User Review: Mountain Hardwear Men's Windstopper Tech Jacket
Price Paid: $185
First let me start off by saying that I love MH; however, I am very disappointed with this product for a number of reasons--the first being warmth.
I lived in Colorado and now I live in New York so keep that in mind. I have had other MH wind stoppers that I have been very happy with but this one looks a lot cooler than it performs. They skimped on the material to cut back on weight and that was a big mistake. My old MH windstopper could be worn with a t-shirt underneath at freezing temperatures but not this product.
In fact, this product, because of the lack of material, is not a great windstopper either. I give it a 5 out of 10 for a windstopper. I would much prefer a hooded sweatshirt and a $20 rain jacket than this.
My next complaint is the pockets. They are uncomfortable and have no warmth at all. The only useful thing about them are the zippers to stash things.
After wearing this for a while, I'm really puzzled as to what they were thinking when they made this. It's not really a shell, and it's not really a cozy fleece. I would think that after paying almost $200 dollars for a piece of gear like this that I wouldn't have to buy another piece to keep warm.
I also have a down MH jacket and I tried to wear the windstopper underneath as a base layer, but it is very uncomfortable and doesn't work well. To solve this problem, I am looking for a base layer for this windstopper, either the Cap4 from Patagonia or the hundo by underarmor.
After this debacle, and another regarding a broken MH tent from a small windstorm, I'm losing faith in this company. I'm 165lbs, 5'9 and am an avid hunter and backpacker. As a result, save your money for something else. Do not buy this jacket.