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Outdoor Research designed the Men's Alibi Softshell Jacket with the active ice climber and mountain adventurer in mind, balancing wind- and waterproof protection with breathability and mobility. Ventia softshell on the hood, shoulders, and tops of arms repels rain and falling snow, and a lighter fleece-backed softshell on the front blocks the wind. On the underarms, sides and back, stretchy nylon-polyester double-weave lets you move easily and allows heat to escape so you stay comfortable as you push your limits in the thin, high-altitude air.

  • Two-piece hood features a zip-out stretch balaclava that fits under a helmet and a softshell outer hood
  • Double-sliding TorsoFlo zippers run hem-to-pit for maximum ventilation
  • Internal cuff gasket keeps breezes from slipping up your sleeve

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Wasn't thrilled

    I bought this on sale and was super excited because I really love all my OR products, however this wasn't one of them. This is a very form fitting jacket. I'm 5'6" and an athletic 170 lbs and usually wear a medium. Not in this jacket, maybe more lankier body types would be better suited for this jacket. Overall though, I agree with the previous poster that it's more of a hardshell. The front is the Ventia material and doesn't breath all that well, which breathability is the main reason for a softshell in the first place. It's waterproof and windproof, which is a plus and the back is a more traditional softshell material. I found that the substitution for pitzips in favor for sidezips doesn't work nearly as well. Overall, I'd say this is a decent jacket for ice climbing probably however since it has the waterproof front and shoulders and breathable back. If you're backpacking however your back is going to be covered by the bag anyway and the belt will cover the sidezips, go for a more traditional softshell or hardshell.


    It's more of a hard shell

    • Gender:Male
    • Familiarity:I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

    The jacket is alright for the intended use, but I don't see the benefit of it compare to a hard shell. It has the same pit zip, make the same noise, and there are no weight savings. Granted it may breath better in the torso, but then why the pit zip? The noise made by the face fabric rubbing together is worse than my Gore-tex hardshell. The Ventia fabric in the hood make a crisp bending noise. The Ventia is just like hard shell.

    Have you ever tried to arrest a fall with a hardshell? The softshell, part of an intended feature, is less slippery and provides some friction between clothing and slippery alpine environment.


    Funny fit

    • Gender:Male
    • Familiarity:I returned this product before using it

    I bought this hoping it would be similar to the Mithril but a little lighter. It is that - I really like the features - but the fit is quite different. I'm 6'1" 195# and have a medium Mithril which fits great. The Alibi in M was much smaller in the shoulders/chest. The Alibi in L was baggy, but in a weird way. The good news was that raising my arms didn't pull it up much - but the downside of the sleeve/armpit construction seems to be a lot of extra material in the chest.

    Probably works for other folks, perhaps more barrel chested than I, but not really right for me.

    I am 6ft 3in 195 lbs and I wear a large...

    I am 6ft 3in 195 lbs and I wear a large in Patagonia jackets. Should I go with a large or XL Alibi for Ice climbing? My layers will be a cap 2 base and R1 hoody midlayer.

    Best Answer

    This ran small for me. I'm 5'6", 170 and usually wear a medium in almost every company. I'd go a size up.

    I'm about your same size, 6'2" 180. And wear a large, it fits nicely with good length in the arms. if you plan on wearing a lot of layers underneath a size up to the XL should be your route


    I'm a fan

      Got the black. Stationed in NZ - winter right now - jacket works great.



      this jacket is perfect for what it does. It looks great, performs impeccably, and makes you feel like a badass...

      bloody 'ell

      bloody 'ell

      Another great property of this awesome climbing jacket is that it sheds blood rather easily. :-)


      Hard to beat

        A few years ago I bought the OR Alibi over the Arc Teryx Gamma MX. I haven't been disappointed since. I recently upgraded to the new Alibi and I am very happy with the changes over the old Alibi. Here are my initial impressions.

        The first thing I noticed was that the softshell fabric under the arms and on the back is a bit more substantial than the old Alibi, I'm happy about this because I always thought the old fabric felt a bit too thin.

        They did away with thumb loops on the wrist gaiter (I never used them anyway)

        Another change I noticed is that the softshell on the front of the jacket feels much more water resistant than the old fabric which felt almost like a sponge, I'm very exited about this as I'm pretty sure it'll be even more wind and water resistant.

        Overall the Alibi is a great hybrid soft/hardshell comparable to the First Ascent Frontpoint jacket (which I don't like as much) which I believe has been discontinued.

        The Alibi is great jacket for conditions where the benefits of a hardshell are needed along with the perks of a high end softshell. This is an excellent do it all softshell for all your winter adventures.

        Hard to beat