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What did you always wish your down jacket had? An insulated hood?

Pull out the lightweight, packable Outdoor Research Transcendent Hoody Down Jacket when your multi-day ski tour reaches another nice, but cold, spot for setting up camp. The 650-Fill down holds your precious heat close as the alpenglow foreshadows the piss-freezing temps to come, and since it fills the adjustable hood you don’t have to haul around two or three hats to keep your brain warm and functional.

  • Brushed tricot collar prevents further chin deterioration from the cold, dry wind
  • Stretch cuffs keep the blowing snow out of your sleeves as you attempt to right your name in the snow or set up a belay before dawn
  • Small baffles extend the warmth and lifetime of the hoody by keeping the down in place
  • The whole hoody stuffs into one hand pocket for cramming into an already bulging pack

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4 5

As advertized

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: True to size

Keeps me warm and is light weight... think I like it.

5 5

great down hoodie at a great price

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

great price point (got it on sale) especially compared to some other the other makers

5 5

Great jacket! Warm and packable

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

I bought the Patagonia nanopuff as well as this OR Transcendent. I returned the Nanopuff and kept the Transcendent for a few reasons:
1) Overall, the Transcendent is much, much warmer. The nanopuff is VERY thin and you can feel it. The Transcendent keeps the chill off even into the low 30s with no shell, although the other side is that it's too warm in the upper 40s if you're hiking.
2) The fit of the Transcendent was better on my frame. I'm 6'4'', 175lb and the Transcendent is very nice. Long enough and trim without being baggy OR restrictive. Comparatively, the nanopuff was too small in the Medium (both too short and too skinny), and was really baggy in the Large.

The Transcendent is still very packable (down to about the size of a Nalgene) and for me the warmth is spot on. I wanted something that I could wear daily in the PNW winters and pack down to take backpacking with me for nights. It fit the bill!

The one downside is that it's true down so it won't insulate as well when wet.

5 5

great jacket

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

nice, lightweight jacket. fit is more on the trim size so doesn't work as a belay jacket if that is what you are looking for. great jacket and highly recommended

5 5

Great to work in!

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

I'm a professional cameraman who works in New England. I was given this jacket for Christmas this year and used it last week when covering a sporting event on the cold, windy and snowy slopes in Maine. The jacket is so thin but extremely warm. Very easy to move around in. Highly recommend!

5 5

Great Jacket

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

Great jacket, I took it out this weekend in subzero temps with just a T-shirt underneath and felt great.
Fit seems perfect to me. I'm 5'11", 165, and the M fits real well. Still room for a layer or two underneath.
Pockets are quite large, too.
No complaints, I'd recommend it and buy it again.

4 5

Almost famous

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've been oggling this jacket for over a year now.

The Good:
- it fits really nicely under a shell, or as a stand alone down jacket.
- the outer fabric feels a little more robust than those ultralight down jackets
- keeps me really comfortable... not too hot, and not too cold. just right.
-very wind resistant

The Not so Good:
- there's very little down in the arms. it could just be the one I got, but there are enough reviews out there to make the case that maybe there was a bad batch made. When I use this as an outter layer in 30-45F degree temps, while moving, my arms come back cold. I haven't had a jacket do this before. Under a shell, it's great.

Final Thought:
Outdoor Research is awesome. I like what they make and totally support their company. If they can become more consistant with their down filling/manufacturing, they would be making the best product out there.

Other OR gear I use: Mentor jacket, windproof beanie

Does this jacket have drawcords at the...

Does this jacket have drawcords at the bottom?

5 5

Quality and versatile...

My Transcendent Hoody in lg black has now seen 2 winter seasons in Missouri. I can say, I have worn this item over a tshirt in cool weather and felt great. Its small weight and packability make it something I take with me on all ventures. The fit is nearly perfect. I'm 6'2" and 170 and lg is great for versatility. I have noticed that if you have larger under-gloves the wrists are prone to stretch out slightly, and the bottom of the zipper has given me very minor issues when I zip in a rush. The adjustibility of this hoody makes it able to look like a sleek hoody I could wear to the bar, or cinch everything down, and your virtually weatherproof in the field. I used this hoody on a 40F degree day under chest waders fly fishing, lost my footing, and had to put an arm down to catch myself in the knee deep swift water. I thought, "OH NO! For sure the down is drenched, and I'm in for a cold walk to the car." To my surprise, the dunking was brief enough, and the hoody's dwr coating kept the brief exposure to submersion from soaking any water in. The hoody kept its loft. I would not choose to wear this jacket as an outer layer in a storm, but thats why this jacket is so versatile, it can be worn as a midlayer or outerlayer very easily. It would be nice if there were velcro on the inner pockets though.

5 5

Warm, light, stylish, a 10 in my opinion

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

5'11- 175 lbs , Large fits great with a little room left for those with a small gut, uni-ab or one-pack. I owned the Marmot Zeus for less than a year. The fabric was thin and continued to show signs of snagging after very little use. Feathers continued to peek through the jacket. I returned the Marmot to Backcountry (by the way, their service is second to none!)
Now that I have the Trancendent I didn't know what I was missing!
I took this jacket on a snowshoeing winter camp two days ago. I was able to spend the evening in it. I have spilled food on it and the fabric cleans very nicely. I love the micro fleece lined pockets, the overall feel and decided to wear it to bed in my bag since I sleep with my arms outside the bag at times. The adjustable hoody rocked as I cinched it down to my dome and retained heat well through out the night. I like the cool chest pocket that is well hidden and it has two large internal pockets big enough to fit an ipad in...not that you would.
Absolutely love this jacket! I love even more! They get me!

