Outdoor Research Hemispheres Jacket Review

Gareth Simpson

by Gareth Simpson

October 18, 2019

Today we will take a deep look into the Outdoor Research Hemispheres Jacket and discover why this particular model is so appealing and so popular. At this moment all we can add is that the jacket is designed for the most demanding usages and for users who want to stay warm and comfortable in all winter-based situations.

A Few words about Outdoor Research

Outdoor Research has been one of the largest and the most popular brands of this kind. They are located in the United States, in Seattle more precisely. The company was founded in 1981 and over time they made some of the most iconic and the most sophisticated jackets and accessories for snowboarders, hiking addicts and so much more. Even today, they specialize in making and developing a state of the art clothes that can meet the highest expectations. Last but not least, Outdoor Research has plenty of ambassadors and sponsors for various competitions.

Most Important Features Of Outdoor Research Hemispheres Jacket:

We can say that the Outdoor Research Hemispheres Jacket is a high-end model and we would be completely right. However, there are a lot of features you will need to know about this particular model so we will list all of them below. These features will help you determine is the jacket suitable for you and your applications.

  • Breathability

Breathability is as you would expect from Gore Tex and Gore Pro models. It is suitable for temperatures at 20 degrees Fahrenheit or evens lower and it will keep you warm at all times. Keep in mind that the jacket is more suitable for much lower temperatures than similar products, so we believe it will probably be the main choice for extremely color situations.

  • Durability

Outdoor Research Hemispheres Jacket offers 70 denier materials and it is paired with 3 layer construction. What this means is that the unit can withstand extreme conditions. You can wear it in any situation and you can be positive that the jacket won’t fail to meet the expectations. Branches, snow, water or heavy-duty usages are unable to damage the construction and on our tests, the jacket was able to withstand all the common issues. Durability is simply above average.

  • Waterproofing

Having a jacket that is completely waterproof is mandatory regardless of why and where you need to protect your body. The model we are reviewing is able to meet the requirements you already have. It is completely immune to water and this benefit refers to all the elements. Basically, the construction, the materials, and even the zippers are 100% waterproof in all situations, even the harshest of weather.

  • Warmth

Warmth is average. Some of you may know already that the jacket is suitable for users who don’t want to sweat while wearing a jacket and those who will need another, thinner jacket under this one.

  • Pockets

Outdoor Research Hemispheres Jacket has 7 pockets. Two of them are standard side pockets that can be accessed while wearing gloves. There is one chest pocket as well and all of them are secured with zippers. Inside you get another chest pocket, 2 mesh pockets, and a media pocket. The bottom line is the fact you won’t need additional storage space with this jacket.

  • Hoods

The hood is compatible with most helmets and all hats a person can wear. There are three cords to adjust the hood and although complicated, this allows tight fit at all conditions. We liked the hood features in general and believe they are more than just appealing for all types of users. The hood is also very warm and fits nicely all-around your face and helmet. The only drawback here is the complexity of adjustment. You may have to spend some time into analyzing the hood and the 3 cords we have mentioned in order to understand how to use the hood and how to get the desired effect.

  • Extra Features

The first, additional feature is the TorsoFlo. These are vents that are located between the hem and the armpits. They are 15 inches long and they are based on a poncho design. When opened, the jacket will provide superb airflow, far more than any other model and you can enjoy cold breeze instantly. The other feature is the movability. The jacket feels lightweight and you can get the complete body movement without any drawback.

What We Like

  • Has 7 pockets
  • Advanced TorsoFlo system
  • Extremely comfortable
  • Range of motion is above average

What We Don’t like

  • Narrow in the shoulders
  • Hood adjustment is complicated

Our Verdict

Outdoor Research Hemispheres Jacket is affordable, offers excellent protection, an even better range of motion and has some of the most sophisticated vents we saw. It is suitable for users who need a lightweight and compact jacket with a superb level of protection. It is also highly recommended for all of you who want to stay cool and avoid sweating.

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