Men's Floodlight Jacket™

Style# 242945OR

"Gear of the Year Winter 2014" — Backcountry Skiing Canada

Fully waterproof and down-insulated, the Floodlight Jacket repels wet weather, completely blocks the wind and traps body heat in even the most inhospitable conditions. An ideal jacket for hiking, climbing or ski-touring in sodden environments, throwing on the Floodlight is a surefire way to stay warm and dry.
Trim Fit






  • Waterproof
  • Windproof
  • Fully Seam-Taped
  • Bonded Down Channels
  • Adjustable Wire-Brimmed Hood
  • YKK® AquaGuard® Vislon Zippers
  • Internal Front Stormflap
  • Zippered Napoleon Pocket
  • Two Zippered Hand Pockets
  • Two Internal Shove-It™ Pockets
  • Hook/ Loop Cuff Closures
  • Drawcord Hem


Fit: Trim Fit

Fabric: Pertex® Shield+ 2L 100% nylon 30D ripstop shell // Pertex® Quantum 100% nylon, 22D ripstop lining // 800+ fill power goose down insulation // Thermolite® Insulation 100% polyester: 100 g/m2 at hand pockets

Avg. Weight (oz./g): 21.2oz / 600g (L)

Customer Reviews

Great in the south of the world (Review by Oscar)

I live in Punta arenas , Chile , and I work in Antarctica continent. The jacket it works good in the pre-Antarctic environment and not bad in Antarctic.
For the price of the jacket, I have a positive balance price/efficiency

(Posted on 4/19/16)

Best Investment I ever made (Review by Jon Snow)

I'm 5'6'' at 110 (f), so I get cold pretty fast. So, I was planning a fairly extensive trip that involved everything from constant rainy weather, midnight glacial hikes, daytime hikes, and everything in between and I wanted to find the right jacket for the job that could do as many jobs as possible. I'm a super big oz. counter so it was important that I got a jacket that was both light weight and could still keep me warm at below freezing temperatures.

The Floodlight Jacket did a phenomenal job. At 800+ goose fill with its pleaded - not stitched - water proof fabric, it did everything I wanted and more. It's water PROOF, not just water resistant. It was wind resistant and so incredibly warm. Coupled with a fleece jacket and my under layers, the only thing that froze were the other people trying to summit with their overweight coats and their less-than superb insulation. At the lower altitudes when it warmed up, this was great to throw on in the cool mornings/evenings. It was raining all the time and, although I had a rain jacket I could have used, I used the floodlight.

Only recommendation I can think of for this amazing jacket would be to have armpit zippers to help ventilate. Other than that, I highly recommend this jacket, whether you are out hiking the Andes/Alps or you're just walking around town and its raining.

(Posted on 3/28/16)

Baffles came undone in 2 weeks (Review by Jerry Lee)

I'm 5'6'' and 165lbs. I wear this jacket in a size small, but wear a size medium when wearing the Cathode and Uberlayer.

While this jacket is comfortable and the outershell seems to be made by a durable material. I've taken the jacket out to the slopes for snowboarding and out on bikes rides. The jacket performs very well however after washing it with the recommended Nikiwax Down Wash the baffles appear to have become undone in the back section and all the goose down is pooling at the bottom of the jacket.

I was pretty disappointed. Seems like there have been a few other cases of this happening. I'm really hoping that I just got a dud and that OR will be able to replace this jacket!

(Posted on 2/15/16)

Love this jacket! Perfect for Missouri winters (Review by Jeff Z)

I moved back to the Midwest after spending 15 years in CA. Though my outdoor options are significantly limited I needed a jacket that would deal with the crazy weather here. The floodlight is perfect because it's warm without being too warm and waterproof. From November to April we deal with temps ranging from the high 50's to -10 with varrying types of precipitation. Worn alone (with just a t-shirt) the floodlight keeps me warm down into the high 30's. on the coldest days I'll pair it with a LS wool base layer and a fleece like a Patagonia R4 and that keeps me comfy down into the negative single digits. I've worn it in 35 degree downpours and it's performed wonderfully. After two years I had some problems wit the down, in the back across the shoulders, and the zipper became unmated at the waist while the jacket was fully zipped. I wasn't able to get it unzipped without breaking it and had to take it off over my head. I contacted OR and they sent me a new jacket almost immediately. In fact I still need to send my old one back to them. In short, this is an outstanding jacket made by a great company.

