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A double-duty shell for wet winter adventure.

Thanks to the Outdoor Research Women’s Mithril Softshell Jacket, you no longer need to choose between the stretch of a softshell and the waterproof protection of a hardshell. This hybrid jacket features Ventia waterproof softshell fabric, fully taped seams, and a cozy fleece lining for total protection and comfort during the cold, wet winter months.

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5 5

Great Jacket

  • Gender: Female

I received this jacket just before our Black Friday shopping adventure. I have to say this jacket was absolutely perfect in the rain soaked PNW. I was not sure if the large would be to small or not, I'm 5'8" and a bit on the heavy side (196lbs.). The fit is perfect, I have longer arms and a long torso, sleeve length was just where I like it, arms stretched out and sleeve falls right at the wrist, anything else and it's to short. I'd prefer not to have the gathering on the underside of the wrist but that is just a small flaw and a and personal preference.
Overall I'm very happy I ordered this jacket and with Backcountry's return policy similar to another favorite retailer of mine I know at anytime for any reason I can return it...don't think I'll need to though.
I had Kyle in Customer Service help me place my order he was very friendly and helpful...thanks Kyle!!

4 5

Sizing

The jacket seems very durable and a perfect fall weight, but the medium was too small and the large, much too large. Wish there was a medium-large size! Both were returned.

5 5

Pretty Outdoor Research softshell

I got the Plum color and I simply love it. I am 5'2'' and the size XS fits me perfect, even with room for some layering if needed. I like it is super lightweight, great for keeping you warm and save from the rain - it is a very good waterproof jacket with a pretty design. I've gotten may compliments as it is really super cute.

5 5

Great protection and comfort

I got this jacket for my mom to use for cross country skiing, bicycling in cold weather, and even backpacking. She wears it all the time and has told me several times how much she likes it. It has the look and feel of a soft shell but does a great job of keeping wet, heavy snow out. Highly recommended.

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Has anyone used a soft-shell h20-proofing...

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Has anyone used a soft-shell h20-proofing (NIKWAX softshell proof) on this jacket? I can't find any garment care recommendations, other than very basic care instructions.

My wife is 5'2", just, about 125. She wants...

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My wife is 5'2", just, about 125. She wants a jacket a little longer to cover her hips. Will this do the trick?
thanks

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Maybe. I'm 5'1" at approx. the same weight, and the jacket pretty much hit me just over my hips. I had other problems with the jacket though. I ordered a size large because I've got a big chest (D) and curvy shape, but the fit was funny (not ha ha). The jacket was snug in the chest, baggy in the waist, and with looooooong arms. I LOVED the jacket, but had to return it; that's just not the look I'm going for...

What kind of layering would you suggest...

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What kind of layering would you suggest for mildly cold conditions with minimal exertion? A range of -10 to 30* F and long walks through the city. Would the Mithril provide enough insulation so that a fleece would be an adequate mid-layer?

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Well, this jacket would be amazing with an extra fleece for ~20-40 degrees. For -10F to 10F? Definitely layer with a down/synthetic jacket.

Of course this all depends on how warm/cold you run. I run super cold so I layer with a down jacket the moment temps reach 35 degrees.

The beauty of this jacket is how well it blocks wind, which really steals your heat. It is a thicker softshell so the insulation factor is pretty great too.

5 5

High quality and great style

LOVE the quality and style of this softshell - it should last a very long time and would be great in light or harsher weather conditions

5 5

High quality and great styl

LOVE the quality and style of this softshell - it should last a very long time and would be great in light or harsher weather conditions

Does this jacket have an inner collar...

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Does this jacket have an inner collar around the neck that is not "connected" to the hood?

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No, its all one piece. Great jacket!

How much wind percentage does this...

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How much wind percentage does this block?

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This is a heavyweight softshell with taped seams that, for all intents and purposes, will provide complete protection from the wind.

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How warm is this jacket? Would it be...

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How warm is this jacket? Would it be warmer than the Marmot Flair Hoody, for instance (a fleece jacket)?

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After looking at both the Mithril and...

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After looking at both the Mithril and Intuition jacket, I settled on the Intuition, and I've found that it seems a bit bulky and constricts my movement a little bit (even though the size fits me fine). I also really don't like the collar in that it is very stiff and hits my chin too high. And the hood feels a little bulky when laying down.

Does the Mithril feel bulky at all or constrict your movement? And how do the hood and collar feel on your neck? I'm fine with the collar coming up a little over the chin, but the one on the Intuition jacket was very stiff and just hit me in the wrong place.

I am 5'9" and bought a large in the Intuition. I would probably order the same in the Mithril

5 5

Perfect Jacket for Softshell Junkies

The perfect jacket for softshell junkies. I fell in love with the mithril the moment I put it on. The fabric is thick enough to be warm and rugged, but still extremely breathable. I'm just shy of 5'10" and the sleeves and torso length is plenty long in a size large. The shoulder/arm construction allows total freedom of movement, which makes it great for almost any activity. The hood is roomy, comfortable and warm. I live in Seattle and I plan to live in this jacket all fall and winter. It's so comfortable I may wear it to bed.

Will this soft shell withstand torrential...

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Will this soft shell withstand torrential downpours, or all day constant rain? I am looking to use it backpacking through Oregon and Washington during the "rainy seasons", but would like to buy something that I will use more often then a regular rain jacket. I know it says waterproof, but I'm sure we've all experienced the different degrees of being waterproof. Thanks!

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I just got the mithril a couple days ago, but it works wonderfully in the rain. It's got both a waterproof membrane and a durable water repellent finish. I'd be confident in this jacket for backpacking in this area.

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Martin talks about the Mithril Jacket.

5 5

Alaska worthy jacket

This is a great, well made, and nice fitting jacket. Took it out this weekend in backcountry Alaska in 40-50 F weather, constant drizzling rain/heavy mist and moderate winds. Wore it over an icebreaker shirt and down vest, and when those weren't enough, layered it on to be very happy and warm. Provides outstanding heat for how thin the inner fleece is, and the hood is deep and large enough to put my head, thick hair (in a ponytail), and hat inside with room to spare. Very waterproof; never once felt damp inside. Layered very nicely over my other clothes, and the arms are long enough for my ape-arms. Color is very attractive (I have the blue), and I've received many compliments. My only wish is that it had pit-zips for dumping excess heat on an ascent, but otherwise, great jacket. Would highly recommend for anyone encountering serious non-winter weather.

Alaska worthy jacket
5 5

Alaska worthy jacket

This is a great, well made, and nice fitting jacket. Took it out this weekend in backcountry Alaska in 40-50 F weather, constant drizzling rain/heavy mist and moderate winds. Wore it over an icebreaker shirt and down vest, and when those weren't enough, layered it on to be very happy and warm. Provides outstanding heat for how thin the inner fleece is, and the hood is deep and large enough to put my head, thick hair (in a ponytail), and hat inside with room to spare. Very waterproof; never once felt damp inside. Layered very nicely over my other clothes, and the arms are long enough for my ape-arms. My only wish is that it had pit-zips for dumping excess heat on an ascent, but otherwise, great jacket. Would highly recommend for anyone encountering serious non-winter weather.

4 5

Nice.

This jackets is pretty nice. It is water repellent and the adjustments on the hood are great. I mistakenly thought it was going to have a slightly higher loft fleece, so, I'm a little disappointed about that. I'm also unsure about the bulkyness of the elastic and velcro strap of the cuffs. I usually like to tuck my cuffs into my mittens when it gets cold but it seems like it might be a little bulky to do that.

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