Outdoor ResearchTranscendent Down Sweater - Men's

For the modern transcendentalist.

Walden might have been a longer book if ol' Henry David would've had the Outdoor Research Men's Transcendent Down Jacket to keep his high-minded self warm and comfortable as he meditated on the deeper intersections between man and nature. Chances are you're not in the market for a jacket to wear as you build a hermitage near a remote lake (or maybe you are), but if you're looking for an insulating layer that will keep you warm between pitches during late-season desert climbing trips, around high-mountain campsites, or during biting-cold transitions on the skintrack, then you'll do well to consider the Transcendent Down Jacket.

This no-frills down sweater is insulated with 650-fill goose down for near-instant warmth and is lined with a soft taffeta lining that's easy on the skin for those rare instances you decide to go shirtless underneath this jacket. The 20D ripstop fabric withstands wear and tear from arrant tree branches and abrasive granite when you're bushwhacking to a new crag or exploring a poorly maintained trail, and the stowable design allows you to pack this jacket down into one of the hand pockets when you want a pillow to relax on as you ponder beta or just need to shed a layer and stash the jacket in your pack.

  • Down insulator ideal for backpacking, climbing, and camping
  • 650-fill goose down is lightweight, lofty, and compressible
  • Soft taffeta lining is soft against the skin
  • Durable ripstop fabric withstands wear and tear
  • Hand pocket doubles as stuff sack
  • Tricot lining at collar and hand pockets provide warmth
  • Bound cuffs and adjustable drawcord hem
  • Reviews
  • Q & A

Best all around jacket

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

I've always stuck to fleece jackets in the past, but this jacket blows fleece out of the water. The jacket is super light and regulates body temperature better that any other jacket I've owned in the past. I've worn for one winter casually and on the trail almost every day and it has shown no visible wear, granted I've only washed twice in that time frame. Would purchase again in a heart beat!!!

First of all, LOVE the name! Thank you for the stellar review! Enjoy!

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Punches above its weight

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

Slim fit, very warm, tons of features, fleece-lined hip pockets. Way better than most other brands at similar price points.
Merino base layer, this jacket, and a hardshell is perfect for cold Swiss skiing. Worn by itself it starts to lose heat around the freezing point.

David - great review, and you layer like I do!

Enjoy!
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Great for layering slopes or daily wear

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

I bought this jacket to layer under my outerwear when snowboarding, and it works just as needed for that. The jacket is so light with just the right amount of warmth I've also been using this jacket on a daily basis for casual wear.

Hey there - great review - thank you. Perfect versatile layering piece!

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Fits great and stays warm

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

Gave this to my brother as a Christmas gift. He’s 6’ and about 170 and wears a medium. He loves the fit and it keeps him warm on his commute and around town.

Fits great and stays warm

Thank you for the great pic and review!

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Great gift!

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

Bought this for my father in law, he absolutely adores it! It was a great present and he will be wearing it all season long.

The Perfect Down Jacket

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

This insulator is lightweight and comfortable with a soft lining. I wear it around town and find it perfect for fall hiking. The pocket stuff sack is great for backpacking and the ripstop fabric ensures the jacket will hold up to constant wear.

Thank you for the great review, Fritz!

Happy Trails,

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My go to jacket

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

when it cools down, this is my go to jacket. love how light, comfortable and unassuming it is (in fact, it's my second one). it's also my standard under shell wear for snowboarding and skiing. super comfortable, true to size and the right amount of warmth. this is no 850 fill jacket, but just right for layering

Thank you for the review, Paul!

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Awesome jacket

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

This jacket is an amazing value. I wear it daily and it is my go-to jacket. I walked to work in 20 degree weather recently and my core didn't even think about getting cold. This is a great buy. I'm 6'2" 190 lbs and a large fits me perfect.

Thank you David!

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Good Looking Jacket, Athletic Fit

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: Runs small
  • Size Bought: Small

I really like the looks and fit of this jacket, and it's very light. However, it's not meant for below 25 degree temp, especially if it is windy.

Hi Joseph - yes, at colder temps, this is designed as a down sweater, easily layerable. It is a versatile piece for sure.

Thanks for writing,

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I love it, but arms are big. DWR?

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

I wanted a warm. compressible, lightweight down jacket. This is the one I picked, and I love the look and the cut in the body. I do think the arms are longer than normal and baggy near the shoulder though. While this does give great ease of movement, it also gives a bit of a "michelin man" look while relaxed. That said, it is super comfortable and an excellent value.

I'm considering washing this with Nikwax Down Proof to give it a bit of water resistance (the only feature it's missing for me), but would be curious if this is advisable or not before moving forward.

Hi there - I think the Nikwax is a fine idea. Let me know how that works for you. Enjoy your Transcendent!

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Damn, that runs small!

