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Aside from being loaded with all the cool, techy stuff (ultra-breathable, water-resistant, windproof shell and fleece lining to keep you warm) the Outdoor Research Men’s Credo Softshell Jacket looks good. The Credo is more than happy to deliver outer and mid-layer performance and thanks to the style, you won’t go into the wild looking like a tool.

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Great investment

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

Beautiful jacket. My go too jacket for camping and can easily transition to a going out jacket. Out door research did a great job once again.

Credo Softshell - Goes to the Men in my family

    I found backcountry on the internet, searched for roughly 6 weeks through endless piles of jackets to find one that would fit the larger woman. Of course in typical style, all womens jackets finish waist height, or are made for the small petite size 10 - 12 woman. (Girl)

    But BIG women go camping, skiing, mountain climbing, touring etc etc etc. They don't just sit at home and eat.

    After extensive research, I finally chose the Credo Softshell. The measurements, the comments on the blogs, made me think that this jacket may possibly be the one for me. I ordered it, according to measurements given on the site, waited very patiently for it to arrive.

    The Online Staff were absolutely fantastic to deal with. What a blast to find the little Live Chat box come up and I could ask them any questions directly as I was shopping on their site. I would not have bought the jacket if it wasn't for their helpful response to my enquiries.

    Approx 8 - 10 days and the jacket had arrived in Australia, Outback North Qld. I was very impressed with the postal delivery. The jacket is soft, comfortable, attractive. Could be for a man or woman.

    But alas when I tried it on, The chest was big, The hips were too tight. The arms are very long, and the tail of the jacket comes way past the hips, over the top of your bottom. This helps to keep the kidneys warm. I would say longer than any other jackets. But a tight fit at the hip area in comparison to other 3xl of other brands. Definitely for the big chested, slim hipped tall man.

    My husband thanks you kindly, it fits him perfectly and now he has booked to go to Canada next year just to try the jacket out. Alas I go to New Zealand without a jacket. But none the less, a very attractive jacket Back Country.

    Good Buy

      Short and simple...

      Only owned it for a short while, bought in preparation of spring backpacking trips. Really waterproof and windproof. I'm pretty tall (6'4") with broad shoulders (34" waist, but 220 lbs). XL was the ONLY softshell that fit (tried Arc'Teryx, NF, MH, and Marmot). Like I said, not really well tested, but so far I'm happy.

      Awesome shell

        I recently took this shell skiing in Montana and North Carolina (yes, amazingly the snow was as good if not better in NC). In MT the jacket held up well in terms of fabric durability, warmth, and breathability. Falling on hard, icy snow, and brushing up against tree branches were common during the MT trip. It didn't tear or show any real signs of distress. The warmth performed just like the specs said. Warm with the right layers for the colder weather and just right for more aggressive movement. It breathed well for more aerobic activities, too. The NC trip saw more precipitation and the jacket beads up like a wax job. The snow didn't melt through and as it melted it kept me dry.

        Really quality product! I liked the price for the performance.

        Excellent Jacket

          Wow, on paper this jacket doesnt look like much but the more I use it the more I like it! So far it has been waterproof and windproof but yet its comfortable even with temps in the 60's. It does not have pit zips but really does not need them since it breathes very well. It is a very simple jacket that works in all conditions and still looks good enough that my GF "allows" me to wear it around town. :)

          I am 6'-2" and 185 and the large fits perfectly, I can even wear a thin baselayer + a powerstretch fleece under it and be nice and warm for subfreezing temps. With just a T shirt or light baselayer under it its good to about mid 40's if just walking about.

          Great Fit on this Softshell Upgrade

            This jacket is an upgrade in cut and material from your standard $100 softshell.

            The fit: If you are slim and tall or just like longer jackets, this is your softshell. Look to the Marmot Ultima or Mountain Hardwear Synchro if you like it shorter.

            The double zip is great for belaying. The only con is the floppy collar; it could be stiffer.


              When this arrived- it seemed too light weight for the kind of weather I purchased it for- more like a shirt than a jacket.
              I was surprised to find that it stops wind completely- whisks off rain equally well. In cold weather (high 20's) I stayed comfortable wearing only a waffle long sleeve shirt beneath it while active.
              I like the snug fit around the neck when zipped up. Pockets and zippers are great. They create a lean, clean profile.
              Materials and build quality are very high. I selected a black version which works for more formal occasions thanks to the cut and styling- which are superior.
              Cons: The wrist straps seem unnecessary. I'd rather the cuffs be plain, but that is nothing when considering what is delivered for the price.

              the best all purpose jacket!!

                who can knock a jacket that you can sweat like a monkey in during righteous backcountry powder sessions, yet wear it to a decent dinner establishment that night...and repeat, repeat, repeat for over two years now without a wash. No smell and dirt don't seem to stick to it. Breathability is excellant for a jacket that keeps me warm up on Berthoud Pass in negative temps. Fit is superb! The hook and loop cuffs kinda suck for location of velcro but that is it for Cons. Its all pros after that. Buy it and you won't regret it! Look at the pic and see that it also is very abrasion resistant when random breackable crust eats your lunch in the trees :-)

                the best all purpose jacket!!

