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Outdoor Research Aspire Jacket - Women's

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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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    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!

    Perfectly dry and oh so snappy

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: XS
    • Height: 5'2"
    • Weight: 105lbs

    Maiden voyage was a 50-something degree day in the Azores with wind-driven rain on the coast, followed by a hike through a dripping forest. Not a drop penetrated, the hood fit my small head exactly right. and the commodious pockets kept my fingers warm. Love the slim fit and the Samba color, which makes me easy to find in a crowd. I bought the XS, and there is room beneath for a fleece, which I plan to wear tomorrow in downtown Boston in a 50-knot gale. Couldn't be happier. My Gearhead, Ashleigh, was extremely helpful. Zipper a bit stiff, and I worked it several times prior to wearing, which helped.

    I love, love, love this jacket!

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: Runs large
    • Size Bought: s
    • Height: 5'2"
    • Weight: 120lbs

    I bought it for rain, but decided to wear it skiing also! Wow! windproof, lightweight, lets me layer as i want, 3 zippers unzip upwards to vent - just wow! runs a little large but that makes it perfect for me!

    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.

    ******
    Update: After using this for several months, I wish I would have sized up. The smalls looks fine. However, as a rain jacket, it would be nice if the torso and sleeves were a little longer. While I can layer this over a puff jacket, a little extra room wouldn't hurt. However, the main issue is length. It's not so bothersome as to order another. However, if you are wavering between sizes, I would size up if you are on the taller side. It is less of an issue (almost a non-issue), if you wear rain pants. However, you want to be able to wear the jacket without rain pants as well, for just everyday stuff.

    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.