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What Run Oregon is Wearing: Sierra Designs’ Outside In Hoody

“If you don’t like the weather in Oregon, just wait 10 minutes.”

That’s a quote that many Oregonians like to toss out due to the seemingly ever-changing patterns that fill our beautiful skies. I know, on more than one occasion, I was prepared for a rainstorm, but was then surprised by the sunshine for most of the morning. Additionally, I know I have left the house on a mild early summer day, only to be bombarded with a downpour out of nowhere. While I have come to love the diversity of the weather here in the Pacific Northwest, it can sometimes be a pain knowing what to appropriately wear on any given day. The  Outside-In Hoody may be an item of clothes that kills two birds with one stone – and has you prepared for all that Oregon has to offer.

This jacket is reversible – and not in that old kid’s basketball jersey you remember wearing kind of way. This versatile piece is two full jackets in one – a fleece hoody side and a rain shell side. The fleece side has all the benefits of a classic hoodie sweatshirt, while cleverly hiding the semi-permeable shell that provides faster evaporation when you’re on the move. In cooler weather, flip the shell side out to trap warm air in the fleece and provide light rain protection (great for mild rainstorms, not fantastic for monsoon level precipitation).

The versatility allows you to control your body temperature with one garment and would be perfect for all your outdoor activities in which there is the potential of changing weather conditions. It would even be great pre-and post-race, allowing you to stay warm and hit up your post-race activities (conversing with friends, drinking beer, etc), without needing to pack multiple tops beforehand.

Fleece side out

Fleece side out

This has been put to test this January and February, as there have been many times that I have had to brave downpours. I can’t even explain how awesome it is to wear the rain shell to get inside, let it dry for a few minutes, and then flip it around and wear as a hoody. It’ s fantastic!

I personally feel this is a great looking jacket as well. It’s not a slim version, so it does have room to maneuver and be comfortable inside (it is a jacket after all). The sleeves are a great length for us long-armed folks as well. Overall, this is a PERFECT complement to any Pacific NW wardrobe.

Specs:

  • Fabric:
    • 20Dx30D 90% Nylon/10% Spandex, 1.7oz/57g, Cire, DWR
  • Lining:
    • 78% Polyester/22% CD Polyester, 6.2oz/210g, Wicking
  • MVTR:
    • Shell 920g (Upright ASTM) / 42,000g (Upright JIS)

MSRP: $179

More About Sierra Designs:

Ordinary is a frozen burrito in a microwave. It’s a coffee stain on a stack of TPS reports. It’s staring at the glow of a screen instead of a campfire. Ordinary is where adventure goes to die. Sierra Designs isn’t here to give you ordinary. We’re here to put ordinary in a chokehold so you can go miles beyond it. To the depths of the wild. To trails that lead to epic possibilities. To places you won’t find on just any map. To miles from ordinary.

Since 1965, Sierra Designs has been pushing ahead with innovative products. By taking far from ordinary approaches to function and design in tents, sleeping bags and apparel, Sierra Designs helps you to get out and find your adventure. Adventure you can’t find in an app or when connected to wifi.

Let’s be friends! Follow the adventure on Facebook and Instagram @SierraDesigns. Tag us with #milesfromordinary

“More About”information taken from the company’s website. We like to let their own stories speak for themselves, because we review companies that have real personality and passion about what they do.


Thank you to Sierra Designs for providing us with a jacket. Please read our transparency page for info on how we do our reviews.

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About Matt Rasmussen (893 Articles)
Matt Rasmussen lives in Keizer, Ore. with his wife and three daughters. He enjoys watching the Olympics, sampling craft beers, and all things Canada (he was born there). Matt was raised as a baseball player and officially transitioned over to running in 2010. Matt joined the Run Oregon team in October 2011, and since then he has spearheaded the blog’s efforts to cover product reviews, news about businesses related to running, and running events in the Willamette Valley.

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