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Insulation that breathes.

Built for rapid ascents, the Ortovox Men's Piz Boe Light Tec Insulated Jacket utilizes two different blends of wool, strategically placed, to maximize warmth, breathability, and flexibility for backcountry skiers who move quick. Wear this lightweight insulating layer on its own during cold and clear ascents, and then layer it under a shell when the weather turns foul. A blend of Swiss wool and corn-based polyactide insulation are placed throughout the body for warmth, superior temperature regulation, and efficient moisture transportation. Then, Merino Naturetec Light insulation is used at the underarms for increased stretch for better mobility during technical ascents and skiing. The finished product is a high-performing, insulating jacket that you can get your heart rate up in without worrying about getting drenched with sweat. 

  • Polyamide fabric
  • Swiss wool, polyactide blend insulation
  • Merino Naturetec Light insulation inserts at underarms
  • Regular, ergonomic fit
  • Elastic hood
  • Elastic cuffs and hem
  • 2 backpack compatible front, 1 zippered chest pockets
  • Item #ORT000H

Tech Specs

[body] 88% wool, 12% polyactide, [underarms] Merino Naturetec Light (75% polyamide, 18% virgin wool, 7% elastane)
2 zippered front, 1 zippered chest
2 underarm zips
Claimed Weight
12.7 oz
Recommended Use
alpine touring, ski mountaineering, randonee
Manufacturer Warranty
5 years

Tech Specs

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

I too received this jacket while working for Southern Yosemite Mountain Guides and, much like my co-guides, I have fallen in love with the Piz Boe. It is definitely a piece that is perfectly designed for high activity wouldn't find much warmth in this piece for hanging around in camp on cold nights. I'll start with the pros since I have but one gripe. Since receiving this jacket I've used it for climbing on chilly days, cold weather hiking, cross country runs in wet snowy conditions and backcountry touring. All of these activities require a tough jacket that can both insulate and breathe in wet conditions as well as frigid temperatures, all while being low in bulk and extremely comfortable. In all conditions I have found the Piz Boe to outperform any other jacket in my lineup. I found it was warmer than I expected when I was active in cold/ wet weather yet ventilated incredibly well as things heated up! As a taller female, I am also thrilled at the cut of the jacket and find the sleeve length to be perfect allowing me full range of motion without pulling across my back and shoulders. I also love the super comfortable cuffs which will never rub my wrists raw, along with the well fitting hood (thin enough to fit under a ski helmet and could fit over my climbing helmet in a pinch). The only gripe I have with this jacket is the pockets (only in the women's version) as they are positioned at an odd angle that make them inaccessible for hand warming, a much needed feature for almost any woman I know. With hand warming pockets I could get even greater use of this jacket. All-in-all, this piece has moved into "first hanger" position in my gear closet; at the ready for any backcountry adventure!


Nice Piece

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

Full disclosure, I was issued the jacket by my company Southern Yosemite Mountain Guides and asked to write a review here.

That said, it would not change my opinion of the jacket. It's a great piece to have with you on any sort of outing. At the start of the season, I was actually looking for a piece of kit like this, and was considering jackets like the Black Diamond Flow State and Patagonia R1, etc. But this was perfect, something lightweight that breaths well, but also blocks the wind, and keeps you warm around camp when it's only a little cold. I keep it at the top of my pack to throw on whenever I stop, it's the first thing I put on when we get to camp, and I usually walk out of camp with it in the morning. [But as Katie B said, if you're a woman, buy that men's version because the womans' pockets are silly.]

Here's me sportin the jacket while cookin black bean burgers at 11k under Mt. Whitney. Lookin good!

Nice Piece

New Favorite Jacket!

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

This jacket is just super. Biggest plus is it's very lightweight. The fit and feel are very luxurious. The wool sides breathe well and the hood is a nice tapered fit. Perfect 3-season puffy. I used it mostly backpacking and took it everywhere. Highly recommend this piece. Even got used to the "Euro" color...kinda fun! Seen in action below on the Sierra High Route with my adventure partner Dan Braun.

New Favorite Jacket!

Nothing to say about this jacket...

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

Except that it's awesome!

