Transcendent Hooded Down Jacket
No cold-weather adventure is complete without the Outdoor Research Men’s Transcendent Hooded Down Jacket. Fortunately, it packs into its own pocket so you never have to leave it behind. When you’re on a cold belay ledge, or peeling off touring skins on the summit, and the wind starts gusting, you’ll be super thankful for the lofty, lightweight 650-fill down insulation, wind-resistant fabric, and cozy hood to keep all that hard-earned warmth from escaping. For those inevitable days when the sky unleashes a drizzle, the Transcendent sports a water-resistant finish to keep you dry while you fish out your shell from your pack.
- A jacket for days when the temperature plummets
- Down insulation provides lightweight, compressible warmth
- Adjustable, insulated hood traps heat where it matters
- Pockets are lined to keep hands toasty
- Stuff-sack pocket makes it easy to bring on any adventure
- Sleek design makes transitioning from summit to street a breeze
- Item #ODR00R7
What do you think about this product?
December 19, 2019
A Solid All Around Jacket.
I'm somewhat of a jacket connoisseur. I have a few name brand jackets that I wear and this jackets is one of my most favorite jackets. I hate being cold and so i need a jacket that I can wear all the time. You can wear it when the temps drop and when its around 50 degrees or so. I usually just have a tshirt underneath and im good. It is a little more puffy than most downs out there but I'm ok with that. I love inside pockets for putting your gloves down in. The hood is perfect and moves with your head movement. It keeps warms inside very well. I got this jacket on sale and I feel like i hit the jackpot. It does shed a few feathers but not bad and they're very small feathers at that. I have not worn this jacket in a mist or light rain yet so not sure how it holds up when wet. I'm 5'9" and 150lbs and went with the medium in case I want to wear a sweater under it and it fits just right.
January 15, 2020
Thanks for the great review and sizing advice, Micah!
December 16, 2019
Great warm jacket that looks good.
I got this jacket for casual use around in the city and occasional hiking on not so treacherous terrains. This coat is great, I love the hood that allows me to skip the winter hot sometimes and retain my hair-do for the evening. I’m a bulky guy and got an XL. It’s a bit loose but it would be perfect if I needed a layer. I just wore a T-shirt under this jacket in 20 degrees weather and was quite comfortable. The only concern I have is with the feathers coming out, not too much but every time I wear it I see some feathers sticking out of the seams. I wore a fleece jacket as a layer one day and noticed a lot of feathers sticking to it! Maybe it’s just my piece, would love to hear some feedback.
December 12, 2019
Best around-town jacket I've ever had
Let me make one thing clear - I did not purchase this with any intention of using it in a technical sense. I'm a middle-aged dad from Buffalo NY that has no interest in being cold when running the kids to and fro, heading to the office on casual days or various errands. I've owned this coat for a month and it may be one of my favorite coats ever purchased. It's somehow as good at 40 degrees as it is at 15 degrees with a good cut of wind. I have also worn it in a light rain and had a solid pelting of heavy lake effect snow on it the last few days and it has held up well. I am so impressed with it and believe its worth every penny (and a no-brainer when on sale). Somewhat departing from other reviewers I do not find a significant amount of feather loss thus far. I've maybe found one or two on my car seat but that's about it. I also want to thank the gearhead, Alex, for helping my zero in on this jacket and a few others after I described what I was looking for - every gearhead I've encountered has been great, use them!
January 7, 2020
Let's go Bills(next year)!!!
December 5, 2019
So dang nice!
For the record, I only really wore this jacket around town mostly besides one round of 18 holes of disc golf! I'm not super savvy when it comes to down jackets and all of their tech specs but what stood out to me about this jacket was firstly how light it felt. the 650 goose down felt light and airy and was warm but not too warm for me. My body runs really warm naturally so I appreciated the airy feel. The Large fit me great. Some brands fit more slim and for me, with a broad athletic body type, I often have to get an XL just to fit my arms and shoulders comfortably. This large fit comfortably but I wouldn't suggest wearing anything too bulky underneath like a flannel or a baggier long sleeve t shirt. The jacket compressed really small which I am learning is a characteristic of natural down. Also, in my closet full of black and grey jackets, the green was refreshing to wear.
