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Not just a warm down jacket, but an accomplice to big mountain domination.
- Pertex Endurance shoulder and arm panels feature a water-resistant breathable membrane and withstand abuse as you swing axes and set ice screws into a glacier
- Two-way zipper allows access and ventilation from both ends
- Articulated elbows don’t stretch as you take Grandpa steps up the last corniced ridge with your axe as a cane
- Insulated, helmet-compatible hood adjusts to fit your head with two slide-lock pulls
- Brushed tricot collar prevents further chin deterioration from the cold, dry wind
- The whole jacket stuffs into one hand pocket for cramming into an already bulging pack or using as a pillow
- Elastic cuffs with hook-and-loop tabs and dual drawcord hem adjusters let you seal yourself up against the wind and drifting snow
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- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
- Fit: True to size
What can I say about this jacket? Decent sizing, decent material, proven use (K. Dempster on Mt. Edgar)...one problem...650 fill. I would argue this would be the best down puffy on the market if OR used 800+ fill. It really has everything otherwise. If you are going to rely on down for insulation, you are assuming certain vulnerabilities. Amidst those vulnerabilities, you should maximize the insulation value for the weight you are carrying. That is accomplished with using 800+ fill. This one is so close.............. If you are going to use anything less than 800+ fill for technical applications, you may as well go with a high end synthetic.
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Fit: True to size
I have had this for 2 seasons of winter mountaineering. Its latest test was on the summit of Mount Washington, NH in -40F with 50MPH winds. I didn't feel a thing. While my less than prepared compatriots shivered. I was able to stay still, after climbing the 4000 feet from Pinkham, on the summit for an hour before I started to get cold, and even then I blame my legs for this. This jacket is awesome for cold, sedate activities like cold belays and enjoying your top out...
My Go to Winter Coat
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
This jacket is truly worth the money and I will buy it again and again. It fits comfortably and is warm! I wear this when it is 20 degrees F or colder and does surprising well even in extremely windy conditions. Down does come out of the jacket, but no more than any other down jacket.
Cuffs have Velcro straps, so you can adjust accordingly, 2 hand pockets, 2 chest pockets, inside and out (for phone or ipod), and 1 large interior pocket as shown in the pictures above. The hood has 3 cords to tighten for those windy days and waist drawcord. As noted above, the zipper is a 2-way and if you are not use to it, it can be a bugger at times, but don't fret, it works great once you figure it out! Once it is zipped all the way up, there is a soft patch to cover the zipper, so it doesn't hurt your face, nice touch!
I bought the XL (5'11" & 230#) and it fits superb! Note that I have used this jacket in rough conditions; working outside, lifting items, -50 degree F weather, heavy wet snow...all the while this jacket still holds up and hasn't torn or gotten me wet. You will love this purchase and not be disappointed. I also own the OR Transcendent Down Jacket, but that is worn when it is too warm for the Virtuoso.
I am looking to purchase a heavier winter...
I am looking to purchase a heavier winter jacket. Basically, I need a decent belay jacket for belaying (duh) and staying warm before I give a project another go. I'm wondering about the sizing. I am not looking to wear just a t-shirt underneath but I don't want it so large that it loses a lot of the heat retention. I am 5'7 135-140 with average arm length for my height.
Are you on the cusp typically between Small and Medium? This jacket has a fairly roomy cut so if you are looking to lightly layer underneath it, you should be fine going with your normal size--and if you're on the cusp, the smaller size.
If you're planning to spend a day or days in the backcountry, this is the perfect weapon to have. The virtuoso packs up super small, lightweight, and incredibly comfortable to put on after a day of ski touring, climbing...or ice skating and fishing.
Outer material is very strong and I have had no problems with it ripping. I am 6' and about 175lbs and the medium fits me perfect. The hood is a great addition to get the added warmth covering your neck and head.
The Virtuoso is a great choice!
Very impressed with this jacket, I have had other old school down jackets, they were heavy and did not compress well. This thing compresses into its own pocket and makes a nice pillow. Incredibily warm and when I took it out into a mild rain we were having, it just beaded up and did not soak through. Good baffle construction thoughout other than the seam right under each arm, which is smart thinking for a heat dump. No real snow skirt, but does have draw cords at the waist to tighten it down. Runs pretty true to size. 5'11" at 190 pounds 32 waist and 45.5 chest, I ordered XL, I like a bit of room and longer sleeves. Hate it when I put a pack on and the sleeves shorten up 2 inches. The more I look at it, the more impressed at the design. The one negative is now my wife wants one.
I'm super happy with this Jacket, its exactly as billed a 650 fill down jacket. Want something lighter? Pay for the 800 fill. Packs down small, and keeps you warm enough to be able to enjoy a winter summit for extended periods of time. The zipper as stated by another reviewer can take some getting used too.
If I were to change one thing about this jacket, or make on recommendation to OR it would be about the hand pockets. I realize it's not designed for "around town use" but sometimes I want to throw it on if I have to walk a few blocks down the the post office or something. The hand pockets lack any fleece lining. My hands are so much cozier in the fleece lined pockets of my lighter, synthetic jacket, but that jacket just doesn't cut it in winter.
i am 5'8" 165 muscular build should i go...
i am 5'8" 165 muscular build should i go with the large or medium?
Depends how you want to wear it. If just over that softshell you asked for sizing on, then get a medium. If you want to put a ton of stuff below it, get a large.
