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Outdoor Research Skyward Jacket - Men's


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    2 Reviews


    The skinner won't set itself.

    When it's your turn to set the skintrack, zip up the Outdoor Research Men's Skyward Jacket, and set that skinner steep. This air-permeable shell is one of Outdoor Research's most breathable jackets, so don't expect to sweat too much when you're backcountry touring, and it's still reliably waterproof so you won't get wet when you're skiing through the fluffy stuff. The jacket's stretchy fabrication moves with you from the first awkward switchback to the final turn of the day.

    The Skyward also features long zippers that run from hem to bicep to allow plenty of ventilated airflow in case you start working up a sweat setting that steep skinner. The hood is helmet-compatible, because you shouldn't ski without a helmet, and there's a wire brim that stays out of sight when you're gripped in rocky couloirs. There are a plethora of pockets designed specifically for warming frozen skins, protecting smartphones, and storing other valuables.

    • Air-permeable shell for sweat-free skinning and skiing
    • Waterproof and wind-resistant AscentShell membrane
    • Movement-mirroring stretch fabrication
    • TorsoFlo's hem-to-bicep ventilation
    • Helmet-compatible, wire-brimmed halo hood
    • Thumb Drive hook-and-loop cuff closure and drawcord hem
    • Plethora of pockets for skins, smartphone, and valuables
    • Item #ODR00HQ

    Tech Specs

    [membrane/laminate] AscentShell 3L, [face fabric] 84% nylon, 16% spandex, [backer] 100% polyester
    fully taped
    Center Back Length
    31 in
    yes, adjustable
    2 Shove-It, 2 zippered chest, 1 internal media, 2 zippered hand
    TorsoFlo (hem-to-bicep)
    Claimed Weight
    1 lb 10 oz
    Recommended Use
    backcountry touring
    Manufacturer Warranty

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    Perfect Shell

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Large

    I was looking for a shell that was functional and adaptable, the Outdoor Research Skyward Jacket did not disappoint. I took it out for a few days at Canyons for some chill days with the family and from single digit temps to lower 30s by the end of the day this jacket was perfect. With a nice synthetic down mid-layer in the morning to by itself in the afternoon. I was warm and dry all day.

    Great, light jacket for touring

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Medium

    I took this jacket on a tour, hit Brighton with it a few times, and did some winter camping in Southern Utah with it. It stood up to the test, very waterproof and light. The Ascent Shell technology reminded me a lot of Goretex in both feel and use, though it keeps the price a bit lower. To make this a better product for me, it would have a removable powder-skirt. My only other suggestion would be to make the inner chest pocket a little smaller, as it is anything you put in it sags down to the waist pocket.

    Unanswered Question

    The guy in the video on OR's website claims the jacket is extremely lightweight in nature. But according to the specs it weights 26oz, which is very close to the weight of OR's Maximus Jacket. So I'm bit confused. I'll appreciate if someone can clarify this. Thanks.