EMS Men's Orion Jacket

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$229.00 $183.20

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Eastern Mountain SportsEMS Men's Orion Jacket
 
3.5

(based on 4 reviews)

75%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (4)

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      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      Beware the waterproof zipper

      By Pete

      from New London CT

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Lightwieght
      • Waterproof

      Cons

      • Too Short
      • Zipper Not Durable

      Best Uses

        Comments about Eastern Mountain Sports EMS Men's Orion Jacket:

        This is my second Orion jacket from EMS. The first was the version from two years ago. The zipper started to pull apart from the fabric of the jacket, making the whole jacket useless. I returned it to EMS for store credit and purchased a new one for about what it would have cost to repair the zipper.

        Five stars to the EMS warranty and the service of their staff. I could have had the zipper repaired for free, but they can not replace a waterproof zipper, so they would have replaced it with a non-waterproof one. The clerk who processed my exchange said that this is a problem with waterproof zippers - they break easily, especially at cold temperatures, and are impossible to rpeair. Which leads me to ask, why not just use a standard zipper with a velcro flap if the jacket is going to fail after two years.

        EMS has made some improvements over the older model:
        -Pockets are much bigger
        -Fabric seems more waterproof and less absorbant

        But the sizing seems to have changed:
        -Sleeves are shorter, fine for standing but too short for extended arms (size XL, I'm 6'3")
        -Overall length is shorter. I can tell because my EMS size XL fleece from two years ago hangs about an inch below the waist.
        -Feels tighter when worn over a fleece

        Bottom line - nice jacket for the price, but don't rely on previous years' sizing, and beware the waterproof zipper.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        All the right features

        By MM

        from Connecticut

        Pros

        • Features
        • Good Value
        • Looks good
        • Pockets

        Cons

        • FIT

        Best Uses

          Comments about Eastern Mountain Sports EMS Men's Orion Jacket:

          This jacket had all the features I was looking for = the material, the pockets, pit zips, good looks, price. Alas, I returned it because the fit just wasn't right. I bought a large which is usually what I wear (6'4", 220), on line. Overall, it seemed to fit ok even with a insulating layer underneath. However, when I moved around, the jacket and sleeves rode up on me when I raised my arms and was tight across my back when I stretched forward. Articulated arms would have helped. I tried on the XL but all that did was add material in the wrong places. Very boxy. I think a little better tailoring and this would be an awesome jacket. Especially at this price.

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          • No

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Solid Jacket

          By KevinAB

          from NJ/NY

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Good Fit
          • Good For Snow And Wind
          • Lightweight
          • Packs small

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Mountain climbing
            • Snowy Windy Weather

            Comments about Eastern Mountain Sports EMS Men's Orion Jacket:

            I'm very pleased with this jacket so far, and use/abuse it all the time during snowy, windy mountain climbs. The hood fits perfectly over my climbing helmet. The jacket doesn't take up much space in my backpack. The fabric is holding up well against ice, rocks, and trees. The zippers also seem to be holding up well. Easy to ventilate on the go if it gets too warm.

            Medium size works well for me (6 ft, 170 lbs). I took the time to try it on at the store while wearing my base and insulating layers, so didn't get caught with any sizing surprises.

            If some aspect of this jacket eventually fails, I will probably still get the same jacket as a replacement.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Fantatstic Jacket

            By Doug the Hiker

            from West Baldwin, Me

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Light
            • Watertight

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Eastern Mountain Sports EMS Men's Orion Jacket:

                I loved this jacket so much that I bought a second one.

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