Men's Transcendent Down Sweater

Style# 243069OR

GOOSE DOWN INSULATION PERFECTED Warm, compressible and incredibly lightweight, our Transcendent Collection is built to keep you comfortably insulated when the temperature drops, then stuff away into a corner of your pack when not needed. The Sweater features high quality 650 fill power goose down insulation to keep you cozy during cross-country rambles or when you’re huddled at camp.
Standard Fit


Agate/Hot Sauce




  • Fabric Performance: Water-Resistant, Wind-Resistant, Lightweight
  • Design Features: Zip Chest Pocket, Zip Hand Pockets, Right-Hand Pocket Doubles as Stuff Sack, Internal Front Stormflap, Carabiner Loop, Brushed Tricot-Lined Collar, Brushed Tricot Back of Hand Inside Pockets, Key Clip
  • Functional Details: Single-Separating Front Zipper, Elastic Cuffs, Elastic Drawcord Hem


Fit: Standard Fit

Fabric: 100% polyester 20D ripstop shell 100% nylon 44D embossed taffeta lining, 650 fill power responsibly sourced goose down insulation

Center Back Length: 29” / 74 cm

Avg. Weight (oz./g): 13.0oz / 369g (L)

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Customer Reviews

awesome (Review by Ryan)

Really versatile. I have worn it with the maximus and a t-shirt in single digit temps with wind for hours and have been fine. I have also worn in day to day use in the cold temps and it is great. I usually run warmer than most people and this is a great insulator for me. I haven't taken it overnight camping but i plan on using it in my hammock as my overnight gear.

(Posted on 3/7/17)

Solid jacket for solid adventures (Review by C)

Wore this nearly every evening on an 18 day rafting trip though the Grand Canyon in February. From unloading the boats and cooking dinner to quietly journaling next to some smoldering coals, this jacket kept me nice and toasty during all evening activities.

I always look for improvement. The jacket occasionally looses a feather hear and there. But this is an issue with all down jackets.

(Posted on 3/4/17)

BUY IT (Review by 007)

Absolutely one of the best jackets I have ever purchased. It is true fit and provides the upmost comfort and warmth. I will order a second one just to have as a backup. BUY THIS JACKET........TRUST ME.

(Posted on 1/29/17)

Do Everything Jacket (Review by Todd)

Love the Transcendent Down Sweater - the athletic fit, lightweight, and high warmth for weight make it ideal as an insulating layer when I ski. And the jacket just looks great, so also wear it as my go to winter jacket for work as well. It goes everywhere with me from Nov thru March.

(Posted on 1/29/17)

Extreme Warmth (Review by Nuffespresso)

I'm 5'11 175 and this jacket is amazing. I am continually surprised at the warmth. I wear it with slacks to work, on the slopes under my shell when snowboarding and took it to the summit of Mt. Rainier. I will always have this jacket in my closet. So good I bought my wife one.

(Posted on 1/17/17)

My go to piece! (Review by Sean)

I can not say enough great things about this puffy! It has become my go to piece on any trip I am guiding. It is crazy light and perfect for backpacking trips, but it extremely durable at the same time. It has rubbed against countless rocks and has not gotten 1 hole in the two years I have had it. Not to mention it looks sharp! The Best Puffy I have owned.

(Posted on 1/5/17)

Great jacket, great quality (Review by Fisher)

This jacket is awesome. Its got a solid build and packing it into its own pocket really helps a lot. I'm 6'1", 200lbs and the large fits perfectly. It also keeps you very warm. Definitely recommend!

(Posted on 12/28/16)

great jacket (Review by CB)

Pros: Lightweight, not bulky, and warm. 5'11, 190 and a Large fits me perfectly. You can wear this over a T-shirt or a long sleeve light layer and be fine.

Cons: the upper chest pocket zipper is small. And the duck/night color seems like it could be a little darker blue-maybe the color of the zippers instead.

Over all a great jacket.

(Posted on 12/28/16)

Great insulation (Review by Sean)

I'm glad that they call this a sweater and not a jacket.

It seems like a lot of OR's competitors call their version of a lightweight down sweater a 'jacket', and then seem to charge $50 to $100 more for their version. It really is a sweater and should be part of your layering system. on cool spring and fall nights it works well on its own, but it won't stand up to winter cold unless it is under a shell.

This down sweater is well built, uses quality materials and is well worth the price. I've had it for a year now and put this through its paces in all kinds of weather. I've paired it with a shell in really cold weather (a Foray jacket bought at the same time). It provides just enough warmth without adding bulk down to about 20° F. Over the last few weeks in Chicago I had to leave the Transcendent in the closet and use my heavier down jacket as the temperature hovered around 0°F, but for 20° to 45°, it is just right.

