Outdoor Research Chaos Jacket
Fabric: Windstopper Ripstop exterior
Price Paid: $169.83
After picking up and loving the REI, quantum, zip sleeve, lightweight, primaloft jacket; I became interested in the potential for the swiss army knife of all jackets. The hooded version of a primaloft jacket, with possibly more fill.
Researched for a while and the Outdoor Research Chaos came into focus. Got my hands on one at the local REI and decided to try it. It appears (one night walk in 41 degrees, 10 mph breeze) to be the perfect jacket. Wore my usual base (R.5 Patagonia Grid Fleece) and a light pair of pants. Never overheated (my primary concern) and felt like it was actually breathing.
The shell feels substantial (not an ultralight) and gives confidence it will take some abuse. The very high collar combined with a large hood (excellent adjustments) is like wearing a balaclava. With factory DWR this jacket should do well in anything short of extended downpour.
I've had less than stellar experience with laminates in the past, but whatever they are doing with the ripstop windstopper seems to work for me. This jacket and one or two layers should serve me from 50 degrees on down to anything I'd be interested in. (Sub zero is for sitting by the fire with appropriate wine :)
The materials and craftsmanship seem quite good. Time will tell if I remain as excited, but I can't conceive a better combination.
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Attack the icy alpine without the hefty feeling when you put on the super warm Men's Chaos Jacket from Outdoor Research Pertex Endurance material sheds off snow and rain while synthetic PrimaLoft One insulation traps in natural body heat for a toasty sensation even in extremely wet conditions The jacket features a meticulously designed fit that provides terrific range of motion and fully adjustable hood with stretch fabric panels that shields your face from harmful weather elements Dual stretch binding hand pockets help prevent nasty frost bites and goes perfectly with a harness for maximized activity on snowy trail Receive ultimate chill protection and incredible athletic performance from the amazing Outdoor Research Chaos Jacket
- SunnySports refers to the men's version
Free Shipping. Outdoor Research Men's Chaos Jacket DECENT FEATURES of the Outdoor Research Men's Chaos Jacket Two Stretch Binding Hand Pockets Internal Shove-It(TM) Pockets Zippered Napoleon Pocket Drawcord Hem Water Resistant Wind Resistant DWR Coated Zippers Hook/Loop Cuff Closures Double-Separating Center-Front Zipper Fully Adjustable Hood with Stretch Fabric Panels Adjustable Wire-Brimmed Hood The SPECS of the Outdoor Research Men's Chaos Jacket Standard fit Fabric Pertex Endurance(R), 100% nylon, 30D ripstop face Pertex Quantum(R) 100% nylon 20D Ripstop lining PrimaLoft(R) One Insulation: 170g body and sleeves, 133g hood Avg. Weight (oz./g): 26.8 / 759 This product can only be shipped within the United States. Please don't hate us.
- Moosejaw refers to the men's version
The evolution of our mountain-guide-favorite, the Chaos Jacket is the warmest, lightest and most packable synthetic wet-weather alpine and ice belay parka available. Perfect for shielding alpinists from howling wind and cold, damp conditions, the Pertex Endurance face fabric shrugs off rain and snow, and the warm, synthetic PrimaLoft One insulation holds in the heat in even the wettest conditions. A carefully tailored fit allows for athletic movement, a high collar and close-fitting hood with unique side-gasket system seal out the weather and protect your face, and harness-compatible handwarmer pockets with elastic closures keep your digits warm for complicated ropework and the handling of ice tools.
- RockCreek refers to the men's version
One of the warmest, lightest and most packable synthetic wet-weather alpine and ice belay parkas available, the Chaos Jacket is perfect for shielding alpinists from howling wind and cold and damp conditions.
- EMS refers to the men's version