Mountain Hardwear Hardpack Parka
Price Paid: $240
I had been looking for the Pipe Dream for a while online, but turns out the model was completely sold out - so I "settled" for this jacket on sale at the same price. I couldn't be happier with the turn of events. I don't have any jackets with M.H.'s Conduit waterproofing, which is what the Pipedream uses, but the Gore-tex in this jacket can't be beat.
This season I wore it on the East Coast in sub 20 windchill, and freezing whiteout in CO. I also had a 50 degree day at Vail and a near 60 day at A-Basin. I couldn't have been happier with the versatility. In the cold, the jacket kept the wind out and with the pit zips open, I stayed bone dry on the warm days. I would recommend this to anyone.
The only negative is that I wear an XL MH Link fleece that doesn't zip in to the L shell very well - the XL zipper is longer and the fleece is bulky under the shell. This isn't a problem when you're exercising, however, because other layers keep you plenty warm.
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Free Shipping. Mountain Hardwear Men's Hardpack Parka (Fall 2006) Specifications for the Hardpack Parka by Mountain Hardwear Avg. Weight 2 lbs. 4 oz.; 1.02 kg. (size large) Fabric Face GORE-TEX Taslan Fabric Laminate GORE-TEX Fabric Lining Brushed Tricot Usage Backcountry Snowsports Features Articulated sleeves Fleece lined hand pockets One-handed hood,waist and hem drawcords Interior water bottle pocket Water-resistant pit zips Zip sleeve pocket Double flap, front zip Two chest pockets with water-resistant zips Interior MP3 pocket with earpiece cord exit One-handed, single-pull hood adjustment system Interior mesh glove and goggle pocket Accepts all Trifecta System-compatible liners Drop-down season pass holder on hem Removable, adjustable, stretch powder skirt Lift ticket ring on hem