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Outdoor Research StormBound, any Opinions?

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 

Hi, 

 

I need to replace a number of clothing items. One thing that I need is a cold weather, foul weather insulated jacket. My go-to for that purpose has recently died. I ski in New England for the most part, have a home at Sugarloaf, where the weather can just suck: below 0F, 25mph plus wind, and snow. Figure I spend only about 20% of my time in the trees....so it doesn't need to be bulletproof fabric. Have other options for that, if needed. 

 

One jacket that I've looked at may fit the bill is Outdoor Research's StormBound. I don't have any experience with OR products. My stuff has been Arcteryx, Patagonia, Marmot, Phenix, and Descente for the most part. I like the design and cut of the jacket, most of it's features, and quality seems to be there.   

 

Anybody own one, or tried one? Appreciate any comments pro and con. Reviews on the net are very limited. Would also appreciate any other suggestions, too. I have other shells, jackets, and pretty much every option for layering. I'm looking for an insulated jacket that I can layer under a bit {base layer, light fleece, nano puff}...and be able to move in when it's really cold....think 10 below, wind, and humid...when most sane people wouldn't want to be out there.  Sounds like fun, huh? 

 

A friend of mine swears by an EddIe Bauer Bombshelter, which may be a contender. BTW, I'm 5'10", 225. The long and lean stuff doesn't work so well!

 

Appreciate any feedback. Thanks.

post #2 of 10

I have no experience with that particular jacket, but I have plenty of experience with other OR products and they have all been great.  I bought my son an OR Mentor jacket a few years ago for his birthday and it has worn like iron, still performs as well as it did when new.  If the Stormbound was a jacket I wanted I would not hesitate to buy it.  Their warranty is as good as it gets, sort of like buying from REI.

post #3 of 10
Thread Starter 

Thanks, that's helpful. Should have also mentioned that another contender is probably the Patagonia Primo Down. My son has one. I have a Primo shell, too. Wear it 85%of the time. Good time of year to be buying any of this stuff, obviously. The only time of year that we ever buy ski clothing!!! Again, thanks. 

post #4 of 10

If the Primo shell has enough room, why not get one of these470x500_57572_942.jpg

The OR Virtuoso Hoody for $250 instead of $450 for the Stormbound?  I have one of these and when it gets really cold and windy here in Montana this thing is amazing.  But, if there's no room under the shell, it doesn't matter.

post #5 of 10

Double post, damn system.

post #6 of 10
Thread Starter 

Thanks. I actually started looking at OR because a friend who is a world class climber swears that the virtuoso hoody is the best value in a down garment. He suggested the same, and I'm pretty sure that I can fit it under at least one of my shells. Told me I was basically nuts not to pick one up, even if I never skied in it. I do want an insulated jacket, though. Just one of those dumb preference things. A lot of deals out there. I think I can find a StormBound for about $200, versus a Primo Down for a bit less that $400 right now. The OR is a "generous" XL...kind of a boxier cut, which works for me. I can probably buy both a StormBound and virtuoso for less than a Primo Down. I mentioned the Eddie Bauer Bombshelter. It looks like much better quality that I'd typically expect from EB.  I'm still kind of skeptical, though there's a positive thread on ES about that very jacket. My friend is smaller, so I couldn't try his on. Debating a trip to the EB store, though it sounds like I can't go wrong with OR, based on your experience.

 

Thanks, any input much appreciated. 

post #7 of 10

I have a 3 layer gortex OR jacket with a zip out down sweater that I'm wearing in my avatar.  It's my go to foul weather gear and I'm extremely happy with it's performance.

post #8 of 10

The OR stormbound has been my go to cold weather ski jacket for 2 seasons now. I have used it in temps between -5F and 25F. Warmer than that and I use a shell. I always use it with a capilene 3 long sleeve and a powerstretch fleece jacket over that. I have yet to be cold in the jacket. Its an amazing piece. The only negative is that mine leaks tiny down feathers. That results in some of them sticking to my fleece jacket. 

post #9 of 10

muleski,

 

Just came across this thread as I was getting ready to post a new Stormbound in the gear swap area.  Jacket is new with tags from OR's overstock sale here in Seattle.  Blue size L.  

 

Let me know if you are interested. 

 

Thanks.

post #10 of 10
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Originally Posted by MuchosPixels View Post
 

The OR stormbound has been my go to cold weather ski jacket for 2 seasons now. I have used it in temps between -5F and 25F. Warmer than that and I use a shell.

 

 

That's why the one with the zip out down sweater is so nice.   I've actually been wearing the down sweater,  more than the shell the last year.

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