Let the Aspire Jacket show you what on-trail comfort feels like.

Outdoor Research feels that just because you need a lightweight jacket doesn't mean you have to sacrifice features, so they designed the Women's Aspire Jacket. The hem-to-pit zippers allow you to adjust ventilation on the go, so you don't get too hot and don't feel too chilled. The Outdoor Research Aspire Jacket weights only 13.5oz and stuffs into its own internal pocket, making it an excellent pick for trips where you may or may not need a shell. Yet somehow in those few ounces, OR managed to incorporate fully-taped seams, an adjustable hood, and adjustable cuffs and hems.

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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.

5 5

How did I live without it?

  • Gender: Female
  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Before you buy a shell, you get by. You make do. Sure, you get a bit wet, but a bit of rain never killed anyone, right? Since buying this jacket I have used it SO MANY TIMES! Perfect for riding my pushy around to getting caught in the middle of a fullblown thunderstorm. It's awesome.

5 5

Much, much better than Marmot Precip

  • Gender: Female
  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I loathed my Marmot Precip, which leaked rain from the outside, and soaked with sweat from the inside. I've had a kokatat paddling jacket made of Goretex paclite, so when this went on sale, I decided to try it. So far, I love it. It kept me dry, both inside and outside, during a 2 day mountain bike trip in snow/sleet/rain/drizzle/etc. I wear it cycling to work in downpours and it's great.

3 5

Really wanted it to work, but...

I liked the fit of this jacket and its features, but it was noisy. The fabric was too crinkly to the touch and made too much noise with movement. I compared it to my daughter's North Face Resolve and the OR one has a more "plasticy" feel. I have returned it, and ordered a Patagonia Torrentshell. Hoping the feel will be better and noise level lower.

Can you tell me the hip size in inches of...

Can you tell me the hip size in inches of the XL?

Responded on

According to the sizing chart the hip size is 44. The charts are usually fairly accurate.

4 5

If I could give it 4.5 stars...

This really is a phenomenal jacket. Every time I wear it, I get more impressed by the function of both the jackets as a whole but also the usability of the side zip. Having had an OR jacket years ago, my one worry was the fit--they have been pretty boxy in the past--but I think the fit is what impressed me the most! 5'4" and 115lbs, the size small will fit a puffy sweater layer just fine AND fits women's curves very well. Also, I don't know how they do it, but when I have my arms down, the length doesn't feel too long, but when I raise my arms, they length doesn't shorten and expose my wrists...

I am also frustrated with how stiff the size zips can be, but that's what happens with welded zippers--beats water leaking in or them unzipping on their own. But with that said, this jacket loses half a star for not having a fastener at the bottom of the side zips to hold them closed if you use it as a vent from the bottom up. I think that'd be a useful addition.

Would layering the Aspire Jacket with a...

Would layering the Aspire Jacket with a down jacket make sufficient winter jacket?

Best Answer Responded on

Hi Caroline,
In short, yes, if you layer a down jacket under the OR Aspire, you will have a very nice winter layering system, in that the Aspire will give you complete wind and water protection. The winter temps will ultimately determine the amount of insulation needed, though. May need more/less layers under the shell. Good luck!

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I agree with Jeff!!! I used the Aspire all winter when I needed H2O protection over my puffy and it worked so well. The side-zip that goes all way from the hem to the pit works really well if you're wearing a backpack for venting too.

Is this jacket helmet compatible?

Is this jacket helmet compatible?

What is back length for this jacket?

What is back length for this jacket?

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Hey Phoebe Hoy,

Thanks for the question. The back length for this jacket in a Medium size is 27 inches. For the other sizes, the back length will change 1 inch per size. For example, the Large size back length will be 28 inches. I hope this helps.

How does it compare to The North Face Blue...

How does it compare to The North Face Blue Ridge Paclite?

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I'd say the two big differences between this and the Blue Ridge are the side vents and the price. The Aspire has on long zipper from the hem to the middle of your upper arm. That way, if you need to vent, you can OR if you wanted to buckle your hipbelt of your backpack, you don't have to do it over all of your jacket, blocking access to your front pockets.

As for the price, you get that great additional feature, no change in quality, AND you're saving money because the Aspire is less expensive.

