Mountain Hardwear Monkey Woman Jacket
Source: bought it new
warm fleece with dumb pocket on front.
- washes & dries well
- not wind proof
It is a average fleece jacket. Will stand up to pack rub, but the pocket on the front is virtually useless and looks funny in most colors. Most women over 32" bust will never use it. The fit is a bit boxy but layers well. Water beads and shakes off well. Average on breathability.
Price Paid: $110
I love this jacket, but only for specific uses. I can't give it 5 stars, because, well, it doesn't do every job -- the thing is not windproof or waterproof. You *do* need to wear either an outer shell or a windproof layer underneath if you are going outside to hike/ride/sport/play in windy weather.
But! The lovely Monkey Woman Jacket is a great outer piece for fall/spring and a nice layer in winter... it's very snuggly, soft, warm, and I love the big pockets, and the wrists (extra non-fleece fabric which hugs softly around your wrists to keep air from flowing up loose arm sleeves). The collar is also a big deal for me with jackets. I like the way it looks zipped up, keeping my neck warm but not choking me.
Ladies, if you're looking for a shape-flattering jacket (really nice trim and lines) I'd give this one 3.5 of 5 stars. The Monkey Woman by Mountain Hardwear is the only successful jacket to use this thick and fluffy kind of fleece--I've seen it reproduced by other companies, and it just doesn't compare!
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The Mountain Hardwear Monkey Woman Jacket is constructed from plush Monkey Phur for outstanding thermal efficiency and warmth-to-weight ratio. Perfect for climbing and all backcountry pursuits.
The Mountain Hardwear Monkey Woman Jacket is a luxuriously soft, high performance technical fleece. Made with Polartec(R) ThermalPro(R) Monkey Phur fleece fabric this jacket has an unbeatable warmth-to-weight ratio and makes an excellent layering piece or stand alone jacket on chilly days. MicroClimate Zoning(TM) construction for built-in warmth, breathability and stretch Extremely warm, extremely soft Stretch hem and cuffs seal in warmth Zip handwarmer pockets Chest pocket for maps, snacks, and other goodies
Constructed from plush Monkey Phur for outstanding thermal efficiency and warmth-to-weight ratio, Mountain Hardwear's Monkey Woman Jacket is perfect for climbing and backcountry pursuits.
Mountain Hardwear Monkey Woman fleece jacket provides superb durability and lightweight protection for backcountry trips and alpine climbing. Polartec(R) Thermal Pro(R) Monkey Phur features a high-pile curl on the outside and smooth velour on the inside; this year's version is softer than ever. It dries quickly when wet, is highly breathable and resists pilling. Polartec Power Stretch(R) cuffs, wrist panels and waist offer a stretchy, quick-drying seal. Zippered hand pockets and a chest pocket hold essentials.