User Review: Mountain Hardwear Men's Ethereal FTX Parka
Fabric: 3 ply Gore-tex
Price Paid: $425
Lets face it, I am a gear addict. I read all the reviews I can find on the internet. I read all the magazines. I talk to anybody that will talk to me about their gear. I go to REI and Adventure 16 to check every piece of gear they have. I love researching gear! After an exhustive review of gore-tex parkas...I chose the Mountain Hardwear Ethereal FTX.
I had VERY high expectations of this jacket. My expectations have been exceeded. This has become my favorite piece of gear. The construction is bomber. Seams are seam taped and totally waterproof. The hood is very functional. It allows you to see clearly from side to side. Important when climbing.
It has lots of venting options which is important to keep from overheating when climbing uphill. Mountain Hardwear also has one of the best costomer service reputations in the industry. If you read all the user reviews on the net, you won't find a bad review or unhappy customer anywhere.
While I know $425 is a lot to pay for a jacket, when I am on the mountain this jacket is what keeps me warm, dry, and comfortable. I would buy this jacket again in a heartbeat.