Saturday, December 23, 2023

Outdoor Vitals - Ventus Active Hoodie Review

Article by Markus Zinkl

Outdoor Vitals - Ventus Active Hoodie ($180)


In the quest for the ideal blend of functionality and comfort during outdoor pursuits such as trail running and hiking, I recently took the Outdoor Vitals Ventus Hoodie for a test run. This versatile jacket caught my attention with promises of adaptability and performance. This review aims to dissect the features and performance of the Ventus Hoodie, offering insights into how it handles various conditions and activities. Join me as we delve into the details of a jacket that aspires to be a reliable companion for outdoor enthusiasts seeking a balance between form and function.


Weight: 7 oz / 198 g (Size M)

Sample weight: 7.4 oz / 210 g (Size M)

Insulation: 25 g/m2 3DeFX active stretch insulation

Shell Fabric: 20D Ripstop Nylon DWR treated

Inner Fabric: 20D Ripstop Nylon

Zippers: YKK

Available Colors: Black, Blue, Olive

The Outdoor Vitals Ventus Hoodie incorporates several features that contribute to its functionality and versatility. The 3DeFX Insulation, designed to stretch with body movements, creates maximum loft and warmth. Constructed with 20D Ripstop Nylon, the hoodie maintains durability while remaining ultralight.

The Body-Mapped Insulation Placement is a thoughtful addition, allowing effective venting in areas of the torso prone to heat buildup. 

The YKK 1/4 Zipper facilitates easy on and off and contributes to increased ventilation. 

Perforated Underarm Vents enhance breathability, promoting comfort during active pursuits. 

Designed with practicality in mind, the drop back hem ensures coverage whether sitting or on the move. 

Additionally there is an elastic cord to tighten the hem and avoid drafts.

Stretch Cuffs with thumb loops provide a secure fit and a sleek look. 

The Insulated Hood accommodates head movements without compromising visibility. 

Lightweight coatings make the Ventus act as a windbreaker while offering water resistance. 

The hidden inner pocket allows for convenient packability when the hoodie is not in use. 

The athletic cut adds a touch of style to the overall design. I would recommend checking Outdoor Vitals sizing recommendations. I tend to use size S here in Europe, due to the athletic fit size M fits perfectly.


Out on the first run in a 2°C chill with only a thin base layer, the Outdoor Vitals Ventus Hoodie made a favorable first impression by effectively regulating heat without causing any overheating, an aspect that left me genuinely impressed. Subsequently, its performance held steady in a temperature range spanning from -3 to 10°C, maintaining commendable heat management with the use of a thin base layer.

The athletic fit, adhering to the manufacturer's sizing recommendations, delivered a comfortable and unobtrusive experience, both during physical activities and for  casual use. A snag from a branch introduced a minor setback, resulting in a rip in the outer shell.

However, the ripstop nylon lived up to its name, preventing further damage and providing a glimpse of the 3DeFX insulation underneath.

While the hoodie's fit proved versatile for various settings, it's worth noting its limited chin coverage when fully zipped which is particularly noticeable in colder conditions. I would like it to come up a little bit higher. To address this, I used a Buff for additional protection in colder weather. Despite this, the Outdoor Vitals Ventus Hoodie showcased reliable heat management and adaptable performance, making it a noteworthy option for diverse outdoor activities. Its versatility during activity at a wide temperature range was very impressive during testing. All that at a really lightweight package. I was able to also test the Rab Vapour-Rise Ridgeline Jacket, which has an equally impressive heat management, but comes in at around 35 g / 1.2 oz heavier without having a hood.

Ventus Active Hoodie available now:

Outdoor Vitals 

Tester Profile

Markus Zinkl: I’m 34 years old and live in a small village in Bavaria, Germany. I started hiking and backpacking 5-6 years ago. Coming from trail running and with light and fast in mind, I started hiking and fast packing with ultralight gear . Over the years I tried and tested a lot of gear, always in search of weight savings. Although still trying to stay out of the ultralight rabbit hole. I spend most of my days off from work on the trail, with at least one 2-3 week thru-hike. Among the more well known trails I have hiked over the last few years are the GR221, WHR (Walker’s Haute Route), TMB (Tour du Mont Blanc), TC (Tour du Cervin-Matterhorn) and Via Alpina Switzerland. As you probably notice by now, I’m at home in the mountains. So if I’m not running or thru-hiking a longer trail, I’m probably somewhere in the Alps checking out some shorter trails.

The products that are the basis of this test were provided to us free of charge by the manufacturers. The opinions presented are our own.

We welcome comments and questions in the comments section.

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