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Save the hot tub for the end of the day.

Big, mean storms might dump the deepest, lightest snow you've ever seen, but without the insulation and the other essential features of the Outdoor Research Stormbound Jacket, you might as well just give up and go back to the hot tub. The 650-Fill down insulated body traps your core's heat while the Pertex Shield fabric, fully taped seams, and water-resistant zippers stop the snow from getting inside your Stormbound fortress.

  • Advanced Pertex Shield technology offers 20K-rated protection from relentless, heavy snow while remaining highly breathable
  • Lightweight but durable shell fabric stands up to season after season of use
  • Fully taped seams stop moisture from sinking in between the stitching
  • 650-fill down insulation offers an exceptional warmth-to-weight ratio
  • Low-profile Thermore insulation below the powder skirt gives you water-resistant insulation where you need it
  • Removable powder skirt stops powder from flying up your back
  • Underarm zip vents ditch excess heat when you're working up a sweat
  • Removable, helmet-compatible hood keeps the wind and snow off your head
  • Zip-out balaclava shields you from driving wind and extreme weather
  • Removable powder skirt with LockDown tech attaches to the belt loops of compatible pants to keep snow out
  • ThumbDrive hook-and-loop cuffs acts like a versatile thumb loop to keep your arms dry and warm
  • Plenty of pocket space, including a pass pocket with key-clip attachment, keeps you organized

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4 5

Returned it but not for quality reasons.

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

As usual the Stormbound Jacket is another great product from OR. The fit and finish is of great quality for the price point and it has a ton of features which are to may to list here. I purchased the jacket for use in temperature of 25F to 35F primarily for entertainment and transportation hopping. It has a removable hood which was essential for my intended use. I was looking for a product that had the technical fabrics that provide wind and waterproof shell plus the added insulation needed to supplement the lack of base layer. I planned to wear it with a light collard shirt or a t-shirt and nothing more. In this configuration the jacket was warm but a little cold in the arms. I tested it in weather ranging from 20F to 30F in wind and snow. It worked ok but I was not happily with the overall warmth of the coat and sent it back. With a fleece base layer the coat performed impeccably. It seems to be built for a little more active use rather than the sedentary lifestyle I had intended to use the Jacket for. It was a tough decision to return it but with the help of Backcountry the return was seamless. The fit was right on, for those who are not as fit as those seen in the outdoor catalogs. The only other issue was the zipper seemed to be a little light for the active nature of the Jacket . I would liked to see a sturdier zipper for the hurried nature of removing the coat and replacing it in situations where one would adjust the base layers for an active sport such as skiing. Finding the zipper with gloves was a bit difficult but I would think that with practice it would become second nature just something I would rather not fiddle with in high winds and driving snow. Overall it would be great product for the intended use of an active lifestyle with great movement and the ability to layer without the added bulk. I would recommend the Stormbound Jacket to those who use it in a planned activity and have a base layer system they are currently using.

4 5

The swiss army knife of winter jackets

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

This jacket is a fully featured snowsports tank. It has an insulated hood, built in balaclava, removable powder skirt, recco, and pockets up the wazoo.

I was expecting it to be a little bit warmer when I ordered it, than it actually is, but once you are moving it's pretty perfect. If you're always cold like me, I would probably wear a mid layer underneath, when you're less than mobile.

Fits pretty standard to other OR jackets, with room to layer underneath.

3 5

Nice jacket but sizing can be tricky.

  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
  • Fit: Runs large

I picked this jacket because it has the tech features of a nice, quality ski jacket but also has down on the inside to keep me warm! I ordered the black one thinking I was getting a solid black color, and when I received it I was pleasantly surprised that it looks like a really dark grey with hints of black. It looks really good.

The hood has a small bill on it for those wondering. Something I am not overly fond of because they always seem to get bent out of shape.

I am 5'10", 160 pounds and the medium was too big. It was long in the back and pretty full in the mid-section which could have something to do with the "relaxed fit." I sent it back and I am still in search of a great ski jacket. I may come back to this one in a small in the future.

