Outdoor Research Mentor Jacket

3 reviews
5-star:   3
4-star:   0
3-star:   0
2-star:   0
1-star:   0



I gave this jacket 5 stars only because there was…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Fabric: Gore-Tex Proshell
Price Paid: $389

I gave this jacket 5 stars only because there was no 6 star option.

I’ve owned several mountaineering jackets a couple of which were made out of Gore-Tex and a couple made out of Gore-Tex like material. I’m not Sir Edmond Hillary, but I’ve done my share of climbs and I can say this jacket is the best I’ve ever used.

Gore-Tex Proshell seems to perform much like the old Gore-Tex, but it is lighter and less bulky overall. It is still more waterproof than breathable, but in harsh conditions it is better to error on that side. I really looked at A LOT of coats in this category before I bought one.

OR really came up with something great with these pit-zips that run from the pit all the way down to the bottom of the coat. I can’t see why more people don’t buy these coats. You can make the pit zip as big or as small as you want it. You can wear the coat like a poncho when you are really sweating. You can also close the zipper at the pit and open it from the bottom so when you access your pocket or sit down the coat has more room to give. This simple zipper feature alone makes any coat in OR’s new line something to be seriously considered.

After buying this Mentor Jacket I even got rid of my old lightweight coat in favor of OR’s Revel Jacket (the Foray would be another good one) just because of these side zippers. OR has a jacket in most categories and they all have these great zippers, people should consider them.

The hood on the Mentor is big, made for a helmet, so it is a little bulky when you are not sporting head protection, but that is not unusual for a jacket in this class. The arms are a little long (but not so long that it’s a deal-breaker) and this also seems to becoming a trend in outdoor jackets. The pockets are well thought through and their construction does not make bulky spots in the coat.

All-in-all this is a superb mountaineering jacket and I hope OR will continue to make in for years to come.


It's hard to find the perfect jacket, but this one…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new


It's hard to find the perfect jacket, but this one is it. The Mentor is both bomp-proof and lightweight by using Gore-Tex Pro Shell. I trust it every day. It has never wet out, and it is the most breathable jacket I've had. It also has enough stretch to be used for bike commuting.


  • Overall construction quality
  • Semi-stretch materials
  • Minimal design


  • Zipper pulls at facial hair — ouch!
  • Size Med. equals size Large in other brands

This is a true mountian jacket — with hand pockets set high to stay out of the way of a harness, and Gore-Tex Pro Shell, which is just amazing to to the point where you just don't have to worry about its waterproofness. Some parts of this jacket are thicker than others, to help with wear and tear.

It's just really well thought out, and really high quality. Thanks, OR !


Great jacket. I own last year's model and it is the…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $210


Great jacket.


  • Waterproof
  • Durable
  • Customer service


  • Price

I own last year's model and it is the best jacket I've owned. I am an athletic build (5'11" 175lb) and in most jackets a large is a little too big and a medium is a little too small, but this jacket fits perfect in a large.

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Manufacturer's Description

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On Sale. Free Shipping. Outdoor Research Men's Mentor Jacket FEATURES of the Outdoor Research Men's Mentor Jacket GORE-TEX Pro 3L shell Two zippered internal pockets with media ports Zippered napoleon pocket Tonal seam treatment Drawcord hem Hand pockets set above hip belt or harness Two zippered hand pockets Internal front-zip stormflap Water-resistant and two way-separating front zipper Hybrid mapped construction Double-sliding TorsoFlo hem-to-bicep zippers Durable, breathable and waterproof construction Water-resistant zippers Fully seam taped Hook and loop cuff closures Articulated elbows Fully adjustable hood fits over a helmet Bonded-in-hood cordlocks SPECIFICATIONS of the Outdoor Research Men's Mentor Jacket Fabric: GORE-TEX Pro 3L, 100% nylon: 40D body and underarms; 70D shoulders and lower sides Average weight: 17.2 ounces / 488 grams This product can only be shipped within the United States. Please don't hate us.

- Moosejaw refers to the men's version

Ruggedly designed, tested and built for ultimate storm-worthy protection in remote, big-mountain environments, the Mentor Jacket is a staple of the alpinist's quiver. The Fall ?13 Mentor utilizes a blend of lightweight, waterproof, breathable 40D and durable 70D three-layer GORE-TEX Pro, updated with the latest Gore technology, improving breathability by 28%. The design precisely targets high-wear areas with the 70D fabric -- like the hips and shoulders, places where a harness or pack often abrades the fabric ? allowing us to shave weight in this fully featured alpine shell. The result is a racehorse with a workhorse pedigree: a lightweight, minimal and bombproof jacket offering reliable protection and technical performance in extreme conditions.

- RockCreek refers to the men's version

Designed for outdoor professionals and adventurous enthusiasts, the Outdoor Research Men's Mentor Jacket will teach you everything you need to know about toughness and adaptability in the mountains. The body and underarms of this hard shell jacket are made from durable 40D Gore-Tex Pro Shell fabric with reinforced shoulders, arms and sides constructed from 70D Gore-Tex Pro Shell fabric for extra abrasion-resistance. Fully seam taped for waterproofness, the high performance Gore-Tex remains breathable to let body vapor escape, helping you survive in big-mountain terrain where dryness means survival. When hiking or skinning up a steep grade, unzip the innovative double-sliding TorsoFlo hem-to-bicep zippers to vent heat. Compatible with a backpack or a climbing harness, this OR jacket has 5 pockets: 2 front zippered for your hands, an exterior Napoleon pocket for small essentials and 2 internal media pockets. Articulated elbows and a trim fit on this winter coat reduce bulk and give you superior mobility whether you're swinging an ice tool or pulling up the helmet-compatible, adjustable hood. Learn from the best, or teach it a thing or two about efficiency and style when you're wearing the streamlined, rugged Outdoor Research Mentor Jacket for men.

- Altrec Outlet refers to the men's version

CLOSEOUTS . A storm shell engineered for big mountain conditions, Outdoor Researchand#39;s Mentor jacket shows you the ropes with a blend of lightweight, waterproof breathable Gore-Texand#174; Pro fabric and bombproof construction. Available Colors: HOPS, DIABLO. Sizes: XS, S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 2XS.

- Sierra Trading Post refers to the men's version