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Outdoor Research Alpenice Hooded Jacket | Review

Tough and durable outside, comfortable and breathable inside; the AlpenIce is an excellent winter jacket

When it’s winter time and you’re getting active up hills and mountains, you need to know that the insulating outer layer you’ve taken with you has got some punch to it. You need to know that it won’t wither and fade at the first sign of a drop in temperature; that it will keep you warm without being stuffy and overbearing. Because of all this, we think that the Men’s AlpenIce Hooded Jacket from Outdoor Research should definitely be on your kit list.

Calling this product a do-it-all outer might seem like we’re overdoing it somewhat as the hoody won’t literally do your laundry, cook your dinner, and take out the bins for you. However, with its active, temperature-regulating, insulation technology, durable build quality, and breathability for high-exertion alpine pursuits the AlpenIce Hooded Jacket is an extremely useful bit of kit that you’ll get on well with from first wear to last.

“…a product that’s reassuringly solid without being cumbersome or awkward to wear.”

On top of its excellent waterproof membranes and windproof fabrics, this thing also boasts zip chest pockets, thoughtful implemented hand-warming pockets, and a cosy hood. Everything comes together really nicely with the AlpenIce, leaving you with a product that’s reassuringly solid without being cumbersome or awkward to wear.

As we all know in winter, where’s there’s alpine ice there’s very often incremental weather not too far away; incremental weather that can totally derail your ascent. With the Outdoor Research AlpenIce Hooded Jacket in your pack though, you’ll be ready to go no matter how bad the weather gets. It’s an insulated shell that shields you from the elements, without blocking the airflow that occurs when you’re getting properly active.

The hood on the AlpenIce will keep you warm and dry, even when the weather is particularly bad. Photo: Chris Johnson.
Outdoor by name, outdoor by nature. If you've not worn Outdoor Research before, you're missing out. Photo: Chris Johnson.
The two zipped pockets on the chest are a handy addition here. Photo: Chris Johnson.
Tough on the outside, cosy and comfortable on the inside; the AlpenIce is ideal for winter excursions. Photo: Chris Johnson.

Whether you’re crossing ski terrain in the backcountry, ice climbing in the mountains, or generally out in nature when the thermometer’s heading south; you’re definitely going to appreciate the benefits the brilliant AlpenIce Hooded Jacket brings to your adventure.

Outdoor Research Men’s Alpenice Hooded Jacket

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