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
- Q & A
Unique hip-zip feature
Kings Peak, UT, 13,527'
A friend said "those aren't pit zips, they're hip zips." It's a good description. When the sides are fully unzipped, this jacket provides protection from rain while preventing overheating. I also like that I can unzip the front and sides from the bottom. so the jacket drapes over my pack's hip belt. It's lightweight, packs well, and I love the red color.
OR TorsoFlo hem-to-bicep side vent zips
A tip of the hat to Sierra Trading Post for having made a photo available that portrayed at least a portion of the TorsoFlo vent system on this jacket. I'm sure people have pined for such a thing to be made readily accessible.
Photo credit: http://www.sierratradingpost.com/outdoor-research-aspire-gore-tex-paclite-jacket-waterproof-for-women~p~2408w/
Outdoor Research Foray and Aspire Jacket
Men's Foray Jacket and Women's Aspire Jacket
The lightweight, waterproof, breathable Outdoor Research men's Foray Jacket and women's Aspire Jacket are GORE-TEX shells with all-season features, and provide solid protection when heavy rain sets in for the long haul. Waterproof and extremely breathable GORE-TEX fabric shrugs off the wear-and-tear of the trail, while TorsoFlo side zippers allow poncho-style ventilation when body heat needs to escape. These backpacking and hiking jackets work as hard as you do, but pack down tight once the weather breaks. Tested by the IFMGA test team and refined in accordance with their feedback, the Outdoor Research Foray Jacket? and Aspire Jacket? are ready to repel even the most inhospitable wet weather.
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...
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!
Can someone recommend a sizing to me?
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?
Alice, a small will work well for you!
Thanks for the 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
Any way to get it in the turquoise color shown in the photos above in a small?
Unfortunately it looks like that color was an older model and we don't have any more ordered to come into stock, sorry about that!
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.