User Review: Mountain Hardwear Men's Typhoon Jacket
Fabric: Gore-Tex Paclite
This jacket is amazing. I purchased this piece a few months ago and it's exactly what I am looking for. Keep in mind that because it is Gore-Tex Paclite it is not as durable. However, it weighs less than a pound.
I found the hand pockets to be great for two reasons. First, they are mesh lined, which means you can vent through the pockets AND the pit zips. They are a little higher than on some jackets. However, this makes it easier to access the pockets' contents when wearing a hip belt, but, kind of awkward when you just want to put your hands in them.
The DWR coating sheds water easily. Little droplets just bead right off. It kept me totally dry during a 24-hour pounding I took in PA's Allegheny National Forest. So far I haven't had any condensation problems, but I will have to wait until next summer to really comment on that.
The hood can fit over a helmet, and the adjustments make it easy to ensure a snug fit and good peripheral vision. The visor is also a nice touch. The whole hood can be rolled up when not in use.
I don't know what to think about the storm flap as opposed to waterproof zippers. The problem with waterproof zippers is that if/when they fail, they cannot be replaced. You can only replace them with regular zippers. So, if there is no flap (which there obviously isn't on jackets with waterproof zippers) then water will come in. But, I haven't really seen too many problems with waterproof zippers in the past. Plus, it could shave even more weight off the jacket. They do use waterproof zippers on the pit zips though.
All-in-all, this is a great jacket at a fraction of the price you would pay for an Arc'teryx jacket. My buddy has a Theta SL and there isn't much difference in performance--just about $100 in price.