Outdoor Research Filament Down Jacket - Women's

Keep it on from fall to spring.

The ultralight Outdoor Research Women's Filament Down Jacket works double duty as a belay jacket and a midlayer for skiing. Its Pertex Quantum shell excels at water- and abrasion-resistance despite its light weight, and 800+ fill down insulation offers lighter loft than most down jackets. The left hand pocket doubles as a stuff sack when it's your turn to climb or when the day warms up while skiing.

  • Pertex Quantum shell
  • 800+ fill down insulation
  • Trim fit
  • Drawcord hem
  • Left hand pocket doubles as stuff sack
  • Reviews
  • Q & A

Hi! Can you please tell me the length of this jacket?

From the top of the collar in the center of the back, to the hem at the bottom, the "Center Back Length" is 26". Hope that helps!


OR Rep

Radically Different Sizing Standards

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

I'm frustrated, because I really wanted to like this. While admitting that I purchased from another retailer, I wanted to get the word out. Bought an XL; I have 3 other women's XL (the styling & sizing works better for my frame and preferences) jackets from OR, and they all fit picture-perfectly. I expected the same from this jacket. I pulled it from its packaging, confirmed it was the size I purchased, and put it on. When I attempted to zip it up, no go. It's sized about like a medium at best. I could see possible leeway between a large & XL, but for the sizing to be this radically off is tremendously disappointing. I was looking for a great mid-weight jacket to wear on cooler days that would cut the chill. Men's down jacket styling always seems to have straight, blocky baffling lines I don't like the look of, and my body makes a Medium in men's often too tight, but a Large too big. To find this jacket is so radically far afield in sizing from the three other OR Jackets I have is absolutely heartbreaking. I don't know what folks at OR were thinking when they set the sizing parameters on this jacket, but this one was just an absolute fail, and now I have to go through the hassle & delay of returning it.

You're normally great on this stuff, OR, but not on this one. :(

Light... Beautiful Color

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

I purchased the orchid/purple with the intention of using it to layer under a waterproof shell for warmth without bulk. This jacket is incredibly light and packable, and toasty for what I need. A snag appeared down the right sleeve after a day of wear, which I hope is not a sign of things to come...it seems sturdier than it looks. Torso and sleeve length are great. Love the cuffs. I cannot see the feathers/down through this color, except a quill here and there, which is one main reason I chose this jacket over others. My only hesitation with the purchase was the shine (ugh), but overall so far so good.

Hi Hillary, Thank you for writing. Please do be careful with this piece. As with any ultralight piece of gear, the trade off you make is durability. Sorry, we can't make something so light (10 denier fabric) and make it duarble as well! It is definitely a tradeoff. So, as long as you know that, be careful with it, but love it, because you bought an awesome jacket... even if it is shiney... :-)

OR Rep

Very cozy

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

I had to laugh at the perfect analogy of wearing a well fitted garbage bag. Ugh! It seems somewhat punkish though and stylish in that respect. And for practical purposes, it is indeed wonderfully long and light! So light and well fitted that I felt like I am not wearing a jacket no matter how I moved, except that it's 80F and I could not keep it on for more than a minute. I love everything but the shine so I am on the fence about keeping it.
If you want something punkish or don't mind very shiny black, I would highly recommend this jacket.

Perfectly fits a niche!

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

Let's get this straight - this jacket is designed as a highly-packable, ultra-light-weight, mid-layer piece of kit. And it excels for what it was designed for.

I'm not a huge girl, so I can't carry a huge pack. So for me, packability and multi functionality is a key feature of what I look for in gear. I also run kinda warm, which you might think is a good thing, particularly for winters in the Canadian Rockies... but I've found it really hard to get a clothing system that can cope with the sweat while I'm active, but not leave me chill when I'm not.

This piece is ultra-light. By itself, and on my errands about town, its kept me warm down to about 5 C, but is still comfortable up to about 20 C. This means I can go straight from this jacket to a t-shirt, with out that uncomfortable too-warm-with-a-jacket-but-too-cold-without stage.

It's been a pretty warm spring so I haven't been able to test it fully yet at lower temps. And I'm looking forward to try it out properly next winter. But I'd say it's at least as warm as my Haglofs Barrier II Jacket (approx 100g synthetic fill?), but can pack down to half the size, and half the weight.

This means I now have the viable option to take 2 lighter jackets in the place of one heavier down one. With the synthetic and this, I can layer to my heart's content, swapping them in and out depending on the weather and my activity. It's slim fit slides well under other layers (e.g. my synthetic puffy or waterproofs), but is roomy enough to go on over the top as well, if needs be.

Indeed the best thing about this jacket is the fit. OR really nailed it. Nice long sleeves, just long enough in the torso to tuck over my butt when it's cold (and a toggle to keep it there), relatively slim though the body (I'm 5'3'', 140lb, with long arms, average bust, and wear sz M), and great articulation (nothing rides up, and it's not restrictive when its tucked into my climbing harness).

The only thing I don't like about it is the shiny fabric. I got the black (as I find my jackets get really filthy, and thought black might be a better option for the crossover to travel wear in town), and yes, it parades as a garbage bag (albeit very well fitting). Other reviewers suggest the Desert sunrise is awesomely vibrant, and it might carry the shine better, if pink is your thing. The black is not transparent though, and so far I'm super happy with the durability (i.e. it didn't rip when I scrapped it on the rocks while climbing last weekend, and it hasn't lost any feathers in the few weeks I've owned it). It's got classic OR quality workmanship, and a pretty decent DWR coating.

I guess that's the current trade-off with technical gear though - balancing durable, packable, lightweight, and super fit, with a little shine. From what I've seen, most other contenders in this niche also suffer from the shine issue. I'm still hoping the shine will lessen in time, but overall I reckon this jacket is going to be a year-round, every trip piece of kit for me.

Filament Jacket Review

The Outdoor Research Filament Pullover is great for the spring and fall, but do not try to use the Outdoor Research Filament Pullover in the winter as a good insulation layer. It does have limitations, but it is super lightweight. The Outdoor Research Filament Pullover makes you ask the question, is it worth $150? I have a Sierra Designs Dri Down Sweater which is warmer and a little cheaper. For me I think Outdoor Research needs to add some more down to this or come out with a "arctic" version which would be more down filled.





Bummer. You can see the feathers!!

  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
  • Fit: True to size

Nice lightweight jacket- cute cut... long enough for me (5'10") - but you could totally see all the feathers in the Pink jacket... The outer shell felt cheap; not a quality product. I wouldn't be surprised if you can see the feathers through in the other colors also... Sad, I really wanted this to work!

Unanswered Question

How many ounces of down are in this jacket?