Men's Uberlayer Hooded Jacket™

Style# 243088OR

"Editor’s Choice Award Winter 2015" – Backcountry Magazine
"Best Winter Gear Winter 2015" – Backpacker
"2016 Gear of the Year" – Outside Magazine

"The UberLayer was the most versatile backcountry jacket we tested this year…our testers put it on, then kept it on, in temperatures ranging from below freezing to over 60 degrees." – A. Navas, Outside Magazine Buyer’s Guide

Perfect for aerobic climbs and ski tours, this backcountry chameleon provides the warmth of a synthetic puffy one moment and the breathability and quick-dry performance of a fleece the next, all without forcing you to add, remove or adjust your layers.
Trim Fit


Hot Sauce




  • Fabric Performance: Active Insulation, Water-Resistant, Wind-Resistant, Breathable, Lightweight
  • Design Features: Helmet Compatible Wire-Brimmed Halo-Hood, Two Internal Shove-It™ Pockets, Zip Chest Pocket, Zip Hand Pockets, Internal Front Stormflap, Key Clip
  • Functional Details: Double-Separating Center Front Zipper, Woven Mesh Inside Arms Provides Easy Glide, Elastic Cuffs, Elastic Drawcord Hem


Fit: Trim Fit

Fabric: 100% nylon 30D stretch woven shell, 100% polyester stretch mesh lining, Polartec® Alpha Insulation 100% polyester, 98 g/m2

Center Back Length: 29˝ / 74 cm

Avg. Weight (oz./g): 19.9oz / 563g (L)

Customer Reviews

Favorite Piece EVER (Review by J Dub)

I can do everything in the Uberlayer. From ice climbing to skinning to skiing powder to winter-time bike commutes, this jacket is my all-time favorite. The fit is simply supreme. No extra 'bunches' of fabric or zipper, but I never wish it were longer or just bigger in general. My body runs relatively hot especially while climbing or touring, so it's very important to have a warm and breathable outer layer. I've tried countless other options, but I found what I want right here. Plus, hard shells are so 2010...

(Posted on 3/12/17)

Good piece with a few flaws (Review by R.Duke)

I have never owned a piece of outdoor kit that was perfect. That being said, this jacket is only a few ticks away. Fit is snug, as it should be for a mid layer. I found this jacket felt tight in the armpits at first but broke in over a few days.
Things I liked:
-sweet hood
-easy to use zippers
-great temperature comfort range (25-55F with light breeze with single LS layer under for me)
-material wicks and dries super fast
-fleece lined pockets are worth the extra weight IMHO
-with a bit of effort it will stuff into its own pocket, awesome for multipitch
Things that can be improved:
-I know I sweat a ton, but this is jacket retains stink like no their garment I've ever owned. Not sure if it is the insulation or the inner mesh, but even after laundering it still smells like
Me. Guess it will keep it from getting swiped.
-the outer material seems fairly burly but the stitching snags and pulls super easily. Again, much more than other similar outer layers I've owned.
-wish outer material had more stretch, this would help with the snug feel.
-don't think the two-way zipper is necessary, it is annoying when bottom one migrates up. This would make more sense on the Transcendent hoody.

Overall, I really like this piece. It can certainly double as a mid or outer layer depending on conditions. With just a tee underneath I can go hard without overheating in sub-freezing temps. I find myself wearing it more often than not, as it is really comfortable. Would definitely buy it again.

(Posted on 3/11/17)

Armpit area too tight (Review by Paul)

A beautifully made jacket, definitely high quality fabrics and stiching. But, the openings from the torso into the arms were way too tight for me. I'm 5'11",158 Lbs. As a consequence the jacket was totally uncomfortable with cotton undershirt and sweatshirt underneath the jacket. I wanted to LOVE this jacket, if only it fit me!

