Outdoor Research Transcendent Hooded Down Jacket - Men's
Outdoor ResearchTranscendent Hooded Down Jacket - Men's

What did you always wish your down jacket had? An insulated hood?

Pull out the lightweight, packable Outdoor Research Transcendent Hoody Down Jacket when your multi-day ski tour reaches another nice, but cold, spot for setting up camp. The 650-Fill down holds your precious heat close as the alpenglow foreshadows the piss-freezing temps to come, and since it fills the adjustable hood you don’t have to haul around two or three hats to keep your brain warm and functional.

  • Brushed tricot collar prevents further chin deterioration from the cold, dry wind
  • Stretch cuffs keep the blowing snow out of your sleeves as you attempt to right your name in the snow or set up a belay before dawn
  • Small baffles extend the warmth and lifetime of the hoody by keeping the down in place
  • The whole hoody stuffs into one hand pocket for cramming into an already bulging pack
  • Reviews
  • Q & A

Birthday gift for the win!

    Here's what the birthday boy had to say: "It's hard to find a comparable down jacket in this price point. It fits like I would expect and is warm and cozy. It looks equally good in the city or the mountains. Don't expect it to keep you warm if you are sitting still in freezing cold temps, but when you understand layering and use it for its intended purpose you'll be happy."

    I'll take that as a win.

    Versatile puffy

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

    I wear a size large. Very comfortable and warm, excellent fit. I like the minimalist design. The hood is perfect. Fits well over my shell or underneath. I can wear it on the town or stuff it in my pack for a day of skiing.

    Versatile puffy

    Not terribly impressed

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

    Took this to VT this past weekend and really needed a pretty heavy layer underneath to stay warm. The pattern has no real shape to it, making it fit like a barrel. I am 6' athletic build and it sort of fits like a hefty bag. I have a 40" chest and 34" sleeves (perfect medium) and the arms are too long by a couple of inches. Does not hug like a good down jacket should. The fill in some spots is barely detectable. The color is cool.

    Nice down jacket, runs small

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

    Outdoor Research makes fine products but for some reason their jackets all seem to run small. The Transcendent Hooded Down jacket specs say it's a 'regular' fit. I'm 60 years old and admit not as svelte as I used to be, but at 5'8" and 155-160# with no protruding gut, size Medium in most every other garment works for me. Not this jacket, could barely get it zipped up, very tight in the armpits and throughout, felt like a sausage and forget layering. The great team at Backcountry quickly set me up with a free return and a new size Large. Large fits comfortably, layers nicely over a fleece and not too baggy. The only problem is the sleeves are 2 inches too long so I'm folding the cuffs under for now but may get a tailor to see if they can adjust. Otherwise construction is excellent as you'd expect though some kind of fleece lining in the handwarmer pockets would have been nice.. Haven't been able to test it in cold weather as our New Year's deep freeze has thawed here in Texas but winter's not over yet.

    I guess fit is subjective...I'm 5-9 and 155, but think the medium fits very well. If anything, it's maybe just a tad larger than I'd prefer.

    Unanswered Question

    Does this have a two way zipper?

    Great jacket

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

    Really like the range of this jacket; I wear it around town, under my shell while skiing, and it can pack easily into my pack while touring. The fit is great, and the pockets are comfy when looking to warm up while putting on skins or hanging out in the cold.

    Only gripe. It is not the warmest jacket around. The arms have less down in the baffles than in the body of the jacket. (Is this normal?) However, the fit is just right to wear a warmer base layer underneath when the temperature drops below 25 degrees.

    Excellent warmth for weight.

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

    I love this jacket. It's excellent for early morning chills when camping, sleeping in on sub-freezing temp nights, and looks decent too. Like all other down jackets, it leaks feathers and is easy to tear, but that comes with the territory I think. Right price, right weight, great in a layer system.

    Fantastic Puffy

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    The transcendent puffy with hood is great! Provides plenty of warmth. I would suggest getting one with a hood. The jacket is lightweight and packable. This is definitely a must buy!

    OR Puffy

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

    This jacket rocks, it goes with me everywhere at all times of the year. I frequently find myself wearing just this and a tshirt underneath in temps down to around 30 degrees when i'm not active. When I am, i'm comfortable down to 10. The only complaint I have is that every now and then i'll find some down that came out somehow. Other than that its great! In the warm months, stuff it in your sleeping bag/pad sack and use it as a pillow - super comfy.

    Sweet! Thanks for your contributions to our community, Cody.

    Thank you for the review, Cody! Enjoy it!

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    simply the best

      This jacket has slowly become my go to down jacket. very light and it fits just right. If you purchase this jacket you will not be disappointed. Also, it feels very durable. I'd highly recommend this jacket.

      Stick with outdoor research

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

      I've grown partial to Outdoor Research over the years. I got this and I feel that it is a good buy albeit pricey. I'm certain there are other jackets at lower prices that will give you more warmth. I'm OK with that. It's warm enough for fall. At least for my body it had enough space to wear a fleece sweater underneath during winter. I'm a huge fan of inside pockets and these are especially big. I don't like the hood that much and instead use it as a type of scarf. This is a good buy if on sale. Otherwise again I think you're better off checking out something else.

      Fantastic

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

      I've been wearing this as an everyday jacket this winter. Plenty warm down to 18°f . I'm 5'8, 185lb and bought the large. I first thought was tight but later decided it was the elastic on inner pockets that does makes a great wind barrier. Which is what I love the most, these inner pockets are so big I don't see a need for a separate summit pack anymore. I can fit a klymit inertia pad a zpack shelter and ground cloth and 2 liters water and still have the other pockets for my 10 essentials. Only minor drawback when I try to sleep on my back a hard adustment pull is centered in the back of the hood, but it is a great pillow when stuffed into the pocket.

