Loki Mountain Hoodie
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $275 — but I got ripped off at my local urban refuge shop
Not impressed at all.
- It's a great idea for a product and an interesting design. With more effort in the construction and overall quality this could be a great product
- Poorly made
- Obviously cheap materials or cheap construction.
In a nutshell, I've had both problems with a seam and problems with the zipper. It is obvious that although this is a good idea for a product the construction and quality just is not there. This is clearly a jacket aimed at teens and trend followers and not at the serious outdoor clothing market.
If you want a solid technical brand there are many to choose from that are well designed, well BUILT, and will stand up to the riggors of outdoor sports. Loki is NOT one of those brands. They make cool stuff but do it cheaply and the result is it can not be depended on in real outdoor environments. Buy at your own risk.
It's great for the sledding hill or the walk to school, but not for anything resembling a mountain face or challenging outdoor environment. Fit was ok and the built-in face guard and hand covers were great. But the jacket got wet too easily, one seam on the arm gave out right away, and the zipper separated all the time. This would not be a good jacket in any kind of a real challenging environment.
Not worth the price, not dependable, not likely to be seen outside of the suburbs.
Source: bought it new
Probably the most innovative jacket out (especially for the price).
- Face gaiter
- Lots of pockets
- Super bright color
- Cheaper than some of the brands you know and love
- Not as windproof as Polartec (but good enough)
- Mittens don't fit well over thick fleece mittens
- Sleeves are a little short while riding a bike with the mittens on
Overall a pretty rad jacket. I find myself wearing it all the time. It is pretty windproof (although not as much as Polartec soft shells).
Despite a small lack in windproofness over other jackets it still holds up well especially if you're on the move. The hood is a good size without a helmet but a little small if you're going to have it over one. It sheds light rain and is overall a pretty standard soft shell, about as warm as a fleece jacket.
It has a nice zipper with big teeth that seems much more durable than my last softshell's tiny toothed zipper that failed after a year and a half. But lets be real, the reason you'll buy this jacket is because it has built-in mittens and a face mask. They both work well although the mittens don't fit well over too bulky of gloves. The built-in face gaiter is amazing and I think every winter jacket should come with one.
I use it for snow boarding and xc skiing and fall mountain biking. This will be my second winter with it. I haven't had any of the quality issues others complain of but then again I think it was already sitting in the gear store for a year old when I bought it so maybe their QC has declined.
Price Paid: $120
To start: this may be the best purchase I have ever made (Period). I know that sounds slightly cliche' but until you try one on and spend a week or so with it, you'll fail to realize the sheer ingenuity and reliability that this jacket has to offer.
The main features of The Loki brand of jackets are the the built in face-mask/neck gator, and gloves. And these are the essential components that Loki offers that makes it my favorite jacket. If I had to compare the Mountain Hoodieto a more well known brand and model, it would be the North Face Apex (which I own as well). In essence, it is water and wind resistant, and has a very comfortable lined interior. As a stand alone jacket it will keep you warm and comfortable in weather down to 30 or so, and with wind up to 25-30 mph. Anything colder/windier I tend to grab my MH Windstopper as a under layer. In the rain, the jacket holds up pretty well for an hour or so before you begin to feel the slightest moisture on your shoulders. Even after two/three hours (longest I have been exposed to constant rain with this particular jacket) the moisture is only slightly noticeable.
I wouldn't say that Loki produces a superior product to NF, MH, etc in terms of build or quality, more like on par - which is to say exceptionally good. What makes Loki so unique and special though is the ingenious design that allows you to quickly convert the coat to add mits and a face-mask in under ten seconds.
In short, all I can recommend is that you try one on as soon as possible - you won't be disappointed. I own three Loki's now (two jackets and a sweatshirt) and I rarely leave the house without one of them whenever I do anything outside.
Cheers and Happy Trails.
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This game changer for style, function and price is a must have. The ultimate winter hoodie with wind & water resistance and incredible warmth, the Mountain Hoodie was created to be taken outdoors. Featuring a plush interior shag fleece for ultimate comfort and style the signature four pocket closure system makes sure your important cargo is locked down tight during any activity.
- Ramsey Outdoor
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- Tahoe Mountain Sports
From slick streets downtown, to the bonfire at the lodge, and the quiet, snow-covered cabin, the 8557 Mountain Hoodie from Loki provides weather-resistance in a fun, funky softshell. Water-resistant, DWR-treated, fleece-bonded polyester fabric protects you from precip, and built-in mitts and face mask protect you from cold.
- Mountain Gear
A soft shell for your mountain, and urban pursuits, the Loki 8557 Mountain Hoodie is a hardcore hoodie offering weather resistance, Loki Face Shield and Mitt , and four exterior pockets. PRODUCT FEATURES: 100% Polyester, 2 Way Stretch Wind Resistant, Water Resistant, Breathable, Durable LOKI Face Shield with M_Breather LOKI Mitt Adjustable hood Four exterior zip closure pockets MP3 pass through port Dual hem cinches Articulated Sleeves DWR coating
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