Outdoor Research Virtuoso Down Jacket - Men's

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Description

At the end of a long, exhausting, and exhilarating day of travel through snowy backcountry, nothing feels better than settling into camp by pulling on warm dry socks and a warm puffy down jacket, like the Outdoor Research Virtuoso Jacket for men. Lofty 650+ down fills the Men's Outdoor Research Virtuoso Jacket&trade: keeping you warm in even the most frozen conditions. With a drawcord at the hem and elastic wrists with hook and loop tabs, warmth stays at your core and not a breath of cold is let in. If a sudden drizzle falls, water-resistant fabric keeps you dry when there are many peaks and ridges between you and the trailhead.

Specifications

  • 650 fill down insulation
  • Lightweight, water-resistant 20D recycled ripstop polyester body; water-resistant/breathable 30DPertex® Endurance shoulders and arms; 25D polyester lining
  • Double-separating front zipper with internal stormflap
  • Brushed tricot-lined collar
  • Zippered napoleon pocket
  • Two zippered handwarmer pockets; one doubles as a pillow pocket or stuff sack
  • Articulated elbows
  • Elastic cuffs with hook/loop tabs
  • Two internal Shove-It&trade: pockets
  • Dual drawcord hem adjustments

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Review Summary

4.4 out of 5

11 Reviews

Pros
  • Great design: 8
  • Build quality: 4
  • Ease of use: 4
  • Great value: 4

Cons
  • Cost: 1
  • only 1 large inner pocket: 1
  • Poor quality: 1
  • terrible zipper: 1
Comfort: 4.9 / 5
Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 4 / 5
Warmth: 4 / 5
Fit: 3.2 / 5
Water Protection: 3 / 5

11 Ratings & Reviews

Comfort: 4 / 5
Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 4 / 5
FitClothes: 3 / 5
Warmth: 3 / 5
salcido75
from ketchum idaho
45-54 yrs

awsome jacket
January 12, 2013

excelen light jacket, great quality for light jacket, nice color, the best for mountain outdoors, I really recommend this product, perfect fit great price ,the best invest ever

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Performance, Ease of use, Great value
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 3 / 5
Quality: 2 / 5
FitClothes: 3 / 5
Warmth: 2 / 5
WaterProtection: 3 / 5
joe2mtn
from Southern California
25-34 yrs

I really like this jacket but...
January 05, 2011

I was about to purchase the Northface Nuptse until I saw this jacket. It had a hood that the Nuptse lacked. Anyway, I have worn this jacket at a temperature of 40 degrees and below. I can't say it's the warmest jacket. For 650 fill, I expected something closer in warmth to the 700 fill Nuptse. The Nuptse is a lot warmer. However, this jacket is extremely light and highly compact. Once I began to move and be active, I found the jacket to be of perfect warmth. The Nuptse would clearly have been too warm to be active in. However, if one is not active in the jacket, it gets cool quick. Look wise, I think this jacket is excellent. I got it in black and wear it daily. The jacket feel smooth to the skin when wearing a tee shirt. However, the zipper quality is quite poor. I have yet to successfully zip it on the first try. Overall, it is a good jacket that works well for the active wearer. I am hoping that the zipper issue will resolve itself as I use it more and more. However, if it continues to be an issue, I will have to return it.

Pros: Great design, Great value, great look, Cons: terrible zipper
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
Warmth: 4 / 5
WaterProtection: 4 / 5
Bobster
from Pennsylvania
25-34 yrs

A++
May 06, 2011

I love this jacket and I love altrec! Fit is perfect according to the sizing guide provided with plenty of room through the shoulders which is almost always a problem for me. I am using this jacket on my July trip up Mt. Hood, cant wait!!

Pros: Great design, Build quality, fit
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 4 / 5
Warmth: 4 / 5
hotspur1
from Boston, MA

Nice lightweight jacket
March 29, 2011

Purchased this as a late season deal, but weather in Boston is still cold enough at night to use!! It has enough loft to keep me pretty warm in the 20s with a couple of thin layers on. I don't think it's quite as lofty as my TNF Nuptse vest, but it's nice to have the arms and attached hood which really keeps me toasty. I've also had it on when spending a few hours of photography. I was in one spot and temps were around freezing with a wind. The jacket kept out the breeze. I also like the lined collar and pockets. I have to agree with an earlier reviewer about the zipper - it's not the greatest to get started, although I'm getting used to it now. The Medium fits me well (5'8", 150lbs) and I have room for a fleece layer without it being restrictive. I don't find it to be baggy without a layer either. Can't comment on durability yet, but it feels well made compared with the other jackets I have (TNF, Mountain Hardwear, Mont-Bell)

Pros: Great design, Performance, Cons: zipper's not the best
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
FitClothes: 3 / 5
Warmth: 4 / 5
WaterProtection: 2 / 5
shadowone
55-64 yrs

warmth no weight
June 01, 2011

as a photographer I wanted a jacket I could pack small and gives good warmth---this seems to fit the bill for me, I put it in a small stuff sack and am able to put it in my carry on bag on the plane---I can wear this with or without a shell over it

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Ease of use, Great value
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 4 / 5
jeon
from New Jersey
35-44 yrs

Great coat to keep in the pack
June 20, 2011

Great coat. Surprisingly warm, VERY packable. I leave it in my pack whenever I go skiing, climbing or camping. Works well as a pillow when camping (fuzzy coating inside pockets adds comfort) Not meant for wet conditions, but works great and fits well under storm shells. Great belay jacket as well.