4 5

Solid, Light, and Toasty

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

I've used this jacket for two seasons and I am very happy with the performance. This jacket has kept me toasty in some very extreme lows, and has stayed dry through cold rainstorms and blizzards. I have yet to have this jacket fail me. The pullout balaclava is clutch. That thing has been there to save my neck (literally) many times. The jacket is very light and can pack very tight. The outer shell is very rugged and has handled some pretty nasty crashes.

What I dislike about the jacket is the overall fit. Since its down, it feels bulky sometimes. Also, the pit zips use tiny zippers so they are difficult to open or close solo. The pass holder is kinda pointless- if you put your pass in it, you have to open the jacket to retrieve. Also, the elastic is so short, you can barely pull the thing out. It would be nicer if they used a downward facing pocket with a pull tab. Also, the hood does not fit well over my POC helmet, a little more height would be nice, although I only use the hood on the really nasty days.

The best part of this jacket it the infinity guarantee: No questions asked returns thru the company for the life of the jacket. Great peace of mind there. Overall, a great jacket, and my go to layer when weather gets nasty.

5 5

Perfect Jacket

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

After a long search, I finally found the ski jacket I was looking for. I thought the Patagonia Powder Bowl was going to be the answer, but it ended up having some serious functional flaws. On the other hand, this OR jacket seems to have been designed with functional requirements in mind.

1) the shell is adaptive and moves well with your body

2) the hood fits over my RED Avid helmet easily, allows me to zip up the collar, and provides a bit of head movement

3) has all the usual tech: fully taped seams, water resistant zippers, down, removable powder skirt, etc.

4) bonus: removable built-in balaclava

5) seems like it's configured to allow you to "batten down the hatches" on a cold snowy day, or stay cool on a warm day if you just wear a base-layer, unzip everything, and remove components (balaclava, snow skirt)

In my opinion the jacket has a great cut. It doesn't pull on my shoulders, but still conforms to my frame. It's also very cozy; I feel like I'm wearing a hoodie. I tried the grey color on and liked it, but ended up getting the blue instead.

As I was reading jacket reviews for Outdoor Research, Patagonia, Mountain Hardware, etc., I found this criteria from a reviewer on the Patagonia site: I want to "put [the jacket] on and forget that I am wearing it". The Stormbound jacket meets this requirement 100% and remains fully functional, so I highly recommend it.

5'11" 145lbs with broad shoulders: size small (medium was too baggy, small is just right)

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Update: I used the jacket this weekend at Stowe. Temps were in the 20's with wind/snow. I was comfortable with just a light baselayer and stayed warm and dry. I felt very mobile in the jacket. The mesh gear pockets are very useful when you get back to the lodge. The thumb loops were a nice surprise, and I ended up using them all weekend. I also tried out the balaclava while it was snowing. My gaiter-clad friends were complaining of cold faces, but I was very comfortable. One complaint is concerning the excessive number of feathers stuck to my baselayer when I removed the jacket. I hope this situation improves with usage. I'm still really pleased with this jacket.

Update 2: I used the jacket for 7 days in Colorado. Again I was impressed with how warm I stayed when my friends were cold. I also got to test the jacket out in 45 degree weather. With a baselayer and the pit zips open I was very comfortable. The jacket continues to shed feathers leading to jokes about avian moulting.

5 5

Great light weight and warm jacket

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought this jacket 4 months ago. Since then I've stayed perfectly warm in -5�F w/ windchill with only a base layer and this jacket. I've also stayed comfortable working outside on sunny 35� days. (thanks to the pit zips) The waterproofing has worked great and I've had no issues with getting wet, even after washing the jacket.
Pros: Warm, waterproof, comfortable, SUPER light weight, looks great, hood and arms are down filled.
Cons: Pit zips are a little difficult to open without help, there's no mesh in pit zips, they're just wide open,You can feel the pull out balaclava inside the jacket when sitting in a chair (not horrible but it's there), every once in a while I find a feather that got out.

Best jacket I've owned by far.

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I have this jacket as well...but I havent felt the balaclava when sitting. I did notice you need to pack it in the compartment right or it will be bunched up.

Stormbound Jacket

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Molly Baker takes you through the features of the Men's and Women's Stormbound Jacket