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Lots of warmth for the weight.

Whether you're pushing through the cold of a predawn approach or on belay during a midwinter ice climbing session, The Outdoor Research Incandescent Hooded Down Jacket keeps your body heat where you need it. This baffled puffy jacket gives superior insulation without adding much weight to your kit.

  • Featherweight 10D Pertex Quantum fabric features as super-tight weave that is surprisingly durable and reliably downproof
  • DWR finish sheds moisture to keep you dry if you get caught in a snow flurry or sudden drizzle
  • 800-fill down traps heat without adding much weight thanks to it's exceptional heat-to-warmth ratio
  • Taffeta lining makes it easy to slide into this warm puffy and adds a touch more wind resistance
  • Criss-crossing baffles keep heat-saving down in place
  • Down-filled hood keeps your head warm even in brutally cold temps
  • Packable design and compressible materials let you stuff this jacket into to of its pockets for easy packing
  • Elastic cuffs and drawcord hem seal out cold air
  • Zippered pockets securely hold the essentials

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Does it have an inside pocket and is the hood helmet compatible? Thanks!

Hey Dan,

The hood will fit under a helmet, not over. And as for the internal pocket, no dice. Sorry.

Let em know if you have any other questions.


5 5


  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: True to size
  • Height: 5' 10"
    Weight: 176 lbs
    Size Purchased: Medium

I have been trying on Down Jackets left and right trying to find the "Just Right" on :
Size/Fit (I am 5/10 Athletic build @ 180lbs)
Low weight down
Correct Fill
Pockets/placement of pockets

This the first and only to have hit a 5 out of 5 in all those categories.


Hey Matthew - Leta here with OR. Thank you for the awesome review! I couldnt agree more. I love my women's Incandescent!

Thank you for taking the time to write!


I LOVE all my OR gear. Top notch and my preferred buy. I'll add a photo to the above. :)

5 5

Warmest Jacket I've ever owned

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size
  • Height: 5' 9"
    Weight: 195 lbs
    Size Purchased: Large

Can't put into words how warm this Jacket it. I'll try though; Standing outside with just this and a tank top underneath with Windchill at -24*F this January in NH. No issues with cold period. The Pertex Quantum fabric is fragile but thats to be expected at 10D. If you truly want a warm puffy, look no further.

The fabric seems a little - shiny - in the pix. Is that truly the case?

My Blue has a beautiful shine to it... not overwhelming, but noticeable enough for someone to say.. wow, nice Jacket.

5 5

Warmth without weight

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

This jacket is awesome! It kept me really warm on summits last weekend (12/22/14) in the Adirondack High Peaks. The temps were hovering in the low teens with 20-30 mile winds. As soon as I threw this on over my shell I was toasty warm as I took in the gorgeous views.

With it's great warmth to weight ratio I could see myself justifying having this in my pack for all but the warmest excursions this summer.

I originally picked up a large, but found it a bit snug with extra insulating layers beneath and switched it out for an XL which is a little bulky, but can fit comfortably over several layers. When trying it on at home I layered it over a baselayer, polyester wind bloc hoody, fleece jacket, and shell.

About me: 5'9 - 215lbs - 44 chest - 36 waist

Warmth without weight

Thanks for the pic and review, I am almost the same dimensions and your post helped me choose the correct size.

5 5

Maybe the perfect Down jacket ever...

  • Fit: True to size

More will be revealed on the slopes this year. This thing screams versatility. Went with a medium after the fine folks at O.R. let me go nuts trying everything in their Seattle store on... 5'11 166 in undies 34 waist and a 39-40 chest.

I'm 5'9, 160lbs and thinking of getting a...

I'm 5'9, 160lbs and thinking of getting a Incandescent in Med (on paper my measurements match up great).
I'd also like to get the OR Furio shell to wear over the Incandescent - Ideally I'd also like the option of wearing the Furio alone and not swimming in it. Wondering if I should get a Med or Large Furio... anyone have experience with OR shells over this puffy?

My buddy is a serious OR nut. He won't touch any other brand. He Owns the Furio and suggests that you get the Medium. He is able to layer it over a down jacket just fine and it then fits well solo. But go with a Large and you will be in deep water for sure.

You'll be stoked with that combo. This jacket is closer fitting than other puffies and not excessively bulky. OR seems to size their jackets to layer together well. I wear this and a mentor (similar to Furio) together both in a large.

5 5

Best down jacket I have owned

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

My first OR product (other than gaiters), and it is already my favorite down jacket I own (have or had Marmot, Feathered Friends, North Face, Rab, and Mountain Equipment from England). 210 grams of 800 fill in my medium. Perfect by itself or under a shell when I ski the top of Colorado. Wore it when temps were -10 at summit of A-Basin under a shell and was toasty. Fit and finish are excellent - very similar with Feathered Friends quality. This is the right balance when ultralight down is not warm enough but an expedition weight duvet/belay parka (with say 250 grams of fill) is too warm or too bulky. Fit is good. Finally some companies are making sleeves that are long enough although OR does not post sleeve length on sizing chart. 6'3" and 180 and the medium is great. I wear a 35/36 sleeve length in dress shirts and the sleeves on this jacket are probably 35.

