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  • Built with waterproof, breathable and air-permeable AscentShell stretch fabric, the streamlined Realm is a revolutionary jacket in the hardshell category
  • AscentShell fabric is also totally windproof and fully seam-taped to seal out moisture
  • Helmet-compatible, wire-brimmed halo hood
  • Internal front stormflap blocks out wind
  • Zip chest pocket; internal pocket doubles as a stuff sack
  • Includes a carabiner loop so you can clip the packed jacket to your harness
  • YKK® AquaGuard zippers
  • Adjustable cuffs
  • Elastic drawcord hem

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Specs

Best Use Multisport, Mountaineering
Fabric Ripstop nylon
Windproof Yes
Waterproof Yes
Type Of Waterproofing 3-layer AscentShell waterproof breathable fabric
Hood Yes
Packable Yes
Back Length Hip-length
Gender Men's
Weight 11.3

Size chart

Sizing notes

All sizing is based on body measurements.

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lightweight Alpine Hardshell I've been really happy with my Realm. It's heavier duty than the Helium, and can survive both as a lightweight crag jacket that I could keep in the bottom of my pack and something I could climb ice or a mountain in. I was even climbing steep 5.11 rock in it the other day, and I didn't feel my movement was restricted.
Date published: 2017-06-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great Hood if You Need to Wear a Helmet First, let me say OR's lifetime warranty is the best in the industry. Great people, great company with great products. I ordered my Realm jacket directly from OR last year when REI didn't carry it at the time. Realm is a no-nonsense ultralight rain jacket that is made for high energy output activities in cool/cold temps. The fabric is similar to REI's eVent, which is highly breathable but won't be 100% windproof like a GoreTex shell. Unlike eVent, OR's own fabric is slightly lighter in weight but much softer and thinner so it feels much more comfortable on bare skin. I have used it primarily for cycling because the hood is so great that it can accommodate my cycling helmet entirely and I still feel very comfortable. The Lemongrass color is much better too for cycling. The fit is excellent and it can move with you. The positions of two external pockets are ideal for my use. Though the upper arms are bulky in size. For walking/hiking in the rain, however, the jacket is not ideal. Without wearing a big helmet, there is always a rather large gap open at neck directly underneath my mouth, even when zipped all the way up. As a result, rain can pour in. I have tried to tie the two neck cords together to close the gap but that is not very convenient. If you want to use it for hiking, get something such as REI's Rhyolite instead since it has a much smaller hood, so you won't have the same issue. Another weakness is OR's poor DWR treatment. In medium to heavy rain, it gets wet out in less than ten minutes and my lower arms and lower back can get wet even when temp is around 60s or below but humidity is relatively high. Without OR's famous Torso-Flow vents in place, Realm can get steamy in warm temps. In general I think OR designed Realm more for cool/cold temp high energy activities.
Date published: 2017-06-30
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What is the waterproofing solution? Is this a DWR style, or a permanent, maintenance-free solution, like Columbia OutDry?

Asked by: Krash2
It is not a permanent waterproof layer like Columbia OutDry, but instead a 3 layer waterproof fabric with a DWR finish.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-04-11

What's the women's equivalent of the Realm?

Asked by: Amac
​The Outdoor Research Aspire or Clairvoyant Jackets are the most comparable women's jackets.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-06-14

Hi there, does this act as a warm jacket along with it's other benefits? We travel often to either rainy or cold places and are looking for a solid rain/winter style jacket that is completely waterproof. Will this work for that? If not - what suggestions?

Asked by: shaunantle
​This jacket is not insulated and is not designed to keep you warm. However, if you can layer under with an insulating layer, it is a great choice for what you are looking for.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-04-13

I need a 36 inch sleeve.  What size is recommended?

Asked by: DeRoFran
Based on your sleeve length we recommend ordering the XL size in this jacket.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-04-07

Is there a Pants for this Rain jacket category; Preferably Cargo pants?

