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Outdoor Research
Carbide Plus Jacket - Women's

4.45 out of 5 stars
40 Reviews
Current price: $164.48 - $180.95 Original price: $329.00
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Why We Like The Outdoor Research Carbide Plus Jacket

Designed for backcountry and resort riding, the Outdoor Research Carbide Plus Jacket delicately balances coverage with weight savings for all day comfort. The heart of this jackets performance is the waterproof and breathable Pertex Shield membrane that seals out moisture from snow and wicks sweat while we arc turns, traverse to powder, and tour to the ridge.


  • Ski and snowboard shell for backcountry and resort riding
  • Nylon face fabric handles daily riding with ease
  • Pertex membrane wicks moisture and fights off weather
  • Adjustable hood traps heat and blocks out ice cold wind
  • Fully sealed seams prevent water from sneaking in to layers
  • Under arm vents dump excess heat while on the up hill
  • Ski and ride-specific pockets keep important items nearby
  • Item #ODRZ8OS
Responsible Collection
Bluesign® APPROVED
[membrane/laminate] Pertex Shield 3L, [face fabric]100% nylon
fully sealed
helmet-compatible, wire brim, hood lock, adjustable
2 hand, 1 chest, 1 ski pass
underarm zippers
Powder Skirt
Claimed Weight
1lb 2.8oz
ski, snowboard
Manufacturer Warranty

Overall Rating

4.5 based on 40 ratings

Review Summary

1 Stars - 2 reviews
2 Stars - 2 reviews
3 Stars - 1 reviews
4 Stars - 6 reviews
5 Stars - 29 reviews

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1 out of 5 stars

March 30, 2024

Runs Tight in the Chest

I bought this jacket online in a size small so I could not try it on first. I already own an OR Aspire Gore-Tex jacket in size small and it fits okay thru the chest. I use the Aspire as a rain jacket in mild and warm temps so I rarely wear an insulating layer under it. This Carbide jacket is too snug in the chest so it is not possible to wear an insulating layer underneath it. I bought the Carbide jacket to wear during the cold, snowy winter months in Michigan. I will have to return it. Apparently OR has changed their size dimensions in recent years so a size small no longer fits me properly. I am 5'4" and 115 pounds. Be forewarned: this Carbide jacket is NOT a "standard fit" but rather a "slim fit". Also, the front zipper is difficult to fit into the slot at the bottom so it takes several attempts to get it started so you can zip this jacket up. I would have loved wearing this stylish jacket to snowshoe and hike had it fit me properly as the pretty green color is one of my favorite colors.

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5 out of 5 stars

February 24, 2024

Love this coat

Best fitting coat I've ever had!


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4 out of 5 stars

February 2, 2024

Perfect shell

I did a ton of research before selecting the Carbide jacket. I had to go up a size, the medium was smaller than expected, but I love the fit of the large! So many great pockets on this. The main zipper does take some effort and is not smooth. I've worn this skiing twice in really really cold weather (insulated jacket under) and I've been perfectly comfortable. I love the color, I got the lilac. I usually go with black because I don't want dirt to show, but I'm so happy with the purple. The hood cinches are all great for modifying with or without a ski helmet. Also love the premium features like the snow skirt and armpit zips. This will be perfect for year-round use. I'm so happy with my purchase.

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5 out of 5 stars

January 19, 2024

Great looking parka

I like the flexibility and softness of the fabric and the fit is good. Ihave not warn it yet in snowy or rainy conditions but hopefully it will hold up well. I am 5'3" and sleeves are a little longer. Its great OR makes various lengths of pants. It would be nice to have shells and jackets in petite sizes. If they were available OR would not have much competition for the " short" market


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5 out of 5 stars

December 22, 2023

The dream jacket

So I'm the basic girl who's always wanted to fit and look good in Flylow gear. I have given up on that all together!! Last year returned a Flylow coat twice for a different size and still wasn't comfortable. I am a girl with bigger hips, thighs, and butt. The outdoor research coat fits my body well as a top layer and goes over my hips without looking tight. In addition, when layering the coat doesn't make me feel like a suffocated marshmallow. I also wear outdoor research bibs, so I knew I was going to be a fan of the non-insulated design, but I really like the thickness of the coat. Sadly, I haven't tested the waterproofness due to lack of snow, but when some flurries came down the coat didn't seem to care. Lastly, the color I'm a big fan of. I was worried it would be too pink, but it's that perfect subdue pink that looks great with my black pants! Overall I'm stoked with OR gear and I'm excited to see what's next!

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1 out of 5 stars

June 5, 2023

Poor quality fabric 0/10 do not recommend

I researched so many ski jackets before deciding on this jacket. I have worn it on two ski trips for a total of 12 days of skiing - one ski trip in 2022 and one in 2023. I am an average skier staying in greens and blues. I have not worn this jacket besides those two ski trips as I live in a warm climate. There is so much pilling under the arms and on the back of the jacket. This is not normal wear and tear, especially with this type of fabric. I called customer service and was told this is covered under the "lifetime" warranty. After waiting weeks for a warranty response, turns out OR will not honor their warranty. I was told to wash it inside out (it's barely been worn and doesn't need to be washed), hand wash it, or use a pilling shaver! This is not a washing issue. This is a quality issue. Fabric should not pill this quickly, especially on a jacket that is meant to be worn for outdoor activity. I am so disappointed in this jacket and the lack of warranty.


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5 out of 5 stars

December 23, 2022

Solid ski jacket - Excellent layering capacity

Used for inbounds resort skiing. Jacket is lightweight and no bulk with excellent wind/waterproofing. When jacket is fully zipped has a wider collar to accommodate helmet strap, neck gaiter, and other collars without feeling choked. I can wear with a midweight baselayer, 1/4 zip fleece, and thin insulated puffy (eg TNF thermoball or arcteryx Cerium) on an 11 degF day, and it is warmer and less bulk than previous OR insulated ski jacket. I'm 5'2'', 125 lbs, 34B and the XS was ideal arm length, chest width, and hem length (even with all those layers). Also, need to mention bilateral Napolean pockets!


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2 out of 5 stars

December 21, 2022

Extremely disappointed, jacket easily rips

I purchased this jacket for the ski season and only wore it a few times before the arm ripped when I was stretching (not even skiing, which is concerning). I reached out to OR for a replacement, and they would not provide any replacement, which is really disappointing because I'm pretty sure it was a product defect. I've been a fan of OR for years and have had lots of success with various products, but the customer service and quality of this jacket was extremely disappointing. I had a similar issue with Patagonia and they quickly repaired and replaced the items; I would definitely choose to go with Patagonia in the future.

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5 out of 5 stars

May 24, 2022

Great ski touring jacket

Has all the features needed for back country ski touring


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5 out of 5 stars

April 20, 2022

Look good, feel good, safety

Exactly the jacket I needed! The reviews on major independent gear review sites were right on. It's a lot of jacket packed into a slim, effective shell. Pockets for days, but not even my oversupply of fruit snacks and granola bars created annoying bulges or lumps. Half a season in, it's my only truly waterproof jacket. Pit zips are key. It's breathable, but let's be real: anything that can keep out snow, rain, and all the in-between misery is not gonna breathe like a bike jersey - so be attentive to your layering. Fleece is a no-go for me with this jacket, because it traps too much condensation, but a soft shell primaloft ski jacket was the perfect mid layer most cold (10F and below) days.

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