Outdoor Research Aspire Jacket - Women's


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This lightweight shell with all-season features provides solid protection when a hard downpour sets in for the long haul; the Women's Outdoor Research Aspire Jacket features waterproof and extremely breathable GORE-TEX® Paclite® that takes the wear-and-tear of the trail while TorsoFlo™ side zippers allow poncho-style ventilation when body heat needs to escape. With no bells or whistles left out, this jacket works as hard as you do but packs down tight once the weather breaks.


  • Lightweight, waterproof/breathable 40D GORE-TEX®Paclite® fabric
  • Fully seam taped
  • Dual-pull adjustable hood
  • Double-separating front zipper with external stormflap
  • Double-sliding, water-resistant TorsoFlo™hem-to-bicep zippers
  • Water-resistant pocket zippers
  • Two zippered hand pockets and sleeve pocket
  • Zippered internal chest pocket doubles as stuff sack
  • Elastic cuffs with hook/loop tabs
  • Dual drawcord hem adjustments

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Review Summary

4.8 out of 5

10 Reviews

  • Ease of use: 4
  • Great design: 4
  • Great value: 3
  • Performance: 3

  • Bad design: 1
  • Poor quality: 1
Comfort: 5 / 5
Quality: 4.7 / 5
Durability: 4.4 / 5
Wind Protection: 4.3 / 5
Water Protection: 4 / 5
Fit: 3 / 5
Warmth: 2 / 5

10 Ratings & Reviews

January 06, 2010

Very light, very packable. Breathes well and is stormproof. Hard to find a day that isn't a good day to wear it.

Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5

November 05, 2010

Fits perfectly, if you want a snug fit and you're between sizes, go down. Still have plenty of room to wear a sweater or fleece underneath. Really light, perfect for cycling or running. No fuss, feels clean and smart. I love it

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

Excellent Jacket
January 11, 2012

I bought this jacket in blue and it is the most beautiful color of blue. I want to wear it all the time - even when I'm indoors. It fits perfectly too. I could not be happier with my purchase and I would highly recommend this jacket to any of my friends (and some have already asked where I got it).

Pros: Great design, Lasts forever, Ease of use, Great value
Comfort: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
WaterProtection: 4 / 5
from Central California
Over 65 yrs

Women's Aspire Jacket
November 05, 2010

Well constructed, waterproof, and comfortable. I chose this jacket because it can double as a poncho to protect a Digital SLR in wet weather. That's a really unique feature. I can't rate "durability" because that takes years of wear to adequately evaluate and I only recently purchased it. I wish the jacket was available in petite sizes...or that the sleeves were shorter. The velcro closings on the sleeves make the too-long sleeves less of a problem though. Love the jacket!

Pros: Great design

The ultimate lightweight waterproof jacket!
September 12, 2010

Bought this piece for my wife to bike and fish on those days that turn from sun to rain. Packs down small enough to easily stow away in a bike saddle bag or fishing vest pocket so you never think twice about taking it with you, and the Gore-Tex PacLite means you always stay dry. This is the ultimate lightweight waterproof jacket....just buy it!

Perfect lightweight rain jacket!
September 09, 2009

Jacket fits well- not too slim or too bulky. The hem to pit zippers allow the jacket to be worn over my pack's hip belt and makes wearing it over a PFD much more comfortable. Altrec staff are wonderful There was a problem with getting the jacket on time for a trip. Shane followed up diligently with OR and FedEx to work it out. He also called twice to be sure it had arrived and that it met my needs. Rare service these days.

ComfortShoes: 5 / 5
Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
FitClothes: 3 / 5
WarmthWear: 2 / 5
WaterProtectionJackets: 4 / 5
from Philadelphia, PA
18-24 yrs

Awesome jacket
September 23, 2010

Love this jacket. Fits perfectly and is very waterproof without getting super hot. Also nice that it includes the poncho feature, though I'm not sure how often I'll unzip to that.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Performance, Ease of use, Great value
Comfort: 4 / 5
Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 4 / 5
FitClothes: 3 / 5
WaterProtection: 4 / 5
WindProtection: 5 / 5
25-34 yrs

Very good.
May 10, 2011

I am 5' 3" and weight 120 lb, and I got size S in black. It fits well in size, and I think the women's fit looks better than other similar GoreTex products. I decided to get this one because it looks nicer on me. However, I think the details of this jackets could be improved. Comparing with other products in the same price range, the quality of details on this jacket, such as zippers, logos, etc., are not as good as they should be.

Pros: Great design, Performance, Ease of use, Great value, Cons: Poor quality
Comfort: 4 / 5
Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 4 / 5
WaterProtection: 4 / 5
WindProtection: 4 / 5
from Juneau, Alaska
35-44 yrs

Overall Nice Jacket
July 03, 2013

I tried this jacket in the middle of an extensive search for a new rain jacket (I live in Southeast Alaska - the largest temperature rain forest!) Overall this jacket is great - good fit, nice features, covered placket (I hate those cheap-looking exposed plastic-y zippers). However, I am super picky - the only thing I didn't like was the somewhat floppy brim. A sturdy brim is an absolute necessity here - our rain is usually coming sideways! I ended up finally with a Helly Hansen.

Pros: Build quality, Performance, Ease of use, Cons: Bad design

Great rain jacket!
August 11, 2010

I ordered the chili color and it is a nice dark shade of red. I fall somewhere between a S and a M, ordered the M in this jacket and so I have plenty of room to spare and layer, although if I had to order again I would probably go down to a S. If you're between sizes and looking for a trimmer fit, go down a size. Zippers are nicely made and work well. Altrec delivered quickly. Thanks!

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