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The Revel Jacket is proof that Outdoor Research takes you comfort seriously.

Outdoor Research loaded the Men's Revel Jacket with features designed to keep you comfortable whether you're on an afternoon hike or month-long backpacking trip. The TorsoFlo venting system zips from the hem to the armpits to allow total control over your temperature without the need to stop moving. Outdoor Research added an internal media pocket for those who like to bring tunes on the trail, and this pocket also doubles as a stuff sack when you need to store the Revel Jacket. If you find yourself in a stormy situation, just pull the hood out of its stash compartment in the collar, seal up the hem with dual drawcords, and keep moving while the Revel Jacket keeps you bone dry.

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3 5

Wanted to like... but couldn't

I wanted to like this - light, super packable, nice fit, good colors. But as others have noted, the Pertex coating creates ridiculous humidity issues. While it might be a good option for the price, you're better off looking for some more breathable fabrics on sale (I'm quickly becoming an eVent convert). Had to return after a few months of use because it just didn't qualify for a fall/spring jacket when you're actually doing some exercise.

3 5

Wanted to like... but couldn't

I wanted to like this - light, super packable, nice fit, good colors. But as others have noted, the Pertex coating creates ridiculous humidity issues. While it might be a good option for the price, you're better off looking for some more breathable fabrics on sale (I'm quickly becoming an eVent convert). Had to return after a few months of use because it just didn't qualify for a fall/spring jacket when you're actually doing some exercise.

2 5

Waterproof? Breathable - NO!

Waterproof? Maybe, but no more than any other DWR fabric.

Breathable? No.

On an easy dayhike with temps between -10°C and 0°C, wearing a fleece underneath, I had the pit zips completely open just to vent the sweat. My arms and back, away from the vents, were soaked. On another hike, with temps around freezing and a bit of snow, I switched after a while to my beatup old Sorel. Just too hot and sweaty once I started exercising.

The Revel will stay in my backpack as a summer shell. It will be good for keeping the chill off in the morning and evening, and it's light enough to carry in case of an unexpected shower.

Will I wear it as my standard mountain jacket? No.

Unanswered Question

Am thinking about taking this jacket up...

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Am thinking about taking this jacket up kilimanjaro. Plan to pair it with Arc Hyllus jacket as midlayer and wool base layer. Will it do the trick or would you recommend a harder/more windproof shell?

5 5

Great shell, always goes with me.

Yet another OR product that I find fantastic. It's light, packs tiny, actually breathes, has a great cut. I like that the sleeves are long enough and it works great for cycling due to extra length along the back. Stays comfortable even when putting out a big effort.
I'm 6'3"/180lb and wear a medium Revel. My chest measures about 39" and the OR size chart has medium at 40". It's a nice slim fit on me but I can still fit a thick fleece or similar underneath it.

Great shell, always goes with me.
5 5

Nice Product

I originally bought the OR Helix. It was lightweight but no ventilation and a bit restrictive. I did not field test it. I sent it back and got the OR Revel. I really like the cut on the Revel It fits nice for athletic build and wide shoulders. I bought a Large (5' 11"- 165) it has plenty of space and still fits right. I have tried it in a pouring rain for a short period. It's waterproof & breathable, the zipper & zip away hood are nice features

OR Revel Jacket - Ingalls Creek

OR Revel Jacket - Ingalls Creek

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Got rained on for 4 hours up Ingalls Creek, stayed nice and dry, and with the venting, nice and cool!

5 5


Just received this jacket the other day, and I put it to the test last night! I went up Ingalls Creek trail for about 4 miles after work, it wasn't raining, but I wanted to test the breathability. I must say, between the chest zips, and the pit zips, if you you can't stay cool in this, you've just got too many layers on! The jacket really allows for great freedom of movement, as well as being able to be worn comfortably with your packs waist belt on!

Sizing: I'm 5'8 160lbs, and the small fit me just right, with plenty of room for a base layer and fleece!

Do the full side zips have double sliders...

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Do the full side zips have double sliders allowing the side openings to be opened like normal pitzips (so the front of the jacket won't flap around in the wind)? Does this matter? Thanks.

