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Ortovox Ortler 3L - Women's Review

This malleable and stretchy jacket with a streamlined fit and colorful style is best for higher output activities and drier climates
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Ortovox Ortler 3L - Women's Review (The hood of the Ortler provided maximum movement and stretch while keeping us protected.)
The hood of the Ortler provided maximum movement and stretch while keeping us protected.
Credit: Kaylee Walden
Price:  $550 List
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Manufacturer:   Ortovox
By Kaylee Walden ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Apr 16, 2024
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RANKED
#2 of 9
  • Weather Protection - 30% 6.5
  • Mobility and Fit - 20% 9.0
  • Venting and Breathability - 20% 8.5
  • Weight - 20% 7.2
  • Features and Design - 10% 7.0

Our Verdict

The Ortovox Ortler 3L is a streamlined, stretchy and comfortable hardshell jacket that excels in drier snow climates. The proprietary Dermizax fabric enables four-way mobility, making this jacket a dream for dynamic movement. Many features come together to create maximum breathability, making this jacket a top choice for high-output activities. On the flip side, we wouldn't reach for this jacket first in a downpour or rainy, maritime locales. The soft fabric wasn't the most waterproof of our test — but, it was among the most malleable and breathable. Consider how it stacks up to the other options in our article on the best women's hardshell jacket.
REASONS TO BUY
Extremely breathable
Four-way stretch for superior movement
REASONS TO AVOID
Colors might be too bright for some
Not the best in rain
No hand pockets

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Bottom Line With integrated four-way stretch, proprietary breathable fabric and generous underarm zips, this jacket is a dream for uphill movementBurly and still lightweight, with thoughtful features that make it very versatileThe soft feel for a hardshell jacket, delivering comfort and breathability in a comfortable, athletic layerThough not the most affordable hardshell we've tested, its value is high due to its durability and versatilityThis hardshell is rugged and ready for harsh mountain conditions
Rating Categories Ortovox Ortler 3L -... Arc'teryx Beta AR J... Rab Kinetic Alpine... Patagonia Triolet -... Mountain Equipment...
Weather Protection (30%)
6.5
9.0
6.0
8.0
7.0
Mobility and Fit (20%)
9.0
8.5
9.0
8.0
7.0
Venting and Breathability (20%)
8.5
7.0
9.0
8.0
9.0
Weight (20%)
7.2
6.9
7.3
5.6
7.2
Features and Design (10%)
7.0
8.0
6.0
8.0
5.0
Specs Ortovox Ortler 3L -... Arc'teryx Beta AR J... Rab Kinetic Alpine... Patagonia Triolet -... Mountain Equipment...
Measured Weight 12.8 oz 13.4 oz 12.5 oz 16.4 oz 12.9 oz
Material 100% polyamide outer with polyurethane (Toray Dermizax®NX,) membrane with 100% polyester backer and 85% virgin wool + 15% polyamide details N40d 3L Gore-Tex (body)
N80d 3L Gore-Tex Pro (arms)
3L recycled polyester knit face with PU membrane and recycled polyester backer/Proflex 3L 75D 100% recycled polyester Gore-Tex shell with a waterproof/breathable barrier and DWR finish 3 layer DRILITE STRETCH 20D fabric with fluorocarbon free DWR
Pockets 1 external pocket, 1 upper-arm pocket 2 handwarmer, 1 internal chest 1 internal chest, 2 hand 2 external chest, 2 hand, 1 interior mesh bucket 1 internal chest, 2 hand
Pit Zips Yes Yes No Yes Yes
Helmet Compatible Hood Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Category Midweight
slim fit
Midweight
regular fit
Lightweight
regular fit
Midweight
regular fit
Lightweight
regular fit
Drawcords 3 hood, 2 waist 4 hood, 2 waist 3 hood, 2 waist 3 hood, 2 waist 3 hood, 4 waist
Adjustable Cuffs Yes, Velcro Yes, Velcro Yes, Velcro Yes, Velcro Yes, Velcro
Harness and Hip Belt Compatible Yes Yes, high pockets Yes, high pockets Yes, high pockets Yes, high pockets
Two-Way Front Zipper Yes No Yes No No
Length of back, from base of neck to bottom 27 in 26 in 26 in 26 in 28 in
Warranty Policy None noted on the website Practical lifetime warranty - Material or workmanship defects will be replaced or repaired at Arc'teryx's discretion Guarantee covers the original owner with proof of purchase, for the usable lifetime of the product Ironclad Guarantee Fully guaranteed to the original owner against defects in components, materials and workmanship.

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Ortovox Ortler became a fast favorite of our testing team for its supple fabric, flattering fit, breathability, and packability. The Ortler has many positives, and while it's great for going fast uphill without overheating, it wouldn't necessarily be our top pick in exceedingly wet conditions. Ortovox products are made in Germany and feature sustainably raised Merino wool. The jacket is constructed from a proprietary Dermizax MX membrane, which is sandwiched within a layer of polyester and merino wool and coated with a durable water-repellent treatment (DWR), which enables the jacket to have four-way stretch and higher breathability.

