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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
    • Item #ODR0686

    Tech Specs

    [shell] 20D recycled ripstop polyester, [lining] taffeta
    650-fill down
    yes, full-time
    2 hand, 1 chest
    Claimed Weight
    15.6 oz
    Recommended Use
    alpine climbing, hiking & camping
    Manufacturer Warranty

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    Swagger Stuffed Into It's Own Bagger

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

    Like long walks on the chilly northern California Coast? Yep, I do. How bout sitting around a high sierra lake at dusk, pondering deep thoughts while basking in nature's glory? Sign me up. Enjoy a chilly morning/evening around a campfire? Most certainly. I'll tell you what I don't like though, that's being so cold my teeth are chattering and I have to keep moving to make sure my blood is still circulating. This jacket has been my answer to a more enjoyable experience for all the questions above. Lightweight, true to size as far as I am concerned and WARM!!! Love this thing, it goes just about everywhere with me and for a down jacket, it's pretty stylish, or at least that's what I tell myself. From sea to land, to concrete jungles like Seattle in February... this jacket delivers a comfortable core temp every time. Fairly compact when stuffed into it's own pocket and can double as a pillow in the backcountry. The longer cut keeps the lower back covered no matter what position you're in as well. They did good with this one. I won't say it's ultralight, as there are other options that are definitely lighter, but it's light enough to the point that it's not a burden. Stay warm with swagger, I'm sure nature will notice.

    Swagger Stuffed Into It's Own Bagger

    Sizes are weird, but a great coat.

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: Runs small
    • Size Bought: Medium

    Long story short, the large was too big and the medium is a touch too small.

    I'm 6' tall, 166 pounds and a fairly lean athletic build. My chest is 37.5", my wast is 32" and my arm length shoulder to wristbone is 25".

    I bought the coat to layer on top of, and maybe a thin layer under.

    I originally purchased a large. For me, it was just too baggy. When I pulled out the chest it stuck out over a foot. When wearing it zipped up, it bulged out in the front. I wanted something slim that won't get in the way, so I exchanged it for a medium. Thanks to, the exchange was easy and quick!

    So I got the medium and tried it on, overall it fits just right, almost. When I move my arms forward, it binds around the upper back the way a too small garmet will. The cuff is just about perfect if not a touch short. When I reach overhead, there's no binding, but If it was tucked in to say, a harness, you would feel it bind.

    So, I'm going to keep it as I don't want to go back to the baggy large. But I'm just a bit dissapointed in Ooutdoor Research. You'd think that with their experience they'd have these things diled in. and the size chart would put me right int he medium zone. Oh well. Other than those things, it seems perfect. It compresses in to it's own pocket to a "semi-small" size. It has a clip loop and I could see climbing with it clipped to my harness, but it's on the larger end for that purpose.

    The pic is of the medium.

    Hope my review can help you out!

    Sizes are weird, but a great coat.

    Hey Toby, thank you for taking the time to write. Sizing is so hard sometimes! I don't hear this feedback much about this jacket, but I will be sure to pass on your comments about the sizing to the designers at OR. Feedback like this helps OR get even better!

    Thanks again,

    OR Rep

    Nice, but...

    • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
    • Fit: Runs small
    • Size Bought: Large

    ...the fit is tight through the chest. I have 3 other OR jackets, 2 down (Megaplume and Virtuoso), and one shell, and large fits well (43" chest, 34" waist). Not this one though. The jacket feels like they sewed large arms onto a medium body. Other than that, the fit and finish appeared up to OR's usual high standards. Returning it today, thanks BC!

    Poor craftmanship

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

    I'm 6' 3", 180lbs, have the medium. It's a great lightweight jacket that withstands the mild winters of Chicago (until about 0 degrees Fahrenheit).

    5 months in, though, and the second seam on one of the sleeves on the inner side has already torn. I'm not jumping through thickets and such. It either tore on the teeth of the pocket and/or it's just cheap.

    Luckily it has a lifetime warranty.