I'm hard-pressed to think of a single piece of gear I've used more in such a short period of time. The weight of this jacket makes it perfectly functional in so many situations. Fully zipped with the hood on and a few good layers underneath; this jacket has served to keep me comfortable at campsites above 11,000 ft. On the flip side, I've hiked out of camp on chilly summer days with this jacket on and not felt on the verge of overheating as I have in the past with traditional down layers. Additionally, the stretch fabric underneath the arms and along the back allows for breathability and maneuverability that makes this jacket never feel restrictive.

I’ve been glad to add this piece of gear to my closet (backpack) for the summer and can’t wait to get it out in the Tahoe backcountry this winter.

Can't beat warmth:weight ratio

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

As far as light weight and pack-able insulated jackets go, this one is hard to fault. I find it a little warmer than my nano puff, albeit very slightly bigger when packed away. After several months of heavy use its holding up well. Because its lightweight I find myself using it for many applications. Its perfect for keeping warm at the crag, as a warm/belay layer on alpine climbs or as an insulated layer under a waterproof when hiking. I particularly like the pockets that are situated high up making them easy to access when wearing a harness. Will replace with another when this one eventually wears out.

A jacket you want in your wardrobe

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

I fell in love with this jacket this summer! It was super versatile for all my adventures - freak snow storms in July, hiking the JMT, and alpine climbing adventures. This was a layer that was always in my pack. Even as the temps have started to cool off it is the one layer I won't be leaving behind. The one small critique of this jacket is the pockets, on the women's version are a awkwardly located, they work well with a harness on but I found them to be a little too high. Overall, this is a jacket you want in your wardrobe!

Incredible & Versatile

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

This is a great piece. I love the athletic fit and stretch arm panels the best. That allows me to use this as an active piece in cold weather and up high in the mountains. I've also really enjoyed the wool insulation. Since the Piz Boe is designed to be an active piece, it's not quite as warm as some traditional puffies that are meant for lollygagging at camp. But it is plenty warm for cold nights in the high Sierra and really excels while on alpine climbs at the belays because the wool seems to breathe better than traditional down puffies. I can see it being great for ski mountaineering as well. My company, Southern Yosemite Mountain Guides, issued the jacket to me this year and it was been a workhorse, going out on almost every trip with me- mostly on alpine climbing and backpacking trips. As a guide, I like the visibility of the "Happy Green" color of my jacket, though I have found that it got dirty quickly.

Incredible & Versatile

Colby -

Looking for a softshell in a very athletic cut. How baggy/slim is this jacket?

I'm 6-0' 175# and always between a M and L depending on brand. I would like to get this in a M (as a form fitting mid layer) but don't want to get a euro design that's crazy small for my build. Any feedback appreciate.

I love this jacket - buy the black color

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

I've used this jacket probably 5 days a week for the last 4 months while guiding rock climbing and backpacking in Yosemite. I've taken it on extended trips, half day climbs, and worn it out to the brewery in town. It's so great! I think this jacket excels while climbing. Stretchy panels under the arms make climbing easy. Hood fits really well over a helmet, while also not looking totally ridiculous without a helmet. I'm all about this jacket.

One complaint: I got the yellow color, which got really dirty-looking after only a month or so. Then, when I went to wash it, I had to wash it 3 times in a row to get it clean. Could be that I tend to destroy gear, or because my washing machine doesn't work that well. Either way, I'd recommend just buying one of the black colors and pretending it's not filthy.

I love this jacket - buy the black color

Warm When Wet!

Insulates When Wet:

A co-worker asked me one day if this jacket insulated when wet but I had yet to get out on a wet day. So yesterday I decided to go for a hike that would make me pour buckets of sweat while it was raining. Once at a decent spot, I took off the jacket to cool off. I was still soaked through from all my sweat since I was trying to see how wet I could get and if it'd insulate still. After 5 minutes of cooling my body off to a chill I put the jacket back on and heated right up pretty quickly. This has me excited for the colder / wetter days.

Helmet Compatible:

This hood is helmet compatible. I have the BD Vapor helmet and this fits under the hood nicely. The stretch panels in the hood help big time to make it so there is a good range of movement.

Warm When Wet!

Worth Its Weight In Gold.

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size and Ortovox selected me to review this piece of gear for the benefit of the community; big thanks to them!

