Vario Jacket - Men'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 oz (Men'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 88 reviews
nevin Williams

I returned item to exchange for a different size so far customer service was great and hoping all goes well with the exchange and I receive the large in a timely fashion

So soft vario

Love my new vario jacket, wear it everywhere in all kinds of weather. Rain and wind resistant enough for my everyday use. Really like the breathable fabric under arms., perfect for spring in WA.

Better and cheaper then Patagonia

I bought two of these, one for me and one for my sister. I took this jogging in 54 degree weather in 30 mile wind and felt warm but not too warm. The pits are regulating the temp, the quality is amazing, the jacket is hydrophobic, and it’s an amazing value. The closes jackets that compares to this is $300+. One example is the Patagonia nano air. This the best bang for your buck and an excellent replacement for a puffy.

Jeremiah Nace
Best synthetic jacket I’ve owned.

I’ve been using the Patagonia nano puff(or micro can’t remember it’s been so long) but in windy environments like I live and hike in it wasn’t enough. The vario has changed all that and is much warmer. My former jacket was ok down to about 50 with appropriate layers but the vario has kept me warm at 30 and 20mph winds here in NYC where I’m currently working. I only needed a thin merino long sleeve shirt underneath. It is becoming my favorite light weight jacket even keeping up with some down jackets I own. Well done outdoor vitals and can’t wait to get my hands on the Venus hoody and nova pro.

Ethan Bruno
Okay jacket, very poor customer service and company

I ordered this jacket because I liked the look and it held up fairly well. However, the jacket got caught on an branch and immediately ripped. I emailed the company and the warranty only covered manufacturer mistakes, but they did offer to repair the rip. I had to pay $12 to ship it myself to them, then they charged me $19.55 to do the “more visually appealing” repair. During this process if I chose to not repair it and pay for them to ship it back to me, they said my jacket will be “donated, given away, or used for parts with no option for recourse.” I chose the repair. After the first wash, the thin fabric patch came off and now the cheap glue is stained over my rip, making it worse than the snag before. I would not recommend this company, save yourself the hassle and buy elsewhere.