Mountain Hardwear Carnic Jacket

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The Carnic jacket by Mountain Hardwear really performs…

Rating: rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Price Paid: $110 on GearTrade.com

The Carnic jacket by Mountain Hardwear really performs well at its stated goal - lightweight, breathable weather protection. I recently used mine on a quick, end-of-Winter camping and cross country skiing trip (having just purchased it) and it did its job with aplomb. 

I used it over a technical shirt while skiing and although it was a little bit warm for the upper 20's conditions, the decent venting options and technical characteristics of the fabric did a good job and kept me from overheating. Since I tend to run pretty warm when I'm exercising, this performance becomes even more notable. The jacket also warmed me up quickly and effectively whenever I had a prolonged stop and needed to "batten up the hatches".  Just closing the hand pockets had a profound effect on heat retention.  

The Carnic was also a very effective top layer when the weather got cold.  With temps in the low single digits (and one below zero night), it paired extremely well with a fleece jacket.  Despite not having a powder skirt, it still kept my body heat where I needed it.  There was no bellows effect, which really surprised me.  Since it's such an overall lightweight product, this performance is really impressive. 

I like the welded seams and the storm-proof zippers, and the fit is very efficient for me.  The only drawback to the jacket is that the hood is so targeted for use with a helmet that it is not as fitted or comfortable when you're not wearing one (despite the amount of adjustment options built in).  I never really got the hood to function as well as I would've liked, but I have had similar experiences with other helmet-engineered hoods, so this is not unique to the Carnic.

Overall, a great technical shell that is useful across a broad range of applications.  It will cut down on the number of shells I need to bring on future outdoor adventures!

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Waterproof protection at just over a pound - pack along the Carnic Jacket from Mountain Hardwear for full-on weather protection at just a fraction of weight. Rain rolls off the Conduit coating while sweat still evaporates before it can condense and make you cold - all while you maximize on comfort and fit with one-handed adjustment systems at the hem and hood, and articulated sleeves that allow for climbing, trekking, and other complex alpine maneuvers.

- Mountain Gear

On Sale. Free Shipping. Mountain Hardwear Men's Carnic Jacket (Fall 2010) FEATURES of the Men's Carnic Jacket by Mountain Hardwear AXF Super DWR finish repels water 5 times longer than standard DWRs Welded, waterproof zWeld seams stretch for mobility Attached, helmet-compatible, roll-away hood with single-handed drawcord for quick fit adjustments Micro-Chamois-lined chin guard prevents zipper chafe Articulated sleeves for movement Watertight front zip Water-resistant zippers throughout Superlight, welded pit zips for ventilation Adjustable Velcro cuffs for quick fit adjustments Interior zip pocket stores ID, keys, other small objects SPECIFICATIONS: Avg Weight: 1 lb. 2 oz. / 514 g. (size large) Center Back Length: 30in. / 76 cm. Ratings: Waterproofness: 20,000 mm., Breathability / MVTR: 40,000 g./m2 Materials: Body: Terra Shell (100% nylon) Laminate: Conduit

- Moosejaw

Thanks to its ultralight three-layer Terra Shell fabric and welded seams, the Mountain Hardwear Men's Carnic Jacket seals out harsh weather conditions without weighing you down on light-and-fast alpine climbs. The Carnic's super-breathable shell fabric and welded underarm zips help keep your core temperature regulated, and internal zip pockets hold your MP3 player and energy gels. The adjustable helmet fits over your climbing helmet, and the trim, articulated fit ensures the jacket won't ride up when you hacking out that next tool placement.

- Backcountry.com

Mountain Hardwear's lightest weight and most breathable waterproof Conduit shell, The Mountain Hardwear Carnic Jacket for Men uses our proprietary 3-layer Terra Shell fabric an air-permeable 20D nylon shell, with a waterproof Conduit laminate to create a fully waterproof garment for light and fast alpine climbing.

- Altrec Outdoors

CLOSEOUTS . The Mountain Hardwear Carnic jacket is one of the lightest waterproof breathable shells on the market. That's because it utilizes zWeld tape-free seam welding technology, which reduces overall weight and actually increases flexibility. Lightweight, waterproof breathable Conduit(R) shell zWeld seams reduce weight and are fully waterproof Attached hood with reinforced visor and drawcord Welded YKK(R) two-way front zip Right zipper pull Welded zip chest pocket Welded zip hand pockets Elastic drawcord hem Drawcord hem Attached drawcord hood with visor Length: 31 (based on large) Weight: 14 oz. Fabric: Nylon Care: Machine wash, hang dry Made in China

- Sierra Trading Post

Mountain Hardwear Carnic Jacket

Discontinued

The Carnic Jacket has been discontinued.

previously retailed for:
$157.48 - $349.95

The Mountain Hardwear Carnic Jacket is not available from the stores we monitor. It was last seen January 15, 2013 at Mountain Gear.

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