- Fully Adjustable Hood Fits Over Helmet
- Bonded-In-Hood Cordlocks
- Zippered Napoleon Pocket
- Water-Resistant Zippers
- Water-Resistant and Two Way-Separating Front Zipper
- Two Zippered Internal Pockets With Media Ports
- Two Zippered Hand Pockets
- Tonal Seam Treatment
- Internal Front-Zip Stormflap
- Hybrid Mapped Construction
- Hand Pockets Set Above Hip Belt Or Harness
- Drawcord Hem
- Double-Sliding TorsoFlo™ Hem-to-Bicep Zippers
- Hook/Loop Cuff Closures
- Articulated Elbows
- Fully Seam Taped
Fit: Trim Fit
Fabric GORE-TEX® Pro 3L,100% nylon: 40D body and underarms; 70D shoulders and lower sides
Avg. Weight (oz./g): 17.2oz / 488g (L)
- Great shell, plenty of features (Review by Sam)
I've used this jacket for the past two days skinning Saddleback in Maine, so I can't truthfully comment on long-term durability, but the features have been great thus far. I was looking for a waterproof shell with enough room to layer a fleece or insulated jacket, and this fits the bill despite being described as having a "trim" fit. It's nowhere near as trim as my old Arc'teryx Seeker Comp (Sidewinder) or the OR Lodestar, which has a VERY athletic fit. I've been using the Mentor in conjunction with a wool base and OR's Havoc hoody. After fifteen minutes of uphill, I've had to shed the Havoc, unzip the pits, and remove my helmet. The Mentor does a really nice job of venting, while still keeping you covered, especially with the high collar in front. The Mentor's hood fit perfectly over a Bern helmet during snow squalls.
Other things I like: the heavier denier nylon on the shoulders and waist - essentially where your pack straps and kidney belt make the most contact. It seems the jacket will hold up well when touring with a backpack.
One thing to note, should this be an issue for you, is that there's a lot of material in the sleeves. They feel pretty baggy, even with an insulated layer. No big deal so far. Separately, I recall a few reviews discussing snug armpits that restrict movement. This doesn't seem to be an issue with the 2013 Mentor. I'm a fairly slim 6'3", 175lbs, with a 34" sleeve length and I went with a medium, if that helps... definitely enough room in the pits and plenty of sleeve length.
(Posted on 1/20/14)
- HARD shell (Review by Hopper)
I have had a Mentor for 2.5 years. I have used it ice climbing, winter camping and backpacking. The full side zips are fantastic for ventilation and wearing a harness. The hood fits over a climbing helmet and adjusts well when not wearing a helmet. It is indeed completely water proof and bombproof. OR's infinite warranty is also great, although i would be surprised if I needed it with this one. The Mentor is well built. I would love to have another one!
(Posted on 11/26/13)