Outdoor Research Transcendent Sweater
Source: bought it new
Near perfect for me.
I used this sweater during my son's scouting weekend and it met all my expectations.
Fit. I am average height and build and the sweater fit very well and was not restrictive at all through a range of motions. The elastic cuff was tight enough to keep the sleeve in place but not so restrictive that it became uncomfortable.
Comfort. I was wearing a base layer and lightweight polar fleece pullover and the sweater kept me warm well into the lower 20's. In windy conditions I wore a shell over it and I remained warm in 28 degree weather and 20 MPH winds. The sweater remained comfortable alone in 15 MPH winds with temps in mid 30's.
Price Paid: $115
This is a great jacket! If you are looking for an insulating layer then look no further but there are a few things that could be improved upon, which is why I give it a 4/5.
1) The pockets seem to have been an afterthought for OR. They only have fleece lining on one side and it is on the side against down which leaves your hands to catch a draft from the unprotected side of the pocket. Hopefully that makes sense.
2) The only down products that I have experience with are sleeping bags and this jacket leaks enough down to leave a feather on me just about every time I mention it. It isn't enough to hurt anything but it is annoying and it makes me wonder how long I have before a lot of down is gone and the insulation is affected.
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Outdoor Research Transcendent Sweater is warm, compressible and incredibly lightweight. It is built to keep you comfortably insulated when the temperature drops, then stuff away into a corner of your pack when not needed. The sweater's high quality 650 down fill-insulation keeps you cozy during cross-country rambles or when you're huddled at camp, yet stows neatly for uphill slogs. On crisp and dry cool days, its the perfect outer layer keeping low temps from interrupting play.
Warm, compressible and incredibly lightweight, the Transcendent vest is built to keep you comfortably insulated when the temperature drops, then stuff away into a corner of your pack when not needed. The sweater's high quality 650 down fill insulation keeps you cozy during cross-country rambles or while hanging out in camp, yet stows neatly for uphill slogs.
Combat the cross-country chills without the excess weight in the stylish yet functional Men's Transcendent Sweater from Outdoor Research. The sweater features 650+ Down Insulation that keeps you warm once the temperature drops. Stretch binding at cuffs prevents natural body heat from escaping your core while dual zippered hand pockets helps get rid of dreaded frost bites during multi-day treks. Also includes a zippered Napoleon pocket that safely stores your essentials and internal front-zip storm flap that keeps cold drafts out. Compress the sweater inside the left hand pocket which serves as a built-in stuff sack for added convenience. The Outdoor Research Transcendent Sweater is the perfect go-to base layer for all cold weather adventures.
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