Outdoor Research Men's Transcendent Sweater
|Price:||$85.16 - $199.95|
|Sale:||Lower price available on select options|
- Shell: 100% Polyester; Lining: 100% Nylon; Insulation: Goose Down: 80% Down Cluster, 20% Feathers
- Lightweight and Breathable
- 65 Down Fill
- Brushed-Tricot-Lined Collar
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Outdoor Research Transcendent Sweater
Warm, compressible and incredibly lightweight, the Transcendent Sweater 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. For multi-day treks, it packs down so small you'll have a hard time not finding space to bring it along.
- Zippered Napoleon Pocket
- Drawcord Hem
- Two Zippered Hand Pockets
- 650+ Fill Down Insulation
- Stretch Binding at Cuffs
- Brushed-Tricot-Lined Collar
- Left Hand Pocket Doubles as Stuff Sack
- Internal Front-Zip Stormflap
Top customer reviews
1) Size is perfect fit, looks great on my body, not just because I'm a 6' 180lb slim hot stud myself. It's not as puffy and big as other down jacket, so this makes the perfect mid-layer in your multi-layer winter system.
2) Warm, while also pretty breathable. Let's face it, people who don't have solid taste in winter gears simply don't survive long enough to pass on their genes in the frigid cold winter of Wisconsin/the American Siberia. This jacket retains heat very well, and the collar helps me trap the heat.
3) Light weight. Its warmth to weight ratio really is perfect for hiking/everyday use. I wouldn't hesitate to take this jacket to my next skiing trip up in the mountains.
4) Very smart pocket placement. Perfect fit for a smart phone or IDs.
5) Great zipper, solid quality, very critical in the longevity of a jacket intended for heavy use.
Cons: I really can't think of any at the moment. Price isn't an issue here, as it is already the best down jacket on Amazon for the money. Will update in the future.
If you are looking for an everyday/through hiking/skiing midlayer down jacket, this is THE PERFECT choice. No, I did not receive this product for free for any bulls*** "unbiased" review; I bought this jacket with my own hard-earned money, and I'm writing this review simply because I want to promote a product worthy of my time. Needless to say, I am now a big fan of Outdoor Research product! Shut up and take my money!
I wanted to address a few
Concerns I had before the jacket arrived.
COLOR: one reviewer ordered Evergreen/Hops and unfortunately did not get the pictures color. I feel bad!! The jacket I ordered matches the Evergreen/Hops color here EXACTLY. Perhaps there was an old style or a mistake made. The Evergreen/Hops color is awesome and beckoned my PNW origins / IPA enthusiast inner-self. (I'm on to you OR!!!) This jacket is also not shiny like some of the other down/ synthetic jackets I've seen.. Not a spacesuit here folks.
FIT: after reading almost all the reviews here, I couldn't decide if the jacket runs small or large, and being "in between" sizes myself, I was worried I would love the Jack but not the fit. I have to say I am incredibly pleased with the fit if this jacket. I have a non-athletic (Dad-Bod??) build; 5'8", 190 lbs and ordered a Large. The sleeves are roomy and I am able to swing my arms freely with no restriction. Think of that arm flap thing Michael Phelps does before his races, that was me in my living room yesterday. It ends right along my hip line, really nice. Wife commented it was even slimming.
WATERPROOFING: Listen up! This jacket is not DWR treated so there are a couple options here. Throw on a waterproof shell. This jacket fit very well under my Mountain Hardware Finder Jacket. If I expect rain or snow, I'll match these two up because it just makes sense. For when I'm caught unexpected, I'll treat the jacket with Nikwax Down Proof. Don't ruin this awesome jacket by neglecting to treat it!
This jacket FEELS great, from the outer material, to the tricot collar, to the hand warmer pockets. I tried in on at room temperature and really didn't want to take it off, but had to because it was simply too toasty after only a few minutes (August in Indiana).
Of course I had to try and stuff the jacket into the pocket. This was very simple. There is a small loop/ plastic "carabiner" when the jacket if folded into the pocket for easy storage. One side of your now pillow is made of the same soft material as the collar. Maybe would not use this a a pillow on an extended backpacking trip, but if you are chilling in your hammock, or forgot to bring a pillow, this would work just fine.
The chest pocket is nicely concealed. I'm not a fan of the Napoleon pocket that come in some strongly contrasting color. Reaching in you'll quickly find yourself in your armpit, this pocket is huge.
The inside stuffer pockets, I believe, are even bigger. My only idea to improve this jacket would be to add a zipper to at least one, or both, of these pockets, in case I took a big tumble. Not a deal breaker by any means.
Bought this on sale ($118) and couldn't be happier. I only wish it was much colder so I could comment on its insulation... That is why you are buying this jacket, right? My plan is to wear this jacket nearly everyday this upcoming winter, with only a simple base layer tee, or long sleeve when needed. Indiana temperatures can plummet well below zero during the coldest winter days, and I'm excited to see how this jacket holds up.