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Lindsey Kunzwrote a review of on November 23, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs large
Height: 5' 3"
Weight: 140 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

This was my first vest purchase in a long while and I’m so glad I did it. It looks super cute and keeps the core nice and warm. I struggled with deciding on the garnet/saddle or peacock/carob color and opted for the latter since I have a couple jackets in the garnet color already and love it. People envy all over this thing. I love the variety of pockets on the outside and in—very functional without looking like a “technical” piece. It is a bit roomier around the midsection than perhaps necessary, but since I’m in postpartum land, I appreciate it at the moment (though you may want to try sizing down if you’re in between sizes). Pair it with the Etta Beanie or the Effie Beanie to look effin’ awesome!

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Lindsey Kunzwrote a review of on November 23, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 3"
Weight: 140 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

Two for the price of one and trendy either way. This is a great mid-weight piece for apres-ski or around town. Looks great with a pair of jeans or tights and a slouchy beanie, like the Etta beanie! Also, the shirt material feels very comfortable next to skin. I went with the peacock/plaid color (have dirty blond hair) and my friend went with the pacific plum plaid (has brown hair) and both look good. Since it doesn’t stretch, I’d recommend sizing up if you have broad shoulders.

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Lindsey Kunzwrote a review of on November 23, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Finally, the girls get to take advantage of the innovations for the boys! This lightweight shirt is super versatile, doesn’t wrinkle, has 50upf, hidden zipper pocket, can convert to a short-sleeve shift, and can you believe it? It actually looks really flattering on top of it all! It shows curves nicely without feeling tight anywhere and has added stretch, which means you can pull it off at work, at the crag, and while traveling. I have the charcoal, which seems to be the most versatile and flattering. Been getting so many compliments that I have to buy if for others for Christmas presents!

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Lindsey Kunzwrote a review of on October 29, 2017

Pack less and use it for everything
4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs large
Height: 5' 3"
Weight: 140 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

What a snuggly, versatile layer! I seriously put it on when I received it in August and didn’t take it off for months. I’ve worn it as my outer layer at 10,000 feet during hot summer days/nights, with a tank and an Echo hoody underneath and the Helium jacket for emergencies and was surprised that I was sufficiently warm. It allowed me to trade off a midlayer and light puffy for this layer, saving space and weight in my pack.

I only have a few small wishes for the next version of this piece, which with OR’s amazing ability to iterate on their products, I’m sure some of these things will get addressed. For example, while the pockets are super comfy for dumping my hands in, they don’t zip and it doesn’t have the OR-signature stuff the layer in the pocket and clip to the harness feature. There is a zip breast pocket, however, so I just put things that I can’t afford to lose in that pocket. Also, the size is a little baggy. If you’re in between sizes, try sizing down (but try on to be sure it’s not too tight around shoulders and armpits). For example, a medium fits me perfectly in the Transition and Deviator hoodies but is a bit baggy for the Ascendant. And lastly the awesome wind-proof, water-resistant outer fabric seems to pick up dirt pretty easily, leaving me to wash the garment more than other mid/outer layers. If you find you’re washing it a bunch, use Nikwax waterproofing spray to rejuvenate this water resistance—don’t wash it in or you’ll add that to the soft inner fuzzy layer as well.

All in, it’s a fabulous piece and I’d definitely recommend it! I should add that I love that this piece doesn’t have the warm fuzzy fabric under the arms, making it a layer I can wear longer while performing activities before I want to throw it off in a heated panic like most other warm layers. The sea/atlantis color is flattering for both mountain wear and mountain life.

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Lindsey Kunzwrote a review of on October 18, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs large
Height: 5' 3"
Weight: 145 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

Remember the days when you had those jackets with the waterproof outer layer and a zip in/out inner fleece for warmth? Kind of miss those? I do too! Except I don’t miss how complicated or heavy they are. Meet the Floodlight. It’s 800 fill down and super warm with a waterproof outer layer. AND still very light! Given how puffy it is, it’s not the most packable insulation layer, but it will keep your warm and dry on those cold fall and winter days where the rain/sleet blows sideways. Keep in mind that this jacket is WARM, so it’s not the best layer for uphill pursuits unless you’re in a REALLY cold climate. However, it performs great as a one-layer-to-do-it-all when you’re only going downhill, snowmobiling, walking around town, or just spending a lot of time outdoors in the coldest months.

