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The wind is whipping around your exposed ledge, and a quick gander towards the horizon reveals that a shoulder-season storm is trucking towards you. Right about now would be a good time to reach into your pack and pull out your Outdoor Research Mithrilite Softshell Jacket.

  • Ventia Dry membrane repels wet snow and falling rain and still remains breathable so you don't overheat
  • Polyester knit shell wicks sweat, breathes well, and stands up to abuse
  • TorsoFlo venting system zips from the hem to the underarm zone to allow total control over temperature regulation
  • Multiple pockets help stash your wares
  • Water-resistant zips prevent water from dripping down the fabric and sneaking in
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Soggy in LA rain

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit:Runs large
  • Size Bought: xl

I bought this for protection from the elements in the back country. However, I was disappointed with leakage through the napoleon pocket during an LA rainy of the few we ever have. Granted it was a legitimate rain, but hardly enough to substantiate the stream of water soaking my shirt underneath, especially for a material claiming to be waterproof. I am lucky I did not take this into the back country.

However, OR did replace upon me contacting them. OR customer service in one of the best in the business. Because of the OR service, I will be a loyal customer for some time and understand that my mithrilite was probably just a statistical flaw.

Nice Soft Shell

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

Great fit and nice features. The "Pit Sips" start from the bottom and go all the way up. Really easy to dump heat. But haven't found a real good use for the fully unzip so the front of the jacket and back are separated. The Hood is helmet compatible...but just barely. All though I don't think I would be using the hood much since its a soft shell and if it's storming I would want to be in a shell

More than I thought I was getting

    I bought this jacket in black last fall with the primary intention of needing a warmer weather ski jacket, and wow, I got way more than I bargained for.

    This Softshell jacket really hit the spot, the fit, the materials, the durability, everything. I'm 5'11" and bought a Medium and the fit is true to size (The sleeves and bottom aren't too long nor too short), in terms of water and wind resistance this jacket easily excels (It cuts through the wind without ever feeling a chill, and rain and snow run right off of it),the pocket placement is superb;It has two LARGE front pockets, a well placed and nicely sized Napoleon Pocket on the chest (perfect for a phone, a pack of gum, or whatever really), as well as a large internal pocket with a headphone port to place your iPod or Mp3 player. The zippers are metal and very durable, I've had no bad luck with snagging or misalignment. The Hood is adjustable and easily fits over a helmet, it also has a small brim which I find quite convenient.

    When skiing I wear a cardigan or a 1/4-zip Jacket underneath and it still fits amazingly and keeps me warm and dry, almost to the point that I don't need a base layer. It has two large vents on the side which are very convenient to vent out that excess heat and humidity.

    I bought this jacket for skiing but have found myself wearing it almost everywhere, around town, hiking, traveling, it will probably even be placed in with my Kayaking gear for those chilly summer evening paddling trips.

    Overall, I easily give this Softshell a 5/5 rating, it was more than I needed for a pretty decent price and I'd highly recommend it to anyone else looking for a warm, dry, wind-cutting, nice looking and fitting medium weight jacket.

    Excellence from every angle

    • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

    A terrific soft shell. Does everything a soft shell should do and stuff they should not be able to. Keeps you dry. Way drier than soft shells were ever designed to. Keeps you out of the wind. Period. Perfect pockets in just the right places. Huge vents are terrific and really dump heat well. Not a warm insulated jack but that is not where soft shells excel. Needs layers for anything below 40 or 45 degrees. I am 5'10" 160 and medium fits well with plenty of room for a wool or micro puff layer.

