Outdoor Research Alibi Jacket
Source: bought it used
Price Paid: $140
Super breathable. Non-restrictive, well ventilated if needed.
- Ventilation zippers
- Flexible stretch
- I haven't found any yet.
I scored the jacket on geartrade for a steal. Brand new. However, I feel it is worth the $260. I have worn it general mountaineering in the Northeast. Right away I noticed how breathable it was...all I had on under it was a midweight EMS base layer. I burn hot and and heat up quick...on the ascent.
There was only a few times that I felt that I need to unzip the pit zips/side zips, which is also another great feature. One thing I love about it is its stretch. It never restricted my movement in anyway. Not even when I gained enough weight to qualify as an overstuffed sausage. It still wore comfortable.
It sheds moisture really well. Unless there was a downpour or an absolute dumping of very wet snow, it kept me dry the whole day. It also excelled at ice climbing...again the stretch coming in to play. Excellent jacket!
Price Paid: $80
This is a little different take on a soft shell, and I love it. It has a very nice and slim fit. It has different thickness of material strategically placed. It has a thin and stretchy material on the back. It sometimes feels like you don't wear anything on your back, which is good if you are doing something very sweaty but don't plan to use this jacket for warmth in cold weather.
This is a high activity jacket. I don't ice climb, but could see how this jacket would be perfect for this. But it works well for other things as well. It has arm muffs with holes for your thumbs which are great for keeping the arms down, fitting into the glove and provide extra warmth.
It also has a built in hood liner which is great to wear under a helmet with the hood on the outside. You don't need to remember to bring a hat. When the liner is rolled up, it is a little bit annoying on your neck but I just leave it out pushed into the hood. The hood fit is good and goes well over a helmet.
The side vents have an unusual solution starting to unzip from the bottom and half way up your side with a button down at the bottom. Did not like it in the beginning, but after using the jacket hiking and wearing a pack it makes sense, much easier to operate since you have the shoulder straps in the way for conventional under arm straps.
It is water resistant, but I would not wear it for a longer time in heavy downpour and expect to stay completely dry to the core, nor would I plan on using it in wet snow fall.
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A monster of a jacket, the rugged Alibi is a combination of different materials strategically located in all the right places Tough, weatherproof fabric is used on the hood and shoulders where the elements hit hardest, a warm soft shell lower body holds in core warmth while providing breathability, and stretch fabric along the torso allows easy, unrestricted movement for the longest reaches A two-piece hood, with an inner helmet liner and an outer shell, keeps the head warm and protected, letting your focus stay on the next move Engineered for motion, an alpine cut minimizes bulk, allowing the jacket to move with you while providing protection from the challenging conditions encountered in alpine and ice climbing environments
- SunnySports refers to the men's version
Outdoor Research designed the Men's Alibi Softshell Jacket with the active ice climber and mountain adventurer in mind, balancing wind- and waterproof protection with breathability and mobility. Ventia softshell on the hood, shoulders, and tops of arms repels rain and falling snow, and a lighter fleece-backed softshell on the front blocks the wind. On the underarms, sides and back, stretchy nylon-polyester double-weave lets you move easily and allows heat to escape so you stay comfortable as you push your limits in the thin, high-altitude air.
- Backcountry.com refers to the men's version
Free Shipping. Outdoor Research Men's Alibi Jacket DECENT FEATURES of the Outdoor Research Men's Alibi Jacket Ventia Hybrid Construction Water-Resistant Zippers Waterproof Ventia Soft Shell Shoulders and Hood Two-Piece Hood: Adjustable Shell Fits Over Helmet Zip-Out Inner Polyester Spandex Balaclava Fits Under Helmet for Next-To-Skin Warmth TorsoFlo Hem To Pit side Zippers Zippered Napoleon Pocket Two Zippered Hand Pockets Hand Pockets Set Above Hip Belt Or Harness Hook/Loop Cuff Closures The SPECS of the Outdoor Research Men's Alibi Jacket Weight: (L): 23.9 oz / 676 g Trim Fit Center Back Length: 30in. / 76 cm 100% nylon 400 3L with brushed tricot liner shoulders and hood 100% nylon 40D 3L with 100% polyester fleece backer body and inside sleeve 50% nylon/43% polyester 7% spandex sides and lower back This product can only be shipped within the United States. Please don't hate us.
- Moosejaw refers to the men's version
The men's Oudoor Research Alibi Jacket is part of an ultra-rugged ice climbing and alpine mountaineering collection with a technical mix of fabrics for wind and waterproof protection where exposure is greatest, high-breathability where body heat builds, and stretch for long, quick movements.
- RockCreek refers to the men's version