The Outdoor Research Stormbound is one of our favorite jackets for cold and nasty weather. It just has everything I want when the weather doesn’t cooperate, and when everyone else is sitting inside the lodge, you’ll be making your way back up the lift for another run.
Warmth: The Outdoor Research Stormbound is a seriously warm jacket with 650 fill down and synthetic Thermore insulation. This thing is built for the cold. As a person that runs warm, I’d probably only be able to wear the Outdoor Research Stormbound when the temps dip below 20 degrees, and I could easily see wearing it when the temps drop below zero. The best part is that it doesn’t feel heavy or bulky, and the weight to warmth ratio is fantastic.
Waterproofing: All of that warmth wouldn’t mean a thing if the Outdoor Research Stormbound wasn’t waterproof as well. So Outdoor Research built the Stormbound with a two layer Pertex Shield+ membrane. I’ve had several OR jackets with a Pertex Shield and I have been impressed with every one I’ve owned. Not only is Pertex Shield+ highly waterproof, but it’s also much softer than Gore-Tex Pro membranes, making the jackets much quieter, softer, and comfortable. Although I haven’t had the chance to test the Outdoor Research Stormbound in really wet weather, I’ve had plenty of experience with Pertex Shield+ and would not hesitate to suggest this jacket to those in wet climates.
Breathability: Almost all of my experience with Pertex Shield+ Membranes has been on Outdoor Research Softshell jackets. These jackets have all breathed exceptionally well, but soft shells are almost always more breathable than hard-shell jackets (given the same membrane). In addition all of the soft-shell jackets I have used have had little to no insulation, again making them better for breathability. While I have no doubt that the Pertex Shield+ membrane will help with breathability of the Outdoor Research Stormbound, I would probably hesitate to say that a heavily insulated jacket can truly be highly breathable. Sure it will be better than most heavily insulated jackets, and on really cold backcountry days the OR Stormbound would be a good option. However, as soon as things warm up a bit, you’ll probably find yourself taking the Stormbound off and throwing it in your pack. Bottom line is that when it’s warm, the Stormbound will stay in the closet, but for those of you that want to be out when the conditions are nasty, then the Stormbound has you covered.
Fit: The Outdoor Research Stormbound has a relaxed fit that feels slightly baggy in the torso. Overall the fit is pretty true to size. I would hardly ever need to layer under this jacket, so I don’t need a whole lot for room underneath. The small was just about perfect, with enough room to feel comfortable and non-restricting, but conforming enough that it doesn’t look baggy. The length was also really good with the back extending beyond my waist. Being a heavily insulated jacket it doesn’t feel super bulky, but you can definitely tell that it’s a down jacket.
Features: The Outdoor Research Stormbound is both soft, and very warm. It feels almost like crawling into a down sleeping bag. Not only is it comfortable, but it offers plenty of technical features to keep you on the mountain longer. The Outdoor Research Stormbound has an articulating hood, and removable powder skirt. Water-resistant zippers help to keep the snow out along with an internal storm flap on the front zipper. The Outdoor Research Stormbound also has an integrated RECCO Reflector, and in-pocket goggle wipe. Speaking of pockets, the Stormbound has tons of great pockets that include two zippered hand, a large zippered chest, inner lift, zippered napoleon, and internal goggle pocket. Finally, the Stormbound comes with articulating elbows for better mobility, easily adjustable drawcord hems, and a ThumbDrive hook and loop closure.
Not every day is a bluebird day on the mountain, but that doesn’t mean you have to stay home on the days when the cold is biting, the snow is falling, and the wind is blowing. When those days come knocking, you’ll be happy to have the Outdoor Research Stormbound. The jacket offers serious warmth and fantastic protection from the elements. While everyone else is sitting inside waiting for the storm to pass, you’ll be ready to drop into your next run. This is definitely one of my favorite jackets for the seriously cold days, and if you’re planning on spending a lot of time in cold temps, it’s definitely worth a look.
Jacket Size – S
Normal Specs– 5’10”, 160 lbs,
Upper Body– 34.5” Chest, Torso Length 23” (collar bone to pant button), Shoulder Width Approx 22”, Arm Length 18.5” (pit to wrist)
Lower Body– 30” Waist, 38” Hips, 30” Inseam, 22” Thigh
Turn On’s: Active fit jackets that fit well around my chest and torso, but don’t restrict movement. Size S Pants that have a bit more room in my thighs, that way I can actually use my pockets. And of course getting first chair with 12” of fresh powder on the mountain.
Turn Off’s: Size S Jackets that are too tight, and Size M jackets that are too loose in the waist. I really don’t like a loose waist that can allow cold air in, and I don’t like having to cinch down the waist. I also don’t like jackets that ride up when I’m skiing, The jacket should stay in place. Pants that fit too tight in the thigh, and I can’t use my pockets.