User Review: Mountain Hardwear Men's Sub Zero SL Hooded Jacket
Fill: 650 down
Price Paid: $200
This jacket is warmth.
As a photographer, I am often out in both pre dawn cold, but also just standing there. When I need to keep warm while not moving in really cold winter weather this is my turn to jacket.
The Jacket is big, puffy, and warm. I like the Conduit SL which makes this jacket able to withstand a wet snow I might otherwise need a shell over a down jacket. Fleece lined pockets make a difference to keep hands warm. The hood is super! A jacket for winter really needs a hood and this one delivers.
The cut is short but long enough. Perfect for a climber as it allows access for a harness.
My back measures around 19" and I fall right at the breakpoint between M and L on the Osprey back measurer. I find the Sub Zero is a perfect fit. But those with longer torsos often report it too short.
MH builds three jackets in this series- Jacket, Hooded Jacket, and Parka.
The plain jacket is a city coat. For winter outdoors get the hooded or parka as both have hoods. And for outdoor wear in milder seasons I'd get an 800 fill down sweater over the plain jacket. Both the parka and hooded jacket are nice. Check the length and decide which one is better for you and that is the one.
Note with 650 fill it is reasonably compressible. An 800 fill parka is more so but also costs twice as much. Catch a year end or REI sale and score this one. Two thumbs up!