The Outdoor Research Transcendent Sweater offers lightweight warmth and packability that can easily be carried into the backcountry, taken on ski tours and worn around town. Ultralight, ripstop fabric and 650+ goose down insulation trap body heat to keep you warm on cold days.
For those adventures that take you straight from the backcountry into town, the Outdoor Research Men’s Transcendent Sweater can help with the transition. With practical materials, insulation and a stylish look, this jacket is at home wherever it goes.
The materials in play on the Transcendent Sweater are a 20 D polyester rip stop shell with a taffeta lining. So the shell is nice, abrasion resistant rip stop materials, but they are still lightweight and very packable. On the inside that taffeta material is a little bit softer. So if you are just wearing a t-shirt or something like that underneath it lays very nicely against the skin.
We do have a light 650 fill down insulation so that is a highly compressible and lightweight insulation with a really good warmth to weight ratio. It is a traditional down treatment so if it gets wet it will lose its insulation properties, so keep that in mind if the weather is looking pretty rough. You might want to throw a weather proof shell on top of it.
Some features we have to mention on the jacket include a full length front zipper with a storm flap on the back side so you have kind of got a snag resistant zipper storm flap here, so it gives you some nice protection when you are zipping up the jacket. We do have two zippered hand warmer pockets. So those are nice fleece lined pockets, pretty ample room inside to store any items or just put your hands if you are not wearing any gloves. The right hand pocket will reverse on itself, so you have got a nice pack size. You can reverse the jacket, stuff it down into its own pocket and it will create a nice travel size or travel pillow. You can attach it to a harness or a backpack if you want to, so it is a nice bonus with that pocket.
We do have kind of a hidden chest pocket. So there is a small zipper here and you can just open that up and you have got a pretty sizable chest pocket, so it is a nice room for any additional items. And when you don’t want to use that pocket you can zip it up and it almost isn’t even there, so that is a pretty cool feature. It keeps it nice and streamlined.
We do have a nice zippered... it comes up to this nice collar. You have got a zipper garage there so it will stay nice against the skin. It won’t chafe or any abrasion against the skin there and the collar is insulated. So it does give you a little bit of extra warmth, so a nice additional bonus as well.
Around the cuffs of the jacket we do have some elastic, so there is a nice little elastic band around each of the cuffs. It really helps to seal in the warm air, keep the cold, drafty air out, so good fit on the cuffs of the jacket.
And, again to enhance the fit we do have a hem draw cord. So we have got two toggles, one on either side. And you can really cinch in the hem of the jacket and really provide a nice snug fit. It won’t ride up on you if you are wearing a harness or a backpack and, again, helps to seal out the cold air.
A couple of other things I want to mention. On the inside of the jacket we do have some pockets. So on either side there is a kind of shove it pocket. So you have got a nice sizable shove it pocket on the inside of the jacket on both sides. So if you need to store any additional items that you want to keep closer to the body or maybe keep a little warmer, you can put those on the inside of the jacket there.
The fit of this jacket is pretty standard. It is not super tight. It is not super loose. I am wearing a medium right now and it fits just like I would want it to. So you have got room to move around. You have got room for layers underneath and you can easily throw a weatherproof shell on top if there is some rough weather coming in.
So for all of those adventures from backcountry to urban, the Outdoor Research Men’s Transcendent Sweater is a great, light and versatile option.