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    Aspire Jacket

    Light on weight, completely waterproof, and perfectly packable—there's no reason not to toss the Outdoor Research Aspire Jacket into your pack for any and all adventures. You'll 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 of environmental concern.

    When you're heating up on the trail or skin track, you've got custom ventilation with OR's TorsoFlo venting system. The zipper runs all the way from the hem to bicep, so you can open it from the top as a standard underarm zip, from the bottom to wear it poncho-style over your pack waist strap, or a little of both to vent however you see fit. Its left hand pocket doubles as a stuff sack so you can pack it down easily when conditions calm down and dry off, and has a carabiner loop to easily clip onto a backpack or climbing harness.

    • A 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 downpouring treks
    • Hand pockets sit above a harness or waistbelt for quick gear access
    • Waterproof zipper keeps water from sneaking in to soak your layers
    • Jacket packs down into left hand pocket and clips onto a carabiner
    • Item #ODR00SI

    Tech Specs

    Material
    [membrane/laminate] Gore-Tex Paclite (2 layer), [face fabric] 50d polyester, PFC(EC)-Free DWR
    Seams
    fully sealed
    Fit
    standard
    Length
    mid-length
    Center Back Length
    26.75in
    Hood
    adjustable
    Pockets
    2 hand, 1 chest
    Venting
    hem-to-bicep
    Claimed Weight
    12.5oz
    Recommended Use
    hiking, running, backcountry skiing & snowboarding, climbing
    Manufacturer Warranty
    lifetime

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    Women get the cool colors

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Large
    • Height: 6'0"
    • Weight: 160lbs

    I loved this shell, super lightweight it fits perfectly in my 20L bag that I use for bouldering. The womens large fit me perfectly and was super breathable for all my approaches. Overall a great piece of equipment.

    Great Lightweight Weather Protection

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

    This shell is great. It is not the burliest shell around, but that is exactly the point. It weighs very little and keeps the weather off when called upon to do so. It has done great fighting the wind and precipitation and it should do that for a good long lifetime.

    Rain

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

    I got this because all my other rain jackets leaked through since they were 10 yrs old. So all this awesome UT rain we have been getting I decided it was time to upgrade. I got this for running with my dog and hikes. I was out in the rain for 5 hrs at one of my jobs and stayed dry the whole time. It was a pretty heavy rain off and on.

    Seems good

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Size Bought: Small
    • Height: 5'3"
    • Weight: 127lbs

    I haven't worn this through any crazy rain but I did wear it up Mount Hood and it does great with breathability. It also kept my dry on the glissade down.

    Wet through in light rain

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Large
    • Height: 5'7"
    • Weight: 135lbs

    I had it in light rain for 30 minutes before it started leaking inside. That's pretty poor performance for what is supposed to be an amazing raincoat.

    sleek and hardy

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Large
    • Height: 5'6"
    • Weight: 140lbs

    I can finally write a review, as I've taken this jacket on a handful of snow camping trips. I was looking for something sturdy, but lightweight and also able to wear over my big down jacket. I have worn this jacket while out in hours and hours of snowfall, sleet fall, and snow block hauling, and have stayed super dry. It also fits well over my down jacket for those evenings, sitting in the snow kitchen. The big pockets are great, with welded zippers all throughout. The hood is ample and fits over my down jacket hood and beanie or trucker hat just fine too. I'm super happy I made this purchase, and have since sought out other OR products as well.

    Great coat for everything

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Medium
    • Height: 5'3"
    • Weight: 140lbs

    I am on coat #2 of the Aspire. The first one began to delaminate and OR replaced it after I sent them a picture, which was so nice! I live in Vancouver, BC now, so this is basically my all-the-time coat. I will wear this skiing, especially if I'm touring and I know I'll be getting hot while moving but still want a windbreaker. This was also my go-to coat living in Vermont and running in snowstorms. It kept me perfectly warm when temps dropped below freezing and was especially handy if it was snowing. I LOVE that the pit-zips go the entire length of the jacket- a very underrated feature in my opinion. This coat has been basically everywhere with me (I even got engaged in it!) and I cannot say enough good things about it.

    Great quality jacket

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Small
    • Height: 5'4"

    This jacket held up amazingly during hours of heavy rain and wind during a 5-day trek. My friends’ rainjackets ended up soaking through, and I was completely dry! Highly recommend!