(Posted on 1/25/16)

OR Floodlight-- Great Jacket! (Review by Joe)

I am sharing my complete satisfaction with the Outdoor Research Floodlight Jacket.
Luckily I bought one last month (Nov.), as we have been having a bit of a cold snap the last few weeks in the Pacific NW.
I have been wearing the Floodlight Jacket on daily 3-4 mile walks in rainy temperatures as low as 28 degrees with only a base layer, and have been warm and dry. I would say it is comfortable for hiking in 25-45 degree weather, with only a light base layer. If it is colder than that, a base layer plus a cotton top (turtleneck or similar) should keep you warm in 15-20 degree weather.
I am 5-11, and 175# and the fit is comfortable to generous, so you have enough room for a couple of thin layers.
The hood is excellent. Insulated and warm with drawstring adjustments-- It can be made snug around the face preventing any chilling drafts from hitting you.
Overall construction quality is excellent, with hefty zippers, plenty of pockets, and a nice outer fabric that seems strong and tear resistant.
I definitely recommend the OR Floodlight jacket!


(Posted on 1/7/16)

great jacket (Review by kim)

great jacket when not too cold. i use it as layer underneath a Marmot Ama Dablam when it is very cold. Works great then. For medium cold its is great by its self

(Posted on 12/26/15)

My baffles blew out as well (Review by alex)

I liked the waterproof quality and it kept me warm when I first bought it, but after owning for two weeks the baffles separated, leaving the down pooled at the bottom. I didn't even wash it yet. I have only worn it walking around, so i can only imagine how fast they'll blow out if I were to take it skiing.

(Posted on 12/25/15)

Best puffy of my life! (Review by R.B. Harris)

OR killed it with this lightweight, waterproof puffy!!! In the past, I have experienced the massive let down of the standard puffy from other companies. I would be warm and comfortable having a great time in the mountains in my puffy, then it starts snowing. I'm now soaked, the sweet cozy loft is dead and I'm now miserable. I never have to worry about the wet puffy factor again with the Floodlight. The 800 fill keeps its loft no matter how harsh the environment gets and I stay dry under the Pertex Shield coating. This is a revolutionary design, so stoked on it!

(Posted on 11/10/15)

Nice jacket but not very warm (Review by dpb)

Very light and packable, great construction and materials but it's not very warm. I wanted a down parka and what I got is a layering piece.

(Posted on 11/9/15)

Just one issue (Review by BluPuk)

This is a great product. Terrific quality, fit is really good (I bought an XL and I'm 5' 11 3/4" @ 200 lbs.), adjustable bottom hem, cuffs and hood is awesome. Product is light, warm, waterproof, and breathable. will fold or roll into a very small space. I can fit my jacket and my backpack into the cubbies @ the gym. Zippers are excellent quality. The only complaint I have with this jacket is that I have seen a couple of little feathers come out of the jacket. I hope this does not continue because there is not much "down" in it to begin with.

(Posted on 8/31/15)

Blown Baffles (Review by Nic)

I was in love with jacket when I first got it! I made the mistake of taking it to the soil pits, when I went to wash it (no heat, air dry) I discovered the baffles had been blown. Now all the down is sitting in the bottom of my jacket.. It would be one thing if this had happened years after the purchase, but it was one week.

(Posted on 2/13/15)

AWESOME!! (Review by Andrew)

I bought this in December for a trip to Hyalite Canyon. I have used it for winter alpine climbing, ice climbing, and powder skiing. Its phenominal. Exceptionally warm when the wind is howling and spindrift is blasting your face. My only complaint is that it is too warm to wear in Tacoma, except for on the coldest of days. The waterproofing seems good, it kept me dry while chimeying between sun exposed ice pillars and rock faces. I havnt tried it in the rain, but it would be way to hot for a rainy day anyway.

(Posted on 2/4/15)

Great all-around jacket (Review by charles)

This is a very solid, versatile jacket. It might have a few drawbacks for very specific uses, but it does most things well. For instance, it could use more down to improve warmth without adding much more weight or bulk. Many other down jackets come with a stuff sack for travel, which may be an easy extra for OR to include. The pros outweigh the setbacks so far as I have seen, especially if you just wear a midlayer with it. I work outside on boats, backpack on weekends and wear it as an everyday winter jacket without needing anything else. Granted NC and SC aren't the coldest places in the world, but I've been happy with its toughness and waterproof capabilities. Overall, a good looking, practical and highly functional jacket! Also, I'm 6'4" and 250 with long arms, ordered the XXL, so it's nice to find a jacket that fits well and is long enough.

