I have been very pleased with the Orage Soren jacket, although I almost returned it when I first got it several years ago. The opposite side zipper (the company is Canadian and places the zipper pull tab on the left side instead of the right side) and the oversize cuffs were annoying at first, but I was able to get used to them. The coat itself is impressive, which is why I just couldn’t bring myself to send it back.
There are a variety of pockets. Of course, it is very waterproof (20k rating) and breathable (20k rating). Note, it does have a bit of a heavy liner in the shell itself. When you add the zip-in liner, it gets warm very quickly.
Speaking of the liner, I frequently wear the liner by itself as a light jacket. It looks pretty stylish and is very comfortable.
I typically wear an XL and got this in XL. Chest and shoulder feel perfect. Maybe a little too much room around the gut, and the sleeves are a little long (but not horribly).
All seams are taped. The jacket has some other neat touches for the slopes:
- A ski pass pocket on the left forearm.
- A retractable ski pass clip in the left pocket.
- The ability to pull the hem gathers from within the pockets.
- A pass-through pocket in the chest for an mp3 player with wire management loop inside the shell.
- The hood is very large and can accommodate a helmet.
The jacket feels great and looks great. When I first slipped it one, it was like sliding into a luxury car compared to most coats.
As long as the sleeve length, opposite-size zipper, and oversize cuffs aren’t major turnoffs for you, I think you’d also enjoy this coat.
Here are some specs from the manufacturer.
- Waterproof breathable PRIME 20 shell
- Fully seam-sealed construction
- Warm fleece backing
- Zip-off hood with drawcord
- YKK® front zip with storm flap
- Left zipper pull
- Zip chest pocket
- Zip forearm pocket
- Bellows chest pocket
- Zip hand pockets
- Two-way pit zips
- Elastic drawcord hem
- Fabric: Polyester with polyurethane coating
- Care: Machine wash, hang dry
- Lightweight insulation
- Chest pocket
- Hand pockets
- Reverse left YKK® zipper pull
- Fabric: Polyester
- Lining: Polyester
- Insulation: Polyester
- Care: Machine wash/dry
- Length: 30”
- Weight: 3 lb. 10 oz.