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Lindsey Kunzwrote a review of on October 18, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 3"
Weight: 145 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

What’s better than a Patagonia R1? The OR Transition hoody! It’s a grid fleece just like the standard R1, but the perfect weight and cut (Patagonia has been more recently making their lines more roomy/baggy/bulky at the waist—unnecessarily so). This thing is so snuggly, and it’s not too warm to wear while doing lots of cardio-related activities. I wore it on The Nose of El Capitan, S facing and direct sun. It blocked the sun, helped cut a bit of the wind, and allowed me to jug and haul 31 pitches without getting sweaty. And the Transition was there for me when I needed a bit of warmth too! I can’t wait to take this piece ski touring this winter! Size note: if you have broad shoulders, you might want to size up one size.

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Lindsey Kunzwrote a review of on October 18, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 3"
Weight: 145 lbs
Size Purchased: 4

Let me first admit that I LOVE the Ferrosi line! I can’t even count how many pairs of Ferrosi pants, capris, and shorts of all lengths I own at this point. It’s just the perfect material for so many of my pursuits.

But the knickers are my new favorite summer pant! They’re just the right length to protect my knees from getting…well…nicked, when I don’t want to wear full-length pants in the summer heat. The coverage stays in place when I’m bending my knees too! And they are tapered so they don’t look like clown or pirate pants like some ill-designed capris can. Plus, there’s a soft elastic fabric on the sides of the waist, which makes the efficient optimist in me love how easy it is to drop my drawers (I don’t even bother to undo the hook and unzip them). Also, the off-center hook closure is a bit less cumbersome under a harness than the button and tie closure of the Ferrosi pant. Plus, they’ve kept the zippered pocket in the right place!

For the other comments regarding the pants falling apart: I've probably worn mine climbing, hiking and mountain biking 100 times and they haven't fallen apart yet on me. I will say, the ferrosi material in general has a life cycle where they start to "pill" of sorts after the first handful of times wearing them, making them look fuzzy and like they are going to fall apart. Then that fuzziness goes away and they look new again. Not sure why this is, but I've owned probably a dozen different versions of the ferrosi pant and short now and they all seem to do this.

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Lindsey Kunzwrote a review of on October 18, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 3"
Weight: 145 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

This is a well-fitting, performant, and packable layer for those looking to get into the mountains. I take it with me on climbing trips, on backcountry skiing days during transitions, and even backpacking. I live in the PNW, so the synthetic hoody, hem, and cuffs, as well as the 70% down and 30% synthetic hybrid insulation in the core ensure I’m warm, even when wet. It’s not as warm as an 800-fill jacket that’s equally as puffy, but I have found it to hold in warmth better than any other 650 fill I’ve owned (and we don’t always need 800+-fill anyway).

I’ve found the fit to be great: a good length and roomy enough for layers but still cut in a flattering way. The hood fits over my ski helmet as well, keeping cold off my neck! I also love the fleecy, large pockets and the inside “shove it” pockets. Makes it easy to toss in a pair of gloves or my rock shoes to keep them warm while belaying.

This jacket is a good value compared to its competitors. And with the infinity guarantee that some others don’t have, why wouldn’t you try it?

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Lindsey Kunzwrote a review of on December 3, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs large
Height: 5' 3"
Weight: 135 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

Quite the functional backcountry ski jacket! Extremely durable, lightly insulated, and full-featured. I love that I can remove the powder skirt, have easily accessible pit zips, and have a goggle wipe in my chest pocket. The side pockets are deep and soft, so I can quickly stash anything, from snacks to hot packs to my splitboard binding pins, to even goggles if I needed/wanted to (fleece-lined). The internal shove-it pocket is big enough to stash my cheater sheet (the mesh separator for my skins). And the cuffs easily adjust tighter to easily pull on a warm OR glove. I guess if there were just 1 improvement, it would be for a more flattering shape around the waist. When I look back at some backcountry ski photos, after adding my beacon and skins under my Igneo, I look pregnant! But I guess if I were to decide between looking fit and being fit w/ the room to ski/skin the way I want, I would choose the latter. This is a very thoughtful piece!

