Mountain Hardwear Typhoon Jacket
Price Paid: 120 USD
I am somewhat conflicted about this jacket. I bought it 2 years ago (Goretex Paclite shell), and during spring-summer-fall, it has gotten a lot of usage, especially for biking and hiking. During the first 6 months, the waterproofness and breathability were excellent.
The hood isn't perfect, especially when biking, as it somewhat obscures peripheral vision. However while hiking, I do not find it to be a problem. The pockets are also somewhat high-- not useful for placing your hands in.
However! After 6 months of use, I washed it for the first time. I followed all manufacturer's instructions when doing so. However, despite this, the jacket was no longer waterproof. It would leak, even after a moderate rain, over the shoulders and down the arms (especially the cuffs).
In addition, dirt marks from biking remained on the jacket, for reasons unknown to me. I tried reapplying several brands of spray on waterproofing, followed by manual hair drying of all of the seams (I don't have a dryer, which is normal for most people living in Europe). But still! Leaking!
I finally thought I had susccessfully re-waterproofed and brought it with me while trekking in Switzerland. On the second to last day of our trip, it rained! Like 10 hours of rain out of 10.5 hours of hiking. After 30 minutes, I was soaked to the skin. Did I mention that it was only 8C? What a miserable day!
After this trip, I once again rewaterproofed the jacket and this time used an iron to heat the fabric. Since the ironing, the jacket has remained mostly waterproof (still seeps a bit around the cuffs). I have had Goretex jackets in the past and also another Goretex jacket from Mountain Hardwear, and I have never had such problems! Not sure if there is a problem with my fabric or this is common to all Typhoons.
Therefore: if you buy the jacket, wash it very carefully and definitely put it in the dryer afterward!
Fabric: Gore-tex Pac-Lite
Price Paid: $109
Great hard shell -- light, comfortable, waterproof, full-featured ventilation. The Gortex-Pac Lite fabric is very smooth next to the skin and doesn't feel sticky or clammy.
I've had it for a year now and used in all conditions including a 50 mile backpack in Olympic where it rained every day. Love it.
My only quibbles are the single hood adjustment that, while easy to use, doesn't allow as much micro adjustments as a double. Despite this, it always allows for full vision. While it isn't the fault of the jacket, you're better off with a trekking umbrella in warm weather, because you will sweat if you are moving fast uphill.
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Stay dry in backcountry tempests with the waterproof breathable Mountain Hardwear Women's Typhoon Jacket. Mountain Hardwear laminated this exceptionally lightweight rain shell with Gore-Tex Paclite Shell and micro-taped the seams to seal out the storm. Pull up the brimmed hood to prevent rain from pouring down your face and keep hiking. Articulated sleeves allow you to adjust your pack and tie your shoelaces without arm restraint. Unzip underarm vents to let out body heat as you move swiftly up the trail toward the summit.
- Backcountry Outlet
Mountain Hardware's Typhoon Jacket started with GORE-TEX PACLITE and designed a detail rich, lightweight backcountry shell to keep you dry in a torrential downpour. Fully waterproof and extremely breathable.
The Mountain Hardwear Typhoon rain jacket fends off rainstorms without weighing you down. Made with Gore-Tex(R) PacLite(R), which is specifically engineered to be light, packable and more breathable than other 2- or 3-layer Gore-Tex fabrics. Lack of need for a separate liner allows fabric to be light and compact; combines durable wind- and waterproofness with exceptional breathability. Fully taped seams prevent water from penetrating through. Attached, roll-away hood has a beefy laminated brim to keep the wet stuff off; also features a 1-hand, single-pull adjustment system. Micro-Chamois(TM)-lined chin guard prevents zipper chafe. Pit zips help vent heat; cuff tabs with rip-and-stick closures allow quick fit adjustments. Dual hem drawcords help regulate heat. Zippered mesh front pockets help circulate excess heat out the jacket and are sized for storing small essentials. Closeout.
Brace yourself for wild, rainy weather with Mountain Hardwear's Typhoon Jacket, a fully waterproof and breathable GORE-TEX Paclite shell that seals out the weather. Designed for moving light and fast, you have plenty of options for dumping heat with the underarm pit zips and mesh front pockets and a full, roll-away hood provides you with bomber rain protection.
- Mountain Gear