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I have this jacket and can confirm that it does not have double zips on the side openings.

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I just got it and it does have double zips on the side vents.

5 5

Completely waterproof, surprisingly breathable, full side venting AND full stretch!

Yup, I really love this jacket. I'm a huge fan of Gore-Tex for its breathability but this is nearly as breathable yet lighter and full stretch. It travels well yet works great in the backcountry. When overpowering its ability to breath, I just use the unique mechanical venting (from hem to armpit venting) to release interior moisture. The stretch provides spectacular mobility without sacrificing waterproofness. Using it in town? Tuck away the hood and it dresses up well.

Revel and Reflexa Jackets - Outdoor Research

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Charity talks about the Revel and Reflexa Jackets from Outdoor Research. When early season trekking lures you to the trail despite springtime drizzle, this waterproof jacket will keep you protected without sacrificing breathability.

5 5

Bomber Ultra-Lightweight Protection

Great jacket, lighter than Gore-tex, but seems to be every bit as waterproof and breathable as far as I can tell. Another major plus is that Pertex is stretchy, very soft and very quiet. Packs down really small, outstanding venting options, perfect 3 season weather protection for hiking and biking.

Is this thing waterproof? like, will water...

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Is this thing waterproof? like, will water bead and run off? does it soak up water? I want a lightweight backpacking rain jacket for fishing in entire days bad weather... you know, standing still with no overhead cover in a downpour... recommend something else?

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Yep if it ever stops beading apply another DWR. Im a big Gore-tex so check out something with Gore-tex Paclite like the Arc'teryx Beta SL Jacket or the Arc'teryx Alpha SL Jacket (both a few OZ lighter but quite a bit heavier on your wallet). You can also look at the Gore-tex website for other rain jackets that use Gore-tex. I know i could have just opened up a can of worms sayint that Gore-tex is the way to go but hey NASA puts it in the mulit million $ space suit so must be onto something.

5 5

Great Jacket

I"m surprised that anyone would say anything bad about this jacket. This jacket is exactly what it is advertised as. It is waterproof, breathable and really light weight. You shouldn't buy this jacket to keep you warm, it is supposed to be a waterproof shell. It is similar to a gore tex pac lite jacket but much cheaper. This is great backpacking jacket because of its lightweight. It fits exactly like the 3 other Outdoor research jackets I own.

OR says that this jacket can be packed...

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OR says that this jacket can be packed into its own internal pocket that functions as a stuff sack. So far I haven't been able to figure out how to make it all fit in without it looking like a giant jacket-mess. Special way to do it or am I just missing something?

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It can be done, but I've always avoided using the integrated stuff sacks in jackets. You increase the chances of tearing a seam by stuffing a jacket into one of its own pockets. For $6, go buy yourself a Granite Gear stuff sack. It's light, strong, and will be a much better choice than the integrated pocket.

4 5

Not bad

I use this jacket as a waterproof/breathable shell over a softshell for skiing
+waterproof/breathable, just as advertised
+fits true to size
-Hood not helmet compatible
-Fabric feels very thin

but, worked great for me, survived some nasty spills and still looks great.

3 5

not quite what I would expect

I have always loved OR. I think they have well thought out products. This is why I am disappointed with this jacket. It is way too thin and the sleeves are crazy short. if you just want something you can pack away in a sack for emergency use only, then it would be fine

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I'm not sure I understand your sleeve comment. Based on the numbers I have tracked down, the medium is about 33'' long, not 29'' which seems to be an average number. I wear an Arteryx Gamma AR, which seems to have about he same length, and its fits me like nothing else I've found.

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I agree, Frontrange. I wear a medium in the Revel and it fits me better than any hardshell I've ever had on. I'm 6ft 180 and wear a 33 sleeve, and the size Medium gives me more than adequate coverage. Awesome fitting shell!!

4 5


pertex is a british performance material that you yanks should really use more. this jacket is very light and packable, an excellent shell to have in a backpack. totally waterproof(might not last without some re-dwr-ing)and as fart as I can tell no less breathable than gore-tex, though significantly less breatahble than Montane or Vaude eVent jackets.

all in all a very good mountain hiking shell.