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    12 Reviews


    Ullr approved.

    When cold winter winds start to whip across the ridge you're climbing, layer up with the Outdoor Research Men's Uberlayer Insulated Hooded Jacket. Designed for high-aerobic ascents in cold winter weather, the Uberlayer is filled with a breathable and moisture-resistant Polartec Alpha insulation to keep you warm, even when you're sweating it out on the up-track. Inside the jacket is a polyester stretch mesh fabric to increase the jacket's overall breathability, while its adjustable hood helps to lock in heat when you're resting, rigging gear for the final pitch, or ripping skins before the descent. Two hands and a zippered chest pocket keep your lip balm, sunscreen, and that pepperoni stick you've been saving for the summit easily accessible. 

    • 30D nylon stretch woven fabric
    • Polartec Alpha insulation
    • Polyester stretch mesh lining
    • Trim fit
    • Adjustable, wire-brimmed hood
    • Inset Lycra cuffs
    • Drawcord adjustable hem
    • Item #ODR00AG

    Tech Specs

    [shell] 30D nylon, [lining] polyester mesh
    Polartec Hi-Pile Alpha
    Center Back Length
    29 in
    2 zippered hand, 1 zippered chest
    Claimed Weight
    [L] 19.9 oz
    Recommended Use
    alpine & expedition, alpine touring
    Manufacturer Warranty

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    Versatile and comfortable

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: XL
    • Height: 5'11"
    • Weight: 200lbs

    Out here on the windy plains I needed lightweight outerwear with a hood. I was tired of stuffing headwarmers in my hoodless jacket pocket. I don't ever wear a helmet so I wanted a functional hood for a bare head. The OR Uberlayer seemed that it would fill the bill. It has worked great. It is lightweight but provides exceptional warmth. I frequently wear it as my outer layer but it is super as an inner layer. When I'm not using the hood it lies unobtrusively behind my neck. The hood is adjustable and works well in most cases. The wire brim is nice. The fabric is supple and comfortable. It's not windproof but it somehow doesn't let a lot of cold air through. The fit is true to size. It's an athletic cut and fits me fine even though I lost my athletic build decades ago. It's pricey but I got mine on sale or I'd never have purchased it at the original price. It's a winner.

    warm and easily packable

    • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: large
    • Height: 5'10"
    • Weight: 150lbs

    This jacket fulfills exactly the reason why I bought it. Warm for winter golf, if the sun comes out in the middle of the round, I am able to roll this jacket up, just as easily as a rain layer, and tuck it in my pack, with minimal bulge and room to spare. Essentially a no brainer, great deal, 10/10 would buy again.

    Great jacket except for one thing

    • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Large
    • Height: 6'4"
    • Weight: 190lbs

    After reading several reviews from tall lanky guys, I thought I'd found the perfect jacket. I'm 6'4" and 190 lbs and ordered a Large. The length was great, the sleeves were perfect (not too short as the Atom LT jacket's were), nice trim fit, and the quality level and craftmanship high. But I felt a tightness around the middle of the jacket that was uncomfortable. After looking closely I realized that the elastic bands on the inside pockets were pulling in that part of the jacket, making it an inch tighter in the middle of the torso. I could both feel it and see it. Very disappointing, because it's a great jacket for a tall lanky guy in every other way. Had to return it reluctantly.


    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Large
    • Height: 6'3"
    • Weight: 185lbs

    Seriously surprised at how warm it is considering how lightweight it is. I love that it breathes and doesn't feel like I'm wearing plastic baggies.
    Wasn't too big on the metal piece in the lining of the hood, that is, until I found out that it is adjustable!!! This jacket continues to surprise me and I'm loving it. Waiting to find an extra pocket somewhere I didn't know existed.
    Also, it's nice to have a jacket with long sleeves, kind of a pain finding a jacket that fits like this. #TallLankyPersonApproved

    Top notch!

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    The Outdoor Research Uberlayer Hooded Jacket is top line gear. The Outdoor Research Uberlayer Hooded Jacket uses Polartec Alpha insulation, originally designed for U.S. Special Forces. With Polartec Alpha insulation, the Outdoor Research Uberlayer Hooded Jacket provides lightweight moisture controlled midlayer performance. I have found with my Outdoor Research Uberlayer Hooded Jacket, that using it in conjunction with a wool baselayer and some sort of lightweight hardshell you get a killer combo. The wool baselayer will not get stinky like most synthetic baselayers and also regulates moisture and temperature. That has worked for me with my Outdoor Research Uberlayer Hooded Jacket. Dropping the coin is the main issue with this item, it is expensive. But if you love the outdoors, this is a game changer type product. Can always be used around town as well.

