Outdoor Research Alibi Jacket

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Super breathable. Non-restrictive, well ventilated…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it used
Price Paid: $140


Super breathable. Non-restrictive, well ventilated if needed.


  • Breathability
  • 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!


This is a little different take on a soft shell, and…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
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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Outdoor Research Alibi Jacket for MenThe Outdoor Research Alibi Jacket for Men is a great choice for your days spent exploring the outdoors. It has a Ventia soft-shell fabric on the shoulders and the hood which is waterproof and sheds snow for superior protection in harsh conditions. A lighter fleece-backed soft shell on the front keeps this jacket warm, breathable, and extremely comfortable while you re on the move. The stretch Cordura /Thermolite fabric on the torso gives you long-lasting comfort and stretches to let you enjoy unrestricted movements. An adjustable 2-piece hood design fits under a helmet easily with its helmet-specific inner liner. The TorsoFlo double-sliding side zippers open from the hem to the armpits for extreme ventilation. This jacket is also lightweight (Medium, Small: 1.4 lb., Large: 1.55 lb., X-Large: 1.7 lb) and easy to carry on all your trips. For an active day or adventure outdoors, get the Outdoor Research Alibi Jacket for Men.

- SunnySports

On Sale. Free Shipping. Outdoor Research Men's Alibi Jacket 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 SPECIFICATIONS 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

CLOSEOUTS . Outdoor Research's Alibi jacket is a soft shell that's fully equipped and ready for anything from hitting the slopes to hitting the trail. A combination of durable Cordura(R) nylon construction, Ventia waterproof breathable fabric and stretchy panels with hem-to-pit zips makes one dependable and versatile jacket. Available Colors: ABYSS/ECLIPSE, TRUE BLUE/ECLIPSE, AVOCADO/OLIVE, PEWTER/EMBER, BLACK, PEWTER/EMBER, CHARCOAL/REDWOOD, GLACIER/ABYSS, HOPS/EVERGREEN, LEAF/EVERGREEN. Sizes: L, XL, 2XL, S, M, XXS, XS, 2XS.

- Sierra Trading Post

A monster of a jacket, the rugged Alibi Jacket™ is a combination of different materials conscientiously designed in all the right places. Tough, weatherproof fabric is used on the hood and shoulders where the elements hit the hardest, a warm soft shell lo

- Teton Village Sports