This jacket has a larger cut for fitting over your layers. So if you are on the verge of large vs medium go with the medium for a snugger fit with out losing any heat with the baggy fig
Back and camp
Wore just my jacket (no shirt underneath) until we hit the tent at around 9pm. It got down to about 20F, and I was totally warm.
Stuffed into the pocket
zippered inner pocket on right side.
large dump pocket
inner dump pocket
Warm, comfortable, versitile
I had mixed opinions of this jacket at first. The biggest problem for some with this jacket is the zipper. As a belay jacket it has two zippers to open bottom for ropes. I myself don't need this feature but I must tell you it will take you a few break in times & patience to get use to zipping this jacket up. The first few days I hated it, it was very difficult to zip. Now it's just like any other jacket, I don't even think about it, but if you have a short fuse or time is an issue for you, you probably will be really frustrated at first with this system. I'm usually a Mont-bell jacket kinda girl. They ROCK by the way!! Any way this jacket fits way larger than Mont-bell, so I had to exchange for a smaller size. The jacket it self is nice looking and I'd say a medium loft. The front chest pocket is a slanted design, like they took a square pocket and put the zipper right in the middle on an angle. So it takes getting use to to get thing in and out. The hand warmer pockets are great, both are very large like the inside drop pocket. And the jacket does stuff into the pocket for a pillow if needed. The inner left pocket is the large drop pocket and it is a mesh pocket, open design. On the right the inner pocket is up higher and is a small zippered pocket no large drop pocket on this side, kind of a wasted opportunity in my opinion. So in all there is 5 pockets total. It has the important waist drawcord and nice Velcro wrist closures. Nice soft fleece around collar with another great drawstring closure. The hood is very nice, as I am usually not a hood lover. It is helmet compatible, but snugs down tight which is great for me as a hiker as I don't use a helmet. It has very nice loop style drawstrings at the front of the hood and a rear drawstring to really be able to custom rap this hood around your head, best design I have seen. The hood itself is full of down, no dead spots on mine. The Pertex works very well as it was tested out in 40+ wind gusts at a temp of 18 degrees. It's warm only in a T-shirt and sweat jacket, not really the best base layer or insulating either. Also tried in just a T-shirt under neath it was warm but would not recommend for long term exposure. I'm totally confident in this jacket with proper base layer & maybe a good quality fleece vest or 1/4 zip you'd have no problem with it's warmth. I purchased the Blue/Black combo as I'm a blue fan, nice looking for a guys jacket. Which I usually purchase, as they are made better, tougher and don't hug my waist as I like to add layers. I'd say the fit is large and square shaped not really taped as it looks on the models body, nice as it is. :) sorry guys! I try and split duty of my hiking apparel with my job as it is outside all day and some of this gear is really kind of expensive, so far durability has not been and issue, no problems at all. I do have to say, it took a few wearings of this jacket to feel comfortable in it, as I'm a Mont-bell girl. But now, no way I'd send it back- it's just too warm and has great ability to adapt to my changing customizing needs. I also like the drop tail on this jacket, so when you bend over it stays down!! Outdoor Research's web site has great details as well. Under dispute with O.R. right now is they show it with 2 inner shove-it pockets, mine only has one, waiting to hear from them on this.
Specs: about 8.5 oz of 650 fill to = 240 grams.
weight 21.9 oz
Pros: comfortable & soft
1 large dump pocket inside
customizable hood & collar
drawstring at waist
Cons: only 1 large inside dump pocket
chest & inner zip pocket weird shape
larger fit by at least 1 size compared to Mont-bell.
Bottom line: Money well spent!
what temp rating would you give this jacket?...
what temp rating would you give this jacket? with regular t shirt under it.
Very subjective as folks core temps regulate differently, but I have been comfy with mine down to 5 with nothing more than a light tee and the hood up. Keep in mind - good gloves, pants, boots, etc. will affect greatly how warm you stay.
The jacket is super warm, fits perfectly, I love the chest pocket, and I love the over all looks. Would be a 5 star rating, but the zipper is one of those that you always have to fight to get started. It's sticky, and I have to mess with it a lot to get it going. It seems to be breaking in and getting a little easier as I wear it more and more, but it's annoying. Maybe it's just my specific jacket, as I haven't seen any other complaints about it. Anyway, all in all a wicked warm jacket.
just under 5'10 and around 180 (I know,...
just under 5'10 and around 180 (I know, hit the treadmill fatty) and am wondering what size to get. Have the Mentor in M which is a nice techincal fit and doubt that this would ever fit underneath, well maybe but it would loose a lot of loft. Should i get a M or L to fit over everything for those times when I am standing around freezing?
My buddy who is a big OR guy and about your size goes with the large.
And by BIG, I mean he really likes this brand.....
how would this compare to the mountain...
how would this compare to the mountain hardwear sub zero jacket or absolute zero jacket. Would i be able to use this as a down external jacket?
In insulation value this should be similar to the Sub-Zero. This jacket has at water-repellant finish so, personally I would be comfortable wearing it as an external layer as long as the danger of getting really wet is minimal. It won't previde the same protection as a shell (hard or soft) but should repel snow and light precipitation.
Does this jacket have a pretty matte finish...
Does this jacket have a pretty matte finish or shiny? Did the older model have more of a shiny finish? I am looking for the grey one but BC does not carry it. Thanks.
This jacket is a little more matte--more matte on the shoulders, with a tad more shine through the body but not by much. I do not know about older models having more shine. If you are interested in the grey color, chat with a bc.com guru as they are more likely to give you answers on restocking certain colors in a little more timely manner...
Virtuose Down Jacket
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