Hi. What size to choose me? I am 5'9" and...

Hi. What size to choose me? I am 5'9" and 220 lbs with a 45 chest, 37 waist. OR "maestro" was very big/loose on me, a size XL swamped me, and am wondering to go with M or L. "Columbia", "Nike" - in size L very well sits on me.

Even though you are still beyond a Large size in both the chest and Waist categories, I would try a Large before I would drop to a Medium. That would be, in my opinion, a drastic reduction in the amount of space that would be available inside the jacket for you to actually be comfortable.

The Maestro is a "expedition fit" which means its wider longer cut is meant to fit over anything you are wearing. The OR Chaos is a similar still. I swim in the Large of both of those jackets.
The Incandescent is a trim, athletic fit. The XL should fit you fine with some length in the arms.
I"m 6'2" 180 and wear a large. Still some room in the body but length is good. I can layer under it still.

Is the hood helmet compatible?

Is the hood helmet compatible?

A helmet will work with this hood. The hood is more low profile fitting than other hoods, but with a standard helmet this will work just fine.

5 5

Unmatched warmth to weight ratio

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

If you spend a lot of time in the backcountry enjoying snow sports of any kind, you will encounter unpleasant temperatures. If you go prepared your chances of staying warm and comfortable increase dramatically making your experience way more enjoyable. I always bring a packable down jacket with me anytime i venture off the beaten path.

The Incandescent is ridiculously warm for how light it is, and packs into the size of a small camp pillow. This jacket comes along with me anytime i plan on spending a night out in the cold.

Camping with the birds

Camping with the birds

When you're chasing powder living out of a camper, the best way to keep warm is to wrap yourself in quality down feathers. This puffy is WARM

5 5


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

This jacket is pretty perfect. It's incredibly warm and incredibly lightweight, and the size small fits me perfect. Nice big pockets on either side for warming your hands or storing stuff, and I love the tall collar and hood for when it's super cold- it's much warmer than a hat. The jacket also compresses down to a really small size, which is perfect for taking along on a skinning or snowshoeing outing. The material is definitely aimed at being lightweight and compressible rather than durable, so I wouldn't put this jacket through lots of trees, bushes or rocks.

The only small gripe I have is the double zipper- it can get stuck here are there if it's not starting at the very bottom of the jacket, but it's easily fixed.

OR has made a great piece!


am looking for a good belay jacket while...

am looking for a good belay jacket while ice climbing. consider:
1. montbell frostline
2. OR maestro
3. OR incandescent
need to be:
1. warm in temps <20F
2. light weight, compressible/packable in small bullet bag while multipitch ice climbing
any suggestions on best of the above for this use?

I love my incandescent. Packs so small, so warm, I love that coat!

Best Answer

I'm with Evan, I've tried the maestro and went with the incandescent! packs way smaller still super warm. and the pockets zip.

5 5

Light, super warm, looks good, fits well

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

Actually fits tall, athletic dudes (6'4" 220), long sleeves/torso. This is a good in-between jacket - Eddie Bauer Peak XV parka at the warmest end, Patagonia down sweater at the lighter end. Down shirts at the lightest. It's 30% off right now, dang no brainer if you need a warm coat. It's pretty thin though so I wouldn't take it into highly abrasive environments as everyone has already made clear.

What size did you go for? I am 6'2" and 175 lbs with a 34-35 sleeve and am wondering to go with large or extralarge.

Moxtr, I'm your same size, I went with the large, it fits perfect. Not too long, still covers my hips, great length of arms. I can still fit a few layers underneath. While my shell jacket fits over quite well. The XL is going to be very baggy around the torso.

Is this black a deep black or more of a...

Is this black a deep black or more of a graphite or charcoal?

5 5

Toasty, light and dry

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

So much warmth is packed into this light weight down coat. Huge loft, packs small, great hood, pockets, easy cuffs, fits long in the back keeping your arse warm. I almost find this coat too warm which is amazing for how ridiculously light it is. I don't think the shell is going to take a big beating so don't go thrashing through the woods with it on!

5 5

Light and Warm

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

If you're going to be bushwacking through alder this isn't your jacket but if you're up high or out for a few days and want a grapefruit sized 800+ fill down piece that will keep you toasty warm look no further. Sure you trade a little bit of durability for extreme packability but the shell is still pertex protecting those lofty feathers from moisture and if you need lots warmth and durability you can pull a shell over it like the Mentor or even more bomber, the Maximus from Outdoor Research.

Light and Warm

Outdoor Research Incandescent Jacket?

Outdoor Research® Climbing Ambassador Kyle Dempster shares why he is a fan of the warm, lightweight Incandescent Jacket™. The perfect insurance for epic alpine ascents, winter camping and long ski tours where a high warmth to weight ratio is crucial, the DWR treated 10D Pertex® shell of the incredibly lightweight Incandescent Hoody™ also makes it the perfect late-fall rock climbing belay parka on very cold days.

I have a Down Sweater by "P" - and am looking for a really warm down jacket with hood to take on cold weather backpacking trips.

Is this jacket much heavier than the down sweater?? Should I be looking at something heavier with more grams of down??

Any help appreciated -