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Outdoor Research Skyward Jacket - Women's


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    6 Reviews


    Worn skyward and downward.

    There are softshells and hardshells, and then there's the Outdoor Research Women's Skyward Jacket—a soft hardshell suitable for skinning up steep, backcountry terrain and skiing down said steeps in deep snow. Outdoor Research's lightweight and thin three-layer AscentShell construction assures reliable waterproofing for snowy conditions, and it provides outstanding breathability that's air permeable to keep you comfortably cool when you work up a sweat.

    A jacket this breathable might lead you to believe that it actually isn't that waterproof, but Outdoor Research taped the jacket's seams to prevent a single snowflake from seeping through. Just in case the fabric's air permeable nature isn't enough for you, the Skyward's long, hem-to-underarm, TorsoFlo ventilation system assures ample airflow. The hood adjusts over beanies on the skinner, and it slides over helmets with ease. In case your skins freeze, the internal Shove-It pockets warm them up on the ride down for the next hike up.

    • Air permeable hardshell for backcountry touring
    • AscentShell for waterproofing and outstanding breathability
    • Fully taped seams for enhanced waterproofing
    • TorsoFlo's long hem-to-underarm ventilation system
    • Adjustable and helmet-compatible hood with wire brim
    • Internal Shove-It pockets stow climbing skins
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    Tech Specs

    [membrane/laminate] AscentShell (3-layer), [face fabric] 70D 84% nylon, 16% spandex, [backer] 30D 100% polyester
    fully taped
    Center Back Length
    27 in
    yes, helmet-compatible, adjustable, wire brim
    [internal] 2 Shove-It, 1 media, [external] 2 chest, 2 hand
    TorsoFlo (hem-to-underarm)
    Claimed Weight
    1 lb 7 oz
    Recommended Use
    backcountry touring
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    Awesome lightweight shell!

    • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Medium
    • Height: 5'5"
    • Weight: 155lbs

    I got this for my neice as a gift and I snowboard with her everytime I go. This peice is awesome! we have encountered just about everything mother nature could throw at us and she has been totally dry. Breathes well when we do hike makes a great shell for wet days on summer hikes. As far as a touring peice, totally the gear anyone would need! Lightweight shell that is nylon with pit zips. This thing would breathe all day on tours! She is 5'5" and about 150lbs and I got a medium for her.

    Brave the elements in the Skyward

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: small
    • Height: 5'1"
    • Weight: 120lbs

    I tried out this jacket on a blustery winter day, and boy, is it burly! When it comes to snow, sleet, hail, or wind, the Skyward is bombproof. I'm usually one to avoid the backcountry when the weather isn't clear and sunny, but the Skyward might be the jacket that gets me out there even when the sun is hiding.

    Excited to Take this on the Slopes

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: XS
    • Height: 5'1"
    • Weight: 110lbs

    I recently purchased the OR Skyward Jacket as part of my first ever ski set up and I can't wait to see how it performs. Aesthetically, I really love the simplicity to it and the color -- not too vibrant but just enough pop to make it stand out. It also has ample room for layers beneath it. I tried it on with my OR Sonata Jacket as a midlayer and I didn't feel like my movement was restricted or tight at all! The hem of the jacket sits right at my hips but covers my bum, and the sleeves don't go past my fingertips (as a shorter person I get this issue a lot). The vented zippers go all the way to the hem, so that's also a neat feature. The internal pockets are another huge plus .

    I've read nothing but amazing reviews on the performance of their AscentShell waterproof compared to Gore Tex both in repelling water and being air permeable.

    I only gave it 4 stars as I haven't had a chance to test it out on the slopes but will be updating my review when I do!

    Look Good- Feel Good

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Large
    • Height: 5'4"
    • Weight: 150lbs

    What makes a jacket? For me it's not only the fit and color, but also how you feel in it! And I feel fantastic when skiing in this piece! I just picked this up in March, but it was perfect for the late winter/ early spring days. And since I was re-learning tele skiing it was long enough for when I fell several times no snow went up my jacket!

    This jacket has a feminine cut where it looks more tailored compared to some ski jackets but at the same time, its roomy enough for a puffy and you don't look like a balloon with just a base layer underneath.

    The pit zips are easy to use and actually in the right spot (you would be surprised with other jackets sometimes)
    It's super breathable and best of all POCKETS! Functional and perfectly placed pockets! I love pockets- somedays you need not only your cell phone but when touring to have pocket snacks, fresh headbands, and gloves all stored when things get hot on the uphill. I have not had an issue fitting anything into the pockets.

    Pro Tip for resort skiing: Bring a picket burrito and share with your chairlift friends- this jacket is perfect for pocket burrito storage.

    Incredible Jacket!

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

    This jacket is wonderful! I wore it for a multi-day snowboarding excursion, and it's the best jacket I've ever had. The chest pocket held my phone, lip balm, sunscreen, and more, and it didn't feel like anything was in there. It snowed on us most of the time, and the moisture slid right off the jacket. It provided great protection against the wind, and I never got overheated. The temperature never got above -5 celsius, so I didn't need to use the ventilation zippers. The high collar provided great protection, and I would highly recommend this jacket to anyone!


    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Small
    • Height: 5'4"
    • Weight: 115lbs

    I love this jacket for multiple reasons, but the top reason is definitely for how many deep pockets there are on this thing. Two on the chest (one on each side), two in the hip (for your hands and gloves) and two inside big enough to hold goggles or whatever else you want to hide.

    I have only worn this jacket as a casual piece - the interior pockets are perfect for sneaking alcohol into inappropriate places as well as for carrying my coffee thermos into work while still being able to have my hands tucked nice and safe in my pockets. The big hood was kind of annoying at first, but once I adjusted it for my height/head, it was nice that it hung over my face a little because then it kept falling snow off my face.

    Awesome windproof and waterproof jacket -- even without insulation, it blocks the wind so well that it keeps me warm on frigid days here in SLC. I've gotten our whole expert team hooked on this thing, it's honestly so awesome.