The Outdoor Research Celestial jacket is a more full-featured cousin of the OR Zealot jacket. The Celestial uses fully seam-taped 15 denier Gore-Tex PacLite fabric, and includes two TorsoFlo side zippers to improve ventilation in warm weather and strenuous activity. With two chest pockets and dual hood adjustments, the Celestial has a nice feature set for a jacket that just barely hits ten ounces on our scales.
Performance Notes: The double-separating side zippers on the Celestial are a welcome addition. The water-resistant zippers are 14.5 inches long and extend upward from the hem. The double-separating zipper is important if using the jacket with a pack, and makes it easy to adjust ventilation with one hand. I have worn the Celestial on strenuous climbs on several occasions and found the ventilation markedly improved with the side zips fully open, although a waist belt will reduce air flow significantly in comparison to wearing the jacket without a waist belt.
Features and Specifications
Weight: 10.0 oz (283 g) as measured size L; manufacturer's specification 10.2 oz (290 g) size L
Model Year: 2005
Shell Fabric: 15d Gore-Tex PacLite
Features: Full water-resistant zipper, 2 chest pockets, TorsoFlo side zippers, double hood adjustment, hem drawcord, velcro cuffs
"Outdoor Research Celestial Rain Shell SPOTLITE REVIEW," by Don Wilson. BackpackingLight.com (ISSN 1537-0364). http://backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/outdoor_research_celestial_rainshell_spotlite_review.html, 2005-08-22 03:00:00-06.