Foray and Aspire Jacket - Outdoor Research

Jerry talks about the M's Foray and the W's Aspire Jackets from Outdoor Research. This lightweight shell with all-season features provides solid protection when a hard downpour sets in for the long haul.

2 5

Steepandcheap should be careful about misleading pricing...

Sorry to affect the review of what is likely a great jacket with a complaint that is actually against Steepandcheap/Backcountry, but I feel it necessary to call this out.

My wife needs a new rain jacket, and given the limited time to purchase on S&C, I went for it. I saw that the MSRP (according to S&C) was $398, marked down to $160 (60% off!). Seeing the original price was enough for me to assume this is one of Outdoor Research's top of the line rain jackets (I have the Mentor, which is similarly priced and which I love).

However, this jacket is NOT originally $398. It is a Pac-Lite shell that normally sells for $200, and therefore was only about 15% off of the MSRP. I appreciate that Backcountry is apparently cancelling my order prior to shipping and giving a full refund, but I'm still getting a little miffed at their inflated MSRP's that they can then appear to mark wayyy down.

Responded on

Sorry for the confusion here. While you are right about Backcountry/S&C making a mistake, it is not the inflated price mistake that you suspect. The item on S&C (ODR0714) was a special edition Gore-Tex Pro Shell version which is the reason for the difference in price. The special edition was not communicated well and the jacket got the regular Aspire Pac-Lite description by mistake. loves you and wants to get you kitted, not mislead you for profit. Thanks for your support!

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That's an awesome price for a pro shell. I just bought the Foray jacket with paclite, but if I saw the same with a pro shell, I'd jump on it. Regardless, if you are looking for a specific product, like you were, you should have read the description, not just the MSRP. If it said it was paclite, you should have known something was fishy about the price. SAC isn't so quick that you can't click a few more links to make sure you're getting what you want. Take a little responsibility - Even by your own account, made it right as soon as you pointed out the error. What else could they have done?

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Does the hood fit over a climbing/biking...

Does the hood fit over a climbing/biking helmet?

4 5

Most ventilation ever

This jacket has it all over the others in the ventilation department. I really like the side zips that go all the way up as far as you want and down from the pit to wherever you want. That way you have the maximum breathability besides the goretex fabric itself. The sizing was fine with a medium to fit over 2-3 layers of clothing, and I often go with a small, but I wanted this to be versatile and fit over layers for winter as well as summer. Only drawback is the side zippers are stiff, so you have to firmly hold down the hem with 1 hand while pulling up hard with the other. Also, you need to practice adjusting the rear hood adjuster, barrel fastener before you are in windy conditions. It can be a little tricky.

5 5

Great Jacket

This is the ultimate in rain gear! I am in love and I've been hunting for a while. The only problem is it's a little too big. I followed the sizing guide which actually said I should take a Medium. I went with the Small (since that's my usual size in clothing) but an extra small would've been better. Go with your usual size for outdoor gear, I've tried a few other brands and the X-Small always fit me best.

What is the difference between this jacket...

What is the difference between this jacket and the Outdoor Research Reflexa jacket?

Responded on

Those are very similar jackets, both are light-weight and 100% waterproof using PU membranes. The difference is the Aspire uses Gore-tex, where the Reflexa uses a proprietary Pertex PU laminate.

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Write your question here...i am a runner...

Write your question here...i am a runner and have the old frank shorter gore-tex running jacket. does this jacket have the same texture of gore-tex running gear. i see different wording for gore-tex material. does this jacket have a substantial feel to it or really light weight like some nylon/polyster windproof jackets.

is the hood fold away or can it be...

is the hood fold away or can it be removed

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Neither, this is just a fixed hood.

Is the "outdoor research Aspire Jacket" ...

Is the "outdoor research Aspire Jacket" suitable for X-Country skiing ? If not what would you recommend?

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I wouldn't use this for X-country skiing. For me it's not breathable enough. You might look at some of the line of both softshell jackets and pullovers. They've got some great stuff that works incredibly well for skate and classic skiing.

I have long arms, will this jacket fit...

I have long arms, will this jacket fit well?

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Yes, OR typically is fairly generous on their arm lengths. Great products!

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My notes: CBL:
27" medium

Small: CBL: 26.5", sleeve length: 32"