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Outdoor Research Neoplume Jacket : The Outdoor Equivalent of Your Favorite Denim Jacket

I’ve been looking for a three-season jacket I can grab on my way out the door that’ll look good in the city, perform well outdoors, and provide weather protection and insulation.  I found exactly what I needed in Outdoor Research’s Neoplume Jacket.

This trim, waist-length jacket has been an excellent insulation layer under a rain shell on blustery winter days in Seattle when the temps drop down near freezing. It’s thin and lightweight, so it’s layers well, and the back hem is slightly longer than the front of the jacket. The Neoplume Jacket is very warm and has toggles at each side so I can adjust the hem if I want a snugger fit around the bottom of the jacket.  

Most often I wear the Neoplume Jacket around town over just a short-sleeved cotton T-shirt in 40-45 degree temps, and it’s all I need. Recently, we had a short snap of cold weather (28-33 degrees), and I wore the jacket over a merino wool layer and was quite warm.

I’m allergic to down, so I like that the Neoplume Jacket contains Primaloft insulation. It stays warm even when wet, it dries quickly, and it’s compressible. The Neoplume Jacket is highly water resistant and has kept me dry on many outings where I’ve been out in the drizzle for more than an hour at a time. The Primaloft insulation in this jacket is also eco-friendly, made out of 70% recycled content!

This jacket is ideal as a daily jacket, as an insulating layer for climbing, as a camping jacket, and everything in between.  It’s so lightweight and easy to pack that I always stuff it into my back for weekend outings because I know I’ll wear it for a variety of activities. I also like the quilted fabric and trim cut of the Neoplume Jacket. It’s the outdoor equivalent of my favorite denim jacket.

The Neoplume Jacket has two generous zippered side pockets (one with a small key lanyard in it) and an angled chest pocket that’s big enough for my cell phone. I like the small details of this jacket:  the collar is lined with a soft micro fleece fabric, there’s a zipper garage at the top of the collar, the elasticized cuffs can be cinched tighter with a Velcro-like wrist tab.

I’m 6’ tall and tested a men’s size S. It was a good fit and surprisingly, plenty long enough in the sleeves. I think the jacket runs a bit big because I usually wear a men’s size M. Of course, I always want jackets to be longer, but I think most men will be fine with the length of the Neoplume Jacket.

Available in Black, Eclipse (blue), Fatigue (green), and Patrol Red in S-XXL.

Bottom Line: A great all-around jacket that performs well in rainy, cold weather.--B.M. (Jan 2012)

BUY ONLINE: $89.95-$135, at Amazon. Also on sale at Altrec.

Manufacturer's Site: www.outdoorresearch.com

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When hiking or camping, always carry the "10 Essentials":

Extra clothing, extra food and water, lighter or water-proof matches and fire starter, map in waterproof envelope, compass, pocket knife, sunscreen and sunglasses, flashlight or headlamp, first aid kit, emergency shelter.

Source: Seattle Mountain Rescue and Seattle Mountaineers.