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Outdoor Research Virtuoso Down Jacket - Women's

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    14 Reviews


    Like wearable down bedding that fits in your pack.

    You might get cold in the Sierras unless you are geared up in the Women’s Virtuoso Down Jacket from Outdoor Research. The 650-fill down holds body heat in so you stay nice and toasty, and you can seal out cold air by cinching the dual hem drawcord and tightening the hook-and-loop cuff tabs. The entire jacket compresses into one of the hand pockets so you have a compact, packable jacket that doubles as a down-filled pillow when sleepy time comes around.
    • Pertex Endurance fabric on the shoulders and arms creates a protective roof that keeps moisture off easily soaked areas
    • Fully insulated hood is adjustable and fits easily over a helmet
    • Articulated elbows make movement easier so you keep full range of motion even though you are bundled up big-time
    • The ultralight 20D ripstop shell is made from recycled materials to save resources and ease stress on the environment
    • Item #ODR0668

    Tech Specs

    [body] 20D recycled ripstop polyester, [sleeves] 30D Pertex Endurance
    650-fill down
    Center Back Length
    27 in
    [external] 2 handwarmer, 1 chest, [internal] 2 stash
    Claimed Weight
    18.6 oz
    Recommended Use
    hiking & camping, casual
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    Great Jacket

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

    Purchased for my hikes in England during winter.
    First off lightweight, compact excellent for traveling.
    It Runs just a tiny bit bigger but not enough to go one size down , so it was true to my size .
    It kept me very warm on cold and windy days.
    Love the color and got tons of compliments.(Mulberry)
    It was a great buy. And needless to say Backcountry delivered at warp speed. Thank you :)

    Great Jacket and Infinitely Replaceable!

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

    I love this jacket. I bought my first Virtuoso prior to working a winter leading backpacking in S. Utah. The Virtuoso + a second down jacket were my nighttime layering system for winter camping. Now I live in Denver, and the Virtuoso is all I usually need layer-wise. Every now and then, when it's like single digits I'll slip on a mid-layer underneath for added warmth.

    It's durable, relatively windproof, and I like the cut because it's not overly form-fitting (5'8" 125 lbs, B cup, Size S Virtuoso). Outdoor Research offers an infinite guarantee on their gear and it's super easy to use this. You call, put the old piece in a box and get a new one. I lost some teeth on my zipper about 1.5 years in to owning it, plus my jacket smelled rank after that long using it as field gear, so I had a new one sent out last spring. I love my new one even more than my previous one.

    Cons on this jacket are minor: It sheds feathers sometimes, although my newer Virtuoso doesn't as much, the hood pulls some when you have hands in pockets and hood on.

    A Must Have Puffy!

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

    I bought this jacket a few months ago and LOVE it. I'm 5'8, 135, and ordered a small which fits great. The jacket is super warm, which is a MUST for the winters where I live (Montana). It is also really packable which makes it easy to throw into my pack when I'm out hiking, etc. I would highly recommend this jacket to anyone in search of a nice puffy. I couldn't imagine a single better feature.

    Great Puffy at a Great Price.

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: Runs large

    Picked this jacket up for use at work in the Northwest Territories as well as for backcountry ski missions in BC. I have worn it at night in the Nevada desert and have even worn it on a -27C run outside for 2.5 hours in light to moderate winds. It keeps me warm and toasty! Cuts the wind better than I expected for how light it is. I am an athletic 5'3" and 190lbs and the XL is big enough in the torso for extra layers. The length is perfect and there is a bit of a flap to cover your bum.

    I also love that it compresses down to the size of a large sweet potato.

    Functioning Warmth: Not a Cutesy Puffy

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: Runs large

    Although the Virtuoso does run a little large (it's not going to fit you like a cute micro puffy that you'll want to wear in town), this jacket is reliably warm, which matters a lot if you're going on a long tour or backcountry camping mission and need to be confident that you'll have a layer that you can wear in the tent/around camp without freezing. I've had this jacket on a number of missions and I am always relieved that I have it in my pack. Plus, the extra room assures that you can fit extra layers under the jacket. The Virtuoso is the warmest puffy I own. And it's less than $300!

    Warmth without the high $$$

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    The Virtuoso offers great warmth for the money. The fit is perfect and the fleece in the collar is a welcome touch! The hood is there when I need it and the shoulder fabric is super water resistant, so a drizzle or wet snow doesn't affect me!

