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    Interstellar Jacket

    The Outdoor Research Men's Interstellar Jacket is a lightweight, air-permeable shell  ready to tag along on any and all alpine ascents you have planned. Crafted from a stretchy, durable ripstop fabric, this jacket breathes exceptionally well to let you pursue high-output activities without overheating or being restricted, and it features a waterproof AscentShell laminate to protect you from the wet rain, sleet, and snow that usually come with mountain adventures. Outdoor Research also made the hood helmet-compatible to take the question of sacrificing safety for comfort off the table before you leave your home. Dynamic reach underarm panels enable mobility when you're stuck on the wall, and the pockets are situated above where your harness would go to meet the needs of any alpine expedition.

    • Hybrid shell jacket that's as protective as it is mobile
    • Stretchy, durable fabric keeps up with active comfort
    • Three-layer laminate offers waterproof, breathable protection
    • Regular fit ensures easy layering and mobility
    • Adjustable, helmet-compatible hood customizes the fit
    • Underarm panels open up your range of motion
    • Multiple, harness-friendly pockets stash the essentials
    • Item #ODR00PJ

    Tech Specs

    Material
    [membrane/laminate] AscentShell, [face fabric] 30D mechanical stretch ripstop (3-layer)
    Seams
    fully sealed
    Fit
    regular
    Length
    hip
    Center Back Length
    29in
    Hood
    yes
    Pockets
    2 hand, 1 chest
    Claimed Weight
    11.6oz
    Recommended Use
    backcountry skiing, backcountry snowboarding, casual, hiking, trail running
    Manufacturer Warranty
    lifetime

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    Top Notch Breathability

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Large
    • Height: 5'11"
    • Weight: 180lbs

    Of the many waterproof and windproof shell's I've tried, this is the most breathable. If you need protection from the elements, but plan to sweat while you're exploring, this thing is the way to go.

    I don't tend to wear out gear as quickly as a lot of people do, but to me the durability has proved sufficient for climbing and backpacking in adverse conditions. The hood is also really easy to adjust to either your head or a helmet, and moves well with you when you turn your head.

    Superb light and breathable rain shell

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: Runs small
    • Size Bought: Medium
    • Height: 5'6"
    • Weight: 150lbs

    The Outdoor Interstellar jacket kept me dry on a 2 day backcountry trip in the North Cascades where it was raining the entire time. I have also been happy using it in place of my softshell jacket for hiking and other activities. It is extremely breathable and I have had no issue with perspiration building up with my jacket fully zipped up. Hood functions well and would fit well over a climbing helmet. Jacket runs a little small which I prefer for a more fitted look but felt comfortable wearing it over a couple layers.

    Shellabrate!

    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Medium
    • Height: 5'9"
    • Weight: 160lbs

    Lightweight, Tough, Packable! What else do ya need?



    This shell has handled some very stormy weather. Great so far for backcountry adventures. No pit zips, but I had no problem with that, this sheds heat awfully well. The medium is perfect for me with layering.



    This thing feels tough too -3-layer AscentShell waterproof laminate at only 11.6 ounces.

    Shellabrate!

    Versatile

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: large
    • Height: 6'0"
    • Weight: 175lbs

    This jacket can be used for many different activities which is awesome. I love the Ascent shell material because it is very breathable and stretchy, regulates your temperature well while moving, yet is waterproof. I use this jacket for touring, hiking, and climbing. I love how lightweight it is at 11.6oz making it super easy to stash in a pack. The placement of pockets is nice when wearing a harness. Armpit vents could be a good option in the future to cool down more when working very hard. I would recommend this jacket. I am 6'0 175 and a size large fits me well.

    Versatile

    Great Shell - but not for skiing...

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: small
    • Height: 5'10"
    • Weight: 155lbs

    I've had this jacket for roughly 8 months. Primarily used for ski touring. Also used once for mountain biking. Breathability is great and the jacket is lightweight and packs small. The result of those pros is that it is very thin and fragile. I have already put three large tears in about 20 days of use from ski touring. Also holds onto dirt. Washed multiple times with specific cleaner to remove dirt without any luck at all. Just washed away the waterproof coating...

    Great jacket overall, but definitely not for ski touring.

    P.S. I put this same review on the OR site and it was never posted. Just thought I should mention this...

    Hey William, yes, it is lightweight and isn't built for durability. Did you catch some trees? I will look into the post on the OR site. I know they went through some updates and wondering if they had issues from that... Thanks for the heads up.

    Leta
    OR Rep

    Hi Leta. I have brushed some trees, as I have with all my other shells - it is inevitable with backcountry skiing. Goretex Pro and Active shells have held up to years of the same, but this one only months. The OR rep I spoke with over email told me this would be a great shell for ski touring.

    Lightweight hardshell is nearly perfect

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Large
    • Height: 5'11"
    • Weight: 190lbs

    The OR Interstellar is a very good hardshell - I picked it up this winter to replace a 3L Mammut Gore-Tex Paclite and have used it for inbounds skiiing, touring, and summiting Mt. Washington. The Interstellar shaves quite a bit of weight from traditional 3L shells, but still kept me well protected on Mt Washington where the summit temperature was -21 degrees Fahrenheit, with windchill in the -65 range. It also fits well with a clean athletic shape but just enough room to layer a wool baselayer, an R1 hoody, and a Nano-Air/Atom/Proton softshell insulation layer without compressing the insulation. Bonus for the easily adjusted, well-fitting hood, and the three external pockets - one Napoleon and two handwarmer pockets.



    I do think it would be improved with pit zips, and I find the front zipper to have too much resistance as it passes over the neck, so one star off for that.



    Overall an impressive piece that likely gives up a little durability against heavier hardshells but really works as you would expect a performance hardshell to work.



    Lightweight hardshell is nearly perfect

    Close but not quite

    • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
    • Fit: Runs small
    • Size Bought: Medium
    • Height: 5'10"
    • Weight: 170lbs

    The stretch, the price, and the weight are very good! I'm 5'10", 170lbs, and typically wear medium or large tops and large bottoms. I tried the Interstellar in a medium and it fit well except for the hips. The hem was too tight and I would not be able to start the zipper if I was wearing ski bibs or a midlayer. I also found the hand pockets to be too low for wearing a backpack.

    AscentShell Rocks

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Large
    • Height: 6'0"
    • Weight: 178lbs

    The interstellar jacket is magical. Usually, shells sacrifice either breathability or weather resistance for the other. Somehow, Outdoor Research has managed to make this jacket light, breathable, windproof, AND waterproof. Definitely the best jacket purchase I've made in a while.

    Heads up: the outer membrane will become saturated and you will look

    Seems decent, but not a great fit

    • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
    • Size Bought: Medium
    • Height: 5'9"
    • Weight: 150lbs

    I ordered a few rain jackets to hedge my bets and this one didn't make the cut. Main reason came down to fit- the bottom hem seemed too tight, even with the tensioners loosened all the way. The sleeves were plenty long and shoulders fit well, but I could see this being hard to layer under, as there wasn't enough stretch to make up for the hip tightness.

    I agree that the current iteration of interstellar is more trim in the body. And it actually worked better for me than many other jackets on the market, so I have got it in Solaria color for my bike commuting.