(Posted on 1/20/15)

Pretty good; could use some refinements (Review by MP)

GREAT idea--and almost-but-not-quite implementation.

Despite 800 fill power down, needs *more* down quantity. Not necessary to make it "puffy" but the amount of fill seems lacking. Also--cold shoulders. Maybe a future version could have some synthetic fill there...Primaloft or Coreloft or something similar...?

- length - long hem covers waistband
- extremely water resistant
- great hood - actually stays on my head; allows peripheral vision
- wire brim
- pocket heighth & fuzzy pocket lining
- effective but low-profile draft flap behind zipper

- as mentioned, needs more down fill
- cuff velcro needs to allow for tighter adjustment
- cold shoulders

This has been a great jacket for cold urban commutes but probably wouldn't be enough for low-output mountain activities in really cold weather. Still, I'm happy...just looking forward to version 2.

(Posted on 1/6/15)

Good, but could be better. (Review by Rick)

The jacket is made of quality materials, and looks great. The hood is warm and adjustable. Outside pocket is roomy and warm. I live in Chicago and the temperatures are in the teens along with strong winds.I feel that the jacket alone did not keep me warm enough. I especially felt the cold in my arms even though I was wearing a fleece sweater. I wish the jacket had more pockets on the inside to store a phone or wallet. I have not had the chance to test the water proofing. It is a good jacket, but could be better. I hope this review helps.

(Posted on 11/26/14)

OR does it again (Review by gh)

Very impressed with build quality as always. Sheds rain and snow easily. I'm a tall trim guy (6'4" 160lbs) and the medium had long enough sleeves to accommodate my reach where most fall short. Trim fit is great! Very comfortable to wear and was kept plenty warm in 30 degree temps with a t shirt underneath. Hood adjusts nicely to a snug fit, and zippers are easy to use. My go to insulated layer in cold, wet and/or windy environments.

(Posted on 11/23/14)

Almost got it guys (Review by isi)

I have had the Floodlight now since last winter. At first, it was fantastic! It accompanied me through the alps for several ice climbing trips.
But there are some setbacks.
The first one is that the draw cords for the hood end inside the jacket. They get caught in the zipper and create somewhat of a hassle trying to tighten the hood.
Second is that the neck doesn't keep the warm inside. I constantly had freezing breezes stealing heat which makes the jacket not as warm as one would desire while standing in pontresina belaying mixed climbs in the evening.
Lastly, do the pockets really need to be so high? For the occasion of walking around in the swiss dorfs, it is just unconfortable and the arms end up weighting the packets pulling the entire jacket south.

sorry guys, the waterproofness of the jacket is rad, but the details were either just barely missed or not completely thought through.

(Posted on 11/22/14)

BAD ASS COAT!! (Review by cold hawaiian)

Just got this coat three days ago, just as New York City Dropped to record polar vortex temperatures! I am 5'9", about 175lbs and the medium fit perfectly. I have long arms and I feel like I could ride my bike and still have coverage to my gloves. the hood is great, warm and allows for great side to side visibility. The overall fit is great, not too baggy, or tight. I could fit a couple base layers underneath if i needed to, but seriously, no need- the 800 fill down and water proof exterior keep all breezes out. I used a long sleeve tshirt with it in 22 degree cold and no problem!
I can't wait to use this fly fishing on the river this year, and on the mountain.
outdoor research just made themselves a new huge fan!

(Posted on 11/19/14)

much warmer than synthetic (Review by Jon)

This jacket was my go-to parka for guiding ice in the Catskills this winter. Half the time I gave it to people who didn't have a proper jacket and it made their day. And it made mine as well! It packs well, a down hood is killer, it turns the water well, and after quite a few years with synthetic puffies - this one really takes it up a solid notch! Thanks, OR.

(Posted on 3/20/14)

Great jacket for polar vortex (Review by Darin)

We have had some extremely cold days in the Adirondacks this winter, thanks to the polar vortex. On several below-zero and near-zero days, I hiked in my new Floodlight jacket to see if it would live up to its billing, and it did. Even at 8 below, I felt toasty. On warmer days, I stuff it in my pack on backcountry-ski trips--in case of emergency or for protection on windy summits.

