Outdoor Research Transcendent Hooded Down Jacket - Men's

What did you always wish your down jacket had? An insulated hood?

Pull out the lightweight, packable Outdoor Research Transcendent Hoody Down Jacket when your multi-day ski tour reaches another nice, but cold, spot for setting up camp. The 650-Fill down holds your precious heat close as the alpenglow foreshadows the piss-freezing temps to come, and since it fills the adjustable hood you don’t have to haul around two or three hats to keep your brain warm and functional.

  • Brushed tricot collar prevents further chin deterioration from the cold, dry wind
  • Stretch cuffs keep the blowing snow out of your sleeves as you attempt to right your name in the snow or set up a belay before dawn
  • Small baffles extend the warmth and lifetime of the hoody by keeping the down in place
  • The whole hoody stuffs into one hand pocket for cramming into an already bulging pack
  • Reviews
  • Q & A

Nice Quality & Fit, But...

  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: Large

I was looking for a warm hooded jacket to wear during lunch breaks when backcountry skiing or hiking in the shoulder seasons. Based on the reviews I thought the Transcendant was it. At 5'10" & 200lbs I often seem to fall between sizes in jackets, but large fit me just right! Also the jacket's fit and finish was impressive and I really liked the large internal pockets--perfect place for storing your skins on the downhill. However, I ended up returning the jacket because I didn't find it warm enough. Backcountry customer service advised me to look at some 800+ fill jackets to find the right combination of warmth and weight.

Hi Dean, yes, this jacket is designed more as a big sweater or stand alone jacket. Take a look at the Incandescent Jacket from OR - it's 800 fill, but more importantly, it has MORE down, which ultimately is what will give you more warmth. The 800 fill aspect is giving you the lightest weight, most packable option for that amount of down. Here is the link:

http://www.backcountry.com/outdoor-research-incandescent-hooded-down-jacket-mens?skid=ODR1026-BK-S&ti=U2VhcmNoIFJlc3VsdHM6aW5jYW5kZXNjZW50OjE6MTppbmNhbmRlc2NlbnQ=

Hope that helps,

Leta
OR Rep

Love it

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: xl

This jacket is pretty warm and it looks great. I wish it had a more durable outer layer, though. But I guess OR does sell downs with more durable outer layers. During a Powder Bowl run at Crystal Mtn, I must of brushed up against a tree branch, and the left are ripped open. Luckily OR has an infinity lifetime warranty, so I will take it to their store to get repaired.

Hey Neil, good review. Super hard to get a really durable outer layer while also allowing the down to really loft well. The heavier fabric will put too much weight on the down, and won't allow it to loft as much. Heavier layers also add weight and aren't as packable. We do sell the Floodlight, which is a bit more durable, but also waterproof... at twice the cost! So, many factors to consider. I don't think there is a better down layering sweater for the money than the Transcendent, and maybe throw a shell on top next time when skiing through the trees! As I would recommend for any down product.

Thanks for mentioning the Infinite Guaranty - they will take care of you!

Leta
OR Rep

Top Notch regardless of the 650 fill...

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: XL

I've own light weight puffies from all the top brands. This one is my favorite. Yes the fill weight is not 800+ but the fit is not boxy like patagucci and it's warmer in my opinion. Better features. Love it.. Will purchase the non hooded one as well... Also going to check out their heavier one as well..

Thanks for the review, Brad! the Transcendent is a killer piece in anyone's quiver. Good warmth on it's own but light enough to easily layer. Thanks for the review!

Leta
OR Rep

I've read a lot of good things about this jacket and would like to order one, but it seems the sizing may be tricky. I'm about 6'1" and 170 lb with a 32' waist. This would seem to put me riiiight in the thick of a medium-or-large debacle. I'm quite thin and tall, but it's honestly all legs and short torso. I also intend to wear it with two light- to medium-weight layers underneath. My gut says a medium will be the way to go, but I'd hate to be stuck with a tight squeeze of layers under a 60L pack...
opinions?

