- Hybrid Mapped Construction
- Movement-Mirroring Stretch
- Fully Seam Taped
- Tonal Seam Treatment
- Water-Resistant Zippers
- Fully Adjustable and Detachable Hood Fits Over Helmet
- Adjustable Wire Brimmed Hood
- Bonded-In-Hood Cordlocks
- Double-Separating Front Zipper
- Internal Front-Zip Stormflap
- Double-Sliding CrossFlo™ Chest-to-Hip Zippers
- Zippered Napoleon Pocket with Media Port
- Internal Shove-It™ Pockets
- Two Zippered Hand Pockets
- Inner Lift Pass Pocket
- Integrated RECCO® Reflector
- Removable Powder Skirt with LockDown™ Technology
- Articulated Elbows
- ThumbDrive™ Hook/Loop Cuff Closures
- Drawcord Hem
Fit: Relaxed Fit
Fabric: 100% nylon, 3-layer GORE-TEX® fleece-backed soft shell body, tricot knit backer on hood/sleeves
Avg. Weight (oz./g): 35.7oz / 1012g (L)
- Nice but... (Review by Uglier)
Just made my first use of the jacket, it is certainly well made, versatile, and as warm as needed with layers underneath. However the sizing is a problem for me, the body size is perfect but the zip up collar and hood (over a helmet) are unusable because they are too small. I guess I do have a larger head but you would think the collar and hood would be made large enough for all. OR, is there any chance I could get a larger hood? Any possible solution for the over-tight collar?
(Posted on 12/31/14)
- Solid Construction (Review by Ken More)
This jacket is of extremely high quality and the construction is rock solid. I love the soft shell, which is comfortable and the rain just bounces off of it like bullets hitting Superman. It has pockets all over the place. I'm still discovering new ones. I haven't actually gone skiing with it yet, but for wearing around wet and rainy Seattle, it's been great.
2 minor complaints. The hood is big enough so that you can wear a helmet, but because of that, it doesn't fit well without one. The only way I can keep it from going over my eyes is to cinch up the back of the hood all the way and then it just looks weird. I also would have preferred that they had used the fleece backing on the sleeves as well as the body. Just to keep my body heat even.
(Posted on 11/25/14)
- My go to jacket for boarding (Review by t.Bone)
I've had many jackets and shells over the years and I find this one to be my favorite. I recently purchased this jacket to try out a softshell from OR to see how it compares. I'm not disappointed one bit as this jacket can withstand the elements as well as breath enough to keep you cool. I found this jacket to be the most comfortable of any jacket I use and love the design in fit as well as options. The amount of pockets are great and the tuck away powder skirt is very handy when it's not needed. I've used this jacket in dry as well as wet and humid weather and it works great in both conditions! The cross chest venting is another great idea by OR and it works well even when I'm riding with a pack. Many great features to this jacket to go along with the performance, love it!
(Posted on 3/25/14)
- Very very good Jacket (Review by Patrol 1)
The Vanguard is a great jacket, hard wearing, solid construction with lots of great features and pockets. We've been using it in the Cairngorms in Scotland for our Ski Patrol this season, can't fault it even in the changeable conditions of the Scottish Highlands.
(Posted on 3/14/14)
- Men's Vanguard Jacket (Review by By Alpenguy)
I've exclusively used the Vanguard as my in-bounds jacket this season. For full disclosure, it was given to me test out. From the moment you put this jacket on, it oozes comfort and serious protection from the elements. It has a ton of good pocket options and small but cool details... I also really like the way it zips up and the way it feels around my neck and chin when the weather gets nasty. It has a lot of good venting which I've needed to use a couple of times when the temps get close to 32 degrees. If there's any downside to this jacket, it is that it can be almost too warm. However, the vents do well alleviating this issue. That, and careful layering under the jacket for the conditions of the day. I've still got a lot of season ahead of me and will continue to test this jacket but so far I've been really stoked with my Vanguard jacket.
(Posted on 1/10/13)