Ullr approved.

When cold winter winds start to whip across the ridge you're climbing, layer up with the Outdoor Research Men's Uberlayer Insulated Hooded Jacket. Designed for high-aerobic ascents in cold winter weather, the Uberlayer is filled with a breathable and moisture-resistant Polartec Alpha insulation to keep you warm, even when you're sweating it out on the up-track. Inside the jacket is a polyester stretch mesh fabric to increase the jacket's overall breathability, while its adjustable hood helps to lock in heat when you're resting, rigging gear for the final pitch, or ripping skins before the descent. Two hands and a zippered chest pocket keep your lip balm, sunscreen, and that pepperoni stick you've been saving for the summit easily accessible. 

  • 30D nylon stretch woven fabric
  • Polartec Alpha insulation
  • Polyester stretch mesh lining
  • Trim fit
  • Adjustable, wire-brimmed hood
  • Inset Lycra cuffs
  • Drawcord adjustable hem
  • Reviews
  • Q & A

Sweet midlayer layer for mountain days

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

OR always delivers when it comes time to get going in the mountains or anywhere really. From scary traverses in the rockies to cold morning runs this thing rocks. It dries very quickly and does a great job wicking sweat away to keep you dry. I've used it in everything from cold Maine ocean kayak treks to windy rocky mountain climbs. Definitely my go to for most chilly (30-40degree) days. Love it!

Perfect fit.

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

Can't speak to the warmth yet but so satisfied with the fit. I'm a tall, lean guy, but my chest is comparatively larger. I always struggle with uncomfortably tight mediums and unflatteringly full larges. This has a trim athletic fit on me, just the right ease through the chest for full mobility without any excess fabric through the waist and hips. Arm length is great too. Suits me perfectly to throw over a light layer or as extra insulation under other jackets and shells. Can't wait to try it out on the trails.

Cold weather companion

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

I love this jacket when the mercury drops below freezing. It is a really great layering piece, and also works great on its own. It breaths incredibly well compared to most insulating layers i have used in the past...

Cold weather companion

Great fit and comfortable!

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

This can be a very useful year round jacket depending on how you wear it. It's a great shoulder season jacket or you can layer it under a shell for cold ski days. I live at 8500ft and venture out daily so having a mixed bag of jackets available is extremely important. There is no one jacket that will handle everything so I try to have a few really good options all the time. I love having the OR Uberlayer jacket in my mix as one of those options and I will be wearing this one quite a bit. Even if you are just looking for something to wear around town, this could work well.

The outer shell material appears to be durable yet it has a very comfortable feel. I went with a Medium after trying on a Large and it fits perfect for my intended applications. If you are getting it for around town and like a larger fit or if you are slightly larger build, you could go with a large. I wanted this to go under a shell on cold backcountry days and to use as a stand alone with a tshirt, flannel or baselayer underneath so the medium works better for me without being obnoxiously form-fitting.

Another plus is that the sleeves are the perfect length and do not ride up when I am reaching for something. This will not be a stand alone winter jacket if you live in an area that experiences cold winters unless you are layering heavily. It will cover quite a spread of temps when layered properly however.
I am very happy with this jacket!

Versatile and comfortable

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

Out here on the windy plains I needed lightweight outerwear with a hood. I was tired of stuffing headwarmers in my hoodless jacket pocket. I don't ever wear a helmet so I wanted a functional hood for a bare head. The OR Uberlayer seemed that it would fill the bill. It has worked great. It is lightweight but provides exceptional warmth. I frequently wear it as my outer layer but it is super as an inner layer. When I'm not using the hood it lies unobtrusively behind my neck. The hood is adjustable and works well in most cases. The wire brim is nice. The fabric is supple and comfortable. It's not windproof but it somehow doesn't let a lot of cold air through. The fit is true to size. It's an athletic cut and fits me fine even though I lost my athletic build decades ago. It's pricey but I got mine on sale or I'd never have purchased it at the original price. It's a winner.

Thank you for the review. Definitely NOT supposed to be windproof, because that does not let the moisture vapor out easily. We want this piece to insulate, but not to overheat. Glad you enjoy it!

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warm and easily packable

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

This jacket fulfills exactly the reason why I bought it. Warm for winter golf, if the sun comes out in the middle of the round, I am able to roll this jacket up, just as easily as a rain layer, and tuck it in my pack, with minimal bulge and room to spare. Essentially a no brainer, great deal, 10/10 would buy again.

Great review Michael. Thank you so much!
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Great jacket except for one thing

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

After reading several reviews from tall lanky guys, I thought I'd found the perfect jacket. I'm 6'4" and 190 lbs and ordered a Large. The length was great, the sleeves were perfect (not too short as the Atom LT jacket's were), nice trim fit, and the quality level and craftmanship high. But I felt a tightness around the middle of the jacket that was uncomfortable. After looking closely I realized that the elastic bands on the inside pockets were pulling in that part of the jacket, making it an inch tighter in the middle of the torso. I could both feel it and see it. Very disappointing, because it's a great jacket for a tall lanky guy in every other way. Had to return it reluctantly.

