LoftTek Adventure Jacket by Outdoor Vitals - Overview

Gear ReviewsLloyd Vogel

There are certain things that universally bring joy to backpackers: a fresh pair of socks, a well-earned meal, getting into your tent at night, an unexpected great view, and of course… the sensation of putting on your favorite puffy as the temperature starts to dip. While not exactly as powerful as the coziness associated with snuggling into your sleeping bag, its pretty darn close.

Anyways, for the last 3 months, I’ve had the pleasure of testing out the new LoftTek Adventure Jacket from Outdoor Vitals. As the weather has transitioned from fall temps to winter temps, I’ve been wearing it as my go to puffy. Here are my thoughts! Don’t care and just want to see its Kickstarter Page? Thats cool too.

General information:

The LoftTek Adventure Jacket was created with three things in mind: packability, warmth, and affordability. The Adventure Jacket is made from LoftTek (hence the name), and this synthetic insulation is really an exceptional down imitator. It does what most synthetic jackets do (stays warm when wet), but it also does what many synthetic jackets don’t do (pack down small). Weighing 11.7oz (men’s medium), the jacket is hooded and full zipped, and it comes with pit zips, thumb loops, elastic cuffs, 2 front pockets, and cinches at the hood and waist.

LoftTek Adventure Jacket by Outdoor Vitals - Overview

Things I like:

Packable and lightweight - The Adventure Jacket packs down small. Sure it's not the most ultralight jacket on the market, but it feels good, compresses down small, and is half the price of some other jackets. Additionally, it looks attractive, and that's not totally unimportant. My other puffies are the Patagonia Nano and the Borah Gear Down Jacket, and the Adventure Jacket will certainly become a mainstay for urban wear and less strictly UL outings. While it does pack into its own pocket, given the synthetic nature of the insulation, you can also just jam it into any nook and cranny of your backpack without fear of causing irreparable damage. Its 11.7oz you’ll happily carry/wear.

It's actually warm - I’ve been impressed by the range of temperatures the Adventure Jacket can handle. Its managed weather above 30 degrees nicely, and while it won’t get a ton of use during the deep freezes of December - February, its perfect for everything the shoulder seasons can toss your way. While I haven’t done the classic “get the jacket soaking wet and see if its still warm” experiment (who would let their puffy get soaking wet in the first place?), I have no reason to doubt its capacity in this regard. The hood is also very toasty, and the high neck on the jacket really does keep the cold air out.

No frills - This jacket is thoroughly uncomplicated. As a relatively decerning judger of gear, it's hard to dislike much about this jacket. It does what a puffy should do: keep you warm and comfortable when it's on, and pack down small when it's not.

LoftTek Adventure Jacket by Outdoor Vitals - Overview

Things to take note of:

Back of the head cinch: If you’ve read other reviews of mine you know that I love hoods. I wear them ALL THE TIME, and often get made fun of by friends and family for my obsession. That being said, I like everything about this hood except the back of the head cinch. This is picky, but when tightening back of the head cinches, I expect the hood to increase its grip. I want it to start feeling more snug, more supportive, and almost like I’m wearing a cap. While not terrible, the Adventure Jacket’s hood cinch pulls the hood off of my head. I can avoid this to some extent If I am intentional about where I position my head within the hood, but it still slides back off my head over time. Additionally, there are times where I like to cinch my hoods fairly tight, and if you do that with the Adventure Jacket, it results in tight constriction around my ears.

Sleeves: While most of my body is a pretty standard medium, I do happen to have relatively long arms. While the rest of the jacket fits about as well as any jacket I’ve ever warn, the sleeves come up a bit short. The elastic cuffs are nice, but over time they ride up and leave a good bit of my wrists exposed. Inconvenient at times? Sure. Deal breaker? Nope.

 

The Verdict: 

I’m a big fan of the LoftTek Adventure Jacket. At just over $100, it's also a bargain. Interested in learning more? The OV LoftTek Jacket is currently on Kickstarter!

 

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6 comments

Larry B

Larry B

Excellent review. Suggest saying your dress shirt size (neck size and sleeve length) to help compare arm lengths. Since you have worn it, did you notice if the main zipper is two-way (or double), meaning it opens up from the bottom as well as down from the top, e.g., to give access to a climbing harness? Thanks!

JZip

JZip

Great review, thanks. I’ve been considering this jacket as all my puffys are down and unlike you I am a big fan of pitzips due to the fact that I run very hot. This one seems to tick all the boxes and your review pretty much convinced me that this is the one for me.
Now on an unrelated note, that blue/grey quarter zip you’re wearing looks awesome. What is it?!

Heather

Heather

How tall are you? I also have long arms and usually wear a men’s medium. I’m 6’1", but I have the wingspan of someone that would be 6’3"ish. Based on your review, I think I’m gonna give this jacket a try! Just trying to decide on a size now…

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Warren – I haven’t, but certainly would want to! I imagine that would probably be exactly what I need.

Heath – AWESOME to hear! Its a great jacket, and Tayson and OV gear are good people!

Warren

Warren

As you mentioned your being long in the arm, I wondered if you have tried this style of jacket in a medium/tall sizing and have any recommendations? Thanks for all the great reviews!

Heath

Heath

I just supported this on Kickstarter a couple weeks back, this review makes me feel good about what I got coming—thanks Lloyd!

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