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Outdoor Research Alpine Down Hooded Jacket - Men's

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Alpine Down Hooded Jacket

The Alpine Down Hooded Jacket is one of Outdoor Research's warmer puffies better geared for 6000 meter alpinism. It's loaded with 800-fill down insulation to feel surprisingly warm for how little the jacket weighs. A hybrid construction, the shell combines ultralight, ultra-packable Pertex Quantum Y fabric around the body with more protective Pertex Quantum Pro fabric at the hood and sleeves. Quantum Pro reinforces high-wear areas with added weather-resistance to bead raindrops and snowflakes right off the shell. Outdoor Research fitted the shell with Dynamic Reach gussets to ensure full mobility on the mountain.
  • Down puffy geared for 6000 meter alpinism
  • 800-fill down insulation is light, packable, and warm
  • Pertex Quantum Y shell is wind-resistant and ultralight
  • Pertex Quantum Pro adds water-resistance to the hood and sleeves
  • Dynamic Reach articulation grants freedom of movement
  • Elasticized hood, hem, and cuffs seal out the cold
  • All external pockets are accessible with harnesses and backpacks
  • Internal Shove-It pockets are large enough for gloves and beanies
  • Item #ODR00R3

Material
[face fabric] Pertex Quantum Y Fuse (100% nylon) [upper, sleeves, hood] Pertex Quantum Pro (100% nylon)
Insulation
800-fill down
Fit
regular
Length
mid-length
Center Back Length
31.5in
Hood
yes, fixed
Pockets
[external] 2 hand, 1 chest, [internal] two stow
Claimed Weight
1lb 3oz
Recommended Use
ice climbing, mountaineering, sport climbing, trad climbing
Manufacturer Warranty
lifetime

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>Rating: 3

Not as described

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
large
Height
6` 2"
Weight
180 lbs

On paper it sounds like a perfect belay\expedition jacket but falls a bit short. Yes the materials and features are spot on what a big puffy should have, yet overall they could have spent some more time with user feedback before going into production. Pros: Baffled, drop pockets, hood thats mega adjustable, stuff pocket, 2 way zipper pull. Expedition fit. Where I feel like this jacket drops the ball: The inside stuff pockets are on the bottom of the hem, which is very low so anything inside them is resting on your thigh not your waist like a normal trim jacket. if you have anything in the hand pocket and stuff pocket just walking is difficult. I put climbing skins in one side and gloves in the other and could hardly ski down a slope to the point I stopped and moved those items into my pack. If those pockets were higher against the belly there would be no issue. The fill, compared to other jackets in the same category this jacket is cold. as it stands, this jacket is as warm is the OR Incandescent (not in the wind) Arc'teryx Cerium SV or Thorium AR, Feathered Friends Helios. All of those jackets are sewn through. I actually thought there was something wrong with the one I got because of how little down was in it. Aside from that, this jacket would be ok for moderately cold temps around town, winter camping or as a ski tour layer. Yet I would not take it mountaineering

>Rating: 5

Great Jacket for a Cold Winter

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
Small
Height
5` 11"
Weight
145 lbs

Immediately I notice the small features that tailor this jacket for the alpine climber. A helmet compatible hood, large pockets accessible while wearing a harness, a front zipper that can be unzipped from the bottom to keep you warm while you tie in or give a belay, and a stretchiness that allows you to reach your arms above your head with ease. The Pertex Fabric wicked away drops of water falling off the curtains of ice dangling above me. While keeping a weight of 19 ounces, the jacket is baffled in a way that down stays where it needs to be and makes the most use of what is available.

Immediately
>Rating: 5

Wonderful

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
Medium
Height
5` 10"
Weight
160 lbs

This is by far the warmest and most comfortable jacket I have ever worn. Its not just that it is warm, the inner fabric has a soft feel. I havent used this as my main winter outerlayer but have used it for belays and it stuffs well into my pack.

>Rating: 2

Extremely fragile

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
Large
Height
6` 0"
Weight
185 lbs

Outdoor Research bills this product as a 6000m puffy and even uses the word "durability" in the first sentence of its marketing language. I purchased for its intended use: winter mountaineering. I am no stranger to caring for ultralight 800-fill summit parkas and understand that durability is often sacrificed in favor of ounces. On my third hike using this jacket, a brush against a blunt summit rock resulted in a mega-gash that completely emptied one of the jacket's 7 baffles. I've used similar jackets on Rainier, Hood, Orizaba, Gannett, 14ers, winter hikes in the Northeast, etc., often with sharp technical equipment. Never have I ever seen such instant and total failure in the face of the smallest abrasion. OR declined to offer a repair or replacement, which was disappointing considering that many other companies stand by their gear. Durability concerns aside, it seemed like a wonderful jacket. It was comfortable, lightweight, warm and had thoughtful features for a summit parka. It just doesn't stand up to the actual use for which it was designed. Hence, two stars instead of one. I hope that future versions have slightly more durable face fabric -- I would have paid $50 more for a jacket that lasted longer than a month.

Hi there - I am so sorry - this shouldnt have happened, because of the type of fabric we use called Pertex Quantum Y Fuse... but I also know that sharp objects can get through just about anything. The Y fuse fabric is really durable for abrasion, but again, if there is a sharp rock... anyway, OR will gladly warranty this for you. Please reach out to them and they will walk you through. www.outdoorresearch.com Thank you, Leta OR Rep

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