    Excellent rain jacket

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: small
    • Height: 5'5"
    • Weight: 120lbs

    For years, I have been on the lookout for a rain jacket that's both functional and light. It's surprising how difficult a task that has been! This jacket has checked all of the boxes. I wear it for heavy rain in the city and wore it as a windbreaker while hiking in Patagonia. Its performance has been amazing and it has never let me down: cuffs stay dry, pockets stay dry, it doesn't make a crinkly sound when I move, and doesn't cause a greenhouse effect while wearing. An excellent purchase!

    Great for rain

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Small
    • Height: 5'3"
    • Weight: 110lbs

    I love this jacket as an outer shell but it still provides some warmth too! The hood is one of my favorite parts because it doesn't slide back, it covers your head nicely and sort of has a little visor on it. The cut on the bottom is nice too... I like that the back is cut a bit longer to cover your back if you were to bend down. I'm knocking a star off because it's a little bit stiff in the arms. I find that if I raise my arms it's tight. I wouldn't want to size up though because then it would be baggy.

    Great outer shell!

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: small
    • Height: 5'4"
    • Weight: 132lbs

    Great performance over an extensive hiking vacation. Completely unaffected by brambles/thorns. 5'4 132lbs 36/26/39 small fit well with room for layers; but that was pretty much at the maximum hip-size limit. I don't really understand why so many jackets have drawstrings to tighten them yet are still cut for women without hips~ That said, although I didn't have any room to tighten the bottom it didn't ride up with a base layer and a packable puffer underneath. I feel like the medium would've been too roomy everywhere else.

    Awesome Rain shell!

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Small
    • Height: 5'4"
    • Weight: 110lbs

    I bought this Jacket as a gift for my girlfriend and she LOVES it. The two highlights of the jacket are the breathability and the hood! The hood is big enough to wear a hat under, but small enough that it will not blow off your head, and actually stays very secure in the rain! The jacket is easily breathable enough to hike in, and keeps out that really cold clammy feel you can get wearing shells. The only downside so far has been the main zipper is a bit difficult to start, but it has lasted her a season of teaching in the outdoors in New England!

    An overall disappointment :/

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: xl
    • Height: 5'2"

    **** a positive before all the negative: I adored ADORED the poncho side zips, still do. *****



    I got this jacket early 2018, to wear on a 9 day/200km hike in the Scottish highlands, in late April 2018.



    The morning of day 2 (of 9 days), I went to put my mobile in the pocket after gearing up in waterproofs, it was going to be a rainy day in the hills. I heard a thunk as I walked away, and it was my phone, lying on the scree. I wiped it off, and chastised myself for having mistaken the open poncho zips as my pocket. I put it in my pocket again, and stepped away. Thud. WTF.



    Turns out the bottom of the pocket's seam had completely shorn away, I wasn't imagining things. Pissed off to high heaven, as my gloves were using the only other functioning pocket. The gloves got relegated to my pack, and my mobile took over the only other secure pocket. Thank god it was still working.



    At the inn that night, I was able to sew the pocket relatively back together, and reinforced the other one just in case. Fine. I'm pissed off, but at least have two working pockets at hand for the 7 days ahead.



    Evening of Day 3, the bottom of the main zip was a bit sticky when I went to take it off for the first time that day (meanwhile, I'd rigged rope to my phone that morning in case the *sides* of pockets gave out. Stupid me had forgotten to pack duct tape, not that I should have to be worrying about repairing my rain coat). The jacket suddenly gave way, as well as the metal zip stop at the torso bottom.



    F*ck.



    Got my needle and thread out again, thinking I'd have to sew the main zip entirely shut for the day ahead, but managed to squeeze enough of the zip together to have it catch and zip up. Only proviso, I would definitely have to put it on and off as a poncho, NOT dare unzip fully, or be faced with being soaked the next day's 24 kilometres.



    Huh. I got fricking soaked regardless. Must have been something wrong with that run of Gore-Tex fabric, because it was leeching through by day's end (and continued to, the rest of the 6 days). I emailed Rab UK while crying in my plate of chips, and they wouldn't be able to get me a jacket until another 50 or so kilometres further on, when I was closer to a town. I was well and truly stuck with this Aspire.



    Fast forward to when I got back to Canada in May, and filed a Warranty claim. They'd replace it no problem, but didn't have my size left, and "could I wait until the 2019 Aspire jackets come out in September." * the OR fellow I dealt with via email was perfectly pleasant.



    "No problem, I'll just wear this jerry-rigged OR jacket for the hikes I have planned this summer, and wait till September. Ugh." I was offered OR credit, but I didn't want a cheaper one, and wasn't about to spend more for a higher-end Outdoor Research. Ideally I'd have got my money back so I could buy a Rab. Alas.



