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Outdoor Research Men's Alibi Jacket : Style, Comfort, Performance

Designed with ice climbers in mind, OR's Alibi jacket is the perfect three-season jacket for anyone who spends time outdoors.

Thanks to excellent design and a combination of performance fabrics, the Alibi has a comfortable, athletic fit and does a fantastic job of keeping the elements at bay.

The soft shell material on the hood and shoulders is waterproof, and the stretchy soft shell material used for the torso is incredibly water resistant. I've spent plenty of time in the rain wearing my Alibi jacket and not a drop has penetrated either fabric -- or the sealed seams. Of course, all the zips are waterproof; I like that.

What I like most about this jacket is that it adapts to so many situations. If I want to ride my bike in bad weather, I can unpack a hidden helmet liner hood from a little pouch inside the main hood (which is designed to fit over a helmet). Nice. The hood has several adjustment toggles, which are all easy to reach.

OR did an excellent job on the pit zips on this jacket. With other jackets I've worn, I've almost had to take off the garment to work the pit zippers. On the Alibi, the vents are located along the sides of the torso, with double zips and a snap enclosure at the hem. I like this design much better because I can easily reach and operate the zippers, not to mention pinpoint exactly where I want the venting. The zippered side pockets are lined with a mesh material so I can use them as vents too if I need to.

Other elements I like: the extra length on the back of the jacket, the iPod ear bud port in the inside pocket, the zipper garage on the front chest pocket, and the hem toggles that make cinching up the bottom of the jacket a snap!

Oh, yea, I almost forgot -- love the stretchy inner thumb loop cuffs inside the sleeves. I never have to wear gloves!

Available in several colors and in men's sizes S-XXL.

Bottom LIne: This is an awesome jacket that's very well designed and does an excellent job of keeping me dry and my temperature regulated. I also don't mind that I get compliments on it wherever I go.--B.M (Jan 10)

BUY ONLINE : $260, on sale now for less at these online retailers: some sizes/colors $199 at Moosejaw , some sizes/colors on sale for $207.95 at Altrec , some sizes on sale for $180.97 at Amazon.

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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.



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