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Skyward II Jacket

You're halfway up the skin track and you're completely soaked, but it's not raining or snowing. It's sweat. With the Outdoor Research Men's Skyward II Jacket you'll stay dry from your baselayer out, even when you're the one setting the skinner. The AscentShell 3L membrane is completely waterproof, wind-resistant, incredibly breathable, but also maintains a comfortable stretch so you can pole plant freely.

The Skyward II is a winner simply because of the shell, but Outdoor Research also added a laundry list of thoughtful features to optimize the jacket's performance in the backcountry. Large hem-to-bicep vents let you easily cool down without shedding layers, and front pockets are strategically placed out of the way of a harness or backpack waist belt, allowing easy snack access. When you're getting ready to rappel into a couloir, or need to quickly access your beacon, the jacket's double zipper lets you do so with ease.

  • A shell designed to keep you dry from the inside out
  • Waterproof, breathable, and wind-resistant AscentShell 3L membrane
  • Elbow articulation and stretch fabric allow unrestricted motion
  • Extensive side vents for customized temperature regulation
  • High hand pockets allow for easy access with a harness or pack
  • Double-zipper allows for easy belays or beacon access
  • Item #ODR00RE

Material
[membrane/laminate] AscentShell 3L, [face fabric] 50D stretch (88% nylon, 12% spandex), [lining] 50D polyester
Seams
fully sealed
Fit
regular
Length
hip
Center Back Length
30.25in
Hood
helmet-compatible
Pockets
[external] 2 zippered chest, 2 zippered hand, [internal] 2 Shove-It, 1 media
Venting
TorsoFlo (hem-to-bicep)
Claimed Weight
[large] 1lb 9.8oz
Recommended Use
skiing, snowboarding
Manufacturer Warranty
lifetime

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>Rating: 4

Great breathable shell!

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
L
Height
6` 1"
Weight
185 lbs

I used this jacket a handfull of times snowboarding in the Wasatch range frontcountry resorts out of Salt Lake this year and it was great! The ultra-breathable membrane kept me dry all day, even when I over layered and had to hike out. Ventilation options are many and easily usable with mittens or gloves on. I had enough room to layer underneath and still maintain comfortable movement. If you are looking for a waterproof yet highly breathable/ventable jacket, this is the ticket to ride!

>Rating: 5

Solid

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
Medium
Height
6` 2"
Weight
161 lbs

All around a sweet jacket. Was able to take it out skiing a few times this season and it performed wonderfully each time. The long zipper pulls made it easy to remove (or open pit zips) with mittens on. It remained breathable but kept me dry all day, and even though it isn't huge, it allowed for lots of movement! Would recommend!

All

Thank you Josh! Enjoy! Leta OR Rep

>Rating: 5

Legit.

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Size Bought
Medium
Height
5` 10"
Weight
145 lbs

The rumors are true, OR's Ascentshell delivers on protection and breathability in a super mobile package, basically a hybrid shell erasing the hard / soft shell boundary. Looking for a jacket to hold up to resort use but lightweight and breathable for BC use. Rocked this guy on two recent 30" plus storms (resort) here in the Wasatch, with the snow a tad heavier / wetter than normal. During white-out conditions and many powder naps the Skyward shed everything - the protection is there. Digging out from said naps the jacket didn't turn into a sauna, and I clearly found myself using the pit vents less than normal. The breathability is there, not to mention these hem to bicep zippers I feel confident heat management wouldn't be an issue even while touring. Great fit plus evident quality in construction and materials. If you are in and out of bounds consider the Skyward for a single jacket to do both.

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Ryan! Excellent review! Thank you for passing on and making me insanely jealous with your 30" storms. Great photo! Leta OR Rep

>Rating: 5

Great maneuverability

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
Small
Height
5` 10"
Weight
135 lbs

This is a great softshell jacket! It's wind resistant, waterproof, and stretchy! I can comfortably move around and shift my body wherever it needs to go. I've taken this thing snowboarding many times, and it has yet to fail me! It's a pretty minimalist jacket, so I don't feel weird wearing this around town on an extra rainy day.

Hey Myles - thank you so much for the review! Glad you love it! Leta OR Rep

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Will you be getting any more Blue Skyward II jackets in Medium?

Yeah! We are getting two of those in over the next couple months.

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Does the skyward II jacket come with a powder skirt ?

It does not have a powder skirt