    Fast forward a couple of months, I emailed for a new replacement last Tuesday. I was asked if I could email them again on Friday "to remind them," (uh, what?) as they should have stock in by then.



    So. I just received my 2019 replacement Aspire, in the red, today. Except, it's really orangey red. Visibly different from the cherry red 2018 I'd initially purchased and loved. And they want me to send back the original FrankenAspire on my dime, about $17 in shipping fees.



    Just...No.



    So, I'll have to wait a couple of years to justify buying from a different manufacturer. I'm stuck with this orangey red Aspire for now (I do like the new chest pocket). I'll be back in Scotland for two weeks next May, and again in September, and those times I'll remember to wrap duct tape around my poles in case I have to fricking tape myself into the damned thing if bits give out again. I'm crossing my fingers it was an overall shitty manufacturing run, but hopes aren't high.

    An overall disappointment :/

    Great snow jacket on Juneau Icefield

    • Size Bought: medium
    • Height: 5'
    • Weight: 120lbs

    We just returned from a ski/hike trek of 50 miles on the Juneau Icefield. The jacket was awesome in the blizzard/white out conditions we experienced. Venting options (side zips) kept condensation at bay. In SE Alaska I'd still choose fishermen's rain gear for most applications but OR jacket did a great job in the snow and wind!

    Nothing waterproof about it

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Large
    • Height: 5'8"
    • Weight: 170lbs

    I bought this jacket because I’ll be spending 5 weeks in the PNW and wanted something breathable, light and most importantly, waterproof. Fully taped seams? Check. Gortex? Check. Outdoor Gear Lab endorsement? Check. Room for layers? Check. Great cut and color? Check.

    So I merrily head out on a 14 mile hike in the northeast and was caught in a downpour for the last 3 miles. The first few drops hit and I thought to myself “no problem, I can finally test out this shell.” I throw it on and continue my hike. Well, one mile in, I’m starting to think, “Maybe it’s not as breathable as I thought?” Two miles in, “I can’t possibly be sweating this much.” Three miles in...Some profanity directed at the fully taped seams, and worried about my phone stashed in the zippered pocket, really wishing I had insurance on it.


    I generally love Outdoor Research products, and maybe this one was just a fluke, but it absolutely failed me when I needed it to live up to its promise of performance. Had I discovered this on a multi day trip in the backcountry, in less than ideal conditions I would have been in a bad spot.

    You can see how much moisture came through by the time we got back to the car

    Two stars because its light, cut well, and comfortable. And while my body was far from dry, my phone remained protected.

    Nothing waterproof about it

    Amazing Jacket!

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Large and XL
    • Height: 5'5"
    • Weight: 180lbs

    Okay, so I found out the hard way just how resistant to wind this jacket really is. My key card would not work to let me in work the other morning, and it was in the 20's with a fierce wind blowing. I was so thankful I had this jacket on and so surprised that I didn't feel the wind biting in to me at all. I highly recommend this jacket! As far as sizing goes, I ordered a Large and it was a little snug. I wound up ordering an XL and it fits much better in the body. It is a little big in the arms though. I wound up keeping the Large as well hoping that when I lose a few it will fit better and then I can use the XL to layer. I love this jacket! P.S. I bought the purple and the pink/red color since they were on sale and I am too cheap to pay full price for anything!

    Outdoor Research Aspire

    • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Large
    • Height: 5'8"
    • Weight: 145lbs

    Nice jacket, however, returned it as our daughter was looking for a plain red jacket. The shade of red was more orange than I anticipated and did not complement her reddish hair. The zipper also seemed slightly 'sticky'; my daughter tried it only twice, though. The sleeves were long, which was a desirable feature and the cut/design was nice.

    Nice Jacket

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Large
    • Height: 5'9"
    • Weight: 160lbs

    I bought this to replace a non-Gore Tex rain jacket to use for a planned trip. The jacket is well constructed, and though I have yet to test it in heavy rain, I’m satisfied with the fit. I can fit a light mid-layer under it & the color is a nice, bright color for gray days. Getting it on sale was an added bonus!

    Great Jacket!

    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Small
    • Height: 5'2"
    • Weight: 120lbs

    Love this jacket! Wasn't sure was size I was....some people mentioned it ran big so I ordered an XS and Small - XS fit but a little tight in back/bust area and I knew I wanted to maybe wear a jacket underneath, so I kept the small and its perfect. Worn in some snow/rain and works great!