The highly versatile Outdoor Research Havoc Jacket is a jacket that could fit just about everyone’s needs.
Outdoor Research Havoc Jacket Features
- Highly weather-resistant/breathable WINDSTOPPER® Insulated Shells fabric; taffeta lining
- PrimaLoft® ECO 60g insulation
- Fully adjustable hood
- Double-sliding front zipper with internal stormflap
- Zippered napoleon pocket; zippered internal chest pocket with media port
- Two zippered handwarmer pockets; one doubles as stuff sack
- Stretch binding on cuffs
- Dual drawcord hem adjustments
- Price: $224.95
Outdoor Research Havoc Jacket Review
In short, the Outdoor Research Havoc Jacket is one of the best jackets I own. It’s lightweight, versatile, and extremely comfortable. Outdoor Research got so many things right with the Havoc.
The lightweight Primaloft insulation is just enough to help take the chill off on chilly fall days and when paired with a nice mid-layer it’s great for cold winter days. The Havoc packs down to be about the size of small loaf of bread so it won’t take up much room in your pack.
I was skeptical of the value on Windstopper on an insulated jacket. I’m sold though. I think the lightweight nature of the jacket would let the wind though. The combo of the insulation and the Windstopper gives the Havoc an edge on the cold.
I couldn’t believe how comfortable the Havoc is. I’ve worn it all day (literally all day) and I didn’t get of of the typical annoyances you get with other jackets when you wear them all day. It’s also at home just anywhere from keeping you warm on the chair, as a belay jacket, hiking, and camping (even works for biking around town in the winter time).
A couple of notes on the hood: it’s insulated, adjustable, can fit over a climbing helmet (but not a ski helmet), and it’s non-removable. It also doesn’t “stow away” at all.
Hand warmer pockets are fleece-lined and roomy. Internal pocket does has a headphone port if you’re into that sort of thing. The jacket stows in one of the hand pockets.
The fit is nice as well. It does run “true to size”. I’m 6 feet, 180 lbs, and the large fits me nicely. It does have room so if you wear a mid-layer (I’ve worn it with a fleece before) you won’t be feeling squeezed.
- No way to stow the hood
Hands down the Outdoor Research Havoc Jacket is one of the best jackets I’ve owned. It’s made it’s way into my permanent collection.