Intense tech for intense conditions.
When the going gets technical, the exposure gets serious, and weather gets unpredictable, you'll be glad the Outdoor Research Lodestar Men's Softshell Jacket is there to keep you protected. This fully breathable, stretchy, and water-resistant softshell is built from a combination of Polartec Power Shield High Loft and strategically placed Polartec Power Shield Pro waterproof panels, so it'll keep cold morning fog, alpine clouds, and light snow from turning your mountain adventure into a cold and soggy disaster. Technical environments require precise movement, too, so the Lodestar is built with movement-mirroring stretch and articulated elbows to let you place ice screws, climb technical pitches, and crush long ascents in comfort. The underarm zips keep you cool, the helmet-compatible hood keeps you warm and dry, and the strategically placed pockets help you stay organized so you can move quickly and efficiently when the chips are down.
- Polartec Power Shield High Loft and Polartec Power Shield Pro softshell
- Polyester fleece backer
- Movement-Mirroring stretch design with articulated elbows
- Underarm zips
- Helmet-compatible hood with a wire brim
- Zippered hand and chest pockets
- Internal front storm flap
- Shaped hook-and-loop cuffs
- Item #ODR004D
- Q & A
Perfect Fit and very comfortable
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
- Fit: True to size
I recently received this jacket after weeks of anticipation and shipping delays caused by me not OR. I am 5' 9" 180lbs and normally wear a Medium in all things TNF. I ordered a Large in this jacket due to the trim cut and was very nervous about the size until I put it on. This jacket fits me perfectly with room for a base layer and fleece. Looks great, the color and quality of this jacket is amazing. When I put it on I was instantly warm.
Climbed Gran Paradiso in Italy (4060m) & Mont Blanc (4800m) this summer and this jacket was all I used as a shell/softshell plus a Smartwool baselayer and I was toasty. Never got cold and even at times had to unzip the underarm vents. Excellent softshell that could be worn in any cool to cold weather environment.
Resists water well. It rained from Gran Paradiso Valley up to the hut and this jacket kept me dry on the inside however the fabric did become damp and dried within an hour of being put inside.
Unknown Gem a favorite piece for sure.
- Fit: Runs small
All you have to do is try this on like I did and you will be sayin this is a must have. I sized up (5'11" 166 40 chest 34 waist) to a large for layering with a Dynafit Gorihorn insulated jacket layer underneath. I am a skier not a rock climber so the high loft and the toughness of the essentially windproof exterior fabrics mean quiet warmth. The drop tail sealed the deal for me, such a sweet design. Worth the price it will be a go to jacket and be worn more than others in your arsernal I guarantee. Just an unknown gem brand new intro from O.R.
Put your hardshell in your pack for emergencies and just wear this...