    So Far Amazing

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

    Okay so I have only used it for two days while winter camping, but so far I really love this jacket. Light, packs small, and keeps you plenty warm. I love that it packs into its own pocket, great design feature. The pockets are big, and the fleece lining makes them that much warmer. Love the inside storage pockets as well. Very large for your beanie and gloves. I would recommend this jacket to anyone who is looking for a good all around puffy.

    Great jacket! Warm and packable

    • 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.

    m also 6'3" and 180lb and love this jacket. I have a L and it fits perfectly. Sleeves and body are long enough. Body is narrow enough to allow for layering underneath but not so big that it's a parachute when I have only a t-shirt on under it.

    I wish more companies would understand that their customers aren't all short stocky people.

    I tried about 10 different companies' microlight jackets and this was the only one that fit. Even the Rab Microlight hoody was too short in the body and Rab is usually pretty good at making longer, narrower products

    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!

    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.

    Almost famous

    • 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

    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.

      Warm, light, stylish, a 10 in my opinion

      • 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!

      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!!!

      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.

      Great Puffy

        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!

        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.

          Hi! 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?


          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.

          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?

          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?

          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?

          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.

          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?

          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

          I'm 6'2" and 185. i sometimes wear medium...

          I'm 6'2" and 185. i sometimes wear medium and sometimes large. My patagonia synchilla is a medium and fits great. But I have a mountain hardware fleece lined soft-shell that's a large and it seems to fit the same. What size do you recommend?

          Best Answer

          Hey Dan, I just picked up one of these yesterday. I'm pretty much the exact same measurements as you (6'3" 185lbs) and have the normal long arms that go with the frame. The medium fits *perfectly*. It fits through the body (unlike my Patagonia Down Sweater) and has great length in the arms and width across the shoulders. Hope that helps!

          i've always bought synthetic in the past,...

          i've always bought synthetic in the past, but am strongly considering this down jacket... now my main concern is wind retention and water-resistane. how windproof and water resistant is it? the patagonia equivalent advertises a "windproof and water-resistant polyester shell". how does this one add up in those departments? thanks!

          Best Answer


          The exterior fabric of this jacket is very similar to the Patagonia version--very wind resistant and water-resistant. I would not go so far as to say that either jacket is windproof, though... Wherever there is a seam, you'll have a little leak. Highly wind-resistant, yes. Wind-proof, no.

          But aside from that misrepresentation, they are very comparable jackets.

          I would like to know a temperature range...

          I would like to know a temperature range for this jacket

          Gosh, there really aren't temperature ratings for garments... However, depending on how warm or cold you run, and depending on what you are doing (sitting on your butt belaying or skinning up the mountain...) you should think of this piece as a "system" piece. It can be by itself, but is light and thin enough to layer. It stuffs into a small ball (a stuff sack is included)and is great to have in your pack at all times in the colder months. If you need something warmer, try the OR Virtuoso Jacket or the Maestro Jacket. Those are big and huge and are great stand alone pieces. Hope this helped!

          I have the OR Mentor in Medium, how does...

          I have the OR Mentor in Medium, how does this run? Should I get it in M or L? Would be used under the mentor over a base layer, or if it was way cold (doubt it would come to this) over a midweight fleece with a mentor over this again. Thanks.

          Please recommend a suitable size for my...

          Please recommend a suitable size for my body
          I want to wear clothes to fit just
          I wear size S is also a?
          I'm 5'8" / 153 / 30waist

          I just bought this a couple weeks ago and...

          I just bought this a couple weeks ago and it has been losing a few pieces of down a day. Is this normal?

          Best Answer

          Yes, sometimes the individual feathers poke through thin fabric like this and "escape". This happens with most if not all down jackets, and isn't a huge problem.

          If you are able to push them back in instead of pulling them through, do so. If they insist on coming out, try to wiggle the fabric behind them to close the hole between the threads they escaped from. This will help prevent more down from escaping from the same place.

          Does anyone know if this has an inside...

          Does anyone know if this has an inside pocket? It's a deal breaker for me and the pictures make it seem like there is one, but it's not listed under the specs. Also, if there is an inside pocket, is it large enough for a pair of gloves? Thanks guys.

          Is the hood helmet compatible? It looks...

          Is the hood helmet compatible? It looks to be a close call from the video.