Vario Jacket - Women's

Vario: from the root of the word 'variability'. Named for its adaptability, this jacket revolutionizes ultralight backpacking without compromising warmth or comfort. It has everything you know & love about the Ventus Active Hoodie, but also has pockets, a full zipper, & more insulation.

  • Sustainable 3DeFX Insulation: Engineered with innovative 3DeFX Insulation sourced and created by Toray, the Vario Jacket offers exceptional warmth and body-mapped breathability. Made from 50% recycled fibers, this insulation maintains performance and durability, ensuring lasting loft and warmth.
  • Ultralight and Mobile Design: Crafted from durable Ripstop Nylon fabric, the Vario Jacket stretches with your movements, allowing for optimal flexibility and full range of motion. At just a few oz, this jacket is half the weight of other comparable insulated jackets! It can do more for you while weighing less.
  • Body Mapped Breathability: The Vario has perforated armpit vents & targeted insulation placement to prevent overheating. Additionally, the 3DeFX insulation stretches with you as you move, allowing more heat to pass through when you need to vent. Or, while stationary, this innovative insulation keeps you incredibly warm while weighing next to nothing!
  • Compact and Packable: With its compressible design, the Vario Jacket can be packed down to the size of a grapefruit, making it easy to carry on any adventure. Whether you're backpacking through rugged terrain or exploring remote trails, you'll always have a warm layer within reach.
  • Soft and Comfortable: Unlike other ultralight fabrics, the Vario Jacket features a soft interior that feels comfortable against your skin. Say goodbye to sticky or clammy materials—this jacket is designed for maximum comfort, so you'll never want to take it off.

Experience the outdoors in comfort and style with the Vario Jacket. With its unbeatable warmth, durability, and versatility, it's the ultimate solution for adventurers who refuse to compromise. Stay warm, stay comfortable, and stay ready for any adventure with the Vario Jacket.

9.5 oz (Women's size Medium)


2 zippered pockets help you keep items secure or your hands warm

Full YKK zipper makes it easy to put it on or take it off

3DeFX Insulation that stretches with you and creates maximum loft and warmth

20D Ripstop Nylon is durable and keeps the jacket ultralight

Body-Mapped Insulation Placement allows the jacket to vent more for the areas of your torso that are typically the hottest

Perforated Underarm Vents are one of the most breathable areas on the jacket, giving you max comfort

Drop Back Hem that keeps you covered whether you are sitting or on the move

Stretch Cuffs make sure the hoodie fits well while giving the hoodie a simple, sleek look

Insulated Hood moves with your head without blocking vision 

DWR treatments allow the Vario to be water resistant

Thumb Loops help you keep your sleeves from bunching when you are laying another jacket over the Vario

Athletic Cut gives the hoodie a sleek appearance

Subtle Branding is unobtrusive and gives the hoodie a sleek appearance


  • Insulation: 40 g/m2 3DeFX active stretch insulation, 50% recycled
  • Shell Fabric: 20D Ripstop Nylon DWR treated
  • Inner Fabric: 20D Ripstop Nylon
  • Color: Black, Blue, Mahogany
  • Gender: Male, Female
  • Zippers: YKK
  • Fit: Efficiently Trim - the Vario should fit easily over a baselayer & an ultralight mid layer when needed, but there should not be a lot of loose fabric.
  • Tall Size Fit: tall sizes are approximately 2 inches longer in the sleeves & 2 inches taller in the torso.
  • Warranty: Outdoor Vitals Performance Promise

Cleaning: Machine wash cold, use mild detergent, airdry

Layering Collection: Static

Layering Category: Lofted Static Insulation

Product Care

Your Ventus Active Hoodie is a high performance piece of gear. It needs some extra attention to keep it performing at the highest level.

Please read through the care instructions below to ensure that you care for it properly:

Before Washing

  • Never wash your jacket in a washing machine that has an agitator.
  • If you cannot follow either of these prior instructions you should hand wash your jacket using the detergent and drying process described below.

The Wash & Dry Process

  1. Use a mild detergent like Dreft (for babies) or Nikwax (for technical gear).
  2. Choose Low Spin or Delicate wash.
  3. Choose Cold Wash & Cold Rinse.
  4. Hang dry until the jacket is completely dry.
  5. Then loft and redistribute your insulation in the dryer by running it for 10 minutes on low or no heat with 3 dryer balls.

For more information on caring for your gear please visit https://outdoorvitals.com/pages/care-guide-faq

3DeFX Technology

Four types of spiral-shaped fibers are intertwined to give 3DeFX insulation more loft and stretchability than traditional microfiber synthetic insulations. This insulation stretches with you as you move, allowing heat to escape & keeping you at the perfect temperature!

Basically what this means is that you get a warmer insulation that weighs less & helps regulate temperature.

Utilizing 50% recycled 3DeFX+ Insulation we created a jacket that packs smaller, weighs less, and keeps you incredibly warm! Normally, the performance & durability of recycled material is lower than non-recycled materials (not as lofty, not as durable, heavier from impurities, etc.).
But that’s not the case with the Vario Jacket! 

100% of our materials are sourced & created by Toray. We know where everything came from on a molecular level! That means there are no impurities in the recycled insulation fibers. Every part of it is planned & recycled purposefully. 

The result is that the 50% recycled 3DeFX insulation has 0% performance & durability degradation after extensive testing (compared to normal 3DeFX.) It will last just as long. It’s just as lofty & warm!


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Customer Reviews

Based on 23 reviews
Kristin Erickson
Deceivingly Warm

Though I haven’t given the jacket a full test in sub-optimal conditions, my initial experience is that its warmth to bulk ratio is extremely high. Cuts the wind very well and fits beautifully. The rusty red color is unique and classy. Bought this to replace my arcteryx atom that’s on its last legs and it feels comparable in all aspects- dare I say warmer?


Love this jacket
For mild weather (like a light jacket)
Thin materials so I usually layer a rain shell over or be very careful not to snag it.
Lightweight and comfy … true to size

Morgan Raboin
BEST Rain gear for Hiking

My husband and I went on a 4 mile hike in the pouring rain. I did not get a drop of water on me, no did I feel like the jacket was plastered to my skin like a regular rain jacket. This jacket is AWESOME! The rain would just bead up on the sleeves of my jacket.
Then the sun came out, and I did not feel hot or stuffy AT ALL, because this jacket is so breathable! I 100% recommend this as your new favorite hiking gear!

Barbara Houston

Vario Jacket - Women's

Rollin Haas
First purchase

Surprised at weight to warmth ratio. Great in cold ocean wind. Good color Good sleeve length. Hood is this woman’s full head of hair size.