    There are jackets you wear all the time.

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Medium
    • Height: 5'11"
    • Weight: 165lbs

    I bought the uberlayer about a year ago. I am always on the search for jackets that I can wear most of the time rather than for specialized uses. The uberlayer is the jacket I find myself wearing most of the time.

    It has just enough warm for inside and outside use. Chilled? Zip it up and put the well designed hood up. Wet outside? The outer nylon with DWR repels water just right. Running through brush? Well, it may snag but it seems more durable than the equivalent Patagonia nano. Temperature regulation seems almost perfect in 25-50F whether active or not. Compressible, light, and ready for action!

    For sizing, I am 165 lb, 33-34"W, 40-41"C, 5-10" and the medium fits me great--athletic fit, not boxy, just right.

    I may even buy another one.

    Amazing Midlayer

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Large
    • Height: 6'0"
    • Weight: 195lbs

    I have used this jacket on many days of touring and mountaineering and in all types of temperatures. I typically run super warm and sweat a ton. Even with that, during the warm, Spring touring/ mountaineering adventures, I've been able to leave me base layer and this jacket on all day long. It breathes exceptionally and lets no wind through. I would say the fit is still true to size, despite being a little bit on the slimmer fitting side. I can still layer up underneath, but it still is not super baggy - exactly what you want from a mid layer.

    I would definitely recommend this jacket to anyone looking for a highly breathable, great mid layer. Feel free to reach directly out to me for any questions on this jacket or anything else at all. I'm always happy to help out. or (801)204-4657.

    Amazing Midlayer

    Keeps the heat in and the wind out!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Large
    • Height: 5'9"
    • Weight: 182lbs

    Just picked this jacket up at an REI garage sale for a ridiculously good price. I am a huge fan of Outdoor Research, by far my favorite company. When I see the OR logo at the garage sale i just grab!

    This jacket is really nice addition. Compresses nicely and the materials are REALLY soft to the skin. I have walked around in a tshirt with this jacket on while it is in the 20s and didnt feel any chill. The wind doesnt cut through it either which makes a really nice layer for a windy cold day.

    I havent had the opportunity to test it out camping or hiking yet but I can tell just wearing it around town it is definitely added into my autumn and winter gear list. The warmth it packs for being so lightweight is incredible.

    I am 5'9 182 lbs and it fits just right. Not too snug. Not too loose. Moment I put it on and showed my wife, she just said "buy it." she loves how I look in it and I do too.

    This is a great addition to any hiking or camping trip. By far one of OR best products in their entire line.

    Breathable and warm! But also stinky

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

    This works great! I can keep wearing it during chillier XC skiing trips without overheating and soaking myself in sweat. Its comfortable to wear and not restricting. I dont know that I like the styling enough to wear it around town but thats not what I bought it for anyways.

    The one real issue I've had with it is its stink. I feel like I have to wash it every trip because it stinks so bad. Tech wash and sport wash make it smell just fine after the wash but just one mild ski trip later and the stench is back.

    It works so well for what its designed for Ill keep on wearing it but if anyone has any ideas on long term stink reduction I would appreciate it.

    Mason - Thank you for the feedback! I haven't heard anything about the stink, but my guess is that natural fibers (like wool and down) would work better for that purpose, but they would fail miserably at keeping you insulated while not overheating you... especially with the weight of the garment.

    Thank you for writing!

    OR Rep

    Very good indeed

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Height: 5'11"
    • Weight: 155lbs

    Similar in concept to the Patagonia Nano Air hoody, the Uberlayer is a little warmer, and a little more windproof. That makes it less comfortable for slouching around in, but perhaps slightly superior as an outer layer in cold weather. The wind rips right through the Nano Air so you really need a shell on top when it gets blowy. My only criticism is that the Uberlayer feels like it is cut just a little tight around the armpits. If you're a climber with big lats, or have muscular arms, you might prefer the looser fit of the Patagonia. Once you're working hard, however, you won't really notice.

