Mountain Hardwear Thermostatic Jacket - Men's

Reviews

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Very light mid-layer jacket for active outdoors use.

Rating: rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $85 (discount)

Summary

Very light mid-layer jacket for active outdoors use. Mountain Hardwear recommends it for climbing and hiking. Can also be used as a standalone jacket, provided the conditions permit and you have a good base layer. I bought it for snowshoeing and hiking.

Pros

  • Light
  • Easy to stow/store
  • Great warmth
  • Waterproof
  • Ample fit to layer underneath adequately

Cons

  • Durability of the outer
  • Only two pockets (new models have a breast pocket)

Fit & Comfort: The fit is standard. I'm 5'9" and about 190 pounds and a large allows me to wear a fleece underneath. I like the more ample fit. It's a very, very comfy jacket. If in doubt, I would err on getting a smaller size if sleeve size permits, especially if you don't plan on having two layers underneath it or if you plan on using it strictly as a mid-layer under a hardshell. 

Adjustability: There's a cord to adjust the waist. No cuff adjustement, but there's a loose elastic band that insures the wind and snow don't get in there. 

Water resistance: Will not resist heavy rain or wet snow, but will hold its own in moderate snow fall. 

Breathability: Breathes very well and stays warm. 

Warmth: This is a real surprise for me. I bought it to use under a windbreaker or insulated hardshell for snowshoeing or hiking and I've found that it is really warm on its own with adequate layering. I was unzipping the jacket on a cloudy, -15°C day of snowshoeing with only a 200g merino base layer underneath. 

Layering: This is this jacket's forte since it is so thin and light. 

Abrasion: The outer shell may not resist repeated abrasive force, although I haven't had the jacket long enough to notice any tearing or scuffs due to branches, rocks, etc. 

Features: Stores in its own pocket for easy stow. I'm planning on getting a second one and just carrying it with me in my pack if I want to change jackets during the day or at night while at camp. 

Construction & Durability: Well made, but care has to be taken with it since it is a thin and lightweight piece of equipment. 

Conditions: I have bought this jacket at the beginning of winter and have worn if for all my snowshoeing, hiking or general outdoor use (casual walks, groceries, etc.). I have used it as a standalone during medium to high intensity activity and as a mid-layer for casual wear. I haven't had the chance to test it as a standalone during autumn or spring, but I plan to. 

Alicia TRAILSPACE STAFF

Thanks for the helpful review, Marc.


10 months ago
G00SE MODERATOR

I'm interested in how much it weighs?


10 months ago
Marc Tremblay

The jacket weights around 9 oz.


10 months ago
G00SE MODERATOR

Nice and light. Thank you!


10 months ago

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