Outdoor Research Motto Jacket - Men's

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Designed to take on backcountry descents and harsh winter weather with amazing waterproofing and functional breathability, the Outdoor Research Motto Jacket for men allows for increased mobility keeping you comfortable when climbing an alpine ridge line in search of an untracked powder stash. Made with Ventia Dry™ technology, this ski jacket uses a waterproof and breathable soft shell fabric and fully taped seams to create a barrier to the wind and snow. Water-resistant zippers keep you dry in the nastiest storms. With a removable, adjustable and helmet-compatible hood and a zip off powder skirt, you have versatility to get out on both storm days AND sunny spring slush fests. In a classic style and clean design, the Outdoor Research Men's Motto Jacket will look great in a powder-filled bowl or on a cold night out in town.


  • Material: Waterproof and breathable Ventia™ soft shell
  • Lining: Polyester fleece
  • Water resistant zippers
  • Removable adjustable helmet compatible hood
  • Brushed tricot lined collar
  • Full front zip with internal storm flap
  • Removable powder skirt with elastic grip
  • Dual sided armpit vent zippers
  • Zippered internal media pocket
  • Zippered handwarmer pockets
  • Zip closed rear stash pocket
  • Hook and loop cuff closures
  • Drawcord adjustable hem

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Review Summary

4.9 out of 5

14 Reviews

  • Build quality: 8
  • Great design: 7
  • Performance: 7
  • Great value: 5

Quality: 5 / 5
Comfort: 4.9 / 5
Durability: 4.8 / 5
Water Protection: 4.2 / 5
Warmth: 4 / 5
Wind Protection: 4 / 5
Fit: 3 / 5

14 Ratings & Reviews

Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
FitClothes: 3 / 5
WaterProtection: 4 / 5

December 24, 2010

Good contoured fit - 5' 9" 160 lbs (M). Love the ski bib. Looking forward to many more ski trips in this jacket. Love the espresso color too. Even better than in the photo.

very nice; a little on the crinkly side
June 11, 2008

sort of like a hardshell in terms of material stiffness. Still, a very soft hand to the material compensates. the stretch is good but not as good as the newer Tremor. All in all Im pleased with the durability sofar of the Eventia.

Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
FitClothes: 3 / 5
WaterProtection: 3 / 5
WindProtection: 4 / 5

Just about perfect
April 24, 2011

This is my first soft shell jacket, and it has been great. It has a slim fit which is perfect for me. I'm 5/10 160lbs and the Medium leaves enough room for a base layer jacket without looking too big when worn as just a rain jacket. I ran this jacket into rocks, trees, and mud while skiing out west and this jacket stood up to it all. no rips or cuts. I will say that the areas where my pack rubs on my shoulders has made the jacket less waterproof in those spots, but I still use this as a rain jacket. My only complaint would be the height of the chest pockets. They are too high to put your hands in, and if you fill them with stuff you get a weird bulge in front of you because of their placement. Still good for a cliff bar or trail map.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Performance, Great value

super softshell
March 01, 2010

This is the best softshell jacket that I have owned. I really like how I can remove the hood. It is very soft, light and comfortable and is very waterproof. I would definitely recommend this jacket to others

Durability: 5 / 5
Comfort: 4 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
WaterProtection: 4 / 5
Warmth: 4 / 5

What I was looking for
February 03, 2011

Quality soft shell, held up to some pretty legitimate storms recently. Feels solid: thin but quite warm. Sleeves seem a little long, but the Velcro on the cuff makes this largely irrelevant.

Pros: Great design, Build quality
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
FitClothes: 3 / 5
WaterProtection: 4 / 5
WindProtection: 4 / 5

December 18, 2012

This jacket is a total bombshell!! I had it on while runnning around town for 4 hours in a down pour at 35F, this jacket kept me warm and dry with just a thin base layer underneath. This jacket does not leak. I think the motto is an excellent value for $. All around great soft shell for any 3 season outdoor activities.

