blend mid-layer is in a class all its own.
Black Diamond’s Deployment series is intended to bridge the gap between functional and casual clothing. In keeping with this theme, the Deployment Hoody is a mid-layer that could as easily be worn to the crag on a chilly morning or to the pub in the evening with a casual style that is attractive but simple.
The Black Diamond Deployment Hoody features a merino-nylon blend that significantly boots the warmth factor. Other features include a full length, heavy duty YKK zipper, two external hand pockets, a drawstring hood and a small internal accessory pocket.
The medium fit of the Deployment offers comfort without the bulk.
- Elastic cuffs are standard faire for a hoodie.
- A drawcord cinches the ergonomic and comfortable hood.
- Ample front hand pockets offer plenty of space and in the right place.
- Nice detailed zipper pull.
- Heading to the crag? The deployment is great for a chilly morning approach.
The merino-nylon blend offers all the warmth of traditional merino but with a softness and flexibility that retains its shape after hours of abuse and use. The medium cut is not too bulky or too thin, and the full zippered front and side pockets are practical and comfortable. The internal accessory pocket doesn’t seal, so don’t go running about expecting your phone or music player to stay put without worry.
We tested the Torch Orange colour and while attractive and certainly bright, it did get dirty easily and we would have preferred one of the more subdued colours. While we’ve only tested the Deployment Hoody for a month, it’s high quality construction and durable material is sure to last years without issue.
While the $200 price tag may cause you to let out a little gasp, the merino-nylon blend is largely to blame (and praise). It seems when wearing the Black Diamond Deployment Hoodie that you’re always at an ideal temperature no matter if it’s cold or mild outside. Indeed, the Deployment Hoody could be worn as a technical, albeit slightly bulky, mid-layer or look perfectly practical and stylish while travelling or out for a night on the town.
Price: $199 US
Materials : Blended merino wool (300 g/m2, 60% merino wool, 40% nylon)
Weight : 630 g (1 lb 6.2 oz)
Purpose: Climbing, travel, daily
Sizes: S, M, L, XL
Colours: Imperial Blue, Torch Orange/ Red and Onyx Grey
- Merino blend is warm and durable
- Stylish but not flamboyant
- Expensive, but you get what you pay for
- Heavier for a hoody
- Orange/red colour dirties easily
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