Men's Valhalla Hoody™

Style# 56500OR

In response to requests from many of our Ambassadors, the standard cut of the Valhalla Hoody provides a roomier fit when breaking trail and linking turns through bottomless snow. The GORE® WINDSTOPPER® soft shell fabric is windproof, water resistant and highly breathable, allowing perspiration and excess heat to escape on the skin track and fending off wind and snow on the descent. TorsoFlo™ venting helps dump hot air on long ascents, and an internal waterproof chest pocket with a clear, touch-screen sensitive window provides a safe and secure spot to store electronics on even the wettest—or sweatiest—backcountry days.

Standard Fit






  • Water Resistant
  • Windproof
  • Breathable
  • Adjustable Wire-Brimmed Hood
  • Two Way Separating Front Zipper
  • Internal Front-Zip Stormflap
  • Two Way TorsoFlo™ Hem-To-Bicep Zippers
  • Two Zippered Napoleon Pockets with one Access PassThru Pocket
  • Zippered Internal Mesh Pocket
  • Internal Media Pocket with Touch Screen
  • Two Zippered Hand Pockets
  • Hand Pockets Set Above Hip Belt Or Harness
  • Hook/Loop Cuff Closures
  • Drawcord Hem
  • DWR Coated Zippers on Front Zipper, Hand Pockets, and TorsoFlo™ Zippers
  • Critically Taped


Fit: Standard Fit

Fabric: GORE® WINDSTOPPER® X-FAST Soft Shell, 3L 85% nylon, 15% spandex face // 100% polyester back

Avg. Weight (oz./g): 21.6oz / 613g (L)

Customer Reviews

Guide's Choice! (Review by Sweet softshell!)

This is a sweet softshell from OR. I'm 6' and 170 lbs and the men's M works well for me. OR says the Valhalla comes in a standard fit, which for me means that I can fill all of the numerous pockets and not have it be too tight for me. I also have the Mentor jacket in a M but it is described as a trim fit and it does feel a bit tight when "loaded" so the standard fit definitely gives you a bit more room. I wore this jacket every day on Denali this year and loved it. The Windstopper fabric did just that, even on Windy Corner, no problem. With the cold temps on Denali, anything frozen just shed off. I also took it to an expedition in Ecuador and found that for brief rain showers, the jacket was fine, but for prolonged rain, you will definitely want to go to a hard shell. Great zippers, easy to use with gloves on. A great alpine shell for cold temps, this'll be a staple in my quiver for a long time.
Bill Dudley
Climbing Instructor and Mountain Guide
Outdoor Research Grassroots Athlete

(Posted on 4/9/15)

Great skinning jacket (Review by captainEJ)

I have been very impressed with this jacket in every way except the durability. The full side zips and softshell fabric mean this jacket breathes like none I've had before it. I'm that guy you see on the skin trail who has sweated through his hat and his shirt and can never wear a jacket or goggles on the way up. But I can wear this so for that alone I find it very useful. The sleeves and collar are long but for my build that is great. I'm 6' 4'' about 185 pounds and went XL. I'd say I'm squarely between an XL or L. My main problem is that the outer fabric peels away from the inner membrane around the napoleon pocket. OR sent me a new one to replace the defective one but here I am with the exact same problem two months into the ski season. I think if there was some stitching around the napoleon pocket the problem would be solved. A powder skirt might be nice as well on this piece but would also add more bulk and weight so I'll let it slide. Don't be afraid the windstopper is the real deal this jacket has been out on some negative temp days with wind and has handled it as well as my "real" shell.

(Posted on 1/23/15)

High Quality (Review by Cinder Chutes)

I like the quality of the material, and the way the jacket breathes which is astounding. The only problems I have with the jacket is the size of the hood and the size of the pockets, neither of which are large enough. You can't get skins or a half liter water bottle in the hand pockets and a lip balm is all you can put in the Napoleon pockets The hood is also too small to fit over a helmet. I had to go up a half jacket size but the fit is still tight. The decrease in the size of pockets of most manufactures is because they are making shells too trim. The jacket is regular fit if you are not wearing any insulation underneath.

(Posted on 1/7/14)

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