The quality is good. Just the right mix of light weight and durability. The seams, the stitching, the fabric and the hardware have all handled regular use without fail or wear and tear. On the trail, it took the edge off of cold June nights in the Boundary Waters. As a layer under a shell, it provides plenty of warmth for XC skiing in western Wisconsin or just shoveling snow in Chicago. It packs down small and serves as a nice pillow when on the trail.

Over the first few weeks I lost a few feathers, but none in the last 10 to 11 months. There are a few rivals that you might want to look at if you think this is too pricey. The REI coop down sweater or the LL Bean down sweater are similar, but cheaper. If you try them out at a local store, you will also see that they are not as well made.

After the first winter I washed the transcendent with Nikwax down wash, and then used the Nikwax down proof. This gives the sweater the benefits of water resistant down.

This sweater is highly recommended. You will be happy that you chose it as part of your gear!

(Posted on 12/28/16)

Another Great One (Review by Thane)

I'm 6'2", 200lbs and I always have to order tall sizes for sleeve length. This is a great jacket. I'd say you're good in this up to about 40 degrees if you aren't active, you can definitely endure colder temperatures if you are moving and working up a sweat.

This thing doesn't really block the wind, so for cold/windy days, you are better off with a good soft shell, but I've worn this baby across Watertown, NY, Canada, Northern Germany, and all of Eastern Europe in the fall and spring and haven't been disappointed.

(Posted on 12/19/16)

excellent addition. (Review by Johnny Mac)

The transcendent is a great addition to my layering system. This jacket does great regulating body temp. I have been wearing it as an insulation layer under my rain shell out hiking and just by itself heading to the office. Nice work OR!

(Posted on 3/15/16)

Nailed it! (Review by Zach)

I use this jacket for work and play. It is great for the shoulder seasons and milder winter days. Packs down small and light. I have a larger proportional upper body (6', 200#, 45" chest, 32x32 pant) and have found that OR size large is usually a perfect fit. I will be ordering another to have one that lives in my work pack.

(Posted on 3/6/16)

Outstanding down jacket (Review by Bryan)

I purchased the Transcendent Sweater in Medium, Dusk/Night roughly six months ago. I'm 5'7 and 165, I wear 16.5 32/33 shirts and a 42 reg suit. The fit is comfortable and looks sharp. It isn't baggy or trendy tight. I think a large would also fit me but i'm glad I got the medium because I'm not likely to need any bulky layers underneath and this is a perfect fit under my OR Foray shell in Medium. I picked up the Transcendent Sweater and the Foray shell to use as a system and it has been an outstanding combination. The transcendent seems pretty tough and I expect it will last a long time. The fabric seems pretty rugged and capable of keeping the feathers in and the zippers are appropriate for the jacket, not just the lightest weight zips available. It easily packs into a pocket which is great. The packed size isn't tiny but you won't destroy the zippers and break your thumbs cramming it into oblivion. I suspect it will tolerate many years of abuse.
The look is this down jacket is Seattle-technical but with a little more western ruggedness than the competition.
I've worn the jacket throughout a NW winter and on a trip to the East coast during one of this year's deep freezes. So most of the wear has been in temps in the 30's and 40's but I've used it down to about 10F. More times than not, I've wished I opted for the vest version because it just isn't cold enough where I live to need a jacket this warm, especially during activity. It really is a warm piece, especially for a 650 fill that's only an inch or two thick. It performed admirably when the temps were in the low teens. Worn with my Foray shell and a light fleece or wool base layer and I would trust this down well below freezing.
A few particulars worth mentioning. First, the glove warmer pockets inside the jacket have an elastic band along the top that I notice and feel even when the pockets are empty. I like the pockets and I think the extra layer of fabric contributes significantly to the jacket's warmth, but for comfort I would use a simple velcro closure at most over the elastic hem. It's not really uncomfortable but I feel it and find it annoying. This is my only serious gripe with this awesome jacket. Second, the lining inside the hand warmers is nice but I would prefer it to be on the other side. Perhaps just a preference thing, but the soft fleece lining is on the back of my hands which are often dry/chapped and they sort of catch on the fleece. No big deal but I would like to have some of that nice fuzzy stuff where my palm and fingertips go. Third, the hem at the cuff could be made of something a bit softer. This might also be a solution to the glove pocket hem. Perhaps durability took precedence here. Lastly, the fleece lining around the neck was something I didn't think would matter when choosing a jacket, but that stuff is amazingly nice and helps the jacket score high on comfort points.