  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
  • Fit: Runs small
  • Size Bought: 2xl

OK, I'm not a little guy.... but. I just received this jacket and tried it on. It is at least a size too small, but only in the gut. I have Columbia, Solomon, North Face and Marmot - all are 2XL, none of which are too tight.

Rob, Thanks for the feedback - I have not heard that before, but I will get your feedback to the folks at OR so they can look into it! My apologies and have a great holiday!

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My Great Down Jacket Review

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

So I recently purchased 7 different down jackets so I could wear and compare and select the one I liked best. This was my great down jacket review, not because the review was great, but because the breadth of comparisons was pretty extensive. The ones I compared were the Marmot Zeus, Marmot Tullus, Mountain Hardware Nitrous, Mountain Hardwear Micro Ratio, Patagonia Down Sweater, The North Face Trevail, and the Outdoor Research Tanscendent. I'll put comments on the others in the listings for each. The reason I selected these are that they all are basically medium-weight down jackets (not extreme light or heavy) and were comparable on the prices. Backcountry was having a sale and all these were marked down to between $123 to $160.
What I wanted was a top layer jacket without a hood (don't use hoods very often). I generally don't use down jackets like these as a layer under anything because of their bulk. I prefer a synthetic for that. I have a huge down jacket with a hood for very cold weather. I wanted one that was less bulky and more suitable for activities.
So the Tanscendent. The Tanscendent was a nice jacket and I'm rating it pretty good based on features and construction -- because it's a nice jacket. However I returned it because it didn't fit me right. The one I had was Dusk/Night and it's a nice looking color.
Fit: The fit was good through the body but was too big in the arms - circumference. I usually get an XL because of wide shoulders and long arms. I think the Large would have fit my arms better but it would have been too small in the torso. The bottom of the jacket hit between the top of my pelvis and my hip joints. The fit looks good through the shoulders. What I mean by that is that it doesn't look too square or too slouchy. I have a Marmot Quasar (ultra-light down) that is really square in the shoulders. As a result it looks kind of weird and pointy at the end of the shoulders. This one looks more natural.
Comfort: The jacket was very comfortable. The fabric feels good to the touch and the jacket is quiet when moving. The hand pockets are a bit more to the side than I would have liked and the openings could be a bit more angled. Neck and cuffs are basic but fine.
I ended up returning the Tanscendent and choosing the Patagonia Down Sweater as it felt a bit warmer, and lighter (800-fill down vs the Tullus' 650-fill down). However, this jacket is a good value - if the fit works for you.

Nice down jacket, sized for layering

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

This is a straightforward, well-made down jacket. It has lofty 650 fill down, but not a ton of it. It is roomy, not a trim fit, so layering over a fleece or softshell in cold conditions is not a problem. Colors and fabric finish are nice. I'm happy with it. It does not have a DWR finish, so a shell over top would be a must in wet conditions.

Thanks for a great review, Sean!

Enjoy!

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returned for poor quality

    Returned this jacket because the sleeves were too wide and long, and not filled with down near the cuffs.

    Warm and stylish

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

    I have used this jacket hiking, skiing, backpacking, and just basic car camping. I bought this jacket when I was about 230-240 lbs and it fit great. I have lost some weight so it runs big for me now. I would go with the size large for my current specs. Any questions let me know!

    Warm and stylish

    Sizing Help

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

    If looking for a slim athletic look and are around my size, suggest going with the Medium over the Large. The warmth and look are great and the color is true to display.

    Hey Jeffrey, based on your height and weight, I would have suggested a medium. This is a standard, rather than a trip fit. My brother who it 197, 5'11" fits great in a large.

    Thanks for the question,

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    Would recommend

      Definitely would recommend this jacket for anyone who is looking for a lightweight jacket that keeps you warm. Can fit under a shell with ease. Has a nice fit to it.

      Hey there - totally agreed!

      Thanks for the great rveiew!

      Leta
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      Too big in shoulders, arms

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

      This jacket has all the right features. The pockets and neck are lined with soft material, that make the jacket feel warmer. The problem for me was fit. Looking at the size chart I thought I was between a Small and a Medium (5'8, 155), so I ordered both. Small was a better fit, but the sleeves felt baggy in the forearms, and just big in the upper arms. I am not a body builder, but I am in pretty good shape. The fit was off enough that I am returning the jacket. There are so many of this type of jacket on the market, now. I read a bunch of reviews of different brands, and every one has some complaints about fit. Of course they all also have a lot of positive reviews for the fit. It probably makes sense to just keep looking until you find the one that fits you best

      Hey Marcus, thank you for the review, and I appreciate you recognizing that each brand (and jacket) has a fit that can't possibly fit everyone.

      Good luck in your search and Happy New Year!

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      So, would you say, I'm 5'7, 165lbs, I should take the medium ?

      Most of my weight is legs though.