OWNER REVIEW- Outdoor Research Fraction Hooded Jacket
- OUTDOOR RESEARCH FRACTION HOODED JACKET
BY BRIAN MARTEL
February 26, 2012
NAME: Brian Martel
LOCATION: Orono Maine 04469
HEIGHT: 6' 0" (1.80 m)
WEIGHT: 155 lb (70.30 kg)
Hi, I'm Brian I've been backpacking for about two years now. I try to keep my pack light. I go to school in Maine so during the winter I enjoy getting out on winter hikes so warmth and water resistance and weight are the factors I look at when looking for winter gear. I've camped with different setups using hammocks tents and tarps. I enjoy backpacking because it gets you away from the crowds. I also like to make my own gear and I'm always trying to improve and lighten the gear I have.
Manufacturer: Outdoor Research
Year of Manufacture: Fall 2010
Manufacturer's Website: <<HYPERLINK GOES HERE - "http://www.outdoorresearch.com">>http://www.outdoorresearch.com/site/index.html
MSRP: 150 US$
Listed Weight: 16 oz (454 g)
Measured Weight: 14.6 oz (414 g)
Other details: The Men's Fraction Hooded Jacket from OR is designed for ice climbing, alpine climbing, skiing, winter camping, and any other winter activity where a warm, lightweight jacket is needed. This jacket is made with 60g Primaloft sport insulation. It is made for an athletic fit with elastic cuffs at the wrists to fit over your gloves and an elastic draw cord at the waist to keep out the winter wind. There are also two draw cords on the hood to keep it tight around your head. There are two hand pockets lined with Tricot and one internal chest pocket and one outer chest pocket. The whole jacket packs very easily into the left hand pocket, which has a two-sided zipper to make it even easier. The shell and lining are both made of 15D polyester ripstop. The shell is very smooth which makes it great for layering as it is not bulky and will allow you to move easily even with multiple layers on. The zipper is extremely durable and seals out the wind very nicely.
I have been wearing this jacket for the past two winters for everyday use. I have used it as a base layer while backpacking/snowshoeing on cold days and as an outer layer on mild days. I have used the Fraction Jacket in thick woods and have had no issues with tearing on snags.
Overall the Outdoor Research Fraction Hooded jacket has preformed above and beyond my expectations. When I first received the jacket I was worried that it would not hold up under constant use, however it has done very well and shows little sign of wear after two years of use. The only sign of wear it has shown is wrinkling on the lower back from sitting while wearing the jacket. The jacket is easily packable in the left hand pocket and the reversible zipper makes it very simple. The hood is fully adjustable using two draw cords.
THINGS I LIKE
- The hood is fully adjustable and stays on your head very well.
- The elastic waist works great while skiing.
- The Primaloft insulates very well for its weight and has not lost any loft after nearly two years of use.
- The 15D polyester ripstop has held up well after hard use in thick woods.
- The jacket is easily packable in the hand pocket, which has a reversible zipper
- The jacket is great for layering and does not hinder your movement at all as a base layer.
THINGS I DON'T LIKE
- The arms are a little short for my taste.
- The jacket is not very wind resistant.
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