Stupified

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

Seriously surprised at how warm it is considering how lightweight it is. I love that it breathes and doesn't feel like I'm wearing plastic baggies.
Wasn't too big on the metal piece in the lining of the hood, that is, until I found out that it is adjustable!!! This jacket continues to surprise me and I'm loving it. Waiting to find an extra pocket somewhere I didn't know existed.
Also, it's nice to have a jacket with long sleeves, kind of a pain finding a jacket that fits like this. #TallLankyPersonApproved

Thanks Danner!

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Which size did you purchase? I am basically the same height and weight as you.

Top notch!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

The Outdoor Research Uberlayer Hooded Jacket is top line gear. The Outdoor Research Uberlayer Hooded Jacket uses Polartec Alpha insulation, originally designed for U.S. Special Forces. With Polartec Alpha insulation, the Outdoor Research Uberlayer Hooded Jacket provides lightweight moisture controlled midlayer performance. I have found with my Outdoor Research Uberlayer Hooded Jacket, that using it in conjunction with a wool baselayer and some sort of lightweight hardshell you get a killer combo. The wool baselayer will not get stinky like most synthetic baselayers and also regulates moisture and temperature. That has worked for me with my Outdoor Research Uberlayer Hooded Jacket. Dropping the coin is the main issue with this item, it is expensive. But if you love the outdoors, this is a game changer type product. Can always be used around town as well.

Thanks Captain! Glad you love the Uberlayer!

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Captain,
What size did you review? I think I would need the same.
Thanks, Ron

There are jackets you wear all the time.

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

I bought the uberlayer about a year ago. I am always on the search for jackets that I can wear most of the time rather than for specialized uses. The uberlayer is the jacket I find myself wearing most of the time.

It has just enough warm for inside and outside use. Chilled? Zip it up and put the well designed hood up. Wet outside? The outer nylon with DWR repels water just right. Running through brush? Well, it may snag but it seems more durable than the equivalent Patagonia nano. Temperature regulation seems almost perfect in 25-50F whether active or not. Compressible, light, and ready for action!

For sizing, I am 165 lb, 33-34"W, 40-41"C, 5-10" and the medium fits me great--athletic fit, not boxy, just right.

I may even buy another one.

Amazing Midlayer

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

I have used this jacket on many days of touring and mountaineering and in all types of temperatures. I typically run super warm and sweat a ton. Even with that, during the warm, Spring touring/ mountaineering adventures, I've been able to leave me base layer and this jacket on all day long. It breathes exceptionally and lets no wind through. I would say the fit is still true to size, despite being a little bit on the slimmer fitting side. I can still layer up underneath, but it still is not super baggy - exactly what you want from a mid layer.



I would definitely recommend this jacket to anyone looking for a highly breathable, great mid layer. Feel free to reach directly out to me for any questions on this jacket or anything else at all. I'm always happy to help out.

tbivins@backcountry.com or (801)204-4657.

Amazing Midlayer

Keeps the heat in and the wind out!

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

Just picked this jacket up at an REI garage sale for a ridiculously good price. I am a huge fan of Outdoor Research, by far my favorite company. When I see the OR logo at the garage sale i just grab!

This jacket is really nice addition. Compresses nicely and the materials are REALLY soft to the skin. I have walked around in a tshirt with this jacket on while it is in the 20s and didnt feel any chill. The wind doesnt cut through it either which makes a really nice layer for a windy cold day.

I havent had the opportunity to test it out camping or hiking yet but I can tell just wearing it around town it is definitely added into my autumn and winter gear list. The warmth it packs for being so lightweight is incredible.

I am 5'9 182 lbs and it fits just right. Not too snug. Not too loose. Moment I put it on and showed my wife, she just said "buy it." she loves how I look in it and I do too.

This is a great addition to any hiking or camping trip. By far one of OR best products in their entire line.

Breathable and warm! But also stinky

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

This works great! I can keep wearing it during chillier XC skiing trips without overheating and soaking myself in sweat. Its comfortable to wear and not restricting. I dont know that I like the styling enough to wear it around town but thats not what I bought it for anyways.

The one real issue I've had with it is its stink. I feel like I have to wash it every trip because it stinks so bad. Tech wash and sport wash make it smell just fine after the wash but just one mild ski trip later and the stench is back.

It works so well for what its designed for Ill keep on wearing it but if anyone has any ideas on long term stink reduction I would appreciate it.

Mason - Thank you for the feedback! I haven't heard anything about the stink, but my guess is that natural fibers (like wool and down) would work better for that purpose, but they would fail miserably at keeping you insulated while not overheating you... especially with the weight of the garment.

Thank you for writing!

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you and I are the same size....what size did you buy? Large or Medium? Thanks.