November 14, 2019
The All around gem!
First of all the fit is perfect, OR has it down as usual. Took this to the Desert this fall, hot during the day and gets cold quick at night. I wore this jacket with nothing but a thin baselayer and was comfortable in the 30's. The puffiness is not too much and just enough to regulate your temp. Loved it!!!
October 18, 2019
This jacket is one of the best values out there! It's light weight, very warm and packs well when you need to layer down. It's a great jacket for those cold fall days at the crag/bouldering, hiking peaks or just cold nights around the campfire. The fit is nice and moves well even while maneuvering technical terrain. I recently used it summiting a peak in the Wasatch Range and as I gained the ridge the winds really started ripping and with the cold temperatures I had to throw this guy on. And I was very impressed just how well this jacket protected me against the winds without a shell! 10/10 would recommend!
October 14, 2019
OMG so warm and cozy
This puffy jacket that folds into its own pock just accompanied me as I summited my first 14'er, in gale force winds at <30 degrees F. This, plus a windproof outer jacket and I was kept really warm, except for my face and fingers. It will be with me on every cold weather adventure from here on out.
May 28, 2019
Always with me on my adventures
I love this jacket. It is very versatile. I always have this jacket in my pack. It is useful for so many activities. This jacket keeps me warm camping, taking night pictures, at the top of a peak transitioning on a split boarding tour, and belaying at the crag on a chilly day. It only weighs 14.5 oz and it will pack down into its on own pocket for stashing in a pack. For how lightweight it is, it doesn't compromise warmth. The 650 fill down material blocks wind well and keeps me toasty in temperatures below 30 degrees easily. Layering is easy, I usually on need one or two layers underneath on even the coldest days. It is DWR treated making it water resistant. I bought a size large and it fits true to size. I am 6'0 175lbs. I have been using this product on almost every adventure for the past 6 months.
June 23, 2019
Fantastic shot and review, Tyler! Happy Trails! Leta OR Rep
December 31, 2019
Looks like a movie set.
March 30, 2019
I had an older ghost whisperer model that I wanted to replace and so I checked around for a modestly priced down jacket. I came across the transcendent hoody and was intrigued by the design features. I’m not one to worry about weight on backpacking trips or casual wear, so this jacket perfect. Amazing quality, to be expected from OR, and warmth like no other. I’m extremely happy with this jacket and how warm it’s kept me. Been out in mid 20’s with just a baselayer underneath and I was toasty!
June 23, 2019
So glad you found the Transcendent! It is a great piece and has huge value! Stay warm - Leta OR Rep
March 10, 2019
Great Comfort/Warmth, Good All Round
Ive had this jacket for a month now and here is what I've found. Pros: Warm. Very Comfortable Super Lightweight Flawless Zippers (small detail but worth noting) Con: it is pretty puffy due to the larger baffles. This isn't really a full con because it adds to the great warmth. BUT, for those looking for a solid stand alone jacket that can also double as a good mid layer on colder days you may want to look at the Illuminate from Outdoor Research or other lower profile down jackets. Also the nylon shell material is extremely lightweight, again to be expected in most down jackets , but I do wonder how it will hold up to regular use and abuse. Conclusion: This is a great everyday puffy that is supremely comfortable, toasty warm and pretty stylish as far as down jackets go IMO. It may not be the top of the line weather resistance but it holds up well to light moisture (beads up and sheds light rain pretty good ). If the weather turns you may want to use another jacket versus shelling over this one as it is pretty puffy, though Ive put a shell over it and it was fine, just not optimal. Overall it is a warm everyday jacket that you can use on the trail and look good in downtown with the technical details that outdoor folks will use and appreciate.
June 23, 2019
Many thanks, Justin!! Leta OR Rep
March 3, 2019
Good so far.
