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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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    All Around Excellent

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: Runs large
    • Size Bought: Small
    • Height: 5'4"
    • Weight: 140lbs

    I initially picked up this jacket to use as a rain jacket for hiking. It has served that purpose very well! It is lightweight and keeps me completely dry during downpours.
    My favorite feature is the full-length vents. They really come in handy during on and off storms and keep me from doing the constant jacket on/jacket off shuffle. Oddly enough, they also came in handy during a rainy horseback riding trip. I was able to open the vents and keep the jacket from bunching up.
    I typically wear a medium in jackets but found that the small was a better fit for me. The sleeves were too long in the medium.

    Bomber!

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

    This jacket is so great! First off - fit. I got a size small and am generally a small or sometimes a medium because of broader shoulders, but it works great. I also love the good length in the sleeves. Also the pit zips are full length which is a great feature and makes this jacket super versatile!

    I've used this jacket tons while camping, climbing, and snowshoeing and it has been great for all of the wind, rain, hail, and snow it has encountered! The Goretex Paclite material is soft to the touch, but withstands the elements very well.

    Highly recommend!

    Nearly A Dream

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: Runs large
    • Size Bought: Medium
    • Height: 5'7"
    • Weight: 180lbs

    Purchased for my girlfriend - here's her review:
    "On the fence between giving this jacket 4 or 5 stars. Overall it does everything I need it to and I am very happy with it. I absolutely love the full pit zips. When biking (or really wearing a backpack anytime) it's not easy to take off a jacket if you get too warm, normal pit zips aren't completely sufficient, and unzipping the front you get tons of jacket flapping. This full-zip solves this problem and I am so amazed!
    The reason I would be tempted to give it 4 stars is the cut. I'm pretty far from petite (a little bigger on top) and I still found this jacket to fit large and boxy. I do like using rain jackets as a shell in the winter so the extra room is nice for that, but if I were a more petite individual I would probably have to size down or even opt for a different jacket. For me unzipping the side and using the poncho look when around town certainly helps it look more flattering. No regrets on this purchase!"

    Initial Impressions

    • Fit: Runs large
    • Size Bought: Small
    • Height: 5'7"
    • Weight: 130lbs

    I went with this over an Arc'teryx because I found the design more comfortable, particularly the pit zips, which felt awkward and stiff in the Arc'teryx. The reason the pit zips in the Aspire are more comfortable is because they are not fully taped; I do not know whether this will cause waterproofing issues. I appreciate that OR seems to value function over aesthetics, even in women's clothing. I also appreciate that not all colors are "girl colors."

    The selling point of this jacket is the ventilation system, which is the best I've seen (and the price point.) The fit is roomy (if a little boxy) and will allow for layering. The arms are plenty long. The torso is a little short, but not bothersome. If other reviewers had not mentioned torso length as an issue, I wouldn't have even noticed. The fabric is relatively soft. The only feature that strikes me as odd is the way the hood rolls up with a velcro strap. It is a little awkward, and I foresee the velcro getting caught on things. I tried out the stuff sack pocket feature; I don't see myself using it. It didn't seem to save space, and I could see it putting strain on the jacket.

    I have not had a chance to truly test out the waterproofing. However, I did plunge a sleeve under a running faucet. The water rolled off completely. When I took my arm out of the water, there was hardly a drop on the jacket. My arm was completely dry.

    Waterproofing needs rebooting.

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Medium
    • Height: 5'4"
    • Weight: 140lbs

    The shell looks great on and the zippers are very tight to keep water out.
    This purchase was a special treat for me - I've never spent over $200 on a waterproof breathable coat. I bought this raincoat to replace a Marmot (also waterproof and breathable they claimed) that completely failed - I was drenched one hour into a rainy hike. I equated the higher price and OR's quality reputation with 100% success. A year later (after just a handful of wearing) the arms completely soaked through while hiking in the rain. I now rewaterproof it every season and carry a $3.99 poncho to be certain I wont get soaked again. I went to a local well known outfitter and told them what had happened and they said that I needed to buy a $400 Arc teryx to be 100% breathable and waterproof.

    great not perfect

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

    Firstly, for me this isn't a "rain jacket"- I would put it more in a category of a lightweight technical shell. It does function as a rainjacket but I think it can do wintery stuff, too if it isn't -20. Pros: purple is badass, light weight means I can use it in more varied conditions, it doesn't have lame zipper lines from contrasting pockets across the chest, and it is Gore-tex. Cons (nothing is perfect): as someone else noted, the wrist elastic is a bit drastic, and the hood is too small (not terribly off/extra small, just not as roomy as I'd like.) I don't buy the 'it doesn't need to be a helmet hood, it isn't that kind of coat' argument- even not wearing a helmet, some of us wear: ponytails, pigtails, locs, buns, natural curls, etc- hair that needs room! Otherwise, I think it is great and while if it was 'just a rainjacket' there would be cheaper options, as a light technical shell, it's a deal.

    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.

    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

      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.