- Fully Seam Taped
- TorsoFlo™ Hem-To-Pit side Zippers
- Fully Adjustable Hood
- Adjustable Wire-Brimmed Hood
- External Front Storm Flap
- Two Zippered Hand Pockets
- Hook/Loop Wrist Closure
- Drawcord Hem
Fit: Standard Fit
Fabric Ventia™, 2.5L, 100% nylon, 70D ripstop
Center Back Length: 30in. (L)
Avg. Weight (oz./g): 12.5oz / 355g (L)
- Dang. My first OR product I didn't love. (Review by 2PiRadians)
I wanted to love this jacket. I love my other OR gear - you can pry my Voodoo pants and my Exit hoody (among other things) from my cold, dead hands. But I returned the Horizon jacket after using it twice.
I returned it because it is NOT breathable, like seriously at all. The video made it look like the perfect breathable waterproof jacket for hiking "and even climbing" (direct quote from the video). It's billed as waterproof AND breathable. But after my first hike in this jacket (7 miles), I was kind of shocked when I took it off and discovered that the entire inside was literally coated in dripping water. My light fleece layer that I had on underneath was so wet I could have wrung water out of it. And this was with the hem-to-pit zips open. This does not happen, in any conditions, with my cheap Columbia jacket that I was trying to replace, or even with my slightly nicer running jacket that's waterproof and doesn't even have great ventilation. I was super disappointed in the lack of breathability. Then, when I went to return it, the guy at the retail store basically told me I'd bought the wrong jacket for what I need it for. Sorry, OR, but if your video and marketing bill this jacket as a great breathable waterproof jacket for energy-expending activities like backpacking and climbing, it's sort of lame that your salesman made me feel stupid for buying it for those exact purposes.
Other than all that, the jacket is well-made, sturdy, the hood adjustments are great, and it has all the other quality features you'd expect from an OR product. It's not going to put me off OR products, but I'm surprised at the level of fail on the breathability of this jacket. Sorry, OR. I'm still a fan though.
(Posted on 4/12/15)