Performance Comparison


ortovox ortler 3l for women - can you keep up without having to stop and take off layers? in the...
Can you keep up without having to stop and take off layers? In the Ortovox Ortler, you can.
Credit: Kaylee Walden

Weather Protection


One of the few jackets in the review that isn't constructed from Gore-Tex, the Ortler still holds its own when sealing out storms. While the Ortler successfully stopped cold snow and high winds, downpours and heavy sleet occasionally found their way through the exterior fabric in certain areas. While exceptional for its stretch and breathability, Ortovox's proprietary Dermizax fabric just doesn't quite offer the level of bombproof waterproofing that Gore-Tex can. For most storms, we found the Ortler more than sufficient to keep us dry. However, at a particularly soaking belay station, a true downpour, freezing rain, or riding chairlifts during a two-inch-per-hour, high-water content storm, the Ortler probably wouldn't be our first choice.


However, we felt that the Ortler did quite well when it came to sealing out wind and cold snow. For now, the waterproof coating beads up well, and precipitation, for the most part, doesn't make it through. During the shower test in the lab, the exterior fabric did wet through slightly, but didn't let water all the way through to the interior of the jacket. That being said, since the jacket is stretchy and soft, it's likely that the waterproof coating may wear off more quickly than a stiffer jacket.

The best hardshell jackets should effectively bead precipitation and keep you dry.
Credit: Kaylee Walden

Mobility and Fit


With a streamlined fit without much extra material, the Ortler has an athletic cut without feeling too tight. We preferred the fit of this jacket to many other options tested, and enjoyed the lack of any excess material bunching up around our pack or harness. While the hem falls at the waist with a slight drop seat, the bottom mostly stays in place when raising your hands overhead to climb. The dual hem bungees also allow you to cinch the jacket in place. While we found the coverage to be mostly sufficient, for certain days and activities, a bit longer bottom hem would be a nice touch.


The downside to the slim, hourglass shape is that you in general can't layer many bulky layers beneath on super cold days – especially not without feeling overstuffed and constricted. However, we found that layering a standard midweight down jacket underneath worked perfectly well and didn't inhibit movement. Bustier ladies may also find the fit a bit restrictive. If you like a more relaxed fit jacket, we'd recommend considering sizing up.

ortovox ortler 3l for women - the ortler has a slim, athletic fit without feeling restrictive.
The Ortler has a slim, athletic fit without feeling restrictive.
Credit: Kaylee Walden

Venting and Breathability


The Ortler scored high marks in both venting and breathability, and it's clear that these attributes were front-of-mind in the design of this jacket. The Dermizax fabric performs as it claims, allowing heat to passively escape so that you're not building up perspiration inside the jacket, even when you're working hard.


Not only does the fabric itself provide an effective breathable membrane, the Ortler has other features to enhance its temperature regulation capabilities. Its long, easily accessible underarm vents allow you to quickly drop heat when the breathability of the material falls short. Like most underarm vents, they can be challenging to unzip with gloves on, but with the dual-zippers, they do the trick when open and allow you to control the airflow.

ortovox ortler 3l for women - for a harshell you can keep on while putting in the bootpack, the...
For a harshell you can keep on while putting in the bootpack, the Ortler has your back.
Credit: Kaylee Walden

Weight


Partially due to the supple nature of the fabric, the Ortler feels lightweight to wear. The number on the scale corroborates this as well. It comes in at 12.8 ounces for a size small, near the lower end of all jackets in this test. It packs down well due to its flexible and supple nature, and is easy to toss in your pack for the day without a second thought.


While the Ortler weighs in relatively low, and we found it very packable, there are certainly much lighter options if you're after featherweight protection if you're willing to forgo some features. However, the added stretch and comfort, and thoughtful extras of the Ortler make the extra ounces worth it for many activities, especially backcountry skiing.

ortovox ortler 3l for women - the ortler weighs in at just over a pound, striking a great...
The Ortler weighs in at just over a pound, striking a great performance-to-weight ratio.
Credit: Kaylee Walden

Features and Design


Though not the most heavily-featured jacket, we think the Ortler hits the mark with the perfect balance of thoughtful extras, and didn't leave us wanting in most environments. The adjustability points (one on the back of the hood, two at the waist) are easy to grab and effective. A design addition we especially appreciated was the Merino wool backer on the chin guard: Though it's a small touch, it really adds a boost of coziness to the jacket when you're fully zipped up and getting hammered by strong winds.


Perhaps the only feature that the jacket is notably lacking is hand pockets. While the upper arm pocket is handy for a ski pass or credit card, it can't hold much else. Though we don't often use our hardshell hand pockets, they can be nice for stashing extra gear (and of course snacks) on the mountain.

ortovox ortler 3l for women - well-fitting, adjustable hood? check. chest pockets? check. pit...
Well-fitting, adjustable hood? Check. Chest pockets? Check. Pit zips? Check. The Ortler has your back with thoughtful features galore.
Credit: Kaylee Walden

Should You Buy the Ortovox Ortler?


If you live in a drier area of the Rockies, like Utah, New Mexico or Colorado, or frequently ski in sunny, cold winter climates like those found in the European Alps, the Ortler would be a great choice. We found that this jacket was best suited for backcountry skiing in continental snow climates, so those looking for serious wet weather performance, a baggier fit, or maximum durability should look elsewhere.

What Other Hardshell Jackets Should You Consider?


While the Ortler is a solid choice for those looking to use their hardshell primarily for backcountry skiing, there are other options that provide more versatility or better specialization for other adventures. For stretch and breathability, we found ourselves often reaching for the . For ultimate weather protection and overall performance, we recommend the Arc'teryx Beta AR.

ortovox ortler 3l for women - for drier climates and warmer days that still demand storm-proof...
For drier climates and warmer days that still demand storm-proof protection, the Ortler is a great choice.
Credit: Kaylee Walden

Kaylee Walden