Outdoor Research Constellation Hoody
Polyester ripstop overlays on the shoulders and hood delay wear and pilling on high impact areas. Thumbholes are carefully hidden until necessary. Cut long in the torso, this won’t ride up on your bike commute or under your harness. This jacket has three pockets, two hand slip pockets and one zippered napoleon pocket. Composed of drirelease® Merino, this is like your favorite cotton hoody, but better because it’s 90% polyester and 10% wool. The hood has a relaxed fit with adjustable drawstrings.
This runs true to size with a trim fit. Unfortunately it’s not available in a women’s XS, so the fit is more relaxed on me. This is perfect for the crags during mild Bay Area winters, commuting around the city, and cozying around. Weighing 15.7 oz, the hoody isn’t the lightest if you’re trying to save on ounces.
This has been my go-to hoody as of late for finicky San Francisco weather. It’s been great for tossing on before early gym mornings, between indoor climbs and for evening bike rides across the city. It doesn’t stink terribly after strenuous activity or seven straight days of use without washing. The hidden thumbholes are great and prevent the Constellation Hoody from looking too technical, though they are on the bulkier side when in use.
The sizing is the one thing that I would absolutely change. Since it doesn’t come any smaller than a Small, it’s bulky and long underneath my lighter weight shells. It’s a little too baggy and loose-fitting for long days on the trail where weight is key. Make it in an XS and this hoody will probably never leave my body.
This was sent to me for review as a part of #ORInsightLab.