Asked by: Mason132
​We do not have specific rain pants that match this jacket. However, we have a nice selection of rain pants that will perform similarly and can be viewed by opening the following link: https://www.rei.com/c/mens-rain-pants
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-06-16

Can I buy it in Australia?

Asked by: Chris
We are able to ship this jacket to Australia. To read more about placing an international order, click below: https://www.rei.com/help/placing-international-orders.html
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-03-31
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Please select a color/size.

Size chart

Sizing notes

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Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lightweight Alpine Hardshell I've been really happy with my Realm. It's heavier duty than the Helium, and can survive both as a lightweight crag jacket that I could keep in the bottom of my pack and something I could climb ice or a mountain in. I was even climbing steep 5.11 rock in it the other day, and I didn't feel my movement was restricted.
Date published: 2017-06-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great Hood if You Need to Wear a Helmet First, let me say OR's lifetime warranty is the best in the industry. Great people, great company with great products. I ordered my Realm jacket directly from OR last year when REI didn't carry it at the time. Realm is a no-nonsense ultralight rain jacket that is made for high energy output activities in cool/cold temps. The fabric is similar to REI's eVent, which is highly breathable but won't be 100% windproof like a GoreTex shell. Unlike eVent, OR's own fabric is slightly lighter in weight but much softer and thinner so it feels much more comfortable on bare skin. I have used it primarily for cycling because the hood is so great that it can accommodate my cycling helmet entirely and I still feel very comfortable. The Lemongrass color is much better too for cycling. The fit is excellent and it can move with you. The positions of two external pockets are ideal for my use. Though the upper arms are bulky in size. For walking/hiking in the rain, however, the jacket is not ideal. Without wearing a big helmet, there is always a rather large gap open at neck directly underneath my mouth, even when zipped all the way up. As a result, rain can pour in. I have tried to tie the two neck cords together to close the gap but that is not very convenient. If you want to use it for hiking, get something such as REI's Rhyolite instead since it has a much smaller hood, so you won't have the same issue. Another weakness is OR's poor DWR treatment. In medium to heavy rain, it gets wet out in less than ten minutes and my lower arms and lower back can get wet even when temp is around 60s or below but humidity is relatively high. Without OR's famous Torso-Flow vents in place, Realm can get steamy in warm temps. In general I think OR designed Realm more for cool/cold temp high energy activities.
Date published: 2017-06-30
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Questions & Answers

What is the waterproofing solution? Is this a DWR style, or a permanent, maintenance-free solution, like Columbia OutDry?

Asked by: Krash2
It is not a permanent waterproof layer like Columbia OutDry, but instead a 3 layer waterproof fabric with a DWR finish.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-04-11

What's the women's equivalent of the Realm?

Asked by: Amac
​The Outdoor Research Aspire or Clairvoyant Jackets are the most comparable women's jackets.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-06-14

Hi there, does this act as a warm jacket along with it's other benefits? We travel often to either rainy or cold places and are looking for a solid rain/winter style jacket that is completely waterproof. Will this work for that? If not - what suggestions?

Asked by: shaunantle
​This jacket is not insulated and is not designed to keep you warm. However, if you can layer under with an insulating layer, it is a great choice for what you are looking for.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-04-13

I need a 36 inch sleeve.  What size is recommended?

Asked by: DeRoFran
Based on your sleeve length we recommend ordering the XL size in this jacket.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-04-07

Is there a Pants for this Rain jacket category; Preferably Cargo pants?

Asked by: Mason132
​We do not have specific rain pants that match this jacket. However, we have a nice selection of rain pants that will perform similarly and can be viewed by opening the following link: https://www.rei.com/c/mens-rain-pants
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-06-16

Can I buy it in Australia?

Asked by: Chris
We are able to ship this jacket to Australia. To read more about placing an international order, click below: https://www.rei.com/help/placing-international-orders.html
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-03-31
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