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Outdoor Research Elusive Jacket - Men's - 2008 BCS
When youíre chasing after that difficult summit that keeps getting away from you, zip up the Outdoor Research Menís Elusive Jacket to up your chances for success in bad weather. Thanks to Gore WindStopper Soft Shell fabric, youíll be fully protected from wind and moisture through hard mixed pitches, snowy slogs, and hunkered-down bivies. Zip open the double-sliding Underarm zips for ventilation on the strenuous approach, and rock your motivational tunes with the internal media pocket. A tricot and fleece lining adds warmth at chilly belay ledges, and the dual-pull helmet fits over your climbing helmet. After youíve bagged the route and itís time to ski back down to town, zip in the mesh powder skirt to keep the snow out.
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Better than expected
January 22, 2010
Got this off of SAC and love it. The other reviews made me a little hesitant as I waited for it in the mail.
I have since used it in very high winds (40-50 mph gusts) and heavy rain. WINDSTOPPER performs as expected very well. Started to soak through but dried once back in camp in no time.
I'm not as concerned about WINDSTOPPER breathability on this one because the pit zips really open it up nicely.
As far as the hood goes I will agree that it looks and feels odd when it is zipped up in the collar. But if I need to wear a windproof softshell I won't be worried about how the hood performs when zipped in - I'll be using the hood - catch my drift?
Having said that, there is no reason OR should make this hood to be zipped in. It should be the same soft stretchy material as the breathable (lightly insulated) panels. Just as long as they keep the stand up collar as well. I hate when jackets don't have the stand up collars with hoods!!!
Overall, this jacket performs very well for trekking and mountaineering as it is strong, resistant to abrasion, and light for a soft shell.
This is my first OR purchase. I will be back for more b/c of this jacket.
May 26, 2010
I live in Colorado and I can wear this coat everyday of the week from October through February. Its a great everyday rain/snow coat to wear to work and Its great on the hill. The elbows have an athletic cut to provide dexterity. Ask anyone, dexterity is paramount when you're ninja dropping off cliffs and schpinning off lips.
Water proofing and quality are great. The hood is a little funky but its not like it gives you a sausage neck whens its packed away. The coat is great but not worth retail. Buy it on sale. My North Face Apex Bionic windstopper sits at home and cries because I dumped it for my OR. :(
heavenly valley, nv
November 4, 2010
nice shell, windproof as described. base layer, mid layer you will be set. as others have said, the stowed hood is a bit buggy and clumpy.
good quality, not so stylish....
January 19, 2010
got this jacket of SAC today, can't beat the price but it is still going back. Quality of the materials seems great and the jacket is comfortable but the hide a hood design is a little odd. I can appreciate what they were going for but when the hood is zipped in it makes for a thick, stiff collar. When the hood is out it looks like you stitched on a piece of an old rain jacket. If OR could put a basic collar without the hood on this jacket I would buy it again.
January 8, 2010
I like the in-between-style of a hard shell and soft shell. It has almost the protection of my hardshell(s), but provides much more flexibility and range of motion. I have yet to take it to the slopes, but feel confident it will hold up well. I also like the location of the pockets and vents.
Nice jacket and of course a great deal.
nice quality bad design, i am exchanging
October 8, 2009
hood is wierd and kinda wish it was better or not there. it also has a wierd placement of fabrics, the soft fabric fleece is in the shoulders and back while the front is very stiff and abrsion resitant. kinda like the opposite of most jackets. not good cause it feels weird, and thats the part thats going to get wet from standing in the rain and abraded by your pack. the pockets and snow skirt (detachable) are awesome. length is weird only because of the stiff fabric. never owned anyother or stuff so i cant comment on the company at large but im returning this and getting a marmot super hero or MH Dragon
Nice, but question the hide-a-hood design
April 20, 2009
This is a really nicely constructed, versatile softshell jacket that seems to be a perfect weight for a wide range of conditions. The exterior fabric seems tough, but not too stiff. The interior of the main body is a light, brushed tricot - enough to take away the cold, clammy feel of a typical hardshell, but not really enough to provide much warmth - with a thicker (think TNF Apex Bionic) fleece backing on the top of the shoulders and midback. The medium size fit my 6'-3", 172lb frame just about perfectly. My only gripe is in the design of the hood attachment. It's not clear from the description, but the hood can be rolled up and stashed in the collar of the jacket. While it's nice to get the hood out of the way when not needed (yet still be available in case of a shower) it does reduce the flexibility of the collar when the hood is stashed, and leaves the bottom half of the zipper exposed at the base of the hood when the hood is in use. A completely fixed, or completely removable, hood would make this a nearly perfect jacket.
- [Shell] WindStopper Soft Shell; [Lining] tricot, fleece
- Waterproof Rating:
- Water resistant
- Core Venting:
- Underarm zips
- 2 Front, 2 chest
- Seam Taped:
- Yes, fully
- Powder Skirt:
- Yes, removable
- Zip-in Compatibility:
- 1lb 11oz (757g)
- Recommended Use:
- Climbing, skiing
- Manufacturer Warranty:
- Country of Origin: