Mountain Hardwear Optimo Jacket
Price Paid: $425
This is the best shell I have owned! The Optimo Jacket is lightweight and is a true shell, i.e., not lined. The entire thing is fully waterproof and all zippers are waterproof as well. The pit zips work great!
The inner membrane has something of a chamois feel and does not feel rubbery or plastic at all. The hood is fully adjustable and can be used with a helmet or just over your melon.
I wore it yesterday on an AT ski trip in wind and snowing conditions. I was carrying a 20 lb pack and went up about 4,000 feet in elevation. While I was climbing, the jacket did not totally keep up with my sweating, but when I stopped I noticed that most of the sweat was able to evaporate. The air outside was also very dry, which helped. The front chest pocket is totally waterproof and it kept my iPhone totally dry all day long.
Even though it does not have a powder skirt, I was able to cinch up the bottom of the jacket enough to keep all snow out. The sleeves are velcro and very quick to adjust. The main zipper in the front zips from the top or from the bottom in case you want to let some air in. I did not ever feel clammy in it at all. Some perspiration condensation is to be expected with any jacket if you are working hard.
All in all a great shell and I expect many good years of use from this top notch product!
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A sleek, mountain-style cut and GORE-TEX Pro Shell construction make Mountain Hardwear's Optimo Jacket the optimum choice for ice climbing and other alpinist pursuits. Meant to be worn with mountain gear, the chest-high pockets are easily accessible around the pack straps and the single-pull adjustable hood fits over your helmet.
- Mountain Gear
Mountain Hardwear Optimo Jacket: The highly waterproof and breathable GORE-TEX PRO SHELL 20D and GORE-TEX Pro Shell will keep dry and comfortable. Mountain Hardwear Optimo Jacket Features: Alpine fit Micro-taped seams reduce weight Helmet-compatible hood with single-pull adjustment system and extra beefy brim Chest-high pockets accommodate a harness or pack Welded watertight pockets and zips seal out moisture Interior zip pocket for keys, ID, other small items Articulated sleeves for mobility Micro-Chamois-lined chin guard eliminates zipper chafe Center Back Length: 30" / 76 cm Materials: Body: GORE-TEX PRO SHELL 20D Laminate: GORE-TEX Pro Shell
Mountain Hardwear Optimo Jacket is a men's Gore-Tex lightweight jacket that's the brand's lightest, most waterproof shell. 30,000 mm waterproofing can weather the roughest winter storms. A trim alpine fit won't get in your way. Micro-taped seams reduce weight making this lightweight ski jacket only 15 ounces. Articulated sleeves give you mobility. Hood fits over helmet with a single-handed drawcord for adjusting and a beefy brim to fight the elements. Micro-Chamois lined chin guard keeps your chin chafe free. Welded, water-tight pockets and zips seal out moisture. Chest-high front pockets work with packs and harnesses. Interior zip pocket for keys, ID and other small items. The Mountain Hardwear Optimo Gore-Tex lightweight jacket lets you go fast and light while staying dry - mens lightweight jackets don't come more stormproof. Color: Blue Chip. Body Material: Gore-Tex Pro Shell 20D (100 percent Nylon). Laminate: Gore-Tex Pro Shell. Waterproof Rating: 30,000 mm. Breathability, MVTR Rating: 40,000 g per square meter. Average Weight: 15 oz, or 414 g (size large). Center Back Length: 30 in, or 76 cm. Mountain Hardwear Limited Lifetime Warranty
- Tahoe Mountain Sports
Serious expeditions demand serious gear, and when compromising means unacceptable risk you need the full protection of the Mountain Hardwear Men's Optimo Jacket. Gore-Tex Pro Shell two-ply construction ensures both rugged dependability and waterproofing in wet conditions. Mountain Hardwear also added waterproof zippers on the outer pockets, which are designed to be accessible with a pack on. In fact, Mountain Hardwear put everything into this jacket to make it worthy of alpine crags, spines, and ice, yet keep it light enough to compress in the top of your pack.