Well made, solid jacket.

Verified Buyer Reviewed by Jeb Mac from Kenai Peninsula, Alaska on Tuesday, July 29, 2014
The Vanguard is OR's top of the line jacket with a lifetime guarantee; and it shows in the quality and details including Gore Tex 3-layer fabric bonded to a light interior fleece. Waterproof zippers are well placed and easy to operate, stitching is tight and uniform and the arms are articulated for easy movement. The breath-ability and ventilation allow this jacket to be useful nearly year round in interior Alaska or at elevation. I researched high end shells for a few weeks and compared to the Arcteryx Sabre (same price range) and found the OR to suit me better in fit and function. Apparently the pewter/solar color combination is not particularly popular, but I like it. This is my first big purchase of an Outdoor Research product and I am impressed.

To date I have worn this jacket in pouring rain and wind on the Harriman glacier (605628N-1483104W) and it performed flawlessly; haven't tested in arctic cold yet but I'm optimistic that a down sweater under this jacket will be sufficient for extended time in temperatures well below 0.

*Five star rating does not include durability because I haven't wintered with this jacket yet.
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