User Review: Mountain Hardwear Brono Jacket
I bought this jacket to replace my Marmot ROM Jacket -- I did a review on that one too, which you can find here.
This is most definitely a superior jacket. As you'll see from my other review, I preferred the Mountain Hardwear Optimo — and in fact with a tent, fleece, down jacket, soft and hard shell, as well as pants from MH—I'm a bit of an addict and I really like their gear. But, I will try to be as objective as possible.
This jacket is a slim fit jacket--those of us who are in "excellent shape" (meaning round—hey, it's a shape!) might not want want to order this without trying it on first! I'm carrying a few extra pounds myself but I find this jacket comfortably snug (6'1 frame with 210 pounds on it). If I were much bigger I might shy away a bit. Don't let that scare you off of a great jacket though—try it on first is all.
High arm holes allow me to reach well above my head without the waist of the jacket lifting up which I think is a key feature in a comfortable jacket, the tradeoff usually being those jackets are hard to get on. This jacket however strikes an excellent balance. I can see this being great in any scrambling or even just about town work.
It's comfortable, warm enough (for a soft shell) and snug enough for a layering system. In fact, my MH hard shell fits comfortably over top, so it's easy to slip in if I get caught in a rainstorm.
The windbreaker functions rock—I cruise around topless in the jeep with this jacket on, and it's comfortable even in a chilly Canadian fall. I've also done the "shower test" and it worked fine—Sat in a cold shower for 10 minutes and I was dry as a bone.
Now, that is a temporary coating that needs to be reapplied; and I will say the Marmot passed this test too but the 6 month follow up it failed. As I've only had this jacket for a week, I cannot say how long the coating lasts. For 125 dollars, however, this was a great buy so far.
Looks good, keeps me dry.