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Outdoor Research Aspire Jacket - Women's

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    Travel dry, travel light.

    Normally, in the world of outdoor clothing, the terms "full-featured" and "lightweight" are mutually exclusive. The Outdoor Research Women's Aspire Gore-Tex Paclite Jacket is the exception to the rule. At just 13 ounces, you'll barely know you're wearing it at all. That is, of course, until the rain starts. The guaranteed waterproof, breathable Gore-Tex Paclite membrane easily shrugs off the storm. Outdoor Research also designed the Aspire with its TorsoFlo venting technology to allow you to dump heat in a hurry without getting soaked. The adjustable hood, cuffs, and hood seal out the weather, and the Aspire stuffs into its own pocket for easy packing once the sun comes out.

    • Packable weather protection for backpacking and hiking
    • Waterproof, breathable Gore-Tex membrane for total storm protection
    • Fully taped seams eliminate waterproof weak spots
    • Hem-to-underarm vents allow air to flow freely while hiking
    • Fixed hood for complete upper body protection
    • Compact design stows away in backpack for easy carrying
    • Adjustable hem and cuffs allow you to seal out drafts and weather
    • Women-specific fit has a bulk-free fit and feel
    • Item #ODR1033

    Tech Specs

    Material
    [membrane/laminate] Gore-Tex Paclite (2-layer), [face fabric] 50D polyester plain weave
    Seams
    fully taped
    Fit
    women-specific
    Hood
    yes
    Pockets
    2 hand, 1 sleeve
    Venting
    TorsoFlo (hem-to-underarm)
    Claimed Weight
    13.1oz
    Recommended Use
    hiking, camping, streetwear
    Manufacturer Warranty
    lifetime

    Tech Specs

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    Waterproof-ish

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: Runs large
    • Size Bought: Small
    • Height: 5'6"
    • Weight: 130lbs

    I got this jacket Monday (three days ago) as a gift and it was great for a light sprinkle and fit amazing. I love how it looks, and the hood stays up in wind. However, today Seattle had a heavy drizzle that got through the coat in the 13 minutes I waited for the train. I’m really bummed since this was going to be my new jacket for hiking, but I’ll probably be returning it.

    Bomber and lightweight

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Small
    • Height: 5'5"
    • Weight: 130lbs

    This jacket is nice and light and has a nice soft face fabric. So far has been pretty durable on several camping and climbing trips! I am most excited about the full zip venting which will be awesome for ski touring. It runs true to size and has a great length in the arms. So good!

    Though she be little, she be fierce

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: Runs large
    • Size Bought: XS
    • Height: 5'1"
    • Weight: 120lbs

    Don't let this jacket's light weight and compact-ability fool you -- the Aspire is rugged! With a Gore-tex membrane and fully-taped seams, this piece can handle the gnarliest of storms. I like to keep it stashed away in my pack for when the weather gets suddenly hairy, and it also works as a great outer layer for backcountry skiing (or stowed away for an additional layer if it gets a bit chillier than expected). As other reviews mention, the Aspire has a generous fit. I am usually a XS or S in Outdoor Research and went with a XS -- which boasts some room for layering with the OR Deviator Insulated Jacket and a baselayer.

    Weird sizing for petite frame.

    • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

    I wasn't sure which size to get, so I ordered both XS and S. (I am 5'3 120 lb) The XS is rather short on the torso, if I raise my arms above my head the bottom of the coat lands just below my belly button, not ideal for a raincoat. Making matters worse, the sleeves are oversized and wide. The small posed a similar issue, being on the bigger end of the spectrum and still short in terms of the typical raincoat. Super bummed I can't keep, because the fabric and design is amazing!

    Lightweight rain jacket

    • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
    • Fit: Runs large

    Purchased as gift/Returned Product before using it but initial impressions of the jacket where that its lightweight, good quality material, and nice features (media pocket and vents), Jacket runs a bit on the larger size.

    High Quality Lightweight Rain Jacket

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: Runs large
    • Size Bought: Extra Large
    • Height: 5'8"
    • Weight: 190lbs

    I love this jacket after wearing it in the Alaskan bush for 3 weeks. In addition to its light weight it is heavier-duty than other light weight rain jackets I've purchased from other high-end companies. I like the long zippers on the sides for extra ventilation. You pay more for this rain jacket but it's well worth it. It does run large. I bought the Extra Large and appreciate its roominess.