(Posted on 2/9/17)

My new favorite cold weather gear!!! (Review by Adam)

Despite some sizing issues I absolutely love this jacket! I originally ordered a XL as that's what I typically wear when ordering similar jackets. When I received my Uberlayer I was impressed by the design and comfort but decided to exchange it for a XXL as the "trim fit" was too tight in the shoulders. The exchange process was a breeze and OR sent me a XXL before asking me to return the XL I originally ordered. This was awesome since I had the chance to compare both sized and confirm the XXL was big enough without being too big. Since receiving the XXL Uberlayer it has become my go to jacket any time I'm heading into the cold. It does a great job of cutting the wind and keeping me warm without overheating while moving. It compresses down into a easy to pack size when I need to store it in a pack. Overall it's a great piece of gear that I definitely recommend.

(Posted on 1/30/17)

I was skeptical, but its all true (Review by Ryan)

A lot of great features have been noted. It is certainly warm and comfortable fabric. I am surprised how often I go to this jacket instead of my warmer layers. One slight flay is the fit. Comparing to the Cathode, both jackets are "Trim" but are quite different. The Uber is longer in the arms (which is fine), longer in body (which does not fit great under a shell with a snowskirt), and downright frumpy in the torso. The saving grace to the frumpy fit is the reverse zipper. I find that I bring the bottom zipper up a few inches when in the car, just sitting, or on the move. My other favorite features are the wire brim in the hood create unobstructed visibility, warmth of the hood, stash pockets, wrinkle free fabric and bitchin insulation, and high chin cover design. Overall, well done OR.

(Posted on 1/29/17)

Awesome Layer (Review by Sam)

This jacket is everything I needed. I ordered a medium and it fits perfectly (5'10", 160). I love that it has a little bit of stretch to it too. The hood also fits well over a ski helmet.

I mainly use this jacket when I am touring because it gives me the right amount of warmth but it's still breathable. I usually end up taking it off because it's sometimes too warm, but then again I've been known to wear only a t-shirt and a vest on ice climbing approaches.

Overall great jacket!

(Posted on 1/29/17)

Great jacket (Review by Jason)

I was looking for a replacement synthetic insulating layer and wanted to try out something with Polartec Alpha. I've been out on a few adventures with it now and am very happy to have the Uberlayer. It's much more windproof than I expected for being breathable and it's surprisingly warm for as thin as it is. My only complaint is that I have a hard time with the OR fit. I thought I had it figured out: extra large for anything "trim" and large for anything "regular" but the XL Uberlayer is a bit loose in the arms. The fit is close enough to work well for everything I'm getting into: splitboard touring, snowmobiling, rock and mountain climbing.

(Posted on 1/29/17)

An everything jacket (Review by Portage Dave)

This is the perfect combination of lightweight, breathability, and warmth. Love the way this jacket works in almost every season and yet feels so simple and light. A great jacket!

(Posted on 1/29/17)

Versatile Layer for Activities (Review by Peter)

Great layering piece for varying temperatures. I wear this running in winter and skitouring.
Works as advertised, breathable when working hard, keeps warm when standing still. After a 5.5hr uphill and sweating stil kept me warm on exposed in windy ridge. With varying layers underneath, good for running from zero to minus 20.

(Posted on 1/29/17)

I agree with the others (Review by AD)

5' 7" Small fits well. Athletic build on the slim side.

Between this and Patagonia's Nano I was torn but ultimately felt the Nano would not provide enough wind resistance or any waterproof options. I live in Colorado so not concerned with rain very much though.

This is definitely a trim fit, there is a very defined side cut, almost feminine even. I have had this for about a month now and it has performed well in single digits to probably 40 degrees. I skied the green runs with my daughter and it was comfortable in the 20s with just a light layer underneath.

I would have given 5 stars if it had just a tiny bit more room across the back/shoulder area and if the side cut wasn't quite so trim, but those are really nitpicks and if this was meant to be a layering piece (Uberlayer in fact) then it's likely designed to be that way.