Just got it and worn a few times. I am a 42 short jacket and a large fits just right for me. I can do a couple of layers underneath. I would go to an XL if I you want to multiple layer under this coat. Nylon feels thin but not unacceptable for a stuffable coat. Great light coat for stuffable use. Stuffs into own pocket nicely. The black is not black. More of a gunmetal grey. It is made in China.
June 23, 2019
Thank you Michael! Leta OR Rep
February 7, 2019
Faithful Update to a Classic Jacket
With its wider baffles, softer materials, and modern touches, the OR Transcendent down hoodie is a faithful update to the original. I primarily use this jacket as a casual layering piece and main Fall/Spring outerwear. The fit is absolutely perfect for a medium/athletic build (5’10”, 175 lbs.) with a little extra room in the arms and waist for layering. While I wouldn't expose this jacket to extreme elements without a hard shell, I believe it is perfect for everyday light use down to 20 or 30 degrees. My only gripe is that the color I purchased is not truly black, but more dark grey or charcoal.
February 9, 2019
Great review, Andrew! Thanks so much! Leta OR Rep
January 6, 2019
Excellent. Two thumbs up.
I tried virtually every big name brand out there. The OR fit is superior and the details and features are great.
January 7, 2019
Hey Bill, Thanks for the great review! Enjoy! Leta OR Rep
December 18, 2018
Great so far
Coat is very comfortable and light. A little poofy but that’s what you get with 650 down. I have noticed my car’s seat has some down that’s come out on the back so we will see if that’s going to be an issue down the road.
October 3, 2019
An issue, on the road with down, or down the road
November 28, 2018
My Go-to Puffy For Casual Activitys
This is my go-to puffy for everything casual. I use it nearly every day besides the super cold days in Utah. I would say it keeps me warm to about 25 degrees with just a small sweater on underneath. It's proving to be very durable as I've used it for 4 years now. With it's 650 feathers I only use if or around town and basic hiking. I have other down jackets with 800 fill for times when weight and compression matters. Buy this if you are on a budget and are looking for a great quality jacket!
November 14, 2018
Gave this to a friend and this is what he had to say about it: I really like the packability of this coat! Being able to stuff it into its own pocket is great (and makes a nice pillow too). Its warm, comfortable, and lightweight which is also a plus. The only negative is the material is fairly thin and therfore prone to rips when walking through brambles, but I guess this is to be expected with a lightweight puffy. Overall, I'm very happy with this coat and would recommend for anyone looking for a lightweight coat. Great for climbing or when packability is a concern.
October 14, 2018
Great pack and travel puffy
Bought for small pack down into its own pocket for travel and storage. Still waiting for winter to try out the 650 down fill... Can't beat the Infinite guarantee
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June 12, 2018
It is alright
I like the jacket because it looks really nice. I got the orange color and it is just the perfect orange. The body fits nicely and lofty. However, maybe my arm is just small but the bicep area is very big. The fill in the arm is quite minimal. I wish it is a bit loftier in the arm.
March 7, 2018
Birthday gift for the win!
Here's what the birthday boy had to say: "It's hard to find a comparable down jacket in this price point. It fits like I would expect and is warm and cozy. It looks equally good in the city or the mountains. Don't expect it to keep you warm if you are sitting still in freezing cold temps, but when you understand layering and use it for its intended purpose you'll be happy." I'll take that as a win.
March 2, 2018
I wear a size large. Very comfortable and warm, excellent fit. I like the minimalist design. The hood is perfect. Fits well over my shell or underneath. I can wear it on the town or stuff it in my pack for a day of skiing.
January 3, 2019
Any idea how much of the 650 fill is included in this jacket?
January 3, 2019
Great question, Wes! I've contacted OR directly on your behalf. A large size has 4.23oz of 650 fill down in the jacket. I hope this helps!
January 6, 2019
Thanks for the question, Wes - and thank you for the quick answer, Laura! Leta OR Rep