    Fantastic

      I hvae the mens version of this jacket and I love it. this is a fantastic jacket, fit is great, and has all of the features I could ask for. I bought this one as a gift, because I loved mine so much.

      Large is quite large!

      • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
      • Fit: Runs large
      • Size Bought: Large
      • Height: 5'7"
      • Weight: 150lbs

      I am 5'7, 150 lbs with broad shoulders and I was looking for a jacket that would fit over a medium puffy layer I have. This definitely fit over it, but left me feeling HUGE! (I know, over the puffy you look large anyway.) But I just felt like there was way too much extra material through the chest area- it felt more like an XL and seemed a bit boxy throughout the torso. A medium might have been better but I'm going to go with another brand in hopes of a better fit. Beautiful coat though!

      Runs large

      • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
      • Fit: Runs large
      • Size Bought: XS
      • Height: 5'0"
      • Weight: 115lbs

      Love the color of this jacket and I like its simplistic design. If you are a short person, this jacket will be very large. I got the XS and the arms are huge and bulky. Would work well if you are wearing a very large coat underneath, but otherwise very boxy!

      Ultralight protection for the unexpected

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      My girlfriend keeps the aspire jacket in her pack at all times, for when those unsuspecting clouds in the distance decide to head our way and let loose. Good insurance!

      Ultralight protection for the unexpected

      OR Does it Again!

      • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
      • Fit: True to size
      • Size Bought: Medium
      • Height: 5'6"
      • Weight: 140lbs

      The Aspire Jacket has exceeded all my expectations so far, in our short time together. I was looking for (yet another) shell, but one that I could wear more easily from back-to-front-country for international travel, without feeling SUPER technical when I was in a pub.

      Upon first impression, the fabric of the Aspire jacket really sets it apart: lghtweight and soft/comfortable to move in.
      I haven't had the chance to test it in a storm, but I'm excited to be bringing it on a long backpacking trip this spring. It packs into the pocket, about the size of two fists and will add very little weight to my backpack. The Elderberry color is beautiful and true to the color in the photos above.

      great jacket for price point

      • Fit: True to size
      • Size Bought: medium
      • Height: 5'4"
      • Weight: 30lbs

      Although this jacket won't compare to the jackets twice the price ($450-$500), it is a great jacket for the price. Sizing: I am 5'4" 130 lbs average shape. I was debating between S and M due to "fits slightly large". Chat person suggested S. I ordered both, and am keeping the M, as I want to be able to wear a fleece or down also, and want movement room (and returns are SO easy with this company). The zipper was 'sticky', but due to other reviews I ran it up and down about a dozen times and it is fine. Very happy!

      Not helmet compatible

      • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
      • Fit: True to size

      The jacket itself is not bad in terms of construction. However it leaves a lot to be desired in terms of design. The side vents make no sense, unzipping all the way to the hem at the hip. I just don't see the need for that. But my biggest complaint is the fact that the hood is not really helmet compatible. It might work over a low-volume climbing helmet, but for a ski helmet it does not come close. In the present ski helmet era, I find it hard to believe that any manufacturer would design a hardshell without having a full on helmet compatible hood.

      Hi Mark, I am sorry you were disappointed with this jacket. This is one of OR's best selling pieces in the line, definitely in the top 5!

      This jacket was not designed to be worn with a helmet - not designed for that use. This is a rain shell for backpacking and hiking, not specific to ski or climb... but we do make jackets for those purposes, they just cost more.

      The side zips absolutely have a purpose! They are called torso flo, and when you use pit zips normally, they don't dump heat as well as they could, unless you walk around with your arms up. This jacket has a pit zip feature... BUT if you use that same zipper line from the bottom up, NOW you can dump heat really effectively. Personally, I think it's one of the best features of this jacket.

      If you want a more technically designed jacket, then you need to look at the Furio ($385) or the Maximus ($550), or maybe the Axiom ($389) or Realm ($279). At $215, this jacket cannot get to the design set that you are describing. It is our "lightest duty" Gore Jacket, and again, is not designed with helmet activity in mind.

      Leta
      OR Rep

      Great features but didn't hold up

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
      • Fit: True to size
      • Size Bought: Medium
      • Height: 5'7"
      • Weight: 135lbs

      Picked this up to replace an aging XS Patagonia Torrentshell.

      Sizing: I usually order an xs to a small in most products but decided to size up to a medium to accommodate my (size s) down sweater and because I was worried about arm length as mentioned by a couple of other reviewers. It's baggy, I would've exchanged it for a small if there had been more time before the trip it was purchased for.

