User Review: Mountain Hardwear Dragon Jacket
Price Paid: $175 from www.thebackcountry.net
The Dragon may not be the warmest in the line of Mountain Hardwear soft shells, but it's obviously one of the most technical.
It's got more bells and whistles than I've seen on any sofa hell that I own. Pit zips, welded and waterproof seems and pockets, etc.
I agree with other reviews in regards to the hood, but it's easily remedied for everyday use with a simple fold under. The fully deployed hood is designed for helmets and works as it's designed. However, for everyday wear, you'll want to modify it, which isn't a problem.
It's designed with Torch, a proprietary fabric from MH and includes WINDSTOPPER laminate, but lacks the traditional warmth and fleece backing found in most jackets.
People complain of the itchy feel when wearing only a T-shirt under it, but I don't find this to be a issue. If you want to wear it for everyday use, you can, but don't expect it to feel like an Alchemy, Gamma, or Sharp Point. It's not made that way. It's a WINDSTOPPER shell for technical applications and everyday wear. It keeps out the wind and retains heat well, and carries pit vents to help regulate temps.
It's not my go-to shell right now, but works when it's needed. Good for temps in the 40-50 degree range. Maybe less depending on your personal warmth-ness. (is that a word?)
Worth the buy and a pleasure to wear. Honored to have it in my closet quill.