    Didn't Make the Cut

    • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

    This is a fine puffy and I'm sure would work well for many ladies. I bought this for my wife. She's 5'2" and 115lbs. She's small up top and quite petite. The issue was fit. We tried the X-SMALL but it was big around the shoulders and just looked wrong. She ended up going with the Marmot Jena Down Jacket in an X-SMALL. It's super cute and the cut is perfect. I was bummed about this because I personally have the OR Trancendent Hooded Down Jacket and it's amazing. I wouldn't own another puffy as the fit, construction and quality is fantastic. Bummed this one didn't work out.

    Winter Life in Tasmania :)

      ah well my only experience with OR has been my amazingly brave and tough Bivvy Bag (Alpine)... Just received this puffy from heaven and its impeccably made, just what i had hoped from OR, thanks guys :)

      Feedback: Please stop making your top end gear in China? It makes me sick, id happily spend the extra money to support USA labour.

      If not, please provide fair trade/ work reports for consumers or Video footage of your factories so we can see how well looked after these people are. I have so much pleasure from wearing it, i'm hoping its not effecting someone else's life adversely. Cheers!

      Best jacket ever, and wonderful customer service

        I bought the 2008 version of this jacket from this site. It was a fantastic jacket and kept me warm through 3 Wisconsin winters. I used it as my daily commuting jacket and as my downhill skiing jacket on the extra cold days. I am pretty cold natured but still have to leave this jacket unzipped until it is below 20 or so degrees. Unfortunately, it fell off of a coat hook at work and somebody opened the door on top of it, ripping a hole in the sleeve. Wish I had a more epic tale than that, but anyway, I called OR to see what I could do about all the down falling out and one week later I am the proud owner of a brand new version of my jacket! They completely stood behind their product. The only charge was the cost of shipping my old jacket in to OR ($10). The new version is lighter in weight and not as bulky, but seems just as warm. The fabric is also softer. I like that it folds up into it's own pocket and I like the new design of the hood which would still fit around a helmet, but doesn't seem quite as big or look as goofy as the old version. I was delighted with this coat before, and now it is even better. I am also completely loyal to OR now that I have found their customer service to be so fantastic.

        Feeling a little down...

          I love OR gear... really I do. I bought this jacket for my partner and in most regards it lives up to the high standards we've come to expect. The fit is great, it's warm and light and the fact that it packs into its own pocket to make a pillow is awesome.

          However, the main material is perhaps too light... it's obviously not strong/durable enough because it's already losing down faster than a moulting duck!

          Overall, a really nice jacket let down by one poor choice of materials.

          Awesome Down Jacket!

            I used the Virtuoso as my belay jacket this ice climbing season and I stayed warm and amazingly dry. You get warmth without feeling bulky. The jacket is rugged and still looks great after a season of hanging out with sharp, pointy objects! I like being able to cinch down the waist and seal the wrists with the drawcord and cuff tabs. I also love the dual zippers that allow me to zip up the bottom of the jacket while I am belaying. The Virtuoso also looks great as a warm "around the town" down jacket. My jacket is a *true* medium with plenty of room left for layers.

            Great coat!

              Just got it in today andI was very impressed with the quality and warmth. Havn't tried it in any super cold weather yet, but am confident it will do well. Only complaint is that it wasn't as form fitting as I expected. However, I am 5'9", 125 and ordered a medium. I plan on exchanging it for a small. Love the length in the body!! Also, being able to stuff it into the attached hand pocket is pretty cool.

              What's the back length on an XS?

              I want to buy this for my daughter who is 5'5", 150 lbs and wears a size 8. Which size? And is this coat good for skiing? Thanks!

              Best Answer

              I would try the large size first. Although i wear a size 6 and the medium is roomy, you also do not want a too tight fit.

              I have not used it for skiing only for casual and hiking , consistently with the recommended use. Great jacket. Hope this helps.

              What size do you recommend for me? I am...

              What size do you recommend for me? I am 5'8" and 150lbs, with long arms. Also, I am in Alaska and will need to layer underneath. I would normally get a Large to allow for layering but I am conflicted as a lot of reviews say this jacket runs Large. Your advice would be greatly appreciated.

              Is the hood removable?

              Is the hood removable?

              No it is not. But it is a stand up collar with an articulated hood--the hood is joined to the collar at the base of the collar so you don't have to have the hood up in order to get some warmth around your neck and chin. Plus, the hood is a lot easier to pull up without unzipping the first 2-4".