User Review: Mountain Hardwear Men's Exposure II Parka
Price Paid: $160
I got this jacket for xmas this year and have used it up on the hill a few times as well as here in the rainy NW. The Conduit on the MH works great. The seams appear to be keeping out all moisture which is good. The interior has some good storage i.e. zipper pocket for valuables and elasticized pocket big enough for a water bottle. I never carried a water bottle due to fear of broken ribs if I fell on it but I suppose you could. The snow skirt is second to none. It keeps the jacket from riding up too high (rubber on the contacting surface) and does a great job at keeping the snow from getting in.
Now for the not so good. I am 5'8" 210, not a small guy. As you can imagine I need an XL if I want to layer very much. The fit is great but the sleeves are about 3-4 inches too long. With arms out-stretched the sleeves just about touch my fingertips. The cinch cord that is around the mid-section is just below the pockets. If there is any extra room in the jacket because you sized up for layering, it looks like you are stacked up top and not in a good way.
With the exception of these items I just mentioned this is a great jacket. I wouldn't trade it for another. It is heavier than other comparable shells but hat is because of the uber-durable material MH uses. This jacket was one of the first designs the company came out with and it shows. The functionality and durability far outweighs the slight negatives.