(Posted on 1/26/17)

Quiver Killer (Review by Nic)

I wear this jacket as a mid layer and an outer layer depending on the activity and weather. It is by far the best jacket that I have ever owned!

(Posted on 1/25/17)

Believe The Hype (Review by simon goldberg)

when ice cube said "please don't believe the hype," he clearly was NOT referring to the uberlayer. the hype is so real.

the absolute best layer for backcountry skiing, this thing makes me feel like there's a fan inside my jacket on the way up. i run warm on the uphill and--seriously--you can feel the airflow as your arms move, keeping the perfect temp. then, during your transition/safety meeting/water break, it stays really warm alone. a shell over the top is all you need when it's extra cold and/or windy. i've used it in CO from -10 to 50 F and its comfortable always. hood/neck is perfect too, love the wire brim.

i think the fit is great, fits a bit looser than a radiant hoody. had the superlayer and can report the weird small armpit issue is gone.

(Posted on 1/14/17)

Very nice (Review by Matt T)

As a Texan, i was blown away that I could get by in 20F weather with a tee shirt and this micro puffy. This is now my go to puffy for pretty much all occasions. One downside I've noticed are that it could do with being more rugged to thorny environments. I've already torn some sizable holes in it while hiking through in el Potrero Chico (admittedly a thorny place, but I was bummed that it tore so much). Also, the inner mesh pockets seem great at first, but if I have something in the front pocket (like a phone) and then another item in an inner pocket (like a wallet), it gets really bulky and the mesh has a bit too much stretch so things bounce around a lot and is annoying while walking. Granted, I could have fewer things on my person, but I don't have all that much stuff and it bothers me. I'd rather have offset exterior/interior pockets. Perhaps keep the interior pockets above the exterior ones, or just reduce the size of the pocket and/or provide stiffer mesh to reduce the bouncing. All in all though, that's a minor inconvenience for me and I still love grabbing this puffy anytime.

(Posted on 1/5/17)

Great Fitting and Well-made (Review by Scott)

I'm 5'7" 150lbs and the medium Uberlayer fits perfect. I've used it over a t-shirt down to -10F while skinning and didn't have to layer up for the ski down. Wicks sweat well and is super comfortable.

It does develop a funk pretty quickly. By the fourth time wearing it in the backcountry, I stopped wearing it around town. Only thing that could be improved is a side zip for vents. Overall an excellent jacket.

(Posted on 1/4/17)

hood needs work (Review by austin)

polartec alpha it works keeps you warm when soaking wet.
take off your hard shell you'll be dry in 20 minutes. without the hard
shell it will draw heat out. this has changed what i carry in my bag a good base layer a polartec alpha layer hardshell your good to about
5 degrees fahrenheit if your moving.
on the down side the hood has one drawstring pull on it a little bit the hood will not fully cover your ears. The wire brim is small & somewhat ineffective.
i'm not a fan of wire brim's laminated brim's just as effective and don't break. like the one on my gore tex pro shell that is now covered in duct tape

(Posted on 12/28/16)

Uber great! (Review by Barry)

Well I have had this jacket for several months now and have found it a excellent layer for most of what winter has thrown so far. It really does find that warm sweet spot while active while dumping excess heat like during snow shoeing. Only complaint is cosmetic, the piping around the pockets is coming off so I have had to peal it off. Other than that, it is exactly what I have been looking for in my layering system.

(Posted on 12/28/16)

Great active layer (Review by JBart)

I have been using the uberlayer for ski touring. It's a great outer layer for active outdoor use. It does a great job of regulating body temperature going from a cold start to hot exertion and wicking sweat away from the body. The outer layer of the uberlayer can actually get damp from the sweat that is getting pulled from the inside. But better on the outside than trapped inside!

