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Outdoor Research women’s Lodestar Jacket: A must-have ice climbing jacket

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Outdoor Research Women's Lodestar Jacket

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The women’s Outdoor Research Lodestar Jacket is uniquely styled and functionally designed for women. This is the version of the Polartec® Apex Award-winning ice climbing jacket that is built with the combination of strategically placed, lightweight, durable and highly water-resistant Polartec® Powershield® Pro on the arms and hood. The jacket is extremely breathable and has insulating Powershield® High Loft through the torso and back.

The Lodestar Jacket is packed full of features. There’s a harness attachment on the hem, silicone piping on the shoulders, a fully adjustable and detachable hood that fits over a helmet, drawcord hem, zippered Napoleon pocket, hand pockets set above hip belt or harness, two zippered hand pockets, internal front-zip stormflap, hybrid mapped construction, and DWR coated zippers. Other features include wind-resistance, pit zips, movement-mirroring stretch, hook/loop cuff closures, and double-separating center-front zipper.

A few days of ice climbing in Ouray, Colorado with warmer than usual temps was the perfect testing ground for the Lodestar Jacket. On some days, no midlayer was necessary with how warm it was, and the Lodestar was the perfect jacket to climb without getting too hot. The jacket not only looks durable, but the trim-fit style adds a nice feminine touch to it.

Movement in the jacket was fantastic. There was no restriction in any movement during ice/mixed climbing whether it was on a vertical or horizontal route. The movement-mirroring stretch in the Lodestar made for excellent tool placement without pulling or limiting technique and it kept me nice and warm on the colder days. I used it both as a mid-layer and an outer layer while climbing.

There were a few climbs where the ice melt was pretty heavy and the route was dripping water, but the placement of the water-resistant Polartec Powershield Pro on the arms and hood as well as the DWR coating was perfect to where it kept me dry, and the water just beaded off the jacket. It was really quite impressive how dry the jacket kept me.

If you’re planning on some serious ice and mixed climbing and want/need a jacket with versatility and durability while keeping you warm, the Lodestar is the way to go. This must-have jacket will not disappoint while you’re setting your ice screws and kicking those crampons into that ice or placing axes just in the right position on a mixed climb. You’ll get the movement you need while sealing the elements out and your ice climbing trip will be that much better with the Outdoor Research Lodestar Jacket.

The Outdoor Research women’s Lodestar Jacket is available at Outdoorresearch.com, Backcountry.com, and REI.

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