Outdoor Research Uberlayer Hooded Jacket #ORInsightLab

Outdoor Research Uberlayer Hoody Review

When you’re huffing and puffing away in varying temperatures, you want insulation that works with you and not against you. The Outdoor Research Uberlayer Hooded Jacket does just that.

At 16.7 oz, the jacket is lightweight, breathable, water resistant and wind resistant. Polartec® Alpha® Active Insulation is layered between a polyester mesh lining and a highly breathable nylon shell to keep you warm and cool, all at once. The jacket features two zippered hand pockets, one zippered napoleon pocket, and two internal stuff pockets. The jacket features a helmet compatible hood and a double separating front zipper. The fit is trim.

Outdoor Research Uberlayer Hoody Review

Available through CampSaver | REI | Mountain Gear | or Amazon

The Outdoor Research Uberlayer has really changed my tune towards synthetic insulation. I used to be all about the down jacket, but now this is my go-to. Not having to really shed layers while I’m on the go? That’s a total win in my book. From snowboarding to snowshoeing to climbing, this jacket is sport agnostic.

It’s breathable enough for shredding and insulates enough for windy days on the wall or the lift. The double separating front zipper is a godsend with a harness on, or if you really need to use the bathroom with all your snow gear on. I really, really, really wish more jackets were versatile like this.

Outdoor Research Uberlayer Hoody Review

The ultimate downside of the Uberlayer is it stinks something fierce when you’re rocking it day in and day out. I also found that the nylon shell holds stains and dirt pretty well, even with thorough and frequent washings. If you don’t mind always looking (and smelling) kinda dirtbaggy, this jacket is it.

Buy the Uberlayer through Outdoor Research, CampSaver, REI, Mountain Gear, or Amazon for $299.

This jacket was sent to me for review.