(Posted on 12/28/16)

Fantastic, comfy and warm! (Review by Robmat)

I purchased this as a warmer alternative to the Patagonia Nano Air jacket and it does not disappoint. The jacket is warm, comfortable and fits great. I am generally between a L and a M in OR products and the large in the Uberlayer fits extremely well. It has a good fit in the waist and shoulders while allowing enough room for layering. The hood is comfortable and fits well. The jacket took a little bit to soften up, but now feels like wearing your favorite blanket. The DWR is a nice touch and works as it should. I'm glad I pulled the trigger!

(Posted on 12/28/16)

Outstanding jacket (Review by Nathan)

This jacket is everything it's supposed to be. It's warm down below freezing and able to breath and regulate body heat up into the mid and upper 60's (F).
I've taken mine up to Tahoe on backpacking trips in the winter with the temperature varying from 50's to low 30's and upper 20's and I don't even have to shed layers as I'm trekking with my pack on.
I'm very happy with my Uberlayer and find myself rarely taking it off.
The hood also allows me to wear my helmet and it fits perfectly.

(Posted on 11/16/16)

A synthetic favorite, but... (Review by G.nectarine)

This jacket really does breathe well. I wear it in various ranges of temperatures and levels of physical output. For what it is meant to do, it really does a great job!
I do want to mention two problems I was not to impressed with. First, the pocket designed to be a stuff sack is way too small. When I tried to pack the jacket inside I really had to jam it in there. I like a tight fit with stuff sacks because it makes the space smaller, but this was simply just not usable. I couldn't even fit the whole jacket in before the pocket began to tear at the seam. The pocket is a very thin material and as such is not that burly. If you're going to stuff the jacket anywhere, don't use the pocket.
The other disappointment was the stitching along the body. The lines of stitching that go across the jacket snag on the insulation and pull the little white hairs out making it look tattered when it's still brand new. The stitching on the sleeves was clean and neat, so I'm confused as to why it was like this on the body. May not be a problem on other colors, but on the black it is very noticeable.
Would I buy it again,? Yes! It works great and the fit is trim which I love! Just be aware it has a few kinks that need to be worked out.

(Posted on 8/4/16)

Great except for... (Review by g.nectarine)

Let me start out by saying just how comfortable and versatile this jacket is. It keeps me warm, breathes well during high output, and stretches with your movement. It also blocks wind well for not being a shell. I bought this to use in the winter for hiking, snowshoeing, and fat biking when the temps are below freezing and there's a chance I could get a little wet from snow, or just around town in the spring/fall chilly air. The Polartec Alpha insulation, stretch mesh interior

(Posted on 7/14/16)

Great Piece (Review by Jacob)

Super comfortable across a wide range of temperatures. Great when active in the single digits and teens, great hiking in the 20s-40s, and great chilling in anything warmer than that with just a base layer. Very versatile. While It's a little heavier than say the Nano air, but I dig the double zipper and adjustable hood (and the fit is more athletic with wider shoulders). Not super weather resistant, but will shed light rain fairly well and wont really ever feel wet.

(Posted on 5/20/16)

Versatile (Review by Jim R)

I've worn this hiking and running in dry 20's, humid 40's and rainy 50's with just a sheer base layer. It's hard to explain, but I've never been uncomfortable wearing this. In the cold, I've felt cool but not cold. In mild conditions, warm but not too warm. In the rain with no shell, it wets out but I've never felt wet and it doesn't get heavy and clingy. It won't replace a puffy around camp, but It's a great 90% solution when you are active in cold to cool conditions and you don't want to worry about changing layers. Size medium fits as expected.

(Posted on 5/4/16)

Quite amazing gear (Review by Ricky)

I didn't really expect that a jacket could be so versatile -- but a full season of ice climbing has proven this to be the Bee's Knees ( as my mother might have said). Insulating from wild winds, breathable when working hard, dries out without chilling - the total package. And of course, meeting the Number One Requirement of all alpine gear, lightweight.
Stiff price, but performance that's worth it when conditions change hourly as they do in the Rockies...