(Posted on 2/15/16)

Best Jacket i own (Review by Mike)

For a down jacket, this is by far the most versatile piece of kit that I own. Most recently, I slept out on a glacier in Austria in conditions of -1 F. During the breaks while skinning to the Wildespitze, busting out the transcendent sweater kept the cold out and all of the heat in. If need be, throwing on a soft or hard shell isn't a problem because the down packs well. I'm 5'6" and 155 lbs so a medium fits well.

(Posted on 1/10/16)

Amazing jacket. (Review by TheNairn)

I own two Transcendent sweater's and absolutely love them. I have layered them in -20 and stayed toasty warm. Also the ripstop shell Is a life saver!

(Posted on 11/9/15)

Can't say enough! (Review by Norm)

My first down jacket and now I wish I'd had it way earlier. I use this with my military gear too. It easily stuffs into a cargo pocket when not needed and when needed will fit over a flak or plate carrier. So far I've had it in 10 degree temps with no problem. I also went with the Transcendent Bennie that fits into the breast pocket well.

(Posted on 1/21/15)

supreme lightweight warmth (Review by slideswiper)

I purchased this jacket to throw in my patrol pack. Super lightweight, packs small, incredible warmth for the weight, and I now don't leave it in the bottom of my pack- I wear it all the time instead! Great for rewarming after coming in from a cascade snow day.
Also has an awesome outer pocket to hold iPhone, hand warmers, wallet, etc. Internal shove pockets hold my hat. Great choice!

(Posted on 1/5/15)

Awesome choice (Review by John)

The transcendent sweater is a great choice for an ultralight down jacket. Since purchasing this jacket about two months ago, I've already put it to the test on multi day trips backpacking and skiing in some very cold temperatures. In harsh conditions, this jacket works great as an insulation layer under a hard shell, and when the sun's out or even in some light snow, it's a very nice outer layer. It's very light and packable, and I really like the discreet chest pocket for conveniently stuffing away a phone or other small essentials. Originally couldn't decide between the hooded or nonhooded version, but I'm happy I chose the nonhooded just because it fits under a shell a little more easily.

(Posted on 12/23/14)



(Posted on 11/17/14)

Awesome and warm for the weight (Review by Curt)

This 650 fill transcendent jacket (sweater) is awesome. I have had it for several weeks and I can tell you if you buy it you will not regret it. I have warn this in temps of 30 above to 5 above by itself and it is very warm. The construction of the jacket is very nice the zipper never gets caught on the jacket due to OR adding a strip of material that goes the full length of the zipper (on the inside flap). I have tried other jackets of this type and OR has out done themselves again with awesome outdoor gear. Very Very happy

(Posted on 10/29/14)

Blows the doors off the comp!!! (Review by Attack7)

BLUF- my company receives samples of most of the industry's clothing......we were given another jacket of a likeness, then these were delivered to us! I must say, OR outdid themselves with this! I've worn it in DC, NC, and even up to the Pacific Northwest to the OR Hqs and Berry Compliant factory recently! Most other companies are a name but lack the performance! Outstanding!

(Posted on 3/8/14)

My Favorite (Review by Bryan K.)

I have owned this jacket for two years now, and going to another for next year. I work Ski Patrol and this year we have been incredibly cold in the midwest. This jacket has been all I've needed out on the 'hill' when wearing a long sleeve shirt underneath and my patrol vest on top. I absolutely love the fact that I can come in from the cold, remove the vest and feel completely comfortable in the patrol room. also like the fact that you can stay warm outside, then get in your vehicle and not feel like you have to remove some bulky jacket to be comfortable for a long drive. So light you don't even notice it being on! Highly recommend this 'sweater'!

(Posted on 2/15/14)

Staple (Review by J. Utah)

Light. Perfect amount of warmth. Have used it as a mid layer, but mainly gets used as an outer layer. Got one size bigger than I thought I needed, like a slinky it seems to expand and contract for what I want to use it for. Gets used so much I thought it warranted a review. I have had it for years and really like that it's not shiny. Got paint on it and it scrubbed it off. Very impressed. Get it.

(Posted on 1/27/14)

Single Best Piece of Gear for my Thru-Hike (Review by Timber)

I used this jacket everyday for 6 1/2 months on my Thru-Hike of the Appalachian Trail 2013. I only wore it hiking when it dropped below 25, but it went on immediately whenever I wasn't moving on those cold days, or early mornings/late evenings. One thing to note about this jacket is the design in which it stuffs into itself. It turns into a nice little rectangle with a soft fleece side which makes for one heck of trail pillow. Love this thing. Still wear it all the time, even with all the little repair patches due to popping embers.

(Posted on 1/1/14)

A Must Have! (Review by Nick)

A fantastic light winter jacket and fall backpacking piece. The ability for this jacket to keep you warm compared to the overall weight of the piece is impressive. As a standalone piece, this works well for me down into the 20’s with a layer underneath while partaking in a light to moderate activity. This thing packs down inside the right hand warmer pocket to about the size of a softball. Inside the pocket there is a loop to allow you to attach it to your pack, and a very nice little addition to the jacket.