                Favorite Jacket

                  I love this jacket. It's comfortable and fits very well. I have a medium and I'm 6'2", 150lbs. It's long enough but not too loose. Looks great in nearly every setting.

                  I use it for most of my skiing and all of my ski touring and climbing. It's nice and warm and holds its own against water. I've used it in rain and extremely wet snow and stayed completely dry. The water resistant zippers for the pockets are a nice touch. The outer fabric is also plenty tough; I've fallen into trees and thorny bushes at reasonable speeds and have no rips or tears, just some scuff marks that washed out. The inner fleece is very soft and feels great. As a softshell it's a little bit light to use in extreme cold, but wear several layers underneath and it does plenty well. It fits nicely under my puffy for very cold.

                  As a very minor quibble, after two seasons of keeping the cuffs loose the stiff side of the velcro is wearing the softshell material a bit at the inner edge of the flap for the cuff cincher. It's very minor and some fabric tape will take care of it, but it would have been nice if OR already did that.

                  Favorite Jacket

                  Works as well around town as on the slopes

                    I chose this jacket because I wanted a softshell that I could layer under my ski shell, and wear causaly around town. This jacket has been a home run. it fits a a bit longer then the northface and HH shoftshells I have also owned. I also like the double zipper that can be opened from the bottom up. it does have a slightly boxier fit than an arcteryx as a reviewer below noted, but I was okay with that. This jacket is also a pretty good value compared to alot of other soft shells.

                    Withstands any weather

                      This jacket is great for hiking. I was hiking in 70mph wind gusts with a wind chill of 20 degrees and i just had a tee-shirt and this jacket and it was perfect. I also wear it under a hardshell when i am skiing. The only downside is i wish it had a hood but then it wouldn't look nearly as cool. Also great for just wearing around town and casual.

                      Nice jacket, good value, kinda boxy

                        The jacket was well-made, a great value, the small was a good fit (for 5'9" 150 lb male), though not for wearing a bulky fleece underneath, it was also kind of boxy in shape so we returned it and got the arcteryx sigma in small instead which had a more tailored cut.

                        Great fit, functional and tough

                          Just today, had my Credo jacket out in 4 degree temps in the backcountry of Colorado. With a light base layer and mid-weight fleece, this jacket kept me warm and protected from powder snow, cold and wind. High attention to detail, slim fit, and bomber construction. OR makes sweet soft-shells. Highly recommended for high energy activities.

                          Great quality fitting softshell with a lower price

                            -Very comfortable. The jackets conforms to the body well.
                            -High build quality. OR is known for quality products and this jacket lives up to that standard.
                            -Very Breathable/Insulates well. This jacket has made it through nearly all elements (i.e. rain, snow, hail, wind, sun) without being too cold or too hot.
                            -Well designed pockets. There are hand pockets, inside and out breast pockets. All of them are waterproof and very usable. I don't use the inside breast pocket much, but I'm sure some will find a use for it.
                            -Hook-and-loop zipper flap. Most flaps are button/hook-and-loop, which is annoying to me. This one is purely hook-and-loop and I love it.
                            -Very cheap. Not many soft-shells are at this price and I wouldn't consider them if they are.

                            -Difficult to zip at times. (I might be retarded, but the double zipper doesn't zip up easily sometimes).
                            -No hood. This is not a problem if you'll be using this solely as an insulating layer.

                            I always have a hard time finding clothes that fit me well because I have a wide chest and broad shoulders. So most jackets are either tight up top and too short (sleeves and torso) or loose up top and too long. I usually end up getting a tight jacket and leaving the pit-zips open, which sucks when it gets cold and looks weird.

                            However, this jacket fits me perfectly because it conforms to my body shape with ease. It still is a little tight up top, but it is nowhere as restricting as most jackets.

                            I live in Seattle and have experienced 30-degree weather as well as snow. It was a bit cold with a t-shirt underneath, but is very warm if coupled with a medium-weight base layer. Using this jacket with a light-weight base layer with an outer-shell is a great combo for cold days on the mountain.

                            Unanswered Question

                            Write your question here...Hi, I am 5'11",...

                            Write your question here...Hi, I am 5'11", 215 lbs 44" chest. Will a size Large fit me? I noticed the specs say it will fit a 43 inch chest. Other brands like mountain hardwear are kind of snug.

                            I am 5"7' and a 150lbs. At my size it can...

                            I am 5"7' and a 150lbs. At my size it can be hit or miss if a jacket it to long. Does this jacket run true to size, or does it run a little on the long side?

                            does this jacket have spandex or "stretch"...

                            does this jacket have spandex or "stretch" material built in to it?