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Outdoor Research - Guardian Jacket - Men's

Outdoor Research Guardian Jacket - Men's

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$109.98 - $149.97 Original price:$198.95
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Item #ODR00VV

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Tech Specs

Material:
[membrane/laminate] Acentshell 3L, [face fabric] 50D polyester, [lining] 30D polyester
Seams:
fully sealed
Fit:
standard
Length:
hip
Center Back Length:
31in
Hood:
adjustable
Pockets:
2 zippered hand, 1 zippered chest
Venting:
underarm zips
Claimed Weight:
[large] 1lb 1.6oz
Recommended Use:
backpacking, bouldering, casual, hiking, sport climbing, trad climbing
Manufacturer Warranty:
lifetime

Guardian Jacket

Reach into your pack and grab the Outdoor Research Guardian Jacket while you hoof it towards a ridge, explore routes at a new crag, or take in a rainy day outdoor concert. The Guardian features Acentshell 3L construction and fully sealed seams that work together to keep weather out, stretch with your movement to help you reach the peak, and breath effectively while also wicking moisture to keep you feeling good the whole time. To further keep you comfortable and prepared for anything this jacket also features all the bells and whistles you expect from Outdoor research including a fully adjustable hood, a drawcord at the hem, harness friendly pockets, and a plethora of pockets.

  • Waterproof shell built to keep you moving through bad weather
  • Acentshell 3L moves with you, seals out moisture, and breathes
  • Fully taped seams enhance water resistance to keep layers dry
  • Pockets designed to sit above your harness wet days on the crag
  • Stuffs into left hand pocket for easy and convenient packability
  • Elastic cuffs and cuff closures keep sleeves off of your hands

Design detail review

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

I don't typically purchase items like this online because the importance of details when comparing similar items. But I bought this and have many details to share that aren't obvious in pictures, or noted in other descriptions including the OR website or reviews to help you. Let's just get into the details that aren't mentioned.



Main zipper: 2 way main zipper that uses the sturdy YKK zippers and have that recycled plastic feel. Don't know the benefit of a 2 way zip? It can splay out for sitting versus bunching up. Also you could put both zips together in the middle so you have max air flow without it opening up (like only buttoning the middle button on a button down shirt). This feature is uncommon (marmot precip stretch also has it).



Pit zips: also have 2 way zip which I've never had before and are nice. The pit zips are very long which mean they get very close to the pockets (see picture) I have gone to unzip the pocket but grabbed the pit zipper instead many times.



Pockets: they are large and are mesh lined (so additional venting when open). They are not fleece lined. Flap is nice width and no unnecessary velcro!



Velcro: 4 total: a patch at the bottom and the top of the storm flap, and each wrist cuff. I personally like less velcro and would rather have no wrist cuff velcro because I never cinch it down. I originally thought there should be at least one more velcro on the middle of storm flap but I'm glad it isn't there.



Hood: fits great when you get the back adjuster dialed and has a semi-firm brim. I can turn my head and see well. I tested it with a pro-tec skate helmet and it fits but pretty snug.



Fit: I have to say for me, this is a bit big. I'm always unsure about whether to go small or medium, and I wish I bought both with the intent to return one. Sleeves and waist are a little long which I like for covering my butt and putting my hands inside BUT the sleeves are really baggy and feels a bit huge when driving especially if you've been wearing "athletic fit" more recently. I don't own a puffy, but I was able to layer a synthetic insulation hoody and a fleece together underneath and it looked and felt good, not too snug. This has the typical issue of when zipped all the way up - my chin is in/ out/ rubbing.



Material: the ascent shell material feels really good. A little velvety and "expensive" feeling on the outside and in (not plastic feeling inside) and the inner gray color looks nice and neutral and it will certainly show when wearing unless fully zipped.



Use/exp: I have worn this: alone in 45-55 on lake shore, felt great and needed venting. With a layer (fleece or synth. hoody) in low 30's all zipped up and hood up, felt good. Only been rained on twice and wasn't for very long but the water beaded right up and when shook, falls off. I've done city walking and mostly flat trail walking with only a light pack and it was comfortable.