Responded on

Hi there. I am 5'-11", about 190 lbs...and need to lose a few of them! I have about a 44" chest, and I am waffling between a large and an XL. Can anybody offer up any advice on size? I wouldn't mind layering a little underneath, but not heavy layers. Thank you for your help!!!

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Also...Is the finish on this coat fairly matte...or is it shiny?

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Finish is not terribly shiny. If your waist is below 36 inches a large will work for you but this is a fitted garment so if you want to layer more or are at 36 or above get the xl. I'm 190 and 44 and the xl was my pick as I will be layering with baselayers or a shirt.

4 5

Great Puffy

  • Gender: Male

I'm 5'7", 140lbs and I wear a small. Bought it to use on cold days hiking, belaying, and just... for cold days. A base layer and the jacket will keep me warm enough, especially if I'm active. Add a mid-layer/thin fleece layer and you'll be plenty warm. Took me a little bit to find that stow-away pocket, so look for a pocket with an inner zipper tab. With the hoodie, its the right hand warmer pocket. Basically stuff it into the pocket from the inside out.

Like some other reviewers my jacket lost some fill in the first month, but I haven't seen any loss recently. Overall, great down jacket!


How durable is the fabric? I've got...


How durable is the fabric? I've got bad experiences with Pertex Quantum GL fabric, which is a 10D fabric and can't be worn as an outer layer with anything on your back, no matter how light it is. In my experience plastic pieces of the straps will catch on the fabric, causing it to bubble-up.

The Transcendent-Line uses 20D, will it be considerably more durable than 10D? Will it cope with a light daypack? And how warm is it compared to 60g primaloft/ 200 fleece?


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I have the ladies version--the Aria--and have used it with a backpack and purse, carrying boxes, metal grid, and arm loads of metal things (work) and have yet to snag/rip the exterior of my jacket.

Also, yes, it will be just as warm as 60g of primaloft. However, sweater-weight down has a wider comfort range than either fleece or primaloft--down breaths better so you can wear it in warmer situations, AND will be just as warm as as 60g of primaloft.

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Thanks for your quick reply!

After some research I learned that the Transcendent Sweater has 100g fillweight of down. I think the hoody will be the same and I hope that it will be a lot warmer than my 60g Primaloft (down is supposed to be warmer at the same weight?) which I am looking to replace with something warmer.

Can anyone confirm this?

3 5


I love this thing! super warm and it fits well.5'10" 160lbs and I rock a medium and have no complaints.

5 5

Fantastic Puffy

Thanks to the folks at OR for making a killer puffy. I love the cut, color (i have red), hood, thickness, and lightweight construction. I wear this mostly in the fall / winter / sprint as a external jacket to and from the office and out and about. When I first started wearing this I received a ton of compliments to the point that it was almost awkward. You will love this puffy if your looking for something stylish and comfy.

I need a size recomendation. I am 6' 0"...

I need a size recomendation. I am 6' 0" and weigh 190lbs. I usually wear large, but sometimes xl. Any thoughts?

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I'm 5'8" and 140 lbs. I am usually between a small and a medium. I sized down for this and it's perfect. I have a long torso for my height. I would bet on the large.

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I am 5'11", 230#s and have the XL. You might be better off with a large, depending how you want to utilize it. I like to layer, which is why I went for an XL.

I am 6 ft 6 and was wondering if it runs...

I am 6 ft 6 and was wondering if it runs long? Anyone recommend a size for giant size people like me or possibly recommend a different down jacket that comes in tall sizes?

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Can I recommend the First Ascent line of down jackets at eddie bauer's website. Eddie bauer is the last retailer I think about when looking for good gear, but their new First Ascent stuff is fantastic. Best of all, they sell a TALL option for almost all of their down jackets.

5 5

Best puffy!

this is the best puffy i have ever worn. dont be deceived by its size, this jacket provides plenty of warmth while fitting better than any other. the slim fit works great for climbers so that it doesnt get in the way while you belay or spot.

3 5

Not as warm as other comparable jackets

I bought this jacket to replace a Patagonia Down Sweater Hooded puff. The specs are the same on the jackets, it is cheaper, and OR makes great gear, so it seemed like a no brainer. However, I have been disappointed. The fill is not quite as lofty and the seams have bigger stitching meaning more drafts.
All around the jacket is not as warm, like 10 degrees colder. The fit is great and the fleece pocket lining is bonus.

I need a size recommendation. I'm 5'10",...

I need a size recommendation. I'm 5'10", 145 lbs, chest 37.5 and waist 31 inches respectively. I'm slim and my torso and arms are normal length for my size. Would I need a small or a medium? I think I fall right between the sizes according to the charts. Anyone out there with a similar build who owns this jacket?

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Hey Mika, I'm 6'0, 135, a 30" waist and a 20" torso and I went with a medium. It fit great in the arms and torso length. It was a tad bit baggy in the width of the torso region, but as expected. But as a layering piece it wasn't too bulky and I could wear a sweater underneath if needed as well.
I hope this helps.

with this being 650 down, are the feathers...

with this being 650 down, are the feathers pretty thick? I cant stand when they poke my arms

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You will be fine with this jacket and you won't feel the feathers at all.

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I have the ladies' version, the Aria, and I do not notice any feathers. 650 Down is mostly down clusters (the fluffy stuff under the feathers on a bird) and not feathers. You don't really get larger proportion of feathers mixed with down until you get to 550 fill.