Pros: Build quality, Lasts forever, Performance, Great value, water proof, windproof
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
WaterProtection: 4 / 5
WindProtection: 4 / 5
25-34 yrs

You Will Not Be Let Down...
July 23, 2011

When I first ordered this jacket I really did not know what to expect since I have never owned an Outdoor Research jacket or item of any kind. Let me tell you, this jacket has exceeded all of my expectations and then some! It is completely waterproof and windproof! The fact that the hood is removable is totally awesome as well. The fit is perfect (XL, I am 5'11", 200lbs) and the black is easy to match with everything. From the waterproof zippers, the ease of the fit, the fact that a jacket can be so completely waterproof, warm AND lightweight still just amazes me. I wear my jacket all the time and that says a lot since I live in Alaska. All seasons, this jacket keeps me warm and happy. Money very well spent. I am ordering another one for my brother. Love it!

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Performance, Ease of use, Great value

January 06, 2010

I'm 5'9" 180 lbs. and this jacket fits me nearly perfectly. some room for a couple layers underneath. front length lays somewhat shorter than the back but i would say overall very adequate.

Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
FitClothes: 3 / 5
WaterProtection: 5 / 5
WindProtection: 4 / 5

March 14, 2012

Awesome jacket. Late winter/early spring in the NC mountains and could ask for a better jacket. Zipper is a bit difficult to get going but it's a waterproof zipper. Buy this item...you won't go wrong.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Performance, Great value
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
FitClothes: 3 / 5
WaterProtection: 4 / 5
WindProtection: 4 / 5
from new york, ny
35-44 yrs

needed a larger size
March 17, 2011

I received the motto jacket in the mail and took a look. It looked great!!! Loved the chest zip pockets and the back stash pocket, and the hood which is removeable with a zip and buttons on each end of the hood. The jacket feels lightweight, which is what I wanted but was also lined with a fleece like material, which was even better. All the zips were waterprooof seamed which was awesome and the material is amazingly soft and comfortable. I thought I was a Medium by the charts and by what other reviews led me to believe but the Medium was too small so I sent it back. The sleeves were ok but the body was a bit tight especially if I was going to layer it. I am 5'10" and 173lbs. Also, the bottom hem of the jacket is cut on a bias so that your butt is covered (good) but your front groin area may not be. Overall really nice jacket. Needed bigger size. A large.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Performance, Ease of use
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
FitClothes: 3 / 5
WaterProtection: 5 / 5
WindProtection: 4 / 5
from Ashburn, VA
45-54 yrs

March 02, 2012

Love this jacket just received 1 day ago, it was cool early this am and this afternoon, it poured down in cold rain, I was completely dry and warm, it's very sharp looking, bought it for the slopes, but it looks to good to be out on the trails, think I'm going to order this jacket in the black also. Thanks ALTREC

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Performance, Great value, very sharp looking

it might be the bomb.com diggity
August 22, 2008

I just got the Mens Motto jacket in the mail yesterday. I wore it out last night during the rain. It is very water resistant and beads like no ones business. It has a great fit (i am 6'4" and the large fits perfectly). I climb and the higher chest pockets are a plus since it wont be all up in my koolaid while i am monkeying up a rock wall. I cant wait to try it out on the hill, but that will be a little while, seeing how it is august. hope this helped, just maybe a little. peace in the east

Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
FitClothes: 3 / 5
Warmth: 4 / 5
WaterProtection: 5 / 5

18-24 yrs

Perfect Jacket
November 02, 2010

This jacket is great for everything winter-related. I'm not a huge fan of those thick, 3-in-1 coats, and the Motto Jacket was the perfect solution. Its not the heaviest coat out there, but it is extremely wind and water proof with all of the zippers and seams sealed. As a result, it not only cuts down on some the major causes of chill, but acts as a dandy insulator to keep you warm without making you look like a marshmallow. I currently live in Michigan and this puppy has kept me dry and toasty through most of the winter. On particularly brutal days its easy to add a layer or two underneath to really crank up the heat. I've also taken it skiing out in Montana and it held up quite nicely on and off the slopes. The appropriately placed pockets and zip-in powder skirt were key here. It's very stylish and fits well to boot. I'm 6'3" at just under 200 lbs and the XL fit me quite well. Overall, a great jacket I have nothing to complain about. Definitely will be going with Outdoor Research and Altrec in the future.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Performance, Ease of use

Great jacket
December 31, 2009

I was looking for a ski jacket that I could wear during the winter months and was waterproof. This jacket does it all!!

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