Samir - I think you nailed it. you are a "melarge." So, get both and send one back! Backcountry is great with that stuff. Or order one and exchange. The GearHeads at Backcountry make it easy for sure. Sorry I couldn't help further!



Leta

OR Rep

Awesome Jacket

  • Size Bought: sml

My first Down jacket and I am overly impressed with how comfortable this thing is in all kinds of temps. I can leave it on in the house with out over heating, and then go out when its low 30s and it keeps me warm! great product!! It does fit a bit snug, but great motivation to drive right past the doughnut shop.. nice and light, not bulky and overly puffy. seemed to shed water in a light winter mist fairly well..

Thanks for the great review, Casey!

Leta
OR Rep

Love it

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: Large

I love this down jacket! I have the hooded version and non-hooded version. It's warm, but not over the top puffy where you feel like you are wearing a sleeping bag. Its a slightly slim fit, but still plenty of room for a decent mid layer underneath. I am 6'1 185 with longer arms and the arms fit perfect.

The fleece style lining on one side in the pockets is a nice addition. It has a waste draw string and draw strings for the hood. As with most down jackets, the material is not super strong, so you can snag it on tree branches, etc... so don't treat like an abrasion resistant soft shell.

Overall, like all OR stuff, its well made, fits well, and a great product.

Swagger Stuffed Into It's Own Bagger

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: XL

Like long walks on the chilly northern California Coast? Yep, I do. How bout sitting around a high sierra lake at dusk, pondering deep thoughts while basking in nature's glory? Sign me up. Enjoy a chilly morning/evening around a campfire? Most certainly. I'll tell you what I don't like though, that's being so cold my teeth are chattering and I have to keep moving to make sure my blood is still circulating. This jacket has been my answer to a more enjoyable experience for all the questions above. Lightweight, true to size as far as I am concerned and WARM!!! Love this thing, it goes just about everywhere with me and for a down jacket, it's pretty stylish, or at least that's what I tell myself. From sea to land, to concrete jungles like Seattle in February... this jacket delivers a comfortable core temp every time. Fairly compact when stuffed into it's own pocket and can double as a pillow in the backcountry. The longer cut keeps the lower back covered no matter what position you're in as well. They did good with this one. I won't say it's ultralight, as there are other options that are definitely lighter, but it's light enough to the point that it's not a burden. Stay warm with swagger, I'm sure nature will notice.

Swagger Stuffed Into It's Own Bagger

Perfect fit jacket very similar in size

    Description

    Thanks Steven! Enjoy!

    Leta
    OR Rep

    Medium compressed size

    The coat compressed in it's pocket, size medium.

    Medium compressed size

    Great Pillow!

    Leta
    OR Rep

    Sizes are weird, but a great coat.

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: Runs small
    • Size Bought: Medium

    Long story short, the large was too big and the medium is a touch too small.



    I'm 6' tall, 166 pounds and a fairly lean athletic build. My chest is 37.5", my wast is 32" and my arm length shoulder to wristbone is 25".



    I bought the coat to layer on top of, and maybe a thin layer under.

    I originally purchased a large. For me, it was just too baggy. When I pulled out the chest it stuck out over a foot. When wearing it zipped up, it bulged out in the front. I wanted something slim that won't get in the way, so I exchanged it for a medium. Thanks to Backcountry.com, the exchange was easy and quick!



    So I got the medium and tried it on, overall it fits just right, almost. When I move my arms forward, it binds around the upper back the way a too small garmet will. The cuff is just about perfect if not a touch short. When I reach overhead, there's no binding, but If it was tucked in to say, a harness, you would feel it bind.



    So, I'm going to keep it as I don't want to go back to the baggy large. But I'm just a bit dissapointed in Ooutdoor Research. You'd think that with their experience they'd have these things diled in. and the size chart would put me right int he medium zone. Oh well. Other than those things, it seems perfect. It compresses in to it's own pocket to a "semi-small" size. It has a clip loop and I could see climbing with it clipped to my harness, but it's on the larger end for that purpose.



    The pic is of the medium.

    Hope my review can help you out!

    Sizes are weird, but a great coat.