    Love this jacket

    • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

    I was worried about breathability because when I work hard I perspire a lot. Can't stand vinyl feeling cloth sticking to my skin. I've used this jacket several times and have had NO problem with it getting all sticky. It keeps me quite dry and when I start to heat up, I unzip the armpits and cool right down. I know some have complained about the small velcro tabs but I've had no problems with them at all. I use the jacket for walking long distances and in the Puget Sound area we get serious rain. I stay totally dry. I like the way the hood can be put into the color. Additionally, I love the fabric on the collar and cuffs. No irritation on my neck or chin. I put my cell in the little zip pocket up front and there's lots of room in the lower pockets to store all kinds of things. Although I'm a woman, I am tall and I have broad shoulders and long arms so I got a men's jacket. I'm glad because it's JUST RIGHT.

    Great Jacket

    • Familiarity:I've used it several times

    The only thing that I would add to the previous reviews is how durable the jacket is. My wife owns the mithril and because of the name I assumed that this jacket would be made with a much thinner material however it is not. Now that we own both jackets I would recommend this jacket over the regular mithril. The only noticeable differences are that the mithril has a fleece lining while the mithrilite has pit zips. Otherwise they are very similar.

    Awesome Jacket!

    • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

    So based upon Evan's review and my obsessive research, I dove right in and bought this jacket.

    This is a 1 month review and it has been raining non-stop in Vancouver, BC. The jacket holds up to its claim. I am dry. I have been exposed to the elements in both dry cold and wet cold conditions. I spent a weekend in the mountains and the jacket performed as described. Not once did I overheat and the pit zips were extremely helpful in dumping any excess heat.

    The jacket fit true to size as per the sizing chart however, there is a lot of excess slack in the arm pit area. Perhaps designed this way and the hoodie itself is a little too large, often obstructing your field of vision. I would have bought a medium but it wouldn't allow any room for me to layer up so with the large, I am able to layer up comfortably with room to move.

    Regardless, this product is tough to beat given its price and its features. The fit, finish and construction is superb! I am extremely satisfied!

    Light, sleek, stretchy, durable

      What more do you want? Oh ya, really weather resistant. This is one of the better soft shells I have used. More simplistic design means less weight and bull crap to slow you down. Such a good fit and stretch that you hardly notice it while tromping in the hills. I use it ski touring and alpine/ice climbing.

      Favorite go-to softshell

        The Outdoor Research Mithrilite has become my new favorite go-to softshell. Its full waterproofness fends off showers or flurries, while its great breathability is enhanced even further with the easy-to-use TorsoFlo waist to pit zips. With that combination, there's no need to go change jackets or layers for the up or down of your chosen sport. It's been a great backcountry ski jacket for me, and it's sure to see lots of use when in the summer alpine season arrives. Its clean cut makes it easy to pull a puffy overtop during lunch breaks. But it's also roomy enough to add a mid-weight layer underneath for really cold days. The huge handwarmer pockets are great, as well as the very adjustable hood that will fit over ski or climbing helmets. The media port on the inside chest pocket keeps my earbud wires neatly tucked away inside the jacket. To sum it up, its features make this softshell extremely functional across a wide range of conditions and seasons. And it fits, feels and looks great, also making it a fine jacket for town/city life.

        Hi there, I am based in the UK and am not...

        Hi there, I am based in the UK and am not familiar with he brand although from reviews the garment sounds ideal for Alpine ice climbing. Firstly, do you mail to the UK ? Secondly, is his a sensible choice ? I am 5ft 11 ins and 12 stones so assume a medium would be right. Any comments and advice would be welcome. All the best. Andrew

        Hey Andrew, we do ship to the UK!

        We do have a list of brands that we are not permitted to ship internationally, but Outdoor Research we can ship to you. (For any further questions on that, don't hesitate to use the LiveChat feature on our website, or check out our help page).

        OR is definitely a great brand, I own one of their hard shells for skiing, and I've been impressed with the quality of construction and durability.

        This softshell will offer excellent breathability, so that moisture can escape when you are working hard, but it isn't waterproof. You should consider factors such as weather and what type of conditions you typically climb in.

        Does the face fabric make noise like the...

        Does the face fabric make noise like the hard shell when you are on the move? The regular Ventia on my Alibi jacket makes plenty of noise.