    Thanks for the review! What size did you snag...I'm guessing medium? I'm 5'9 and 165lbs...I have a large Arc'teryx Atom in large that's a tad baggy on me, a Patagonia Nano Air that's a medium that's a better fit...just double checking sizes...thanks! Joshua

    Uberlayer Saves the Day

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Large
    • Height: 6'4"
    • Weight: 180lbs

    I have had this jacket for two days, so let me break it down.
    Day 1: Wear en route to climbing gym- receive compliments from friends and strangers alike.
    Day 2: Pack as a layer for an evening fly fishing outing. Almost immediately slip on a rock and fall into the river, submerging all worn clothing, and filling waders. Pull off wet clothing, and throw on the stowed Uberlayer (stowed in a dry pack). Almost immediately stop shivering. Fast forward 45 minutes- wrangle in a big ol brown trout. Does your jacket catch fish for you? If the answer to the previous question was no, you may need an Uberlayer.

    -Perfect combination of stretch (freedom of movement), trim fit (style), layerability (sort of a word, I googled it), and temperature regulation.
    -Lightweight, and stowes into it's own pocket for packing purposes without compromising warmth
    -Adjustable hood keeps your noggin warm when its not so pleasant outside
    -Literally saves the day

    -Doesn't keep your toes warm when your waders are filled with water

    Although I have only had this jacket for a couple of days, I cannot say enough about it. I am 6'4, 180, and size large is spot on.
    I will update again the next time this jacket saves my life.

    Great insulation for all activities

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Large
    • Height: 6'1"
    • Weight: 170lbs

    I've got this jacket and really like it. Impressed with the warmth and durability of the product. It sheds water and snow but keeps me warm.

    I used this jacket this summer while in the Alps climbing and probably have 50+ days in this jacket.

    I'm 6'1 170lbs and wear a size Large. I like the bigger size as i can fit it over my other layers.

    Jonathan, Thanks again for writing - I have the women's Uberlayer, and I am impressed so far. I cannot wait to put it to the test on a really cold ski tour! It will be my perfect jacket for all cold weather "active" endeavors!

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    What does the insulation weigh in grams/m sq.? (60g, 80g, etc...) Is there more in the body and less in the sleeves? Or is it the same weight throughout the whole jacket? I keep having to go to other sites to find this info. If I'm already at your competition's site, I might as well buy it there. I keep finding the insulation weight missing in the descriptions of more and more jackets here. Backcountry used to always include this info. What happened Backcountry??

    Hey Adam, I am really sorry you are not finding this info on Backcountry. Thank you for drawing it to my attention, and I will be sure to pass this along to them. The Uberlayer has 98 g / m2 of Polartec Alpha insulation through out. It is a great active insulation piece for cold weather. If you are not being active, then the fabric will allow alot of air permeability, so it may not feel as warm as it does when you are active. Hope that helps.


    OR Rep

    Looking for a good fall/winter jacket. Would this work for temps below 32 F? Wind resistance?

    Best Answer

    Hi Kelly, This is a fantastic winter jacket and should keep the user warm in below 32 F. It is also wind and water resistant! If you have any other questions please feel free to let me know!

    Kelly, I would like to know more: will you be using this jacket actively? Skinning uphill,? running? Snowshoeing? This insulation is designed for active use, since it is air permeable, allowing your inner micro climate in the jacket to cool off and not overheat. Feel free to get specific, and I can help!


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    I got a chance to try this jacket on today at my local REI store. I noticed that the rim of the hood has this bendy material. I'm really concerned that this might eventually snap after bending it too many times... Also I had a hard time stuff this jacket into itself. Has anyone had any of these issues?

    Jerry, I am so sorry that I havent gotten to your question yet! I understand your concern about the bendy material, but OR and other vendors have used this material quite a bit and it is solid. However, should anything happen to it, please know that OR will back it's products 100%. It's called our Infinite Guaranty. We will absolutely take care of you.

    Again, my apologies for the late response!


    OR Rep

    PS - I have this in the women's version - AMAZING!

    I'm 6' 172lbs, would medium work for me?

    Hey Justin,

    No way, this bad boy fits trim (tried it on yesterday). I'm 5'10," about 150, and the medium was too tight. The large was a bit big, so it will probably fit you well. Unreal jacket though!

    Justin, I recently ordered this jacket in Medium and had to return it because it was too small. I am also 5'10", 150b and I am just waiting for stock to be available to buy the Large. I was super impressed with the jacket though.