Outdoor Research Floodlight Jacket

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Very warm, athletic cut. It's not a big Michelin Man…

Rating: rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $375


Very warm, athletic cut. It's not a big Michelin Man Puffy coat. Waterproof and cuts the wind pretty well if it's not moving very fast.


  • Great hood
  • Good pocket layout
  • Waterproof


  • Fabric appears delicate
  • Difficult to loosen hood cords

I got this jacket to wear all winter in Missouri. The winters here are bitter cold and usually some kind of wet. When I picked it up at the store it was thinner and lighter than I expected, I couldn't imagine that it was going to be as warm as the websites touted. 

The next week it got really cold and snowed so I got to test it out. I'm 6' and 215 pounds and the large fit me well, even over the beer gut that sprouted when I moved here. I can wear it over just a t-shirt down to 20 degrees and be perfectly warm, and in everything up to 15 mph winds it holds the warmth in really well. Below 20 degrees I need to wear a light fleece shirt like a Patagonia R1 or a long sleeve wool t-shirt and it's good down below zero. 

The hood is my favorite part. It's big enough to fit a helmet under, but with tightening up the cords it snugs down great and moves with my head and the cords that pull it down around the face are placed inside the collar so that when it gets windy they won't whip you in the face. The outside pockets can't be very full before they start bulging but the inside mesh pockets are the main storage places that I use. 

I've worn it out in freezing rain and snow and though it doesn't bead up like on a rain coat it doesn't let any moisture get to the down. I've even worn it on cold bike commuting days and it doesn't get super steamy, at least not down in the 20s. It probably would up near the 40s. 

The PertexShield + appears really fragile and in the first week, I found a little rip in one of the cuffs. I don't know how or when it got there but it didn't grow past its pinhole size.  It was obviously a rip and not a burn but a small piece of Tenacious Tape sealed it right up and that's been the only problem with that. I expect to have more problems with the lining tearing or leaking down than the outside material. 

Retailers' Descriptions

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Fully waterproof and down-insulated, the Outdoor Research Floodlight down jacket completely blocks the wind and traps body heat as you hike, climb or ski-tour in cold, sodden environments.

- REI refers to the men's version

You dream of a puffy that can handle winter's wrath with dry warmth, and Outdoor Research made that dream come true with its Men's Floodlight Down Jacket. You stay nice and toasty in frigid temps with the 800+ fill down insulation, but this jacket also has Pertex Shield+ protecting you from stormy conditions and the wettest weather imaginable. Outdoor Research also welded the down's baffles to eliminate cold spots that conventional sewn-through constructions create, and Outdoor Research taped all the seams for maximum waterproof protection. The shell's fabric leaves the jacket with a lightweight appeal, incredible breathability, softness, and the freedom of movement you need to hike, ski tour, and climb comfortably in colder weather, and the ultra-compressible down means you can squish this jacket in to your pack for hot climbs up the skin track. The Floodlight also features an adjustable hood with a wire brim that stays out of eyesight. Adjustable cuffs and hem keep the jacket in place while you walk, hike, pull, stretch, and play out on the mountains. Shove-It pockets offer a dry place to store climbing skins, goggles, water bottles, and other bulky items you need to keep warm. And the hand-warmer pockets are always available to toast up your numb digits even if you have a harness or backpack on.

- Backcountry.com refers to the men's version

On Sale. Free Shipping. Outdoor Research Men's Floodlight Jacket FEATURES of the Outdoor Research Men's Floodlight Jacket Waterproof Windproof Fully Seam Taped Adjustable Wire-Brimmed Hood Internal Front Zip Stormflap Zippered Napoleon Pocket Two Zippered Hand Pockets Internal Shove-It Pockets Hook/Loop Cuff Closures Drawcord Hem SPECIFICATIONS of the Outdoor Research Men's Floodlight Jacket Weight: (L): 22.3 oz / 631 g Trim Fit Center Back Length: 29 1/4in. 74.3 cm Pertex Shield+ DS 2L, 100% nylon, 30D ripstop with clear laminate face 100% nylon 20D ripstop lining 800+ Fill Down Insulation This product can only be shipped within the United States. Please don't hate us.

- Moosejaw refers to the men's version

Fully waterproof and down-insulated, the Floodlight Jacket repels wet weather, completely blocks the wind and traps body heat in even the most inhospitable conditions. An ideal layer for hiking, climbing or ski-touring in sodden environments, throwing on the Floodlight is a surefire way to stay warm and dry.

- RockCreek refers to the men's version

Outdoor Research Floodlight Jacket for MenThe Outdoor Research Floodlight Jacket for Men keeps you happy and cozy when you go, on your next outdoor adventure! This product comes with zippered Napoleon pockets, where you can safely store any documents or valuables and easily access them. Thanks to the draw-cord hem, you can easily pull it closer to your body, to block out cold winds and to adjust it according to your comfort. Since it is waterproof and made of a fully seam-taped construction, you can comfortably roam around outside in rainy weather. With the internal front-zip stormflap, you can rest assured that the cold cannot seep in and that you will stay snug, no matter how chilly it gets. The Outdoor Research Floodlight Jacket for Men is built to stand by you through some adverse weather!

- SunnySports refers to the men's version