Customer Reviews Of:
Outdoor Research Enigma Gore-Tex® Performance Shell Jacket - Waterproof (For Women)
Closeouts. The Outdoor Research Enigma jacket combines the versatile performance of a waterproof breathable Gore-Tex® Performance Shell with Gore-Tex® Pro Shell reinforcements at the shoulders and sleeves.
Average Rating based on 31 reviews 4.225806 0 5
Verified Buyer Reviewed by traveler from Seattle, WA on Tuesday, November 8, 2016I love the full under-arm zips. Fit is perfect. Lots of room in the shoulders.
Reviewed by kathikes from Oregon on Wednesday, September 28, 2016I bought this jacket to serve as a heavy-duty weather hardshell over layers. I do search and rescue in the Pacific Northwest and need something that will stand up to hours (or days) of rain and underbrush so I finally bought some GoreTex here because the price was right.
I bought the size small and I'm 5'5" and 115lbs with long arms. It fits well over layers and the hood fits over a helmet, or cinches down around my head nicely. The extra space in the upper arms and shoulders make me look like a wrestler, but it also allows for complete freedom of movement and is very comfortable. The pit zips are an excellent feature.
I wish the zippers were completely waterproof, but they may perform fine, I just haven't had the chance yet to try the jacket out in heavy rain. The velcro at the sleeves also seems like it might not stand up to hard wear.
Overall, this seems like a quality piece of gear and I'm expecting it to get years of good use.
Verified Buyer Reviewed by chilijan from Central Oregon on Tuesday, May 24, 2016Lightweight Gore-tex jacket. It is a good fit for me with wider shoulders and narrower hips. I love that it has vent zips that are full length down both sides for great ventilation. Will be a great outer layer in wet weather and easy to put in my pack because its light weight and packs up fairly small. I have several OR pieces and like their stuff. Nice color on this too a burgandy type color.
Reviewed by Quickbeam from Wisconsin on Tuesday, May 26, 2015I love the lilac color of this jacket; it is truly lovely. I got it in a Large. I am 5'8", 155, a true 12. I have a very large bust which I was fearful would be an issue. No worries there, this jacket is downright baggy in the chest, shoulders and arms. The hip and waist are very tight on me. I'd not be able to wear unless I unzipped the sides. This is a very unusual fit problem got me. I love the integral hood, the pit zips and the overall usefulness of the features. I am debating keeping this because of the tight to constricted fit in the hip. Probably best for straight figures with narrow hips.
Verified Buyer Reviewed by Thayer the country kid in the city from Brooklyn on Thursday, March 5, 2015This jacket is a bit tight around the neck if you like wearing big scarves. I wish it was a bit longer too so my rear end is covered when it is raining. And I wish the pockets were bigger so I could fit my wallet in the inside zip pocket. Big inside mesh pockets for sun glasses or wallets would be terrific. But I think those are my only complaints so far.
I did use it today, while it was snowing and the hood cranked down well and the long vents worked great with my back pack belted down. When I started to get sweaty I simply unzipped the pit/side zips from the bottom up and cooled down nicely. The whole reason I bought this jacket was for those special "poncho" pit zips and I was super impressed with how well they worked (once I managed to unzip them with the waterproof zippers being stiff and all water-proofish). The maroon color is a nice natural color compared with all the bright jackets out there.
Overall I think this will be a good jacket. I do love Outdoor Research!
Verified Buyer Reviewed by Jennifer from michigan on Wednesday, February 4, 2015The jacket is very nice. I purchased sapphire and the color is beautiful. I had to go up a size compared to what I normally wear as i is a straight cut and not a curvy fit. Still a great jacket.
Verified Buyer Reviewed by Outdoor Girl from VT on Sunday, January 4, 2015I bought this jacket for work. I usually wear a heavy wool layer under it. I ordered a size small and it fits great. I like the fact that it is waterproof and its great for the elements. I would order another color if they were available in my size.
Reviewed by runner who values comfortable shoes from Portland OR on Monday, December 8, 2014I let this sit in my closet for 2 weeks while I decided, and finally sent it back. It was so close to being right!
Nice quality fabric - on the heavy side, but seems like it would last . I'm 5'5" 125, and small fit well. Fitted in the hips and voluminous in the shoulders and sleeves - seemed almost too big in the arms at first, but I'm sure that shoulder room helps with mobility in active pursuits. The fitted hips and waist might feel restrictive with a thermal mid layer, so I couldn't use it for skiing in cold temps. I'd like it to be a bit longer too, but the length is okay.
Ultimately I sent it back because the zipper sticks and is very hard to use. That would drive me crazy over time. Blue color is fine - not really "sapphire", but more of a straight up plain blue.
Verified Buyer Reviewed by Jude from Ontario, Canada on Friday, October 3, 2014I've had Gore-tex jackets before, but many did not have pit zips, hoods that accommodate helmets, interior pockets or the roominess that the Enigma features. . This jacket has it all! I like all the features plus the fact that you can layer it over a heavy fleece. Other jackets are too tight in the arms, wrists and trunk, but the Enigma is very roomy. Might I also add that there are two vertical zippers at the back that run to you he bottom of the jacket. I am guessing it's to help fit over a bicycle seat or portable chair or sitting in the bleachers watching a football game.
Verified Buyer Reviewed by mangrove molly from Florida on Thursday, October 2, 2014Very nice jacket. Double lined Gore tex so just a bit heavier than I had hoped for (use in Florida) but excellent rain gear nonetheless. Very fitted...medium fits like a tailored jacket on my frame (5'2" #125 36" bust )...Would have needed to size up for heavier clothes beneath.