      Product review: Unfortunately, though I wanted to love this coat, it failed me twice on an extended trek in Northern Norway. It rained every day, off and on, and while the coat mostly held up to brief rain I wound up in wet down twice - once on an hour-2 hike in some pretty severe weather, so I gave that a pass, but the second time in just a light, consistent rain on a 2+ hour hike out. If I'd had more days ahead of me I would've been in bad shape. Still not clear if I got a bum jacket or if it's a product flaw. Loved the zips on the side, it's super lightweight and breathable.

      Great features but didn't hold up

      Performance

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
      • Fit: True to size
      • Size Bought: large
      • Height: 5'6"
      • Weight: 160lbs

      I used this jacket on a very windy, rainy trip to Ireland. At first I was skeptical reference the rain, but this jacket performed perfectly. It is a great windbreaker and kept me dry during downpours on two 10K hikes on the Cliffs of Moher and the Gap of Dunloe. It is a quality jacket and I am glad I purchased it. No sizing issues or any other issues.

      Great features, but not quite right

      • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
      • Fit: True to size
      • Size Bought: XS
      • Height: 5'2"
      • Weight: 110lbs

      I ordered this jacket after reading the Outdoor Gear Lab's 2016 review for women's rain gear. It had all the features I was searching for: lightweight, Goretex (I am DONE buying rain jackets with a DWR layer that wears out in a blink), pockets high enough to allow for a hip belt, and pit zips (!). Relative to other Goretex shells, it's also pretty affordable, and I know OR makes generally solid gear.

      I ordered a size down, as suggested. The jacket had a nice feel--smooth, somehow, and not clammy like some rain coats--and the XS fit me VERY WELL. Like, the hem fell at the hipbone, and the sleeves were exactly the right length, which almost never happens. For any other garment I would say hooray!, but for a rain jacket, I want a little more overhang, otherwise the hem and sleeves of my insulating layer wind up exposed. Maybe a small would have suited me better.

      I also have a giant skull, and a lot of hair that I usually wear in braids wrapped around my head, so the hood--although supposedly suitable to accommodate a climbing helmet--wasn't quite capacious enough for me. Unfortunately that clinched it. I didn't feel that exchanging for the next size up would necessarily provide the extra space I was after, so I returned the Aspire and coughed up for an Arc'teryx Beta.

      Too short in back

      • Size Bought: M
      • Height: 5'8"
      • Weight: 143lbs

      This is a quality made jacket, but it is just too short in the rear. Its says 29 inches in back....but it is still not enough to keep my butt dry. Otherwise I am happy with the jacket.

      Unanswered Question

      I am 5'6" and weigh 138. I want this jacket for general backpacking, canoeing (in October in BWCA) and snowshoeing. I wear 32/30 jeans and size 10(generally). Not sure if I should get M or L. Suggestion? Also for the pants...
      Thanks!

      Unanswered Question

      Can I get a sizing rec?
      37", 33", 37", 5'7"
      I have broad shoulders and long arms, and would like to be able to wear a down underneath. Thanks!
      -A

      Can someone recommend a sizing to me?
      bust: 34.5"
      waist: 27"
      hips: 36.5"
      height: 5' 7"
      I wear small in most things, but I would want a little room for my nano puff. Is there a lot of give in this jacket? Should I get small or medium?

      Unanswered Question

      Is there some way to secure the hood if it is not used like in biking ( roll it up and secure with a tab) or does it just have to hang? Thanks, Jim

      This jacket seems great for most seasons,...

      This jacket seems great for most seasons, especially for layering...but would this jacket be comfortable for use during summer in humid weather? Where I live, we get moderate to heavy rain...the Columbia jacket I have now soaks through. Also, I am a very petite person at only 98lbs and 5'2"..will the XS be too large?

      Concerning the worry about sizing, would you please provide some more measurements to compare to OR's sizing guide (i.e. bust, waist, hips)?

      To digress, as for whether or not this jacket would be comfortable for use in moderate to severe humid regions that are frequented by torrential downpours, I would say that you could make a safe gamble at minimizing (if not altogether eliminating) that problem. The reason I say that is that this jacket has OR's TorsoFlo vent system, so there are zips that go from the lower hem of the jacket up to your bicep; those are really massive vents, relatively speaking, so the worry about overheating while using it should be overwhelmingly attenuated.