Outdoor Research Maestro Jacket
Price Paid: $200
This jacket is light and minimal compared to how much heat it can retain. Very high quality down, hence the price. What is good is the warmth, fit and simplicity. Plus it packs into its own pocket and can double as pillow.
I slept in this jacket comfortably with base layer and thermo pants in an Outdoor Research bivy sack in about (-7C/20F) and was comfortable. Only thing was that it was quite windy but I still got a bit clammy in the sack, did not keep it too open and got cold on my back in the morning from moisture. A synthetic jacket might have worked better!? But it dried up quickly.
What I like with the fit is that it has very long arms, you almost don't need to wear gloves, just drop the arms over your hands. The hood is so and so if you expect full protection. But I'm used to and prefer face mask/balaklava if there is cold wind, without stuff restricting your sight anyway.
The zippers are minimal and a bit hard to operate with gloves on, so I recommend that you add a little extra string, but this is common with many jackets.
The outer material does not seem too water proof or durable, but I could be wrong. So far I have no rips. And have not tried it in wet conditions, which I would say it's not made for anyway.
Have not washed it either and can not say how that will turn out, but if I do and it's not good, I'll let you know.
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This season, Outdoor Research shaved bulk but made the Maestro Jacket more efficient. It's Outdoor Research's warmest, fully baffled down ice-climbing belay jacket that's sure to keep you warm in even the most brutally cold environments.
Outdoor Research's warmest, fully baffled down ice-climbing belay is sure to keep you warm in even the most brutally cold environments. The Maestro jacket features 800+ fill European goose down insulation paired with ultralight, ultra-compressible, water-resistant and breathable Pertex Quantum fabric to in the heat.
Highly compressible and light in weight for easy stowing, this baffled ice climbing belay jacket is filled with the warmest 800+ fill down for insulation in the coldest environments The Maestro is a burly ice-climbing belay jacket that's sure to keep you cozy even in the most brutally cold environments Baffled 800+ down fill insulation paired with ultralight, ultra-compressible, water-resistant/breathable Pertex Quantum fabric holds in the heat, and two handwarmer patch pockets with stretch binding will keep your mitts nice and toasty for when it's your turn on the sharp end
Free Shipping. Outdoor Research Men's Maestro Jacket FEATURES of the Outdoor Research Men's Maestro Jacket Contrast Top Stitching Internal Shove-It(TM) Pockets Zippered Napoleon Pocket Drawcord Hem Two Zippered Hand Pockets Internal Front-Zip Stormflap Lightweight Elastic Cuffs Left Hand Pocket Doubles as Stuff Sack Double-Separating Center-Front Zipper Fully Adjustable Hood Fits Over Helmet Adjustable Wire-Brimmed Hood in.Haloin. Hood Closure SPECIFICATIONS of the Outdoor Research Men's Maestro Jacket Fit: Standard Fit Fabric: Pertex(R) Quantum, 100% nylon, 22D face // 800+ fill European down insulation Avg. Weight: (oz./g): 23.6 / 669 L This product can only be shipped within the United States. Please don't hate us.