Mountain Hardwear Quark Jacket

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This jacket is a full feature ultralight shell. At…

Rating: rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Fabric: tricot laminated in Conduit (laminated webbing)
Fill: NA
Price Paid: $140

This jacket is a full feature ultralight shell. At 10 oz it has pit zips, breathable waterproof membrane, laminated seams (MH calls "zweld"), a waterproof breathable membrane (conduit), and pockets in the right places.

What you should know -

At 10oz it's obviously not woven out of steel. It's not Bomb Proof as people like to say It's a thin material. Strong and very stretchy, but thin. The Quark is a hardshell, but the material feels kind of like silk. It's made out of a laminated nylon webbing material. If you need it for constant rugged thistle coated off trail hardcore backcountry hiking, (wow that's a mouthful) the Quark probably isn't right for the job. If you're like me, and you already have the right soft shell base layer mix well you don't need it for that.

It comes out on occasion when the sh*t hits the fan - Bingo Bango time to set up camp and haul ass you have a full feature shell. Packs to the size of a grapefruit. Those cubic inches are in short supply! If you do the math and rain or sleet is worth 10 oz, well it's well spent on the Quark.

Also I wear it around town - it looks kick ass. In spring or summer over a cotton tee shirt, in fall over a synthetic shirt, heck maybe towards winter over a fleece - perfect! Oh what's that, it's going to drop into the 30's tonight with sleet! - not a prob just add a pair of thermals (silk or synthetic hmm).

It's a great jacket.

Now onto the hood - there are complaints about it being overbearing if you don't have a helmet on. It can be fixed.

With the cinch cord it snags on a baseball hat perfectly so if you wear a hat not a problem. If you aren't wearing a hat simply fold the bill under towards your forehead cinch and bingo bango the hood is snug and your peripheral vision is great.

Order up a size unless you only wish to wear in summer over a t shirt, or you think you're a hot tight cloths fitting euro fashion freak show. Seriously if you are a medium get a large and so on. With the right clothes this jacket is like a cherry on a Sunday.

You can go lighter if you want to lose features like pits zips, check out Outdoor Research Zealot at 7.7 oz. You can even go down to 4 oz if you want breathable water resistant. Heck for 19 oz you can have an Arcterx Theta AR and jump out a plane into a war zone, during the dead of winter, in a blizzard, take out the enemy, and set up camp without leaving a scratch on it. However it'll take up at least twice the space and weighs twice as much, and trust me it's serious overkill in weather above 40 - 45 degrees.

Point is for my three season needs it's perfect. Figure out what your needs are, and if you have room for 10 oz in three seasons, the Quark Jacket may be the way to go.

Retailers' Descriptions

Here's what other sites are saying:

For years of waterproof protection, Mountain Hardwear's Quark Jacket uses the patented zWeld process for joining seams, making this ultra lightweight layer reliable and ready for backcountry travel. Grab this tough nylon shell when you need an ultralight, waterproof jacket to take on trails and routes where low weight and mobility are paramount.

- Mountain Gear

CLOSEOUTS . The easily compressible Quark jacket from Mountain Hardwear unleashes complete waterproof breathable protection when backcountry weather takes a turn for the worse. zWeld construction for complete waterproof protection and flexibility Lightweight and compressible Brimmed Ergo hood Articulated sleeves for freedom of movement Laminated storm flap Welded pit zips and zip hand pockets Length: 31" (based on XL) Weight: 11 oz. Fabric: Nylon Care: Machine wash, hang dry Made in China Available Colors: STAINLESS. Sizes: XL.

- Sierra Trading Post

Pack- and harness-friendly with zWeld stretch seams, the Quark Jacket from Mountain Hardwear features waterproof Conduit for lightweight, breathable protection from rain and wind.

- EMS

On Sale. Free Shipping. Mountain Hardwear Men's Quark Jacket (Spring 2009) The Mountain Hardwear Men's Quark Jacket is like a force field, only lighter. Fully welded, fully waterproof, highest breathability rating, four-way stretch. Under 10 oz.

- Moosejaw

The super lightweight, super breathable, highly waterproof Mountain Hardwear Men's Quark Jacket revolutionizes technical shells. Using only super soft tricot and a Conduit laminate, this ten-ounce jacket cuts out the middle man without sacrificing protection. You'll barely notice the Quark Jacket on your back or in your pack, but you can't ignore the 20K-rated waterproof coating and welded seams keeping you dry during an alpine storm. This featherweight shell has all the features you look for in a high-end ski or mountaineering jacket, including superlight welded Underarm zips, a roll-away hood, and articulated sleeves. What the Quark doesn't have is bulky, weighty shell fabric-and that's one feature you won't miss.

- Backcountry Outlet

Mountain Hardwear Men's Quark Jacket

Discontinued

The Men's Quark Jacket has been discontinued.

previously retailed for:
$79.98 - $224.95

The Mountain Hardwear Men's Quark Jacket is not available from the stores we monitor. It was last seen January 15, 2013 at Mountain Gear.

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