Outdoor Research Pack Hoody (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2007)

Pack cover with an integrated hood – what a clever idea!

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by Will Rietveld | 2007-08-11 21:46:00-06

Overview

Now here’s a clever idea, a pack cover with an integrated hood to provide full rain protection for your pack, head and shoulders. The OR Pack Hoody is constructed of 40 denier silnylon fabric with taped seams. A bungee cord anchors the hood to a pack sternum strap. And the whole works packs into an integrated stuff sack.

Outdoor Research Pack Hoody (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2007) - 1
Backpacking Light staffer Joel Walthall models the Outdoor Research Pack Hoody, a combination pack cover and hood.

Obviously, its not a full poncho, but it will suffice in a shower in many cases.

Bummer: It’s only available in a large size that fits up to a 80 liter pack, but maybe that’s not really bad because the larger cover will easily cover a small pack, and more. Also, it’s a bit heavy at 7.1 ounces and expensive at $55. A typical silnylon pack cover weighs around 3 ounces and costs around $30.

Specifications and Features

  • Manufacturer: Outdoor Research
  • Sizes: One size (Large)
  • Dimensions: 47 in x 15 in x 15 in
  • Features: Integrated hood and stuff sack, elastic drawcord around back and bottom, bungee attachment to sternum strap
  • Fabrics: 40d silnyl, taped seams
  • Weight: 7.1 oz
  • MSRP: $55

Citation

"Outdoor Research Pack Hoody (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2007)," by Will Rietveld. BackpackingLight.com (ISSN 1537-0364).
http://backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/outdoor_research_pack_hoody_orsm07.html, 2007-08-11 21:46:00-06.

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Will Rietveld
(WilliWabbit) - MLife

Locale: Southwest Colorado
Outdoor Research Pack Hoody (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2007) on 08/11/2007 21:47:09 MDT Print View

Companion forum thread to:

Outdoor Research Pack Hoody (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2007)

Ryan Jordan
(ryan) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: Greater Yellowstone
Re: Outdoor Research Pack Hoody (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2007) on 08/11/2007 22:11:40 MDT Print View

Dang. 40d and 7.1 oz? Cool design, but paranoia of devil's club bushwhacking is clearly evident in the implementation.

Dave U
(FamilyGuy) - F

Locale: Rockies
OR on 08/12/2007 09:16:50 MDT Print View

Just out of curiousity, if it IS raining would one not be wearing a rain jacket with hood anyway? It does not look as though this covers the rest of the upper body very well, or is that just the picture?

John Carter
(jcarter1)

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Re: OR on 08/12/2007 12:02:22 MDT Print View

My guess for this implementation is to alleviate the big complaint about rain covers: they allow water to run down one's back, soaking the back of the backpack and allowing water to pool into the bottom portion. It would also provide additional insurance against poor seam-taping on a wp/b jacket's hood, neck and shoulder seams, where the rain will be pounding the hardest and where seam-taping is the trickiest. I would buy it if it were in the 3 oz range, which should be entirely possible.

And who knows, maybe it provides more breathable sun protection than a hat?

Edited by jcarter1 on 08/12/2007 12:08:26 MDT.

peter vacco
(fluff@inreach.com) - M

Locale: no. california
Re: Re: Outdoor Research Pack Hoody (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2007) on 08/12/2007 12:37:11 MDT Print View

you gotta love this thing... especially if you're dana gleason and have already invented it 20 years ago ....

cheers,
peter v.

Sumi Lavin
(jose) - F
old stuff - old news on 08/12/2007 13:56:07 MDT Print View

my thoughts exactly.

Sebastian Ventris
(sabme) - F - M

Locale: SW UK
Poncho on 08/12/2007 14:53:40 MDT Print View

Seems you might as well have a real poncho if you're going to take the product idea that far.

Joshua Mitchell
(jdmitch) - F

Locale: Kansas
breathability appears to be driving... on 08/12/2007 16:22:20 MDT Print View

this product... think about it... this, plus an umbrella + a wind jacket... very breathable coverage... no umbrella drippage down one's back. No need for a hood on the windjacket...

I gotta agree though that this design is screaming for a lighter weight fabric option

Jason Brinkman
(jbrinkmanboi) - MLife

Locale: Idaho
Re: Outdoor Research Pack Hoody on 08/13/2007 16:50:08 MDT Print View

Wow. That's really something!

todd harper
(funnymoney) - MLife

Locale: Sunshine State
Re: breathability appears to be driving... on 08/14/2007 07:20:42 MDT Print View

I agree - even though I've never figured out a good way to carry the umbrella while using poles. Is there a good way to attach it to a SMD Starlite?

NOt trying to hijack. I do see great possibilities here for no drippage on my neck/back & the pack's back.

Brett .
(Brett1234) - F

Locale: CA
Outdoor Research Pack Hoody on 08/14/2007 11:21:11 MDT Print View

Visibility looks terrible, especially when turning one's head. And when will the rain be bad enough you want to cover your pack but not your body with your rainwear? And finally, most modern nylon packs are so water resistant a cover is redundant. As a previous poster noted, a poncho would cover the pack and body while pulling double duty as a tarp.

John Haley
(Quoddy) - F

Locale: New York/Vermont Border
Re: Poncho on 01/27/2008 17:57:41 MST Print View



My thoughts, exactly, Sebastian. I've been using an ID Silcoat Cape for about a year, often in torrential rain. It's kept me and my pack dry. Saves carrying a pack cover and weighs 5 oz for the large size (3.5 for the small). About the same price as the Pack Hoody.

Edited by Quoddy on 01/27/2008 17:59:20 MST.