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Lindsey Kunzwrote a review of on December 3, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 3"
Weight: 135 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

These are the best backcountry ski/snowboard soft shells I’ve encountered! They area a nice weight for cold and dry conditions in the Rockies when paired with lightweight long underwear/tights or by themselves in the warm, damp PNW. They shed water well and are very durable. The gator cuff and zippered outer fits perfectly and securely over a ski boot or even snowboard boot. They’ve made some good improvements on the side zippers to dump excess heat. The zips are longer than many competitors, don’t have the mesh getting in the way and collecting snow, and so far have done a great job of not unzipping further when you’re active and have them partially unzipped. There’s lots of deep, zippered pockets—I guess it would make more sense to put the beacon clip on a different pocket than the front one since it would get in the way at times, but I don’t keep my beacon in my pants pockets anyway. I particularly love how they cinch down if you’re in between sizes or layering. There are Velcro tabs that, when pulled adjust an internal belt system—and they stay in place. And the gator cuff on the inside thigh is durable to avoid rips from crampons as one would expect from OR. These pants are so well designed and do exactly what you want and need in a backcountry ski pant. Well done, OR! P.S. - I'm a woman and ordered the women's trailbreaker, but my husband owns the men's and also loves them. Women's aren't listed on this site.

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Lindsey Kunzwrote a review of on December 3, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 3"
Weight: 135 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

A climber’s and backcountry skier’s dream! Many competitors now have a lightweight down/synthetic-insulated jacket to keep the core warm while offering highly breathable side-paneling for heavy activity during cool temps, but OR took the extra step with the helmet-compatible hood! No need to make adjustments to the hood; it just fits and stays in place perfectly as it should! It’s still very compressible and warm (it’s been replacing my Aria hoody, for example, which I also love!), but it holds a very flattering shape to wear in town or layer under a rain shell. And stains wash out quite well (I’m a messy person) with a tech wash! The only gripe I can make is that the seam blew out of the breast pocket rather quickly. It’s a super fast and easy repair, so I didn’t bother taking advantage of OR’s excellent warranty on this (not that I could part with this layer for even a day anyway!). I’m 5’3”, 135lbs and a muscular build and I have a size S, which fits perfectly. I get full range of motion—no constriction around the shoulders and back!

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Lindsey Kunzwrote a review of on October 15, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 3"
Weight: 135 lbs
Size Purchased: S

A climber’s dream! Many competitors now have a lightweight down/synthetic-insulated jacket to keep the core warm while offering highly breathable side-paneling for heavy activity during cool temps, but OR took the extra step with the helmet-compatible hood! No need to make adjustments to the hood; it just fits and stays in place perfectly as it should! It’s still very compressible and warm (it’s been replacing my Aria hoody, for example, which I also love!), but it holds a very flattering shape to wear in town or layer under a rain shell. And stains wash out quite well (I’m a messy person) with a tech wash! The only gripe I can make is that the seam blew out of the breast pocket rather quickly. It’s a super fast and easy repair, so I didn’t bother taking advantage of OR’s excellent warranty on this (not that I could part with this layer for even a day anyway!). I’m 5’3”, 135lbs and a muscular build and I have a size S, which fits perfectly. I get full range of motion—no constriction around the shoulders and back!

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Lindsey Kunzwrote a review of on November 17, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

The Incandescent is a must for anyone who loves the outdoors when it’s cold but doesn’t want to actually be cold. I use this mostly for cold alpine rock and mixed climbing with the odd backcountry ski session thrown in, but especially when snow camping is involved. This was my only down jacket for 6 weeks in the mountains of Chamonix, France, and I couldn’t have been happier with my decision. For its weight, it’s so warm! I used to have the OR Refuge years back, which at the time was one of the warmest down jackets around. I think this one has it beat!

Other great features: the hood fits great over my climbing helmet, I really like the chest zip pocket, it stuffs into itself making for a nice pillow, and despite its warmth it still looks good — not at all bulky! Oh, and the drawstring hem allows you to shorten it a bit so it doesn’t compete with my harness. It’s a super quality jacket.

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Lindsey Kunzwrote a review of on November 17, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

This is a great tank for high-energy activities. It has a nice, long length, but feels cool against the skin with its polyester/elastathane blend. There’s a hidden pocket smartly positioned on the side for a bar, gu, or other quick-access snack. And the fit looks flattering on many body types. I’m 5’3” and 135lbs and a small works well for me. A small also fits well on my 5’7” and 140lb friend due to the long torso.

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