Sierra Designs Omni Jacket

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

Reviews

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Cold weather bomber jacket. Outstanding construction…

Rating: rated 4 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $110 US on sale

Summary

Cold weather bomber jacket. Outstanding construction means it's high quality and waterproof. It's as good as (if not better than) many of the higher priced softshells out there.

Pros

  • Waterproof
  • Warm
  • Breathable
  • Fully taped seams
  • Pit zips
  • Windproof

Cons

  • Fleece lining grabs almost anything you have on
  • Exterior zippered chest pocket sits directly on top of the zippered interior pocket

I already have a Sierra Designs Vapor Hoody (unlined) that's nearly indestructable and totally waterproof but I was looking for something a little warmer and and needed pit zips for added ventilation. Based on my experience with the Vapor, I decided to try the Omni.

First, the construction on this bomber jacket is outstanding. Rather than taped seams, Sierra Designs uses welded seams that are completely waterproof and stand up well to abuse. I fell while snowshoeing last week and slid down the trunk of a pine tree without leaving so much as a mark on the shell.  

The jacket is also very breathable with a two way zipper and pit zips, adjustable rip and stick cuffs allow for any glove, drawcords on the hood and hem allow you to dial in warmth (the hood easily accommodates a helmet), and exterior and interior pockets offer lots of storage.

I ordered a size Medium with the hope it wouldn't be too small to accommodate a base and midlayer and I couldn't be happier with the fit. The shell is stretchable and super comfortable for all levels of activity.

There are two minor drawback I can live with;

  1. When putting the jacket on, the fleece lining grabs almost anything you're wearing as a base or mid layer, and
  2. The external zippered chest pocket sits directly on top of the internal zippered gear pocket — if you've got stuff in both pockets, plan on some major bulk. When the fleece lining finally starts to pill, the issue with the lining hanging up on anything underneath disappears.

Overall, this is a terrific jacket! It's warm, comfortable, and almost bulletproof and best of all, it'll cost you a whole lot less than many other softshells out there.

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I bought it at sierratradingpost.com (it was a great…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Fabric: Sierra Designs proprietary soft shell fabric, waterproof as everything though.
Price Paid: $99

I bought it at sierratradingpost.com (it was a great deal). It's proven very warm and comfortable, I like it a lot. When I need a bombshelter of a jacket I grab it. Very well constructed and wouldn't hesitate to crawl through the mud and muck in it then get hosed off, it's just one darn good jacket.

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Just purchased the jacket on sale at sierratradingpost.com.

Rating: rated 4 of 5 stars
Fabric: Nylon and 2 types of fleece
Price Paid: $95

Just purchased the jacket on sale at sierratradingpost.com. When I received the jacket, I was very surprised with the quality and overall workmanship! Lots of pockets. Jacket has three different types of materials, as mentioned in description. My only complaint, sleeves for a 2XL are a tad too long for me. Looking forward to wearing the jacket for long hikes and even for causal outings!

Retailers' Descriptions

Here's what other sites are saying:

Utilizing a combination of hardshell and softshell materials, the Sierra Designs Men's Omni Jacket performs well in a variety of conditions. Barricade stretch nylon in the body increases breathability, while two-layer Torrent V nylon on the hood and shoulders enhances the Omni's ability to fight off the rain and snow. The Omni also provides excellent warmth and comfort thanks to its lightweight fleece lining, making it ideal for skiing, climbing, snowshoeing or anything else you like to do in the winter.

- Backcountry Outlet

Sierra Designs puts the soft in soft shell jacket. Barricade nylon is stretchy, windproof, water repellent and breathable. Torrent V overlay fabric on shoulders and pockets adds waterproof protection Microfleece lining for ultimate comfort and mobility Adjustable drawcord hood Vents from wrist to under arm Draft flap zipper Drawcord hem Length: 28

- Sierra Trading Post

The Omni Jacket by Sierra Designs provides an extra level of weather protection. With Torrent V waterproof/breathable nylon on the shoulders, and plenty of features like their exclusive innovative Extremity Vents, it has been the clear winner in the soft shell category.Fabrics: Barricade Soft ShellFeatures: Zippered chest and hand pockets Waterproof/breathable Torrent V overlay fabric on shoulders and pockets Highly waterproof/breathable construction Fully taped hood with adjustments Extremity Vents from wrist to upper arm for ventilation Draft flap with zipper garage on main zipper Adjustable drawcord hem

- Moosejaw

Category: Wind Rain Shells; SnowSports; Mountaineering; Hiking / Backpacking; Casual/Trav

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Sierra Designs Omni Jacket

Discontinued

The Omni Jacket has been discontinued.

previously retailed for:
$44.99 - $159.99

The Sierra Designs Omni Jacket is not available from the stores we monitor. It was last seen May 11, 2008 at GearTrade.

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