The skinner won't set itself.

When it's your turn to set the skintrack, zip up the Outdoor Research Men's Skyward Jacket, and set that skinner steep. This air-permeable shell is one of Outdoor Research's most breathable jackets, so don't expect to sweat too much when you're backcountry touring, and it's still reliably waterproof so you won't get wet when you're skiing through the fluffy stuff. The jacket's stretchy fabrication moves with you from the first awkward switchback to the final turn of the day.

The Skyward also features long zippers that run from hem to bicep to allow plenty of ventilated airflow in case you start working up a sweat setting that steep skinner. The hood is helmet-compatible, because you shouldn't ski without a helmet, and there's a wire brim that stays out of sight when you're gripped in rocky couloirs. There are a plethora of pockets designed specifically for warming frozen skins, protecting smartphones, and storing other valuables.

  • Air-permeable shell for sweat-free skinning and skiing
  • Waterproof and wind-resistant AscentShell membrane
  • Movement-mirroring stretch fabrication
  • TorsoFlo's hem-to-bicep ventilation
  • Helmet-compatible, wire-brimmed halo hood
  • Thumb Drive hook-and-loop cuff closure and drawcord hem
  • Plethora of pockets for skins, smartphone, and valuables
  • Reviews
  • Q & A

Skin with jacket on!

  • Fit: Runs large

This is the first jacket I've owned that I don't need to take off before I go uphill. I'm really impressed how well it breathes and how well it fits in the pack. It works really well for heavy storm skiing when my body warms up but I still want a shell on for falling snow. This past winter I found that I often toured the whole day without changing layers. Kudos to the designers!

A medium is pretty roomy for me, which is nice since I can fit a lot of layers underneath if needed. I'm 173cm and 65kg.

So cool, right?? The breathe-ability on the Skyward is awesome.

Thank you for the review, Skyler!

OR Rep

Brilliant for Touring!

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

I was looking for a functional jacket for spring touring and the Skyward did not disappoint. Paired up with one of my icebreaker base layers I felt comfortable from the cold mornings to the hot afternoons. The vents running from hem to bicep where amazing for being able to cool off quickly.

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Brilliant for Touring!


The guy in the video on OR's website claims the jacket is extremely lightweight in nature. But according to the specs it weights 26oz, which is very close to the weight of OR's Maximus Jacket. So I'm bit confused. I'll appreciate if someone can clarify this. Thanks.

Hey Li!

This is an incredibly light weight jacket. The main difference between this jacket and the maximus is that the maximus is made with goretex -- so essentially the maximus is waterPROOF while the syward is just water RESISTANT. I hope that answers your question! If I can help with answering any more questions on this jacket or any of our other gear, dont hesitate to reach out to me directly - I have the womens version of the Skyward jacket and absolutely LOVE it.



Perfect Shell

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

I was looking for a shell that was functional and adaptable, the Outdoor Research Skyward Jacket did not disappoint. I took it out for a few days at Canyons for some chill days with the family and from single digit temps to lower 30s by the end of the day this jacket was perfect. With a nice synthetic down mid-layer in the morning to by itself in the afternoon. I was warm and dry all day.

Kyle - Thank you for the review - I agree with the Skyward - a perfect shell. Was on the mountain this weekend with it, layered with a Quick Flash down sweater from Western Mountaineering. Absolutely perfect!

OR Rep

Great, light jacket for touring

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

I took this jacket on a tour, hit Brighton with it a few times, and did some winter camping in Southern Utah with it. It stood up to the test, very waterproof and light. The Ascent Shell technology reminded me a lot of Goretex in both feel and use, though it keeps the price a bit lower. To make this a better product for me, it would have a removable powder-skirt. My only other suggestion would be to make the inner chest pocket a little smaller, as it is anything you put in it sags down to the waist pocket.

Douglas, Thank you for the review. For next year, we are introducing more of a "front country" version that includes the removable powder skirt. For the Skyward, a minimalist feature set is what we were going for here.

Thanks for writing!

OR Rep