Outdoor Research Iceline Softshell Jacket - Men's

Reliable protection for the alpine and ice park.

When you venture out for a week of ice climbing in Ouray, be sure to bring the Outdoor Research Men's Iceline Softshell Jacket along. Ice has a tendency to be, well, wet, so the Iceline is equipped with Outdoor Research's Ventia three-layer shell to shed moisture from snow, ice, and whatever saturated goodness you encounter out there. To keep the jacket breathable during heart pumping ascents, OR went ahead and hooked the jacket up with a breathable softshell face along with plenty of stretch to keep you powering up to the top-out. It's no secret that ice and alpine climbing can take its toll on gear, so Outdoor Research reinforced the Iceline with double weave panels along the underarms and lower body and inserted a grid fleece backer along the inside to add just enough insulation, so you can leave the bulky midlayer back at the rig. A trim fit reduces needless bulk and fits well under a harness to reduce annoying snagging when climbing. The hood is helmet compatible, wire-brimmed, and fully adjustable for added protection when the snow starts to fall.

  • Ventia three-layer shell
  • Critical seams taped
  • Stretch face fabric
  • Reinforced double weave panels
  • Polyester grid fleece backer
  • Trim fit
  • Dynamic Reach underarm panels
  • Adjustable, wire-brimmed hood
  • Molded hook and loop cuff tabs
  • Drawcord adjustable hem
  • Reviews
  • Q & A

Caution of sleeve length

  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
  • Fit: Runs large
  • Size Bought: medium

Had to return the jacket due to sleeve length. I'm 5'6 with a ~40 inch chest. The jacket fit perfectly everywhere but the sleeves. They came down past my fingertips. I do not have T-Rex arms. I fit perfectly fine in off-the-shelf 16.5-32/33 dress shirts. Really a bummer, wish I could have kept the jacket.

I am so sorry it didn't work for you. Mostly, we get feedback that it's better to be a little long than short in a technical jacket. I hadn't heard this feedback before but will make sure to pass it on to OR.

Thank you,

OR Rep

I'm looking for an Alpine style jacket that I can use for ski touring as well. Would this jacket fit the in that type of activity?


Eric, I am so sorry for the delay - The Skyward is your absolute best option. Designed for alpine and ski touring. Very breathable, protective shell!


OR Rep

Thanks Leta, the reviews I have read about it breathability have me excited. I'm a sweater and need the breathability.



Was looking at using this jacket as a "softshell" for Aconcagua. Need something that blocks wind yet is big enough to fit over a baselayers and a patagonia R1 midlayer. I am 5'8" 153lbs with a 27" chest and a 22" arm length. Would this be a good softshell and would a medium be too big?

Best Answer

Hey Cody, a couple of things - Not sure if you would do a medium or a small, but leaning towards a medium. Backcountry will exchange the size for free. Also, "softshells" typically do not have a WP membrane in there, and this has one. So this will not be as breathable as something without a membrane (and also without waterproof-ness), but I own the women's version and love it.



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Thanks for the response! So is there another softshell jacket you would recommend for high energy hiking that has a thin insulating fleece liner, blocks wind and is water resistant, is light and will work in the 10-30 degree range (with insulating laters)?

so comfy!

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

didn't expect it to be so soft...both the outer and inner portion are incredible to touch. nothing like gore-tex or even polartec neoshell. very sketchy and comfortable, like part spandex. the lining's small felt/fleece like "bumps" feel great while clearly is meant to help air move when working up a sweat. the wrists have standard sturdy velcro but the unexpected elastic that makes slipping the jacket on a so easy if you have biggish hands or a watch yet still seal in the warmth. twin napoleon pockets are nice as well as inner mesh pockets and outer hand warmer. super sturdy front double ended zipper (probably overkill). i got the black in medium. i'm 6', 172lbs, 39" chest, 33" waist, 16/34 dress shirts and the jacket fits perfectly with a baselayer with room for a thin mid layer (ie. thicker wool). would not fit a big down puffy or freeze under there so size up if you plan to layer more.

ice line jacket

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

I've finally found a perfect ice climbing jacket. It's awesome for proper ice climbing. It's technical and both waterproof and really breathable and the hood fits the helmet perfectly without pulling the jacket up. What's more it's super versatile for any other mountain activities. I love it!

Bert - thank you for the great review! Enjoy that jacket. I have the women's and love it!

Happy New Year!

OR Rep