(Posted on 3/2/14)

Best jacket ive owned! (Review by Neil B)

I purchased this jacket about 6 weeks ago and in good timing! I've been looking for a light weight winter jacket that is waterproof windproof and really warm. Used mainly for winter hikes and ice fishing. This jacket has definitely exceeded my expectations! I live in Ohio and we occasionally get pretty harsh weather. I have been wearing it as my daily jacket, and I am so warm wearing it! I recently put it to the test ice fishing with it. I have been wearing a base layer and a thin fleece underneath it and can say that after being outside on the ice for 4+ hours with 0 degree(-15 wind chill) i have yet to get cold or wet wearing it! This jacket has allowed me to do the things i want to do more often and for longer periods of time.

There is two things that i wish were slightly different about it though. The hood is very warm but to me the sides of it curve a little far back on the sides of my head and sometimes the wind catches me, nothing that wearing a hat doesn't fix though. Also, i wish the baffling in the sleeves went length direction with the sleeves, it goes around the sleeves and i believe the down condenses towards the inner side of my arm. I only find this to be near my elbow area. Overall the best jacket I have ever owned and plan on purchasing more gear by OR!

(Posted on 1/24/14)

Magnificent jacket (Review by salishpaddler)

As a paddler in the Puget Sound area, wet and cold are constant companions. With this jacket I've been able to say goodbye to both. Sleeve and torso length are perfect, too! Great jacket, thank you, OR!

(Posted on 1/11/14)

Excellent Piece (Review by Heady B)

Another satisfied customer here. Outstanding jacket. The fit is perfect for me (6'1" 190 lbs - size Large). Fit comfortably with just a baselayer and just enough room to add a good midlayer for colder, non-active days. Used for skiing in very cold conditions, winter backpacking, and around town when it's wet and cold.

For the warm to weight ratio and waterproofing and price, this piece cannot be beat.

(Posted on 11/22/13)

Men's Floodlight Jacket™ (Review by By Mountain Sense)

I am and IFMGA guide and ambassador for OR, that said, I would endorse this layer as a clutch layer for the damp winter conditions. You don't have to worry about the spindrift or blowing snow soaking you during belay duty. I also found this jacket packed well. If you're going to own one" do everything" down layer this could be it.

(Posted on 10/6/13)

Men's Floodlight Jacket™ (Review by By Mark Allen-IFMGA/AMGA)

This is a pro-piece of equipment. The floodlight was my puffy on a recent fall climb of Mt. Rainier 2013. The forecast was for the seasons first whopper winter storm. I had no previous experience with this product but I had a feeling it was up for a test run and the forecast was able to provide. During the storm we traveled for 3hrs from 10,000ft to 5,000ft in 20-30mph winds, freezing temps, horizontal wet snow, down through the freezing-level, and into the rain showers. I kept the jacket on in the rain to see how far I could push the waterproof claim. *After 3 ½ to 4hrs of cold harsh wet weather ~It is indeed water proof when tested for a duration of 3-4hrs ~The down was not wet nor was the jacket heavier from absorption ~The water visibly runs off the fabric ~It was warm! ~Not only was it warm but I was able to wear in while traveling and did not overheat in freezing temps ~Durable! This fabric is much more resistant to abrasion ~fits great and has great additional features that do not at weightI find this jacket an excellent new solution for the fundamental problems with down, the wet!. Great Job OR for coming up with another piece of great equipment for the harsh wet weather and addresses the needs (glove stashes, helmet to hood, high zippers for harnesses) we have while working during active sports. I look forward to many more days in this go-to layer.

(Posted on 10/3/13)

Men's Floodlight Jacket™ (Review by By Evan)

I use this coat religiously while ski touring all winter. The tough shell adds weather and wear and tear resistance. My old down coats always seem to have a really light shell on them that leaks feathers and gets holes, but this fabric stands up to the weather and the abuse of being in the mountains. Typically it is stuffed in my pack for the uptrack and then I wear it for breaks and the way down while out ski touring. The shell keeps me dry and warm all winter, even in the puking storms in my home range of British Columbia.

(Posted on 10/1/13)

Men's Floodlight Jacket™ (Review by By Bert)

I just bought this down a few weeks ago and I literally fell in Love with it. It is as warm as a down jacket and it's as waterproof as a heavy hard shell. And what's more it's super packable and light. I've used it in the mountains and while rock climbing in wet conditions and I can't wait to wear it this winter under the snow!

(Posted on 9/17/13)

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