Outdoor Research Aspire Jacket – Women’s

We’ve read the reviews across the web for the Outdoor Research Aspire Jacket – Women’s and summarize the results below:

Universal Ranking

PeakScore: 87 (out of 100)
User Rating: 4.3 stars 
Expert Rating: 4.4 stars

Number of Ratings Reviewed: 120

Pros & Cons

Reasons to buy:

User Reviews

  • Optimal sleeve length.
  • Many reports of being true-to-size.
  • Many reports of the chest area feeling true-to-size.
  • Very lightweight.
  • Easily washable.
  • Easily packable.
  • Pit zips go the whole length of the jacket making for great breathability.
  • Windproof and waterproof.

Expert Reviews

  • GORE-TEX with Paclite fabric that features an updated DWR coating.
  • DWR is free of PFCs, which is more environmentally friendly.
  • Double-taped sealed seams and a watertight chest pocket.
  • Stiff hood and Velcro cuffs to keep water out.
  • Pull tabs tighten the access points of the jacket.
  • Pull tabs for the hood and crown of the head so you can customize your fit.
  • Fabric is thin, moveable, soft, and breathable.
  • Zippers are accessible while wearing an internal or external frame backpack.
  • Large inner pockets are made of mesh to add a bit of extra circulation.
  • No chafing points.
  • Soft fleece layer near where the jacket rests on your chin.

Reasons NOT to buy:

User Reviews

  • Some reports of the fit being too big.
  • Pockets are a bit shallow.
  • Not extremely breathable.
  • Waterproofing can fail under very wet conditions.

Expert Reviews

  • Would not recommend wearing a hood with a helmet underneath, as there was not quite enough give.
  • Not the most compact.
  • Not a lot of color choices or variety.
  • Short in the length if you’re buying true-to-size, so we recommend sizing-up.


The Outdoor Research Aspire Jacket for women is lightweight and packable, making it a nice choice for fast and light outdoor adventures. The light materials does come with a tradeoff, however, with some users reporting that water soaks through in heavy rain.


Note: User and expert rankings were reviewed across the web, including here: 1, 2, 3.