Brand: Ortovox

Jacket: Piz Boe Light Tec Insulated Jacket

Size: Large

Color: Blue Ocean

My Dimensions:

Height: 6'0" (Just under)

Weight: 185ish LBs

Wing Span: 6'3"ish

Chest: 43"

Waist 32-33"

Inseam: 31" ish

Conventional Sizing:

Runs Small (Compared to American brands)

Ortovox Sizing:

True to Size – (Ortovox Sizing Chart is accurate)


For me, no garment has fit better. This has a euro-fit and runs a tad small compared to conventional sizing for the average joe but is perfect for the in-betweeners. I go between a Medium and a Large in other products and never find the ideal fit; this Ortovox jacket could not fit me any better. In terms of sizing accuracy, I’ve found this to be true-to-size for the Ortovox sizing chart.


Lighting will always affect color, but overall the color on the product photos for the ‘Blue Ocean’ is a bit darker than how the jacket actually is in person. I think it’s for the better as I like more of a brighter color than the Blue in the product photo.


DECENT. This thing is like an electric blanket without the electric part. For how light and thin this piece is, I roast and that is perfect for the colder days on longer treks or trips. I haven’t gotten out to use this ice climbing yet, but I am super excited to use it ice climbing. I’ve been pairing this layer with a merino wool baselayer and been perfect while at 20-30 degrees F. I know I could use it at lower temps, but haven’t had the chance to. This jacket quickly became the go-to piece for a mid-layer and as an outer layer on warmer days. This jacket has found a spot in my 5-piece layering system.

(There is more to this review in the photos below!)

Your Personal Furnace

Size: Large


I was skeptical about the durability since we mostly associate Ortovox with hardgoods. I was expecting the fit to be wonky and not great. I am more than happy to say that I was wrong on both initial thoughts and that Ortovox has a solid product in this jacket and the fit is spot on when looking at their sizing chart.

Stretch Panels on Hood (Darts):

This is a nice little feature not found on other jackets that provides a great range of mobility.

Softshell Panels (Back of Arms / Lats):

For those with wide backs, these softshell panels make all the difference for mobility. They’re in a great spot that doesn’t require insulation but also a spot where typically mobility is reduced due to a non-stretch material. The softshell has a slight stretch to it which is a big benefit.

Elasticated Cuffs:

I’ll preface this by saying I’ve never been crazy about elasticated cuffs due to the lack of adjustability. A lot of heat with any jacket is lost at the wrists. These cuffs have been done nicely and are well built. The quality is definitely there and this is a simplified feature for weight savings.

Your Personal Furnace

Pockets Double As Vents

Size: Large


These pockets are backpack and harness compatible which is super nice. Easy to access and comfy if around town and you need a spot to put your hands. In terms of unloading some of the heat, unzipping these pockets and letting them vent is perfect since they’re mesh lined on the inside.


It’s European so when zipping up, the zipper used by my left hand as opposed to how jackets by American brands are normally made with a right handed zipper. This isn’t an inconvenience more just something we don’t normally think about, but the quality of the zipper is nice. YKK.


At the time of this review, I’ve had the jacket for about 25 days and have worn it at least 20 of those days. Zero problems.


If you want to have a bomber insulating layer, this is the piece to get so long as the fit works with your body type.

Pockets Double As Vents

Versatility = a solid buy

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

I've had this coat for a few weeks and used it as a layering piece as well as on its own. The wool insulation is as good as advertised. Broader comfort range than my synthetic fill piece of the same weight and not as "poofy" as down allows easy layering with freedom of movement. The softshell fabric under the arms and toward the back provide nice stretch and breathability when I'm working harder. I know this is a coat I will use year round in CO. I'm 6'1" , 170# and large fits perfectly.

Unanswered Question

Can anyone please explain the difference between the Piz Boe and the Bianco versions? I'm trying to work out whether the latter is "too warm" for my needs.

Is there a woman's version of this jacket that you recommend? Looking for a good insulating, lightweight layer for hiking Yosemite for a few weeks in late Aug/Sept.


Ortovox has their complete line of apparel being sold through out Europe and last winter there was a soft launch of the Men's line here in the USA. We should hopefully be getting some of the women's line this winter.

Shoot me an email anytime you have questions!

Jared D.

Expert Gearhead