Pros: Great design, Performance
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
Bayard
from North Conway NH
25-34 yrs

The Perfect Belay Jacket
February 01, 2011

I work as climbing guide in the New Hampshire winter, and the hooded belay jacket is crucial. This is the lightest, simplest and warmest bealy jacket I have ever worn. Hands-down. It has just the rigth features, a warm, helmet sized hood with brushed nylon around the face, a large interior pocket for keeping gloves warm and the fit is perfect at a size large. I would recommend it to anyone.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Ease of use
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
FitClothes: 4 / 5
Warmth: 5 / 5
WaterProtection: 2 / 5
smartymutt
from Mchenry, IL
35-44 yrs

Soft, warm comfortable!
January 02, 2012

I had mixed opinions of this jacket at first. The biggest problem for some with this jacket is the zipper. As a belay jacket it has two zippers to open bottom for ropes. I myself don't need this feature but I must tell you it will take you a few break in times & patience to get use to zipping this jacket up. The first few days I hated it, it was very difficult to zip. Now it's just like any other jacket, I don't even think about it, but if you have a short fuse or time is an issue for you, you probably will be really frustrated at first with this system. I'm usually a Mont-bell jacket kinda girl. They ROCK by the way!! Any way this jacket fits way larger than Mont-bell, so I had to exchange for a smaller size. The jacket it self is nice looking and I'd say a medium loft. The front chest pocket is a slanted design, like they took a square pocket and put the zipper right in the middle on an angle. So it takes getting use to to get thing in and out. The hand warmer pockets are great, both are very large like the inside drop pocket. And the jacket does stuff into the pocket for a pillow if needed. The inner left pocket is the large drop pocket and it is a mesh pocket, open design. On the right the inner pocket is up higher and is a small zippered pocket no large drop pocket on this side, kind of a wasted opportunity in my opinion. So in all there is 5 pockets total. It has the important waist drawcord and nice Velcro wrist closures. Nice soft fleece around collar with another great drawstring closure. The hood is very nice, as I am usually not a hood lover. It is helmet compatible, but snugs down tight which is great for me as a hiker as I don't use a helmet. It has very nice loop style drawstrings at the front of the hood and a rear drawstring to really be able to custom rap this hood around your head, best design I have seen. The hood itself is full of down, no dead spots on mine. The Pertex works very well as it was tested out in 40+ wind gusts at a temp of 18 degrees. It's warm only in a T-shirt and sweat jacket, not really the best base layer or insulating either. Also tried in just a T-shirt under neath it was warm but would not recommend for long term exposure. I'm totally confident in this jacket with proper base layer & maybe a good quality fleece vest or 1/4 zip you'd have no problem with it's warmth. I purchased the Blue/Black combo as I'm a blue fan, nice looking for a guys jacket. Which I usually purchase, as they are made better, tougher and don't hug my waist as I like to add layers. I'd say the fit is large and square shaped not really taped as it looks on the models body, nice as it is. :) sorry guys! I try and split duty of my hiking apparel with my job as it is outside all day and some of this gear is really kind of expensive, so far durability has not been and issue, no problems at all. I do have to say, it took a few wearings of this jacket to feel comfortable in it, as I'm a Mont-bell girl. But now, no way I'd send it back- it's just too warm and has great ability to adapt to my changing customizing needs. I also like the drop tail on this jacket, so when you bend over it stays down!! Outdoor Research's web site has great details as well. Under dispute with O.R. right now is they show it with 2 inner shove-it pockets, mine only has one, waiting to hear from them on this. Specs: about 8.5 oz of 650 fill to = 240 grams. weight 21.9 oz Pros: comfortable & soft warm 1 large dump pocket inside customizable hood & collar velcro cuffs drawstring at waist Drop tail Cons: only 1 large inside dump pocket chest & inner zip pocket weird shape larger fit by at least 1 size compared to Mont-bell. Bottom line: Money well spent!

Pros: Performance, Great value, customizable hood, drawstring collar, large hand pockets, warm, comfortable, Cons: only 1 large inner pocket, zippered pockets small
Comfort: 4 / 5
Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 4 / 5
FitClothes: 3 / 5
Warmth: 5 / 5
WaterProtection: 3 / 5
Nesta

OR Jacket
July 08, 2011

When I purchased the Outdoor Research Men’s Virtuoso Jacket, I was expecting to get a durable, long lasting, warm, and comfortable piece of equipment. I was not let down. The goose down makes it feel as though you are walking in a sleeping bag, rather than a jacket. The bubble of warmth created by this jacket is perfect for long walks with your four-legged friend in the winter, as well as for use in harsh conditions in the backcountry. Put on this jacket after a long snow-shoe, and you will retain your heat and look good to boot. Place this in your compression sack along with your sleeping bag on an overnight in the backcountry and feel as though you have lugged a 1/2 pound heater to your site. Folds into the inside pocket as well, which makes it a perfect pillow when it is time to hit the hay. The only question I have is will this jacket stand the test of time? Having been snagged in some prickers and thick brush in the winter, I am led to believe that the answer is yes.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Ease of use, Great value
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 4 / 5
FitClothes: 3 / 5
Warmth: 4 / 5
WaterProtection: 4 / 5
geezer1

Great purchase
November 28, 2011

Perfect jacket for outdoors here in Wisconsin. Fits great, feels warm and cozy and will have to see what it does when the temp hits below zero...not that I am looking forward to the very cold.

Pros: Great design, Ease of use, Performance, Cons: Cost
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 1 / 5
Quality: 1 / 5
Warmth: 4 / 5
10sne1
from texas
45-54 yrs

Poor zipper
January 20, 2013

Bought this jacket as a not-so-heavy option for the Mexican Volcanoes which we summited this week. As i am up on the ridge of Ixta and went to put it on, the zipper would not work! At every stop i had to fiddle with it for minutes to make it work. Half the time it didnt. No way quality control was done on tbis jacket. The other features of the jacket were great. But to not have a good zipper nowadays is inexcusable. I am sending it back.

Cons: Poor quality

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