Review: OR Acetylene Jacket

An effective, oddball layering piece that puts heat in all the right places
Outdoor Research

Outdoor Research Acetylene Jacket—Men's (left) and Women's (right)

These have been strange days where thorax coverings are concerned. A base layer made of wool and synthetic; a down jacket with water-resistant feathers; and now a jackalope of a jacket, the half-vest-half-shirt Outdoor Research Acetylene.

The Acetylene is basically a fleece jacket with 60 grams of PrimaLoft Eco synthetic fill quilted onto the front of the body. You get warmth where you need it on the front of your core, wrapping slightly around the hips, and lighter insulation everywhere else. The fleece is a low-pile grid on the inside and a nice flat exterior that will shed snow easily. It's even treated with a silver-based compound to control odors.

The outside features two zipper hand pockets and a zipper chest pocket, and there's a hem drawcord. The sleeves are cut long and feature nifty concealed thumbholes. The fit is trim, making the Acetylene a very easy and effective layering piece. You won't want to hide it too often, though; the overall effect of the color and design is very classy, so you can lord it over your dirtbag outdoor buddies.

Hits: Puts warmth in critical core areas; anti-odor treatment; cool colors.
Misses: None really, but if you have a stout physique, keep in mind fit is definitely on the trim side.
Price: $150

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