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Travel dry, travel light.
Normally, in the world of outdoor clothing, the terms 'full-featured' and 'lightweight' are mutually exclusive. The Outdoor Research Women's Aspire Gore-Tex Paclite Jacket is the exception to the rule. At just 13 ounces, you'll barely know you're wearing it at all. That is, of course, until the rain starts. The guaranteed waterproof breathable Gore-Tex Paclite membrane easily shrugs off the storm. Outdoor Research also designed the Aspire with its TorsoFlo venting technology to allow you to dump heat in a hurry without getting soaked. The adjustable hood, cuffs, and hood seal out the weather, and the Aspire stuffs into its own pocket for easy packing once the sun comes out.
- Guaranteed waterproof breathable Gore-Tex membrane for total storm protection
- Fully taped seams eliminate waterproof weak spots
- Waterproof zippers throughout keep the jacket fully rain-sealed
- Women-specific fit for a feminine look
- TorsoFlo hem-to-underarm zipper vents allow air to flow freely through the jacket when you need to dump heat in a hurry
- Fixed hood for complete upper-body protection
- Lightweight construction lets you keep the jacket in your pack without weighing you down or taking up much space
- Drawstring hem and hook-and-loop elastic cuffs allow you to seal out drafts and weather
- 2 hand pockets and a sleeve media pocket for plenty of storage
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Unique hip-zip feature
Kings Peak, UT, 13,527'
A friend said "those aren't pit zips, they're hip zips." It's a good description. When the sides are fully unzipped, this jacket provides protection from rain while preventing overheating. I also like that I can unzip the front and sides from the bottom. so the jacket drapes over my pack's hip belt. It's lightweight, packs well, and I love the red color.
My favorite jacket
- Gender: Female
Overall, I would describe this jacket as perfect. For me, it's been everything I was looking for in a hard shell, including that it's Paclite Gore-Tex. This jacket is very light weight and easy to stuff in my pack while also being extremely durable and ready to handle the elements. The ability to play around with ventilation so much with the hem to underarm zippers is one of the stronger points of this jacket, making it a good piece year round.
I also find it fits really comfortably and it's been easy to layer or wear independently. The hood is great and I have been able to fit it easily over a climbing helmet.
Basically, its perfect. Nice work on this one, OR!
OR TorsoFlo hem-to-bicep side vent zips
A tip of the hat to Sierra Trading Post for having made a photo available that portrayed at least a portion of the TorsoFlo vent system on this jacket. I'm sure people have pined for such a thing to be made readily accessible.
Photo credit: http://www.sierratradingpost.com/outdoor-research-aspire-gore-tex-paclite-jacket-waterproof-for-women~p~2408w/
This jacket seems great for most seasons,...
This jacket seems great for most seasons, especially for layering...but would this jacket be comfortable for use during summer in humid weather? Where I live, we get moderate to heavy rain...the Columbia jacket I have now soaks through. Also, I am a very petite person at only 98lbs and 5'2"..will the XS be too large?
Concerning the worry about sizing, would you please provide some more measurements to compare to OR's sizing guide (i.e. bust, waist, hips)?
To digress, as for whether or not this jacket would be comfortable for use in moderate to severe humid regions that are frequented by torrential downpours, I would say that you could make a safe gamble at minimizing (if not altogether eliminating) that problem. The reason I say that is that this jacket has OR's TorsoFlo vent system, so there are zips that go from the lower hem of the jacket up to your bicep; those are really massive vents, relatively speaking, so the worry about overheating while using it should be overwhelmingly attenuated.
Best Rain Jacket I've Ever Owned
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Fit: True to size
Overall, I'm extremely satisfied with this rain jacket. I've gone through many non-gortex rain jackets in my life that I spend $100 on and they peel and leak after a year. I decided to spend a little extra this time around and am very glad I did. The jacket is still light weight and is truly waterproof and breathable. I ordered it in "flame" and really like the color. The jacket is longer in the back then the front - my only small complaint is that people with longer torsos may find the front of the jacket to be a bit short. Overall, I love it and you can't beat a lifetime warranty.
Marmot Mimimalist vs. OR Aspire
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Fit: True to size
As an avid hiker and dog-walker, I needed a reliable rainjacket that could double for backcountry trips and casual, rainy strolls around the neighborhood (in the rare instance of Southern CA rain.) I started with a very disappointing Marmot (non-Goretex) jacket, which had me soaked to the bone after five minutes of moderate rain. After a chat with the fine people behind the scenes at Backcountry, I decided to try two jackets: the Marmot Minimalist and the Outdoor Research Aspire.
Both met and exceeded my expectations:
- Repels water during a moderately vigorous storm
- Lightweight and packable
- Fashionable enough for casual wear
- Zippered armpit vents for breathability
The finer details (why I went with an Aspire):
- The Minimalist comes in a gorgeous array of colors, while the Aspire is limited. The electric blue Minimalist was tempting, but ultimately, the slate black Aspire won me over for practicality/daily wear.
- While both have quality venting, the Aspire's vents are much larger, and I loved having the option to fully air the pits during a sweatier hike.
- The zipper quality on the Aspire feels more durable and waterproof, even though the waterproofing does take away a bit from the clean look (my opinion.)
- The hood on the Minimalist didn't fit my head right, and the top kept sliding over my eyes. I'm not sure why the Aspire works so much better in this regard, but my head is much happier with this product.
While I kept the OR and returned the Marmot, whichever jacket you choose will be an excellent, durable product that will keep you dry and happy. Both are a great investment.
Many thanks to the awesome Backcountry rep who suggested I try them both! I feel very satisfied with this purchase.
Great Fall Adventure Piece!
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Fit: True to size
Lightweight (13 ounces), perfect cut/fit, and waterproof for under $200...how could you go wrong? I've used the Aspire for fall mountain biking in the Northwest, hiking in the summer with a chance of thunderstorms, and spring volcano skiing. It's holding up great! Love the gem color.
lightweight and gets the job done!
I Love my Aspire jacket from OR! OR takes a Gore 2 layer jacket and then adds a killer feature called "torso flo" which allows me to dump any additional heat by opening up the hem of my jacket. This zip from hem to pit can work 2 ways - hem up (to accommodate my harness or hipbelt) or pit down, as a more standard "pit zip." Really packable and seems to breathe better than my "non Gore" alternatives. AND under $200! Can't beat the Aspire!
Outdoor Research Foray and Aspire Jacket
Men's Foray Jacket and Women's Aspire Jacket
The lightweight, waterproof, breathable Outdoor Research men's Foray Jacket and women's Aspire Jacket are GORE-TEX shells with all-season features, and provide solid protection when heavy rain sets in for the long haul. Waterproof and extremely breathable GORE-TEX fabric shrugs off the wear-and-tear of the trail, while TorsoFlo side zippers allow poncho-style ventilation when body heat needs to escape. These backpacking and hiking jackets work as hard as you do, but pack down tight once the weather breaks. Tested by the IFMGA test team and refined in accordance with their feedback, the Outdoor Research Foray Jacket? and Aspire Jacket? are ready to repel even the most inhospitable wet weather.