Outdoor Research Tantrum - Women's Review
Cons: Waist belt can feel bulky when jacket is in use, lacks DWR finish
Manufacturer: Outdoor Research
Our Analysis and Test Results
Hands-On Review of the Outdoor Research Tantrum
The OR Tantrum is made of a 100% nylon 20D mechanical stretch ripstop fabric and does not have a DWR (durable water repellent) finish. There are one external chest pocket and a lower back pocket that the jacket stows into with a clipable belt loop for clipping it onto your waist. It weighs 4.6 ounces and comes in a few different colors.
The Tantrum was right in the middle of the pack in most of scoring metrics, and our reviewers found that its unique feature set detracted from its performance when hiking with a pack or climbing with a harness, but made it perfect for running.
At $109, the Tantrum is one of the least expensive models in our review. With a relatively durable build, this jacket is an excellent choice for runners, who are less likely to abrade the material, thus getting more life out of the jacket for their money.
The Tantrum's nylon fabric held out the wind well, keeping our testers draft free in moderate winds. The zipper flap keeps drafts from coming in the front, and the well-fitting hood allowed our reviewers to seal out drafts. However, on super blustery days, the light fabric didn't feel quite bulky enough to take on the drafts. Models like the Patagonia Houdini and Arc'teryx Squamish performed better in this category.
Because of its light material, the Tantrum sacrificed some wind resistance for a more breathable build. We noticed that this model was not likely to build up perspiration on the inside, like the Eddie Bauer Uplift, but it did become slightly damp during high-energy activity, much like the Black Diamond Alpine Start.
None of the contenders in our fleet showed extensive wear during testing. However, our testers identified jackets that were likely to experience problems because of abrasion or material breakdown. The Tantrum has relatively few added features that add to the chances of something on the jacket breaking, but its thin material makes it more likely to become caught in the zipper of a layer. For a more durable piece, we liked the Patagonia Houdini.
Weight and Packability
The Tantrum presented an interesting conundrum in this category. At 4.6 ounces, it was on the lighter end of our test group, and it packs into a tight package. Instead of a harness clip loop that was seen on every single other model in our tests, the Tantrum features a belt that clips around the user's waist when the jacket is stowed. When not stowed, the jacket is stored in the pocket at the lower back. This belt is somewhat bulky and is uncomfortable with a harness or backpack. For this reason, we felt that models like the Patagonia Houdini or Eddie Bauer Uplift that featured a tighter packing system and a harness clip were better performers in this category.
The Tantrum's unique waist belt, which allows the wearer to clip it around their waist when stowed, earned the Tantrum lower scores in the versatility metric. Although this belt system was pretty incredible while running, it proved to be annoying on climbing or backpacking trips, as the belt itself would become uncomfortable under a harness or backpack. For a more versatile windbreaker, consider the Black Diamond Alpine Start or Rab Windveil.
The Tantrum is one of only three jackets in our review that does not feature a DWR (durable water repellent) finish. As a result, it did not score high in the water resistance category. This jacket quickly became saturated in light precip. However, because of its lightweight fabric, it also dried relatively quickly. If you don't expect precip, it is still a good choice for you; but, since wind is often accompanied by rain, you might consider a piece like the Patagonia Houdini or Arc'teryx Squamish, which both feature DWR.
The Tantrum was by far the best jacket for running, with a wind resistant yet breathable design and a unique waist belt carrying system. This makes this jacket, not as ideal for roped climbing or hiking with a backpack.
With a unique design that makes this jacket best-suited to runners, the OR Tantrum was breathable and wind resistant enough to allow it to perform well on a quick ridge run or single track jog.
— Shey Kiester