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Zip up the Outdoor Research Centrifuge Jacket before you start skinning up. The Centrifuge's wind- and water-resistant front fabric keeps the wind from killing your motivation, and the highly-breathable Radiant LT back and sides keep you from overheating halfway up.

  • Close-fitting, balaclava-style hood adds warmth retention
  • Thumb loops at cuff keep the sleeve inside your gloves
  • Offset front zipper helps prevent rubbed-raw chins
  • Two zippered hand pockets and a zippered napoleon pocket provide plenty of storage.

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4 5

great mid layer

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

I have used this now for 3 days of Joshua Tree climbing in near freezing conditions and it the coarse rock doesn't seem to have affected it. It helps that the front is not the gridded fleece which is easier to rough up. It breathes really well but is warm as long as you are active. At the belay I'd throw another layer on. I'm 5'8", 155lbs and the L fits really well and tucks nicely under the harness. I wish the pockets were more easily accessible when under the harness, right now i've to pull it up a little.

I've also used it bicycling a couple of times and having a wind-resistant front really helps.

4 5

Favorite layering piece for the Cold!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

The majority of the Centrifuge jacket (under the arms and armpit down to the waist, and most of the back) is comprised of OR's Radiant LT fleece fabric. The Radiant LT fleece is like a thicker version Polartec's Power Dry High efficiency material but not quite as warm or as breathable. I have noticed that the fleece does pile on the outside of the jacket which is probably exasperated by using it as an outer-layer against a backpack.

The front facing body, arms, shoulders and scuba hood (except near the mouth), is comprised of a tightly woven soft shell fabric. This softshell fabric is more wind resistant then most I've used and also water resistant.

The Outdoor Research Centrifuge Jacket is my favorite layering piece for high output activities in cold conditions. The front and shoulder softshell material provides protection from the wind and light moisture while the rear fleece material provides warmth and ventilation while you're working hard. This hybrid design makes the jacket ideal for: back-country/XC skiers, alpine climbers, mountaineers, or snow-shoers. The centrifuge jacket is best used as an outer-layer on the ascent when you need chest and face weather protection and maximum breathability, but then can also be used a mid-layer piece on the descent due to the fleece components.

Balaclava scuba hood provides instant shelter and warmth
Front facing softshell provides excellent water and wind resistance
Jacket is cut well to provide maximum uper-body articulation
Hybrid design fleece provides warmth and ventilation
Hand pockets are big enough to store gloves and napoleon pocket for a smartphone

Outer Fleece fabric piles easily
Zippers are way to small to operate even with thin gloves

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Favorite layering piece for the Cold!
5 5

Love it so far

I just got this layer. So far I think it is great. I got it to be a full zip version of my R1 Hoddie but more able to shed snow when I am ski touring in the winter.

The back and underarms is a thin waffle fleece similar to R1. The hard face front hood and arms is very thin, but tightly woven, Its soft on the inside and very smooth on the outside. I am curious to see how well this material breaths.

The zipper is fine, but feels a bit flimsy, no problems so far.

Hand and chest pockets are great, thumb loops are comfortable. Hood fits well.

I am 5'8 140 lbs I take a small.

5 5

The Greatest Layering piece ever created

I love this Jacket under a shell for warmth or by itself for spring skiing.
Plus it doubles as a balaclava under my ski Helmet.

Great jacket!

5 5

Best mid-layer

Love this piece. Whether it's spring slush or deep pow, this is a go-to layer for a good day. This piece breathes well, fits snug and keeps me warm and dry for long adventures. I especially dig the thumb holes, chest pocket (for my i-phone) and functional hood.

I am 6ft 170lbs do you thing I should go...

I am 6ft 170lbs do you thing I should go with a medium or a large?

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Large. The Cerntrifuge runs a touch small so if you are on the border between sizes, Large is the way to go.

3 5

Sadly returned

I was very happy with w this product as both a mid layer and outer layer for heavy workouts. However after a week of ownership and wear, I noticed the moisture wicking fabric on the back and underarms started to get a pilling like effect from abrasion from normal wear. This brought into question the longevity of the piece so I had to return it. I really like the large collar that you can breath thru. It was a nice touch. I wish the wind proof fabric made up the bottom of the jacket to offer more abrasion resistance…

Outdoor Research Centrifuge Jacket

Outdoor Research® Climbing Ambassador Shingo Ohkawa talks about his favorite Outdoor Research® jacket, the Centrifuge Jacket™. Built for highly aerobic alpine activities like climbing and backcountry skiing, the Centrifuge Jacket™ features wind- and weather-resistant hard-faced fleece on the chest and front torso, but highly air-permeable Radiant LT Fleece™ on the back, side, underarms and face panel. Also featuring an alpine cut and a close-fitting balaclava-style hood, the Centrifuge™ is the ideal layer for traveling fast and light in less-than-ideal conditions.

5 5

Great Mid-weight Layer

Pros : Good additional layer, Durable, Warm, Hood, Comfortable, Thumb loops, breathable

Best Uses : Mtn Climbing, Hiking, ski touring, Skiing, Climbing

I've used this hoody about 25 days now in the field. I really like it for ski touring. Works great as a breathable layer for the uphill and then keeps me warm for the downhill as well. I've also been using this jacket while cragging and mountaineering. I did a Rainier climb in April and wore this layer the whole time. I wish the zipper pulls were bigger as they are hard to un-zip with gloves on.

I've always been a fan of the R1 Hoody, this is very similar but a hybrid version of that.

Overall I really like this layer and plan on using it on many climbs and trips to come!

5 5

Nice high speed piece

Think of this as a hybrid fleece/wind shell. Does a little of both, so obviously this marriage results in a great piece for high octane pursuits like mtn biking or ski touring. I just layer up at the top, wear a long sleeve thin poly pro underneath. It works for this because it is not too warm. Fun piece, it takes a beating too.