Gear Review: Outdoor Research AlterEgo GORE-TEX Jacket

Throughout the 09/10 snowshoeing season, I used the Outdoor Research AlterEgo Jacket in “emergency” cold weather situations.  I always had it strapped on the right side of my pack so it was accessible at any moment.  

My first real test of the AlterEgo was during a snowshoeing trek up to Jones Pass in Colorado.  It was very cold on one particular morning and it was the AlterEgo I wore to keep me protected from the elements.  It performed as advertised: stormproof, breathable and a shell worthy of freezing temperatures.  

The AlterEgo is a GORE-TEX shell with taped seams, zip-off dual-pull adjustable hood and water resistant zippers.  For the skier, the AlterEgo’s hood can fit over a ski helmet.  In addition, the jacket has two internal mesh pockets that can accommodate climbing skins.  

For the snowshoer, the jacket has a zip-out mesh powder skirt that prevents wind from blowing snow into the jacket.  The AlterEgo boasts pit zips and breathable fabrics that allow dampening body heat to escape.  

Additional features:

  • Front zipper with internal stormflap
  • Internal, expanding mesh pockets with snap/tab closure
  • Two zippered chest pockets
  • Two zippered hand pockets
  • Articulated elbows
  • Zip-out, nylon/spandex-knit mesh powder skirt with gripper elastic
  • Hook/loop cuff closures
  • Dual drawcord hem adjustments

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Ryan Alford