Men's Havoc Jacket™

Style# 57811OR

When fast-moving, wet - and cold-weather belays or ski descents call for a lightweight, insulated, multi-functional shield against the elements, look no further than the Havoc Jacket™. A favorite of Outdoor Research® Ambassadors and employees, the updated Havoc™ is the ideal layer for cold, wet, windy and frequently changing conditions. Lightweight and highly technical, the Havoc™ features warm PrimaLoft® Eco 60g insulation behind a durable, weather-resistant and breathable WINDSTOPPER® shell.
Standard Fit






  • Windproof
  • Zippered Internal Pocket with Media Port
  • Zippered Napoleon Pocket
  • Drawcord Hem
  • Two Zippered Hand Pockets
  • Internal Front-Zip Stormflap
  • Water Resistant
  • Stretch Binding at Cuffs
  • Left Hand Pocket Doubles as Stuff Sack
  • Double-Separating Center-Front Zipper
  • Fully Adjustable Hood


Fit: Standard Fit

Fabric GORE® WINDSTOPPER® 2L, 100% nylon PrimaLoft® Eco 60g Insulation // 100% nylon 30D lining

Avg. Weight (oz./g): 18.3oz / 518g

Customer Reviews

Great light weight parka (Review by skiology)

This is a great everyday go to jacket. I bought it as a light weight piece of insulation for ski touring or day long alpine climbs that would take up minimal space in pack when not in use. Great to have for transitions, lunch breaks, and belays. While light weight its fairly warm, especially with the hood on. Windstopper materials does a good job of cutting bitting winds and even has a bit of rain resistance so I'll use this around town on those 40F light showery days. I also like that the main zipper can be unzipped from the bottom, making it easier to belay, find things items on a harness' gear loops, or just be out of the way when nature calls.

Complaints: not a whole lot but here it goes: 1) Inner lining on the sleeves get dragged out every time put my arms through - don't even bother trying to put it on with gloves - no matter how thin they are. That's the biggest complaint. 2) It would be great to have a light weight mesh pocket on the inside to stuff things like gloves, bennies, etc you need to take off for a moment but don't want getting wet or snowy; 3) this is picky, but I would prefer the two hand pockets to be slightly higher on the jacket because my backpack hipbelts overlap a little and I can feel about an inch of the zipper length pushing into my hip when I really cinch the belt down. This is minor though and definitely not as bad as other jackets out there.

All and all a great light weight insulated parka that works.

(Posted on 2/19/14)

Warm, good measurements (Review by Sam)

I was looking for an insulated, hooded jacket to use skiing or walking around town on cold, clear days. I was a little hesitant about the Primaloft Eco, which isn't as warm as One, but I honestly couldn't tell much of a difference between the two. I'd attribute this to the Windstopper construction, which is really noticeable.

I compared the Havoc to Black Diamond's Stance Belay Hoody and the Arc'teryx Nuclei jacket. The Stance Belay, which I bought first, uses Primaloft One but it's outer shell feels much less durable than the Havoc's, which was a big drawback to the Stance Belay. The Nuclei, while probably great for weight weenies, felt almost too light and fragile on its own. I had visions of tearing the fabric while not protected with a hardshell. The Havoc, essentially, is a nice compromise of both insulation, weight, and durability.

I'm 6'3" with a slim build and wanted something with an athletic fit, so I went with the medium. Though listed as a standard cut, the Havoc fits trim around the midsection and armpits--usually a problem area for tall guys who buy mediums--and has good sleeve length. In fact, the sleeve length of the Stance Belay was another reason I returned the jacket in favor of the Havoc.

As far as weather-resistance, I wouldn't wear the Havoc in anything more than a drizzle. The shell wets-out after a few minutes, but it does do a terrific job blocking cool breezes, which almost certainly contributes to its overall warmth despite using Eco over One. I wore this skiing in late December beneath a hardshell and ended up sweating in 20-25* weather (if that counts for anything). Lastly, I really like the handwarmer pockets and the fleece-lined collar -- thoughtful additions. So far, my only "want" is for a helmet-compatible hood, though my helmet is generally warm enough and negates having to cover my head with anything further.

(Posted on 12/29/13)

update to my last review (Review by Clayton)

Yesterday we skied at Keystone with 0 degree F temps and -20 F wind chill. Wearing a wicking long sleeve (power-dry) under the radiant hoody with the transcendent vest and the havoc jacket, I couldn't have been more comfortable! Awesome layering system!!

(Posted on 12/9/13)

awesome synthetic puffy (Review by Clayton)

I'm very happy with this purchase. I bought it to replace an old montbell thermawrap as my main all-around synthetic puffy for rock climbing, resort skiing & backcountry skiing. It's definitely a bit warmer and beefier, without feeling much heavier. The windstopper is really nice and the fit is great for me (average height & weight). Seems like a durable layer that should hold up well. I got the orange which isn't exactly the color that I see on my computer from the product shot (my fiancée makes fun of me calling it the highlighter but I still like it). For really cold temps you would want layers underneath but nothing this weight is going to work for frigid temps.

(Posted on 12/4/13)

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