Made for moving quickly above the treeline.
When you're fighting your way to the top of a mountain while battling relentless winds and mixed precipitation, you need a jacket that shields you from the elements without holding you back or weighing you down. The Outdoor Research Men's Realm Jacket delivers lightweight, breathable, and flexible performance for aerobic alpine assaults.
Three-layer AscentShell fabric withstands the rigors of moving through high mountains while offering the flexibility needed to handle intense movements. It's also extremely breathable to keep you from getting bogged down with heat-robbing sweat, and Dynamic Reach underarm panels offer extra stretch where it's needed most. Fully taped seams prevent any moisture from working its way in through the cracks.
The helmet-compatible hood fits easily over your climbing or ski helmet, and it has a wire brim to keep your line of sight clear while still offering protection from blowing snow. Elastic cuffs and a drawcord hem help seal out icy winds. Plus, the entire jacket stuffs into its own internal pocket for easy storage when you work your way down to lower elevations and friendlier conditions.
- AscentShell 3L mechanical stretch ripstop fabric
- Fully taped seams
- Dynamic Reach underarm panels
- Helmet-compatible wire-brimmed hood
- YKK AquaGuard zippers
- Elastic cuffs and drawcord hem
- Stuffs into internal pocket
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- Q & A
Summit of Mount Lassen
As a wind shell
Didn't think a shell could get lighter..
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: Large
So I picked up the Realm only after one of the local reps was overly excited about how the jacket is made (engineers...) and I figured I'd try it out. Best impulse gear buy of the year. I'm not the type to buy something by the looks but this does have some unique style and looks really good!
Its crazy light and so far very waterproof. I have yet to wear the jacket in an all out rain storm but so far some light cold snow, "wintery mix snow, sudden rain and a lot of wind have put it up to the test.
I own a Helium II jacket which has been my goto "just incase" jacket but its now replaced.
The Realm is only 4oz heavier and fits over layers better. The fully adjustable hood is nice over a helmet better than even the Axiom jacket. Still enough pockets in the chest to house some light gloves, a phone and snack. The jacket is easier to stuff into its own pocket than some others I've used.
A big plus is the one chest pocket is mesh backed and can be used as a vent when its just too warm
If I could add one feature it would be one "stuff it" or goggle pocket to the inside for climbing skins. Thats just me..
Outdoor Research Realm Jacket
Lightweight and Breathable
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: Medium
After giving up on hardshells due to lack of breath ability, I think I've found the one for me. The Realm is everything I want from a shell: light, comfortable, breathable, waterproof, and VERSATILE. So far I've only used this during backcountry ski season, but I'm excited to take it to the crag and the trails.
The first thing I noticed about the jacket is how light it is. Even with a wire brim adjustable hood, 2 pockets, and velcro wrist tabs, the jacket weights just 11 ounces... that's light for a jacket with these features and it's one of the reasons why the Realm is so comfortable.
But the best part of the jacket is the membrane. AscentShell is OR's proprietary version of Polartec Neoshell. What does that mean? It means this thing BREATHES and at a price much lower than other Neoshell jackets. I've worn this skinning and while I did get a little wet underneath, this jacket handled the perspiration much better than any other hardhsell I've worn. For reference, I usually skin in just a baselayer top, maybe a light fleece if it's chilly... I'm a very sweaty dude. What's really impressed me with this jacket is that I'll skin/boot up, whack the jacket on, ski, and by the end of the run I'm dry underneath. I was sweaty as hell when I started, but dry at the bottom.
But all because this is breathable, doesn't mean it won't protect you. I've been out in this when wet snow was falling and no issues at all with wetting out or leaking. I'll definitely be bringing this with me on climbs when I'm thinking it could get nasty out. This guy even packs into it's own interior pocket and has a clip loop.
The feature that I appreciate the most, and this will sound funny, is the wrist closures. Yes, the wrist closures. Often time jackets have wrists that are too wide, too narrow, awkwardly shaped, with bad velcro, etc. But OR nailed it on this. Half elastic and half velcro means that you don't *need* to redo the wrists every time you take the jacket on/off, but when you do it's super easy and locked down. Cuffs fit well over/under pretty much all gloves I've used, and especially when wearing a large watch such as an Ambit.
Sizing is spot on. Slim enough so it's comfortable and looks good, but definitely enough room to layer. Tucked under a harness, it won't be billowing over the top and make you look like a mutant mushroom.
I haven't been super excited on a piece of gear in a bit, but I really am enthusiastic about this piece and can't wait to see how it does over the long run. No concerns as of yet other than long term durability, but that's the tradeoff that I'm willing to pay for a super light piece of gear.
I encourage you to reach out directly if you have any questions on this or other jackets, such as:
- Can you explain all these membranes to me?
- What jacket is right for me?
- What other lightweight gear do you recommend?
I am 6'3 and about 185 lbs. Any size recommendations? I will be using the Realm for some alpine climbing so room for a puffy base layer is a must. Thanks!
Hey Spencer, I'm 6'2" 180ish, long torso and arms. I have the large and it seems to work good for me. I've not done a lot of over head work with ice tools but some sketchy class 5 in snowboard boots the range of motion in the arms was good. It can creep up your back a little wearing a lighter pack.
Hope that helps
Does it have a carabiner loop when stuffed?
It does, Sean! Thank you for the question!