kevin dotywrote a review of Outdoor Research Refuge Hooded Insulated Jacket - Men's on November 21, 2019
Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
At first glance, the jacket does seem to be really puffy for an active insulated layer but it packs down like a champ and you will be happy you have it whether you are belaying halfway up a shady side multi-pitch route in Red Rocks during the fall or earlywinter or high in the alpine pushing to the summit. Me and my climbing partner both used it in Red Rock this past weekend. With a small 20L pack I had for the climb I was able to fit a liter of water snacks some extra emergency cord and the OR Refuge with plenty of room left for more water which I wish I actually had. It kept me warm at belays but was not causing me to overheat wearing it for the last few pitches as the sun was coming down and the wind blowing. I would guess it was about 45 - 50 degrees and it was moderate, non-strenuous climbing wearing it over a tee-shirt. As we made the walk off the sun dropped completely, got a bit colder but with the fast pace walk down I warm and not overheating.
Varying layers based on your activity would allow this jacket to fit a wide range of purposes and I consider it a mid-layer option.
I’m 5’10” 160, on a sendy day and the size M fits great for fall rock climbing and would say a sporty fit meaning it would be a bit snug if wearing if over a few other warm layers. I large fits me well but would be too big to lead in and would then just serve as a belay jacket.
I hope my strange way of telling you this jacket is awesome was useful and will help with your decision.