    Hey Toby, thank you for taking the time to write. Sizing is so hard sometimes! I don't hear this feedback much about this jacket, but I will be sure to pass on your comments about the sizing to the designers at OR. Feedback like this helps OR get even better!

    Thanks again,

    Leta
    OR Rep

    Does the Dusk/Night color look purple-ish?

    not at all! Great color!



    Leta

    OR Rep

    Nice, but...

    • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
    • Fit: Runs small
    • Size Bought: Large

    ...the fit is tight through the chest. I have 3 other OR jackets, 2 down (Megaplume and Virtuoso), and one shell, and large fits well (43" chest, 34" waist). Not this one though. The jacket feels like they sewed large arms onto a medium body. Other than that, the fit and finish appeared up to OR's usual high standards. Returning it today, thanks BC!

    100% agree. I am 6'2" and 185, 44" chest, 34" waist. Love the color, sleeve length, everything except the chest -- it is really tight. Returning.

    Outdoor Research Transcendent Hooded

    Poor craftmanship

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size

    I'm 6' 3", 180lbs, have the medium. It's a great lightweight jacket that withstands the mild winters of Chicago (until about 0 degrees Fahrenheit).



    5 months in, though, and the second seam on one of the sleeves on the inner side has already torn. I'm not jumping through thickets and such. It either tore on the teeth of the pocket and/or it's just cheap.



    Luckily it has a lifetime warranty.

    So Far Amazing

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: True to size

    Okay so I have only used it for two days while winter camping, but so far I really love this jacket. Light, packs small, and keeps you plenty warm. I love that it packs into its own pocket, great design feature. The pockets are big, and the fleece lining makes them that much warmer. Love the inside storage pockets as well. Very large for your beanie and gloves. I would recommend this jacket to anyone who is looking for a good all around puffy.

    As advertized

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: True to size

    Keeps me warm and is light weight... think I like it.

    great down hoodie at a great price

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size

    great price point (got it on sale) especially compared to some other the other makers

    Great jacket! Warm and packable

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size

    I bought the Patagonia nanopuff as well as this OR Transcendent. I returned the Nanopuff and kept the Transcendent for a few reasons:

    1) Overall, the Transcendent is much, much warmer. The nanopuff is VERY thin and you can feel it. The Transcendent keeps the chill off even into the low 30s with no shell, although the other side is that it's too warm in the upper 40s if you're hiking.

    2) The fit of the Transcendent was better on my frame. I'm 6'4'', 175lb and the Transcendent is very nice. Long enough and trim without being baggy OR restrictive. Comparatively, the nanopuff was too small in the Medium (both too short and too skinny), and was really baggy in the Large.



    The Transcendent is still very packable (down to about the size of a Nalgene) and for me the warmth is spot on. I wanted something that I could wear daily in the PNW winters and pack down to take backpacking with me for nights. It fit the bill!



    The one downside is that it's true down so it won't insulate as well when wet.

    Thanks for the sizing info. I'm 6'3" and 180lb and ended up getting this over the Rab Microlight hoody becasue 1) it was cheaper, and 2) it was about 2" longer in the body, meaning it was long enough for me.

    m also 6'3" and 180lb and love this jacket. I have a L and it fits perfectly. Sleeves and body are long enough. Body is narrow enough to allow for layering underneath but not so big that it's a parachute when I have only a t-shirt on under it.

    I wish more companies would understand that their customers aren't all short stocky people.

    I tried about 10 different companies' microlight jackets and this was the only one that fit. Even the Rab Microlight hoody was too short in the body and Rab is usually pretty good at making longer, narrower products

    great jacket

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size

    nice, lightweight jacket. fit is more on the trim size so doesn't work as a belay jacket if that is what you are looking for. great jacket and highly recommended

    Great to work in!

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size

    I'm a professional cameraman who works in New England. I was given this jacket for Christmas this year and used it last week when covering a sporting event on the cold, windy and snowy slopes in Maine. The jacket is so thin but extremely warm. Very easy to move around in. Highly recommend!