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Aspire II Jacket - Women's

3.7083333333333335 out of 5 stars
48 Reviews
Current price: $101.23 - $157.50 Original price: $225.00
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Why We Like The Aspire Jacket

Light on weight, completely waterproof, and perfectly packable, the Outdoor Research Aspire Jacket shows us there's no reason not to toss it into our pack for any and all adventures. We love its breathable and easy-to-vent weather protection on backcountry ski adventures, extended backpacking treks, and long multi-pitch climbs alike. Designed with GORE-TEX Paclite technology, this lightweight shell delivers total waterproof protection without the bulk, and now features a more environmentally friendly DWR (Durable Water Repellent) that's free of PFCs.


  • Do-it-all shell that saves on weight but not on features
  • GORE-TEX Paclite is lightweight and waterproof for every ascent
  • Updated DWR is free of PFCs of environmental concern
  • Hem-to-bicep vents offer poncho-like venting over a pack waistbelt
  • Adjustable hood keeps your head dry during downpours
  • Hand pockets sit above harness or waistbelt for quick gear access
  • Waterproof zipper keeps water from sneaking in and soaking layers
  • Jacket packs down into left hand pocket and clips onto a carabiner
  • Item #ODRZ8LI
[membrane/laminate] GORE-TEX Paclite (2 layer), [face fabric] 50d polyester, PFC(EC)-Free DWR coating
fully sealed
Center Back Length
2 hand, 1 chest
Claimed Weight
backpacking, hiking, camping, climbing
Manufacturer Warranty

Overall Rating

3.5 based on 48 ratings

Review Summary

1 Stars - 11 reviews
2 Stars - 3 reviews
3 Stars - 3 reviews
4 Stars - 3 reviews
5 Stars - 28 reviews

Fits True To Size

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4 out of 5 stars

February 9, 2024

Overall Great Product

Originally, I had the first Aspire jacket and had that for around 6 years. It held up great and was amazing quality. I did re-waterproof it once after 5 years of use and it turned it back to brand new. However, one of the zippers fell off on the side zips and I was unable to fix it. Therefore, it was unusable. I was able to utilize the warranty and received a new Aspire jacket. Seems to be good quality as well. However, I did notice that some of the small features that were on my original Aspire are no longer there. Which is a small disappointment as I believe those small features added to the overall appearance and quality. Regardless, I am still very happy with my purchase and would recommend this jacket!


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2 out of 5 stars

February 3, 2024

Not waterproof

I was soaked through. Very nice jacket but will not wear it hiking in wet weather.


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1 out of 5 stars

February 1, 2024


Like wearing a cotton T-shirt in the rain I was completely soaked through and through five minutes in the rain. Very disappointing.


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5 out of 5 stars

January 27, 2024

Side zips are a GAME CHANGER

The best part of the jacket are the side zips, you can layer the puffiest down jacket you've got and the side zips give you adjustable room to layer as desired. Not only that, you can finally fasten that backpack hip belt directly around your waist without the cell phone in your jacket front pocket getting in your way. The same goes for car seatbelts! Best ever feature in a jacket, hands down.


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5 out of 5 stars

January 23, 2024

Great Backcountry Jacket

Love this for the Backcountry... packs down, sheds snow and rain, love the color and works even on warm wet days to shed heat with the side zippers.


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5 out of 5 stars

January 23, 2024

Love the material

Love this.. I could stand out in a downpoor and stay dry with this... Its also great if it's a bit warm and rainy because the sides zip down... So it's breathable..


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5 out of 5 stars

January 22, 2024

Favorite goretex

I own two. Given as gifts also. A little roomy or size down.


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3 out of 5 stars

January 12, 2024

Not entirely waterproof

I bought this for a two week trip to Scotland. I love the fit (Xl - 5'4 180lbs) and the color (elk) but unfortunately it didn't hold up in the Scottish islands' special blend of wind and rain. During one hike, the weather got a bit nasty where the rain was coming at us sideways and I got drenched pretty quickly. It was fine for other types of rain though (fyi I haven't tried it in heavy rain for more than a few mins). The jacket dries quickly, packs small, feels durable, and is slightly less "swooshy" than others I tried. Its great for most situations, but failed when I really needed the protection.


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5 out of 5 stars

January 4, 2024

Great versatile jacket

Design allows for backpack coverage, pit zip ventilation , terrific rain protection, and is long enough!! Plus very lightweight. And love the colors. Lives up to OR standards and more. So very happy with the Aspire II.


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5 out of 5 stars

January 4, 2024

It's exactly what she wanted!

Everyday wear in the winter and during rain the rest of the year.


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