Mountain Hardwear Drystein Jacket...

9:43 p.m. on December 25, 2011 (EST)
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Anyone out there have any experience with Mountain Hardwears Drystein Jacket?

It utilizes MH's Dry Q Elite fabric. 

I am seriously looking hard at this shell and would appreciate any feedback.

Its a fairly new product and while there is info out there it is somewhat limited.

Here is a link to the shell:

Here is a prior article on this fabric technology:

1:54 a.m. on December 31, 2011 (EST)
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Well I got a MTN Hardwear Draco Jacket for Xmas that utilizes the Dry Q tech and seems to work pretty well (I believe before it was called Dry-Q they called it "Conduit" material). It's a heavier Jacket but I've worn it in the rain and seems to work OK. It certainly is breathable and doesn't seem to produce any condensation inside the jacket.

I guess when it finally starts snowing here in Chi-town I'll know if it was worth the money paid for it.


But then again my First Ascent Mountain Guide shell jacket is similiar in design to the Drystein jacket and it works well to. No fancy buzz words like "Dry-Q", which IMO is just an excuse to charge more money for it. Seems like every premier outdoor clothing manufacturer has their own version of water resistant, breathable material. Not sure if one works better than the other.



2:24 a.m. on December 31, 2011 (EST)
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MH actually worked with GE to create a proprietary version of eVent so by all accounts, the fabric should breath quite well.  Better than Gortex.

Conduit is / was crap IMHO.

9:39 a.m. on December 31, 2011 (EST)
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Yeah I had a MH Brono jacket I bought a couple years ago that used the Conduit material and it protected me from rain/snow just OK (really wasn't designed to be a heavy weather/rain jacket though).


But we'll have to see if these do work or is it just hype. I must say though that the Drystein jackets are pretty sharp looking. REI sells them and while I  was shopping around for Xmas I got to take a close look at the black colored one.


It was around $300.00 so not absurdly priced but not a bargain either. But on par with TNF, Patagucci and First Ascent as far as shells go.

2:55 a.m. on January 4, 2012 (EST)
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Rick, can't help with information on the Drystein, but I'd suggest having a look at some of the moderately priced Event shells before making a final decision.

Rab Latok Alpine ($200) - made in China

Crux Flak Jacket ($200) - made in Canada




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