With a hefty price tag, this is not your budget rain shell. But it will last, and you will get your money's worth. For a great budget option, check out the Marmot PreCip - Women's or The North Face Resolve - Women's.
The Aspire is a jacket that will not disappoint, whether you're hiking, backpacking, climbing, skiing, traveling, biking, or heading to the office. This rain shell is optimized for mountain and even winter use. But it also has a certain, je ne sais quoi--on top of all of its rugged functionality, this jacket is outdoor chic.
Outdoor Research released a new set of colors for the Aspire this year, but no other changes were made. Keep your eyes peeled for discounts in the outdated colorways.