The Outdoor Research Aria Down Vest is a warm hooded vest, insulated with quality 650 down fill. It is a solid layering
piece to increase warmth around a woman’s core. A key aspect of climbing is temperature regulation – too warm on a climb and the climber will start to sweat through layers, too cold and the climber could begin to get cold extremities as the blood is pulled to the core.
Why purchase a vest? A vest can both add warmth by keeping the core extra warm on a cold climb, and allow for heat release when highly active. In addition, it takes up less room in a climber’s pack than a full down jacket. It packs down small, it’s easy to take on almost any trip.
The fit of the Aria Vest is flattering and slender. Lacking bulk, yet still warm, this Outdoor Research vest is easy to climb in, but also looks flattering wearing as casual, “around-the-town” attire.
This vest is a warm, well-fitting piece of technical clothing.
Favorite Features: Increases warmth to core region. Packs down ultra-small to fit in almost any crevice in your backpack.
Areas of Improvement: None this reviewer noted.
Best Use: Mountaineering. Scrambling. Alpine Climbing. Ice Climbing. Hiking. Skiing.
Bottom Line: The Outdoor Research Aria Down Vest is a solid layering piece. It provides extra warmth to the climber’s core region when a full down jacket is not needed. This vest is worth the full price tag.
- 650 fill down insulation
- Ultralight 20D ripstop polyester shell; taffeta lining
- Down-filled single-pull adjustable hood
- Front zipper with internal stormflap
- Two zippered handwarmer pockets
- Zippered internal pocket with media port
- Stretch binding at arm holes
- Dual drawcord hem adjustments
- Stuff sack included
Disclaimer: The Outdoor Research Aria Vest was provided by Outdoor Research to be tested for this review.
Genevieve Hathaway is the Editor of Alpine Athena. See her bio in the “Editor” section.