User Review: Mountain Hardwear Exposure Parka
Fabric: Polyester Taslan 2-ply Gore-tex
Price Paid: $399
Used this jacket this past winter season for everything. The parka offers all the features, and I'm very happy with it. It's a little on the heavy side but much more durable. The polyester shell is quiet and more pliable than nylon. The inner mesh lining works great from blistering cold to those warmer days of snowboarding.
The features on this jacket are incredible.. it takes those "If I designed a jacket..." comments into reality. First off the hood fits well with or without a helmet thanks to the inner liner with elastic to cradle the head. The hood is rolled out of the way and secured with a patch of fabric. Another innovative feature is the lift ticket/accessory attachment point (plastic hoop) inside the left handwarmer pocket and also a glove attachment point (clip-on ring) on the right side. There's a napolean pocket, a nalgene (1-liter) mesh pocket on the right inside, and a zippered security pocket across from it on the left. The jacket also uses their "Welded Waistcord" technology.. (see their website) to reduce abrasions. And probably their best idea.. "Simplex Zippers" which are waterproofed and approved by Gore to eliminate velcro'd flaps to easily access pit-zips. Also the jacket has a slew of the regular features.. D-rings on the sleeves for gloves, powder skirt, articulated elbows, waist and hem drawcords with one-handed toggle pulls.
As you can see I'm fanatical with this jacket.. it's the best I've ever owned: from the TNF Mountain Jacket to the Lowe Alpine Flash Jacket. It fits well, has great features, and very durable. Although I'm alittle embarrassed when I go to the local ski-area.. their ski patrol uses the same jacket as well as the same color I have. :)