Prometheus Design Werx


pal·a·din [ˈpaləd(ə)n]

1. (noun) A knight, warrior, champion, and strong defender/supporter of a cause.

Purpose Built
Built in the USA

Made in the USA with with tried-and-true, traditional industrial sewing techniques and fully stitched construction. Featuring our highly breathable, 4-way stretch Expedition Cloth soft-shell exterior and fully lined with our Guide Cloth, this hoodie is designed with numerous practical features for highly versatile use in the field in varied cool-cold weather conditions. The Paladin Hoodie is made for those are more than just capable, speak softly, carry big sticks and the self-reliant who can move with confidence in wild to dangerous places.

Details Make
The Design

For over 26 years our Chief Designer has been creating some of the most sought after performance apparel made. From his own lifelong experiences in the wilderness to feedback from numerous individuals who have been embedded in the most rugged and unforgiving places on our planet, he will create these useful, practical, and versatile designs. You'll never find goofy stylized asymmetrical pockets or useless, decorative pleats on PDW's designs. If it doesn't serve a purpose, then it doesn't belong. 


Extra details in the garment's design such as double reinforced elbows, gusseted sleeve pockets, additional storage pockets and the signature loop panels for morale patches, all add to the whole of the jacket. Our company Founder and Chief Designer introduced loop panels to technical apparel some 25 years ago and set into motion this functional design detail to be adopted industry-wide.

Form Follows

Our technical garments are an outcome of the academic functions required. This soft-shell hooded jacket is tasked with keeping the user protected against wind, chill-cold, and damp, or otherwise varied environmental conditions. While not a "rain jacket", this style blocks snow, drizzle and damp conditions from the user, while remaining highly breathable and highly mobile by virtue of the 4-way stretch fabrics used. The Paladin's strength comes from it's durability, versatility, and capability; very good at many things allowing the wearer to keep going, longer.


The Paladin Hoodie is made with our custom Expedition Cloth. A specially milled, 9.1oz, soft-shell material that is exceptionally breathable, abrasion resistant, durable and stretchy. PDW developed this material to go the distance and like its namesake, is expedition grade where long service life is necessary to withstand the rigors of protracted field use.


On average, PDW apparel is designed and made to last a minimum of 5 seasons. Durability, high level function, performance and less waste are integral to PDW's product mission. While actual mileage is highly subjective and based on an individual's use and lifestyle, we strive to build goods to last, beyond the industry's typical life cycle standards, and we do not subscribe to wasteful "fast fashion" or disposable consumerism.


The Paladin Hoodie is legacy design and made under our Special Projects Division label as a Limited Edition production run. The “Special Projects Division” is tasked with creating experimental runs, limited production editions, collaborations, tackling unusual design challenges, and creating unexpected but useful results that may often change and/or improves the nature of things in a particular context. 

Product Specs


  • Expedition Cloth: 9.1oz, 50% High Tenacity N6 Nylon / 43% Polyester / 7% Spandex Soft-Shell
  • Guide Cloth: 5.75oz, 41% High Tenacity N6 Nylon / 48% Polyester / 11% Spandex
  • Poly Mesh Pocket Bags
  • Nylon Spandex Edge Binding
  • YKK Coil Nylon Zippers
  • YKK Vislon Zippers
  • Shock Cord
  • Nylon Hardware
  • Nylon Loop
  • CSPE/Hypalon


  • Regular Fit/Cut for Moderate Layering
  • S, M, L, XL, XXL


  • Shaped 3-Panel Hood Design
  • Full 2-Way Zipper
  • Windflap
  • 2 Zippered Hand Pockets
  • Bias-Cut Cuffs
  • 2 Upper Sleeve Pockets with Loop
  • 1 Back Zipper Storage Pocket
  • 4-Way Stretch
  • DWR

Made In

California, USA

Customer Reviews

Based on 4 reviews

This is my 2nd Paladin. My GF loved mine so I had to get her her own. This jacket has it all. The ONLY issue I have is the gear leashes in the chest pockets need to be attached at the top. They get in the way of the zipper as they are now.

Great jacket. Very versatile and useful. I keep a Spyderco Delica and a PDW hanky in my jacket. It's always ready to go. I get asked about my jacket everywhere I go.


Peter Warker
Great soft shell Jacket!

Really like the stretchy aspect of the material. Works well for physical activity. I recommend changing the color of "Key Holders" in the pockets from Orange to a more subdued color. When the pockets are open they fall out regularly. I cut mine off.

Zachariah Ledesma
The Best pt.2

Just wanted to show some more pics and other angles and how it fits in the pics I have a large I’m 6’4” 205 I can wear a white tee long sleeve tee and hoodie all under jacket and not sacrifice any mobility.

Epic photos! Thank you for sharing Zachariah!

Zachariah Ledesma
The best

Hands down my favorite jacket I own now, the quality is second to none and worth every penny. Currently putting it through the wringer on hikes through Utah and zona it’s performing great!!!

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