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Ortovox Piz Bianco Insulated Jacket - Men's

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    5 Reviews


    Insulate with the benefits of wool.

    Taking its trust in wool outside of the limits of a baselayer, Ortovox implements wool in some way or another into every one of its garments. The Piz Bianco Insulated Jacket utilizes the temperature-regulating benefits of Swiss wool in an insulating layer that can be worn on its own or under a shell. The Swiss Virgin wool insulation helps regulate your body temperature while transporting moisture away from your body, making it ideal for high aerobic activities in cold and high environments commonplace to ski mountaineering and alpine touring. The nylon micro ripstop fabric readily resists tearing, and is fitted with a water-resistant membrane to protect from moisture. Its ergonomic fit helps to insulate and allows you wear a shell over this jacket when the weather turns foul. 

    • Nylon micro ripstop with water-resistant membrane
    • Virgin Swiss wool, synthetic fill insulation
    • Ergonomic fit
    • Adjustable hood
    • Adjustable waistband
    • 2 zippered hand, 1 zippered chest, 2 internal pockets
    • Item #ORT000F

    Tech Specs

    nylon micro ripstop
    88% wool, 12% polyactide
    2 zippered hand, 1 zippered chest, 2 internal
    Claimed Weight
    18.7 oz
    Recommended Use
    alpine touring, ski mountaineering
    Manufacturer Warranty
    5 years

    Tech Specs

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    Solid Jacket

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

    I used this jacket for snowboarding at Tahoe. It's warmer than the standard 60-80g synthetic insulated jackets but probably not as warm as a down jacket. Great fit and very comfortable. I used it in the 30's while it was snowing as a mid-layer and had no problems with warmth. It's not as breathable as my other jacket (BD First Light Hoody) but it's definitely warmer. Overall great jacket.

    A gift from the sheep heavens

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

    I love this jacket! It is my go to jacket for anything from windy spring nights to layering up and going skiing on the mountain. This jacket is not a waterproof jacket but it is water resistant so for light moisture it will handle it well and the wool insulates nicely even if it does get a little wet.

    As far as fit this jacket definately fits true to size but it is rather slim fitting. I normally get medium in jackets and can layer a fleece and some long sleeve layers but in this jacket I would have to size up if that was the fit I wanted. Since this jacket is not truly waterproof I went with a medium as I use it more as a mid layer on really cold and windy days when I need the best protection possible.

    One of my favorite parts about this jacket is the pockets. It has two hand pockets, 1 zippered chest on the inside and 1 on the outside and it also has a large velcro pocket on the inside that is large enough to fit a pair of ski gloves in so you never lose them if you have to take them off for whatever reason.

    Great jacket, would buy again for sure!

    Unreal Warmth And Quality

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


    I am 5'8", 145-150lbs I selected the size medium as I am in between a small and medium depending on the brand and fit.

    This jacket fit me perfectly. For comparison a small Patagonia nanopuff is my normal insulation layer and it fits slim, if not a little tight. The Piz Bianco is a more robust jacket than the nanopuff, but I find the fit to be perfect for me. Large enough to toss over a shell or layer while belaying, slim enough to fit under a shell if you want to use as a midlayer. It also fits under a harness well, even though it is a somewhat puffy jacket. This does have a slimmer Euro fit so if you are in between sizes I would recommend sizing up.


    As an insulation layer this thing is a heat factory. Living in the mild climate of the Wasatch, it's almost too much jacket for everyday backcountry skiing. However it is great for tossing on to quickly warm up at a belay station or lunch break.


    Two zippered hand. One chest. Two Internal. Pockets are easy to access and the external chest pocket is easy to use when wearing a pack. One large internal pocket with velcro closure keeps a water bottle warm. Zippered internal chest pocket holds a key, cash and cards.


    Zippers are often overlooked, but nothing is more frustrating than a zipper that doesn't€™ work smoothly or one that hangs up all of the time. All of the zippers worked flawlessly. They do zip from the opposite side compared to most other North American market jackets.


    Elastic band with pull closure on the back of hood for adjustability. Easy to operate with one hand. Small pull tab makes it a little harder to use with gloves on. Fits over a climbing helmet well, a little tight when putting over a smith Vantage helmet.

    Weather Resistance:

    Water resistant membrane sheds moisture really well. Water beaded up and ran off without soaking in. Obviously not fully waterproof, but I was pleasantly surprised at how well this performed in heavy snow fall.

    Unreal Warmth And Quality


    When you hold the item in hand you can tell the care and quality that went into constructing this item. I bashed my way through numerous scrub oak, alder, and willows trees and the outer fabric still looks brand new. So far I am really impressed with all aspects of the construction and durability.


    If you are looking for a super warm jacket for high altitude missions look no further. A little warm for day to day ski touring if you live in a somewhat mild climate, but I found myself reaching for this jacket to put in the pack more than any other jacket over the past month. I am blown away by the Swiss Wool and it has quickly Primaloft One as my insulation material of choice. Awesome job Ortovox!

    This is much warmer and thicker than a nanopuff, more similar in size(bulk, and weight) to the old Patagonia Micro Puff. However for its thickness the jacket packs down pretty small. I have no problem getting it into my 30L touring pack even when carrying mountaineering or glacier gear. Kind of hard to compare this to other non-down insulation jackets as it has performed so much better than most other jackets in this class. I would say to really find a comparable jacket you would have to look at a high quality down like the Arc'teryx Cerium. However the swisswool keeps insulating while warm unlike down. If you are thinking about picking this jacket up, don't hesitate. It is a killer item.

    Great Fit, Size Medium

    I am 5"8 145lbs

    this fits in between a small and a medium in most jackets. Great for those constantly in between sizes. Even fits well under a harness. Bunches up a little, but fits better with a harness than many other insulated jackets and easily much warmer than other jackets in this weight class.

    PC: Josh Gunter

    Great Fit, Size Medium

    Great Jacket

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

    I've had one of these for 2 years and it works really well! It blocks the wind really well, and has great mobility in the arms. I've used it around town as well as in the mountains as a layer for lunch/breaks.

    I'd buy this again


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

    I've only had this jacket about 2 weeks, but as Southern Californian living and working temporarily in Southern Ontario, Canada, I've been trying cold weather gear that I've just never needed to own before. Even though winter hasn't really set in yet (according to the locals), for me 30F and windy is...brutal. It's damp, too. That being said, my latest test has this jacket pitted against a very popular brand 850 down jacket. While this jacket isn't as light by maybe an ounce or so, the breathability, windproofness, and overall warmth of this jacket wins hand down. I'm already a fan of merino wool, and this jacket takes it to the next level with its mix of fabrics giving it the extra windproof/water resistance that just plain merino wouldn't have. I've been comfortable in 20F and windy/damp conditions with this jacket and nothing else but a long-sleeve merino base layer. The hood fits great and keeps my balding noggin warm as well. I'm about 5'7"/155lbs lean and the small fits well with room for mid/base layers. The cut is slightly longer than a normal jacket which I like. Nice, solid triple stitched seams and , outside hand pockets are insulated, and the main zip works flawlessly.

    Unanswered Question

    Hi. Can anyone comment on (a) the durability of the face fabric on this jacket and (b) the performance of "Swiss Wool" (don't you love the marketing hype) compared to the likes of Primaloft and Polartec Alpha?