Last details: Stuffs into L hand pocket but I typically just fold it up and stuff into easy access pack pocket or paracord, gets smaller and less wrinkled. Medium =13.2 ounces. This should not be called "climbing/ hiking" compatible because my pack hip belt totally blocks them, and the chest clip totally blocks the chest pocket but this is common and I don't mind. Hope to wear this as my sun blocking, branch fighting, summer multi day hiking shell - couldn't exp that yet.

Cheers for reading through!

Design detail review

Great jacket

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

Love the color options, it does a great job repelling water. Ran a little small in my case, thought L would do the trick but ended up with XL so I could have a little more movement.

Shell Yeah

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

I like the price point, breath ability, features, and versatility. It's a great fit too! The wrist cuffs are adjustable as well as the hood. At a little over a pound, it's great for travel too.



I never had to use the underarm vents - the jacket already feels light enough as is. I love the material! Stretchy, but tough at 30 denier.



It's held up to a lot of rain so far. I use this casually and on hikes.

Shell Yeah

Thank you Ben!

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Thank you Ben!

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Breathable shell!

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

Most of the rain jackets and shells I have used in the past get real sweaty real quick once you start moving. This shell is awesome because it is waterproof but also breathable which makes it a much better option for physical activities. I love the Acentshell material, it is very stretchy and breathes well. There are some vents under the arms to regulate temperature when you are working extra hard. It is very lightweight weighing only 1lb 1.6oz. It packs well and will even pack into its own pocket. This is a great jacket to be used for hiking, climbing, and backpacking. It also looks good for casual use to impress the ladies on the night out.

Breathable shell!

Many thanks, Tyler!

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Many thanks, Tyler!

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Does it's job and looks good doing it

  • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
  • Fit: True to size

I just got this rain jacket for my husband who has had an old rain jacket for years that he got from a company he used to work for. He loves this new rain jacket and has been wearing it a lot since we've had a good amount of rain this last week and weekend.



It is totally waterproof and he hasn't had any problem with it holding onto the moisture or wetting out yet. He likes the adjustable wrist cuffs to keep out the water even when he lifts his arms. And the hood cinches down which is so helpful when it gets a little windy.



He hasn't worn it climbing but the material feels durable and like it will be able to hold up against some abrasive sports, like rock climbing. It's also convenient that it stuffs into its own pocket. Perfect for when you just want to throw it in your bag and want to go.



He can wear a medium or a large in jackets and the medium fits him great!

Does it's job and looks good doing it

Excellent review, Hailey - thank you for passing it on!

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Excellent review, Hailey - thank you for passing it on!

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Outdoor Research

Men's Apparel
Alpha Sizes
 XSSMLXLXXL
Chest

33in

(84cm)

37in

(94cm)

40in

(102cm)

43in

(109cm)

46in

(117cm)

49in

(124cm)

Waist

27in

(69cm)

30in

(76cm)

32.5in

(83cm)

36in

(91cm)

39in

(99cm)

43in

(109cm)

Hip

33.5in

(85cm)

36.5in

(93cm)

39in

(99cm)

42in

(107cm)

46in

(117cm)

48.5in

(123cm)

Inseam

30in

(76cm)

31in

(79cm)

32in

(81cm)

33in

(84cm)

34in

(86cm)

35in

(89cm)

Numeric Sizes
 283032343638
Waist

28.5in

(72cm)

30in

(76cm)

32.5in

(83cm)

34in

(86cm)

36in

(91cm)

37.5in

(95cm)

Hips

35in

(89cm)

36.5in

(93cm)

39in

(99cm)

40in

(102cm)

42in

(107cm)

44in

(112cm)

Inseam

 Short 30in (76cm)

Regular 32in (81cm)

Long 34in (86cm) 

How to Measure:
For best results, take measurements over your underwear.
Chest:
Measure under your arms, around the fullest part of your chest.
Waist:
Measure around your natural waistline, keeping the tape a bit loose.
Hip:
Measure around the fullest part of your body at the top of your legs.
Inseam:
Using pants that fit well, measure the crotch seam to the bottom of the leg.