Outdoor Research Fraction Jacket
Price Paid: $130
I have had this jacket for about a year and a half and am very happy with it. I replaced my down jacket with this plus an OR soft shell and like this set up much better than the down jacket.
The Fraction is almost as warm as down however it is much lighter and not nearly as bulky. Also it retains 70 percent of its insulation when wet, and doesn't leak feathers all over. I think that if you are going to be active in the cold weather this is the perfect jacket however if you are going to be sitting around in the cold weather get a down jacket.
I also like this set up with a shell over it because if I start to get a little warm it is so light and compressible it will fit in the pocket of my soft shell ( it is a large pocket).
When I got it in the mail I was very disappointed because it is so light I thought there was no way it was going to be warm but it proved me wrong. I also like it more than down because I can wear it indoors and not sweat to death.
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Very compressible and lightweight, the Fraction Jacket from Outdoor Research can either hide in your pack, waiting for the temperatures to really drop, or stand on its own as your primary insulation layer.
Outdoor Research designed the Men's Fraction Jacket for ice climbing, alpine climbing, and backcountry skiing. Stuff this compressible, lightweight, insulated layer in your pack for serious back-up warmth.
On Sale. Free Shipping. Outdoor Research Men's Fraction Jacket (Fall 2007) Features for the Men's Fraction Jacket by Outdoor Research PrimaLoft Sport 60 g insulation Weather-resistant 15D box ripstop polyester shell and lining Dual-pull adjustable hood Front zipper with internal stormflap Zippered napoleon pocket Zippered, tricot-lined handwarmer pockets Zippered internal pocket doubles as storage sack Stretch binding on cuffs Dual drawcord hem adjustments Avg. weight (L): 14.3 oz. / 405 g
Warmth at a fraction of the weight, the Outdoor Research Fraction Jacket™ is packed with PrimaLoft® Sport 60 g insulation, and protected by an ultralight, water-resistant 15D box ripstop polyester shell to keep your temperature up while keeping the weight down. The hood keeps your warmth from escaping from the top of your head and tricot-lined handwarmer pockets provide refuge for cold fingers. Available In: Coffee Wasabi Outdoor Research Fraction Jacket Features: Dual-pull adjustable hood Front zipper with internal stormflap Zippered napoleon pocket Zippered, tricot-lined handwarmer pockets Zippered internal pocket doubles as storage sack Stretch binding on cuffs Dual drawcord hem adjustments Outdoor Research Fraction Jacket Materials: PrimaLoft® Sport 60 g insulation Weather-resistant 15D box ripstop polyester shell and lining