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Men's Optimizer Jacket


Optimized for durable weather protection during active endeavors
FIT: Trim fit
COLOR peacock
Infinite Guarantee
Heavyweight weather is no match against this lightweight powerhouse of a hard shell. Pairing best-in-class durability, superb breathability, and Gore-Tex Active for ultralight waterproof protection – the Optimizer Jacket does just that: Provides an optimal balance of rugged weather resistance and mobility for light-and-fast mountain missions.
Fabric :
GORE-TEX Active 3L
55% polyester
45% nylon
20D ripstop face with 100% polyester 20D backer
Center Back Length :
30” / 76.2 cm
Weight :
12.9oz / 366g Avg. Weight for size L
Fabric Performance :
Fully Seam-Taped
Laminated Construction
Design Features :
Fully Adjustable Helmet Compatible Hood
Wire-Brimmed Halo-Hood
YKK® AquaGuard® Zippers
YKK® AquaGuard® Vislon Center Front Zipper
Internal Front Stormlap
Zip Chest Pocket
Zip Hand Pockets
Carabiner Loop
Internal Zip Pocket
Key Clip
Functional Details :
Dynamic Reach™ Underarm Panels
Double-Separating Front Zipper
Hook/Loop Cuff Closures
Elastic Drawcord Hem
Pocket Placement above harness


Decent jacket but, once again, sizing issues in the cut


I feel like a broken record with my OR jacket reviews lately. What is going on with the sizing in the cut of all the jackets??? It's not just men's jackets either, as I've heard many friends and coworkers echo their opinion that the cut is just weird. For this jacket, the sleeves are unnecessarily long and the waist is way too tight. I'm 6'1", 195lbs with an athletic build and I originally ordered an XL with the idea that I might want to wear a down jacket underneath. My idea failed to consider the ape like proportions of the cut of this jacket and the sleeves were a hand-length and a half too long. So I ordered the L, only to find that I was barely able to zip it up because the circumfrance at the waist was snug (I'm a 32" waist). Finally, the zipper pucker was exceptionally obtrusive and my wife commented that when I was barely leaning forward it looked like an arm was protruding from my stomach. I really don't like being so harsh in an OR review but the sizing needs to be fixed. I have gotten a lot of my friends to buy into the quality of Outdoor Research and I am now getting quite a bit of feedback (especially from female friends) that the waists of the jackets are too slim (and they are by no means overweight).

Bellingham, WA


One of my favourite off all time


Impress on the quality and fit. Like the hood very much

Trenton Ontario Canada


better than i was expecting


like the color

Ontario canada

Hood too big!


This shell is phenomenal for rainy weather or wearing on top of other layers. My only complaints are that the helmet compatible hood is ridiculously large and uncomfortable even when cinched up and the zippers are kind of hard to get started. I wish OR made this jacket with the option for a normal hood



Super light , wind and water proof


I wore this skiing in the Alps, the weather was warm but windy and as the sun went in it got cold, but just an undershirt and this shell kept the wind out and I stayed warm even in the shade! Super light weight and easy to pack too.

Long Beach , NY


Great shell


Skiing warm days, Alpine touring, rain jacket


Awesome hardshell!


This is used when the weather makes a turn for the worse. I sized up to fit over my other layers. Does the job it's made to do.

Santa Cruz, CA

Ultra light weight goretex jacket


Currently using this jacket for my commute 5 days a week. Very impressed with the breathability and love how the large hood fits perfectly over my helmet.

Vancouver BC


Overall great jacket the dimensions seem a little off


So I got this one for me. for reference I'm 5'9 145lbs slimmer build 38/40 suit size. I hoped to get a medium but ended up having to try a large and small. Some reviews said the jacket ran small some said it was true to size. It ended up that the small fit me best but I do have some areas I would improve. Basically the sleeves are much longer then other jackets, shirts etc in my experience and the torso is shorter. This played out that the sleeves on the small fit me great but the torso is a little tighter then I'd like, its workable but still, and the torso is also shorter then I'd like so either tighten up that waist cord or expect drafts. Now you'r probably saying well get a medium but then the sleeves would be way to long if the large is indicative of how the sleeve length changes between sizes. Add in that the sleeves are quite baggy and use a velcro style cinch instead of the elastic style that is on the Interstellar I purchased for mom I opted to go with best fitting sleeves I could and sacrifice on the torso. Now don't get me wrong the jacket has grown on me but I had reservations upon first inspection.



Tougher and thinner than I expected, pleasantly surprised


I was looking for a lighter replacement for my Maximus jacket that could be more of a 4 season shell and not just winter. I took the gamble as the Optimizer is significantly thinner but I have layers for days. I recently took this slick jacket high up into Olympic National Park and it saw the worst of the worst while keeping the water out, fitting well, and breathing. The fatigue color was also on point, as this is going to be my jacket for hunting season. I was < 60 yards from a bull elk last weekend so the color works. I wish OR made more mid layers like the Cathode in camo or fatigue, it would be the rage of the hunting community.

Bozeman, MT



4.5 19






Size & fit guide

Men’s apparel - measurement guide & size chart

Measurement shown in:
CHEST 34”86 37”94 40”102 43”109 46”117 49”124
WAIST 26”66 29”74 32”81 35”89 38”97 41”104
HIPS 33”84 36”91 39”99 42”107 45”114 48”122
INSEAM 30”76 31”79 32”81 33”84 34”86 35”89
SLEEVE-LENGTH 30”76 31”79 32”81 33”84 34”86 35”89
*All sizing is based on your body measurement for graded styles.
We adjust the garment for intended fit and intended use.