What does the insulation weigh in grams/m sq.? (60g, 80g, etc...) Is there more in the body and less in the sleeves? Or is it the same weight throughout the whole jacket? I keep having to go to other sites to find this info. If I'm already at your competition's site, I might as well buy it there. I keep finding the insulation weight missing in the descriptions of more and more jackets here. Backcountry used to always include this info. What happened Backcountry??

Hey Adam, I am really sorry you are not finding this info on Backcountry. Thank you for drawing it to my attention, and I will be sure to pass this along to them. The Uberlayer has 98 g / m2 of Polartec Alpha insulation through out. It is a great active insulation piece for cold weather. If you are not being active, then the fabric will allow alot of air permeability, so it may not feel as warm as it does when you are active. Hope that helps.



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Very good indeed

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

Similar in concept to the Patagonia Nano Air hoody, the Uberlayer is a little warmer, and a little more windproof. That makes it less comfortable for slouching around in, but perhaps slightly superior as an outer layer in cold weather. The wind rips right through the Nano Air so you really need a shell on top when it gets blowy. My only criticism is that the Uberlayer feels like it is cut just a little tight around the armpits. If you're a climber with big lats, or have muscular arms, you might prefer the looser fit of the Patagonia. Once you're working hard, however, you won't really notice.

Thanks Dominic! I will pass the feedback on to OR!

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Thanks for the review! What size did you snag...I'm guessing medium? I'm 5'9 and 165lbs...I have a large Arc'teryx Atom in large that's a tad baggy on me, a Patagonia Nano Air that's a medium that's a better fit...just double checking sizes...thanks! Joshua

Looking for a good fall/winter jacket. Would this work for temps below 32 F? Wind resistance?

Best Answer

Hi Kelly, This is a fantastic winter jacket and should keep the user warm in below 32 F. It is also wind and water resistant! If you have any other questions please feel free to let me know!

Kelly, I would like to know more: will you be using this jacket actively? Skinning uphill,? running? Snowshoeing? This insulation is designed for active use, since it is air permeable, allowing your inner micro climate in the jacket to cool off and not overheat. Feel free to get specific, and I can help!



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Uberlayer Saves the Day

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

I have had this jacket for two days, so let me break it down.
Day 1: Wear en route to climbing gym- receive compliments from friends and strangers alike.
Day 2: Pack as a layer for an evening fly fishing outing. Almost immediately slip on a rock and fall into the river, submerging all worn clothing, and filling waders. Pull off wet clothing, and throw on the stowed Uberlayer (stowed in a dry pack). Almost immediately stop shivering. Fast forward 45 minutes- wrangle in a big ol brown trout. Does your jacket catch fish for you? If the answer to the previous question was no, you may need an Uberlayer.

Pros:
-Perfect combination of stretch (freedom of movement), trim fit (style), layerability (sort of a word, I googled it), and temperature regulation.
-Lightweight, and stowes into it's own pocket for packing purposes without compromising warmth
-Adjustable hood keeps your noggin warm when its not so pleasant outside
-Literally saves the day

Cons
-Doesn't keep your toes warm when your waders are filled with water

Although I have only had this jacket for a couple of days, I cannot say enough about it. I am 6'4, 180, and size large is spot on.
I will update again the next time this jacket saves my life.

Keith! Great review! Thnak you so much. Enjoy that Uberlayer - I don't knwo what I would do without mine!

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Great review. Makes me want to buy the jacket and resume fishing. Thanks!

I got a chance to try this jacket on today at my local REI store. I noticed that the rim of the hood has this bendy material. I'm really concerned that this might eventually snap after bending it too many times... Also I had a hard time stuff this jacket into itself. Has anyone had any of these issues?

Jerry, I am so sorry that I havent gotten to your question yet! I understand your concern about the bendy material, but OR and other vendors have used this material quite a bit and it is solid. However, should anything happen to it, please know that OR will back it's products 100%. It's called our Infinite Guaranty. We will absolutely take care of you.



Again, my apologies for the late response!



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PS - I have this in the women's version - AMAZING!

Great insulation for all activities

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

I've got this jacket and really like it. Impressed with the warmth and durability of the product. It sheds water and snow but keeps me warm.

I used this jacket this summer while in the Alps climbing and probably have 50+ days in this jacket.

I'm 6'1 170lbs and wear a size Large. I like the bigger size as i can fit it over my other layers.

Jonathan, Thanks again for writing - I have the women's Uberlayer, and I am impressed so far. I cannot wait to put it to the test on a really cold ski tour! It will be my perfect jacket for all cold weather "active" endeavors!

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I'm 6' 172lbs, would medium work for me?

Best Answer

Hey there Justin, I would think so, but please check out the size chart provided about to make sure your measurments align with the sizing. Great piece!



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Hey Justin,



No way, this bad boy fits trim (tried it on yesterday). I'm 5'10," about 150, and the medium was too tight. The large was a bit big, so it will probably fit you well. Unreal jacket though!

Justin, I recently ordered this jacket in Medium and had to return it because it was too small. I am also 5'10", 150b and I am just waiting for stock to be available to buy the Large. I was super impressed with the jacket though.