Due to the multiple stitches for the baffles, this jacket does let a bit of a breeze through. I like to use a shell over this in windy, and colder conditions. This combination allows for plenty of movement, warmth, and wind protection. The fabric used at first glance appears to be prone to snags, but I have found it rather durable thus far. The one precaution I would advise are gloves that have Velcro. They appear to snag the cuffs a little with continued contact.

Having this on the trail, I have needed to launder this jacket, and I am always afraid of losing down through the process. I have found on two occasions that the down stays where it should be, and doesn't clump up. A short cold machine wash, a short tumble dry with a few tennis balls, and line dry it still appears brand new. At 5’ 10” and 185 lbs, the medium works very well for me. I wouldn't feel that its an athletic fit, buts its just barely loose enough to offer good movement, but not too baggy.

A fantastic piece, and with the weight and packability of the jacket, this will always make the trip in the pack from now on. I can’t believe I have lived without this jacket for so long. Don’t hesitate, get yourself one!

(Posted on 12/29/13)

Men's Transcendent Sweater™ (Review by By Pat H)

I use this for everday wear mostly. Its fit is very conducive to wearing as a midlayer which I do quite frequently while skiing. 650 fill but... I have another company's down sweater that is 800 fill but in this type of garment it's not even noticeable. It's designed to be light so it's not that durable.

(Posted on 10/18/12)

Men's Transcendent Sweater™ (Review by By meado)

Wow the best warmth to weight ration i have ever owned or tried. The armpits are a little snug, but otherwise is great under a shell or over underlayers. The only thing i may want would be a bit more water resistance on the sholders it may compomise weight though and that is waht the shell is for

(Posted on 4/18/12)

Men's Transcendent Sweater™ (Review by By Bluemasi)

I used this sweater during my son's scouting weekend and it met all my expectations. Fit. I am average height and build and the sweater fit very well and not restrictive at all through a range of motions. The elastic cuff was tight enough to keep the sleeve in place but not so restrictive that it became uncomfortable. Comfort. I was wearing a base layer and lightweight polar fleece pullover and the sweater kept me warm well into the lower 20's. In windy conditions I wore a shell over it and I remained warm in 28 degree weather and 20 MPH winds. The sweater remained comfortable alone in 15 MPH winds with temps in mid 30's.

(Posted on 1/18/12)

Men's Transcendent Sweater™ (Review by By bikehikeski)

This jacket is almost too warm to not have zippers in the armpits for ventilation. I love it. It is so lightweight and comfortable.

(Posted on 2/9/11)

Men's Transcendent Sweater™ (Review by By Hiking Piper)

Got this originally as a hiking sweater that I could squeeze into my backpack but I use it all winter too for snowshoeing and hiking or just heading to the store.It's lightweight, warm, and great for layering.

(Posted on 1/17/11)

Men's Transcendent Sweater™ (Review by By WKK)

Awesome jacket, but the sleeves won't do if you're over six feet. OR needs to look at longer sleeves or making a "long" version for those of us who are in shape (not an XL) but also over six feet.

(Posted on 1/17/11)

Men's Transcendent Sweater™ (Review by By Bass)

The best warm and packable fleece when the tempreture it's very cold and dry.Under my hard shell when I start my day or at the base camp when the night coming. It's the best fleece for puting in the bag and when it's time for,you taking the small "softball package" and the cold it's brocken's.

(Posted on 1/15/11)

Men's Transcendent Sweater™ (Review by By Capt P)

I was shocked at how lightweight this jacket was. It truly is the lightest down jacket I have ever come across. I wouldn't use it extensively as a stand alone jacket or for hard use, but it is an excellent packable insulation piece and is incredibly warm. This jacket is probably best used riding under a hard shell on bitter cold days, or packed in your bag for when the temperatures take a dive. I would recommend this jacket to everyone I know.

(Posted on 1/4/11)

Men's Transcendent Sweater™ (Review by By DD)

I love this jacket. I wear this jacket all the time. The chest pocket is what eventually sold me on this jacket compared to other puffy jackets. I use the pocket all the time for my phone and it blends in well with the jacket. It keeps my just warm enough but it is truely a layering jacket because it doesnt do well against wind and rain.

(Posted on 12/24/10)

Men's Transcendent Sweater™ (Review by By Warren the Sit Skier)

Great piece when you want to carry just one jacket in the Spring or Fall, or to keep warm in between runs in the winter. My go to jacket when I don't expect it to get cold enough to pack the Virtuoso...

(Posted on 12/14/10)

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