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The Outdoor Research Reflexa Jacket—fully featured and featherweight.
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How well does this jacket pack down? Does...
How well does this jacket pack down? Does it stuff into it's own pocket?
Yes it packs down well. The left hand pocket is a stuff sack for the jacket.
This video shows how:
Solid rain jacket
I wear my Reflexa shell constantly in Seattle (I'm now on my second one). The fit is tailored, size up if you want to fit a couple layers under it. I like the nice deep hood that you can adjust to fit over a helmet or snug against your face, although I wish the hood zipped off instead of folding down into the collar, because it makes the collar too bulky for my taste and I end up leaving the hood out most of the time.
My first Reflexa had a couple of minor issues, mainly that the anchors for the back hood elastic adjustments both came unstitched and also the velcro at the collar rubbed on the shoulder, causing the fabric to pill. OR offered to replace my jacket with a new one when I sent them a comment about it. The waterproofing on my new one seems a little less absolute then I'd like (the water doesn't pill up and run off), but I have never gotten wet while wearing it. I like the idea of the tunic pit zips, though I've used it backpacking a couple of times now and haven't actually tried wearing it as a tunic over my hip strap. The weight and packability is very good, and for the most part it holds up well to heavy use.
Best rain jacket ever!
Lightweight and flexible while still being sturdy and waterproof. I wore this all of last winter in San Francisco (lots of misty days and plenty of rain) as well as ski tours in the backcountry when the weather was bad and was always dry underneath it. The large pit zips are GREAT for aerobic activities, they dump heat well and the jacket actually seems to breathe (even with the zips closed).
I've also worn this jacket as a windbreaker while climbing granite in Yosemite and it held up AMAZINGLY. No damage!
I cannot imagine a better product. Its great alone or as a layer when the weather is colder.
Well worth the cost
My search for a versatile travel / hiking jacket stops with the Reflexa. I'm very happy with the fit and quality (although I haven't tested it in the rain yet). First, I love the material. It's a quiet jacket and is flexible when you move. And, it doesn't feel clammy for an unlined jacket. It fits so well, I forget I have it on which is really what you want when you wear a jacket like this. Second, the hood covers well without obstructing your vision. Third, it's lightweight and portable but doesn't feel cheap. And, there are finishing touches like the velcro closures, ventilation zipper and storm flap that really make this jacket stand out from others. The fit feels true to size. I'm 5.7 /130 lbs with a long torso and the medium fits perfectly. The jacket is form fitting, yet you can wear a lightweight fleece underneath and still have mobility. I bought the turquoise/navy blue color combo and it looks really sporty.
My only recommendation for the company, is to the make the jacket a little roomier in the hips as most women have curves. All in all, I feel this jacket was money well spent and I hope to get a lot of use out of it.
Is there another Reflexa model that has a...
Is there another Reflexa model that has a stowable hood? This one says it doesn't have a hood, but I've tried the Reflexa on in a store & it definitely had a hood. Also, how does this jacket hold up when bushwacking through the mountains? Does it scratch/tear easily?
You are correct--it does come with a hood!
The Reflexa is made with an ultralight Pertex waterproof layer laminated to a 40D fabric--so OR is trying to marry lightweight with durability. For its weight, it has great durability and breathability. However, when you go with a denier much lower than 60, you trade durability for breathability and less weight.
So here are your options--is breathability super important to you? Trade off your durability for something a little more breathable. Is durability more important (ie--are your ultra hard on your gear)? Go with something with at least a 60D fabric instead of a little more breathability.
I don't want to say that this is the most durable jacket out there but it will take more of a beating than your standard $99 backpacking rainshell, that's for sure. Again, a great middle ground for both breathability and durability.
Hope this helps.
How about sizing? I prefer moving room in...
How about sizing? I prefer moving room in a jacket
Is this jacket tough enough for skiing in...
Is this jacket tough enough for skiing in cold New England temps (with layers under, obviously). If it's wind and rainproof it seems like it would do the job, yet no one has mentioned using it for snow sports. It really is a very flattering fit and I'd love to wear it on the slopes but windproof is key....
how long is it?
how many people use it for...
how long is it?
how many people use it for bicycle riding?
Would I need to order a size up in order to layer for cold weather riding?
I ordered this jacket for my daughter for our Montana trip this summer. It rained several days and she stayed bone dry. She loves the jacket and I would recommend it in a heart beat.
Love this jacket!!!
I was looking for a good rain jacket that would provide a small amount of protection from the colder temps but ultimately I wanted a good jacket that would also keep me dry. I ordered this jacket and it is everything I wanted. I'm very satisfied and definitely would recommend this jacket. I love the green color!! It's not too bright and not dull. Great jacket!!
Exactly What I Was Looking For
This jacket is worth all 5 stars, especially since I got it 20% off by searching for an Outdoor Research promo code! I agree with all the other reviewers that it is lightweight and breathable (by raincoat standards). I've even used the armpit vents when riding my bike around Chicago and it was quite a blessing.
My only complaint is the collar. The collar is the place that the hood folds into when not in use. I don't have problem with the design, I have a problem with the material. Outdoor Research used a very soft fleece-like material for the lining which is quite warm. Because it makes my neck hot, I'm not sure I'll be wearing this through the summer.
I still think the jacket is worth the full five star review because I don't think any jacket would be cool enough for Chicago summer rainstorms -- I'll just grab my umbrella instead.
Better than expected
I love this jacket! I went clam digging, up to my elbows in sand yet my arm were totally dry. Washes extremely well. One negative. I ordered this on a Thursday afternoon, paid $9 for two day shipping and didn't receive it until Tuesday. That's a long two days :(.
This jacket has all three!
Waterprrof, breathable AND stretchy! Wow - super psyched on this piece! great fit and fabric and nice price.
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Does the Outdoor Research Reflexa Jacket...
Does the Outdoor Research Reflexa Jacket run small like say, Patagonia? I know that's a tough question but purchasing sight unseen can be problematic.
I'd say it runs true-to-size. I'm a size 2 - 4 and am 5'3." I ordered the Small and it will be roomy enough to put a bulky sweater under it when the weather gets colder. The sleeves ran a little long on me, but I don't mind that because I can always roll them up.
How does this pocket work again?
Great jacket! Very light-weight, yet warm and comfortable and it kept me dry from the cloud-burst I experienced on a hike. I've knotted it around my backpack, used it as a pillow, and squished it inside a small luggage bag. But, call me an idiot...I still can't figure out how to stuff it inside it's own pocket.