(Posted on 4/11/16)

top notch! (Review by Charlie)

This one is a winner. I have been using this jacket for several months mainly for winter bike commuting in WI and as a mid layer skiing.

A traditional puffy (micropuff, down sweater) tends to be a little too hot for me on the bike because of lack of breathability. The uber nails it. Down to the low 20's I wear it with everday clothes (light sweater or cotton hoody) underneath. In the teens, I put a midweight fleece on underneath. Or, adding a light windshirt beefs up its insulation value a lot as this shell on this thing is very permeable.

It's also part of my backcountry double puff system. I now use this instead of a fleece or expedition weight under layer and pair it with a lightweight down jacket for time at camp.

This is definitely for being active. It won't keep you warm just hanging out around camp.

I like the beefy zipper which won't break anytime soon. Double zipper pulls are nice for dealing with a hip belt or harness, but the bottom pull does tend to creep up a bit so I have to fiddle with it sometimes to get the jacket to fully unzip.

nice work OR!

(Posted on 3/3/16)

Favorite Coat (Review by Packham)

The Uberlayer is quickly becoming my favorite jacket. This jacket is very versatile, quite warm and comfortable. Great layer while ski touring and also wear it around town. Fairly windproof as well. Not as light as a similar down jacket but better in windy and wet environments, a better and safer pick than down in the backcountry.

Great jacket, nothing but good things to say.

(Posted on 1/3/16)

An excellent active layer (Review by Mike)

This is a great layer. Light, not too bulky, squared away for high reaches when ice climbing and was perfect for alpine touring under a hard shell.
Worn this in temperatures this season from +1C down to -14C (so far) and was awesome when boot packing up slope for a ski. The hood was ideal for the wind. Interior pockets were the solution for keeping my grazing food from freezing. No gimmicks. A great jacket all 'round.

(Posted on 12/28/15)

One of my favorite jackets! (Review by Gear Guru)

Another great OR product. I was first interested in active insulation jackets when I heard about the Patagonia Nano Air, but OR has perfected the concept with the Uberlayer. The style and colors of OR's Uberlayer jackets look way better than Patagonia's.

It has kept me warm in freezing temps and dry in the rain. I have worn this jacket nearly everyday since I bought it, and I can't wait to take it XC skiing and skiing in the backcountry.

The only slight issue I've had is the jacket doesn't seem to stuff well into its pocket. It seems like the pocket may be a bit too small.

(Posted on 12/10/15)

uberlayer (Review by galileocoffee)

Quite possibly the best garment that i have bought in years of buying OR. Breaths well, insulates well, great for biking in colder weather without extra layers, great for hanging out outside by the fire. Looking forward to trying it while skate skiing.
I love it. Keep up the great ideas and products

(Posted on 12/5/15)

Good jacket BUT (keep reading) (Review by Derek )

Purchased this jacket this winter season to replace a Primaloft jacket that I use daily until spring comes. Im a cold person, all the time so I was hoping the insulation factor on this jacket would be higher. During times of physical activity its great.....but if you're looking for that "instant furnace" feel of a synthetic or down fill jacket, I would strongly consider something else, as for me (a cold person), this doesn't cut it when Im standing still. In the Spring, summer, fall however, I'm looking forward to having it around. Also, I normally wear a medium jacket (5'11 180 lbs). The medium still fits, but its tight, so if you're on the fence, size up.

(Posted on 11/16/15)

Impressed (Review by Kevin)

The Uberlayer has everything I've come to expect from OR. It's light and flexible but strong and warm. I haven't had the chance to push this jacket to the extreme yet, but I'm very happy with it so far.

(Posted on 10/23/15)

Seems good (Review by Clam Digger)

I haven't even bought this jacket yet but I love the idea of it.

(Posted on 9/29/15)

Too snug (Review by Jonathan)

Didn't get a chance to test this jacket in the elements. The XXL was way tighter in the torso than my other OR fitted jackets.

(Posted on 9/25/15)

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