Amazing Skiing Softshell (Bar None)

Reviewed by Summitchallenger from SLC, Utah on Friday, June 24, 2016
This past winter I was re-introduced to Outdoor Research gear. About 20 years ago I bought some nice expedition mitts and a hat that really withstood hard use. I still have the hat but the mitts, after a couple hundred ski days, are retired. I just missed out on the introduction of their jackets and outerwear.

Fast forward to March when I picked up a nice OR tech hoodie that I loved. Because of my experience, I looked here to see what was available and this coat came up. The reviews online were nothing but positive and I moved to get this in blue. I immediately fell in love. Easy zippers to open, nice pockets well laid out, great ventilation on the sides, nice hood, and very nice detail work. I love that OR opted for Gore Windstopper instead of a cheaper knock-off. This, with the level of detail in design and care, make this an amazing softshell for skiing.

I've used it now on probably a half-dozen days of skiing, including a few "hike-to" options, and it is the real deal. It is thick enough for colder days but has the versatility for temps up to the 40's. It is geared for lift and backcountry skiing. It has all the options I want for a jacket such as this (belay front zipper, good hood, zipper vents on the sides, plenty of pockets but not too many, phone holder, great fit, great material, versatile use) and is offered here at an amazing price. A great technical softshell for skiers and riders in particular.

The highest compliment I can give is that I just bought another one in Diablo (which is red-orange as shown).

I hope that OR does not change or get rid of this amazing workhorse.
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