      Thanks for the great review, Gary! Enjoy!

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      Nice Quality & Fit, But...

      • Fit: True to size
      • Size Bought: Large

      I was looking for a warm hooded jacket to wear during lunch breaks when backcountry skiing or hiking in the shoulder seasons. Based on the reviews I thought the Transcendant was it. At 5'10" & 200lbs I often seem to fall between sizes in jackets, but large fit me just right! Also the jacket's fit and finish was impressive and I really liked the large internal pockets--perfect place for storing your skins on the downhill. However, I ended up returning the jacket because I didn't find it warm enough. Backcountry customer service advised me to look at some 800+ fill jackets to find the right combination of warmth and weight.

      Hi Dean, yes, this jacket is designed more as a big sweater or stand alone jacket. Take a look at the Incandescent Jacket from OR - it's 800 fill, but more importantly, it has MORE down, which ultimately is what will give you more warmth. The 800 fill aspect is giving you the lightest weight, most packable option for that amount of down. Here is the link:

      http://www.backcountry.com/outdoor-research-incandescent-hooded-down-jacket-mens?skid=ODR1026-BK-S&ti=U2VhcmNoIFJlc3VsdHM6aW5jYW5kZXNjZW50OjE6MTppbmNhbmRlc2NlbnQ=

      Hope that helps,

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      Love it

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

      This jacket is pretty warm and it looks great. I wish it had a more durable outer layer, though. But I guess OR does sell downs with more durable outer layers. During a Powder Bowl run at Crystal Mtn, I must of brushed up against a tree branch, and the left are ripped open. Luckily OR has an infinity lifetime warranty, so I will take it to their store to get repaired.

      Hey Neil, good review. Super hard to get a really durable outer layer while also allowing the down to really loft well. The heavier fabric will put too much weight on the down, and won't allow it to loft as much. Heavier layers also add weight and aren't as packable. We do sell the Floodlight, which is a bit more durable, but also waterproof... at twice the cost! So, many factors to consider. I don't think there is a better down layering sweater for the money than the Transcendent, and maybe throw a shell on top next time when skiing through the trees! As I would recommend for any down product.

      Thanks for mentioning the Infinite Guaranty - they will take care of you!

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      Top Notch regardless of the 650 fill...

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

      I've own light weight puffies from all the top brands. This one is my favorite. Yes the fill weight is not 800+ but the fit is not boxy like patagucci and it's warmer in my opinion. Better features. Love it.. Will purchase the non hooded one as well... Also going to check out their heavier one as well..

      Thanks for the review, Brad! the Transcendent is a killer piece in anyone's quiver. Good warmth on it's own but light enough to easily layer. Thanks for the review!

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      I've read a lot of good things about this jacket and would like to order one, but it seems the sizing may be tricky. I'm about 6'1" and 170 lb with a 32' waist. This would seem to put me riiiight in the thick of a medium-or-large debacle. I'm quite thin and tall, but it's honestly all legs and short torso. I also intend to wear it with two light- to medium-weight layers underneath. My gut says a medium will be the way to go, but I'd hate to be stuck with a tight squeeze of layers under a 60L pack...
      opinions?

      Samir - I think you nailed it. you are a "melarge." So, get both and send one back! Backcountry is great with that stuff. Or order one and exchange. The GearHeads at Backcountry make it easy for sure. Sorry I couldn't help further!



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      Awesome Jacket

      • Size Bought: sml

      My first Down jacket and I am overly impressed with how comfortable this thing is in all kinds of temps. I can leave it on in the house with out over heating, and then go out when its low 30s and it keeps me warm! great product!! It does fit a bit snug, but great motivation to drive right past the doughnut shop.. nice and light, not bulky and overly puffy. seemed to shed water in a light winter mist fairly well..

      Thanks for the great review, Casey!

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      Love it

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

      I love this down jacket! I have the hooded version and non-hooded version. It's warm, but not over the top puffy where you feel like you are wearing a sleeping bag. Its a slightly slim fit, but still plenty of room for a decent mid layer underneath. I am 6'1 185 with longer arms and the arms fit perfect.

      The fleece style lining on one side in the pockets is a nice addition. It has a waste draw string and draw strings for the hood. As with most down jackets, the material is not super strong, so you can snag it on tree branches, etc... so don't treat like an abrasion resistant soft shell.

      Overall, like all OR stuff, its well made, fits well, and a great product.

      Swagger Stuffed Into It's Own Bagger

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

      Like long walks on the chilly northern California Coast? Yep, I do. How bout sitting around a high sierra lake at dusk, pondering deep thoughts while basking in nature's glory? Sign me up. Enjoy a chilly morning/evening around a campfire? Most certainly. I'll tell you what I don't like though, that's being so cold my teeth are chattering and I have to keep moving to make sure my blood is still circulating. This jacket has been my answer to a more enjoyable experience for all the questions above. Lightweight, true to size as far as I am concerned and WARM!!! Love this thing, it goes just about everywhere with me and for a down jacket, it's pretty stylish, or at least that's what I tell myself. From sea to land, to concrete jungles like Seattle in February... this jacket delivers a comfortable core temp every time. Fairly compact when stuffed into it's own pocket and can double as a pillow in the backcountry. The longer cut keeps the lower back covered no matter what position you're in as well. They did good with this one. I won't say it's ultralight, as there are other options that are definitely lighter, but it's light enough to the point that it's not a burden. Stay warm with swagger, I'm sure nature will notice.

      Swagger Stuffed Into It's Own Bagger

      Perfect fit jacket very similar in size

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        Thanks Steven! Enjoy!

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