User Review: Mountain Hardwear Men's Ethereal FTX Parka
Fabric: 3-ply Gore-Tex
Price Paid: $425
Well, I got this jacket for free, actually, from a doctors' clinic in Vail. I would definitely be inclined to buy Mountain Hardwear in my next purchase.
As cool as you might think you are in your TNF jacket looking like an Everest climber, the Mountain Hardwear parka far surpasses anything that TNF makes. This jacket has kept me dry while backpacking, mountaineering, snowboarding, biking, and out with my dog in a snow storm. Construction is impeccable except for the little scratch that my snowboard made in the side of it. Luckily the Gore-tex was not cut and continues to be totally waterproof.
My only complaint would be that the hood is monsterous. This, of course, is great for helmets and bulky hats, but it seems to possibly be too big for what I use it for. (I rarily use a hood, anyway, unless it is really coming down.)
Overall, this is a great jacket. The dual Napoleon pockets that cannot be found on TNF jackets are reason enough to pay 425.