User Review: Mountain Hardwear Men's Typhoon Jacket
Fabric: Gore-tex paclite
Price Paid: $110
If you can get a hold of the 2009 model for around $100-130 bucks, this is a steal. Otherwise, still a solid yet lightweight jacket with many great and a few not-so great features.
I picked up the Typhoon Jacket and Pants to provide a lightweight and versatile rain shell and I wasn't disappointed. The pants were sized a little off (small), but were hands down a 5-star product, especially for the 90 bucks I paid. As for the jacket, also a bit on the small side (I'm 6'4"/220 and needed an XXL), but a great shell with just a few minor flaws.
First off, Gore-Tex paclite is a great material for this type of shell. Guaranteed waterproof, resilient, and lightweight. This is primo material and what attracted me to the jacket initially.
The Typhoon is generally very comfortable with enough features to put this up at the top of it's class (non-technical rain shell). Standard waterproof pit zips and ventilation pockets are a nice touch, with pocket zippers on the top for access when wearing a backpack. The wrists are secure and easily adjustable velcro closures and overall, the jacket looks really nice.
The breathability is quite good, especially if you layer properly, but can hold moisture if you overdress and/or are using it in warmer conditions. This also makes a perfect shell over fleece or other base layers, so I'd recommend getting a size larger if you are on the high end of your current size. Waterproofing is nearly impeccable, as should be the case with any Gore-tex product.
One of my main complaints is in the hood (-.5 stars). There is a single drawstring that cinches several points back at once. While this is a nice efficiency, the hood is very large and obscures my peripheral vision if cinched too tight. This also means that it can accommodate a low-profile helmet, so that is a bonus for some.
Another somewhat perplexing feature is the front zipper system (-.5 stars). While the pit vents have watertight zips, the designers decided to go with a standard zipper and a double flap with velcro to seal the water out. While the zipper itself is pretty beefy (YKK), I'm not a fan of the extra material and velcro, which also somewhat hinders the zipping process. At the same time, maybe the zipper is a more durable type which could extend the life of the jacket.
Overall this is a great choice aside from the few things mentioned above. Like I said, if you can grab last year's model for around 100 bucks, it is a great bargain.