Mountain Hardwear Backstage Jacket
The Backstage Jacket has been discontinued. If you're looking for something new, check out the best soft shell jackets for 2022.
I researched softshells months before buying this jacket. The day after I got it it snowed. A heavy wet snow. Didn't dent this jacket. I was warm and dry. When I cinched the waist and neck I could actually feel the heat filling up the jacket.
I tried on every softshell including the Arcteryc's and Marmot's. This is the only softshell that is like a normal jacket and has the best lining of them all. I wore a fleece underneath, which was snug but I felt completely bombproof and still only looked like I had a windbreaker on. This jacket also feels more mobile than the other softshells I tried on. It felt like a second skin. Perfect for everyday use, from the office to the trail. The inner lining is ridiculously soft.
This piece does exactly what a softshell is supposed to do. Combine a mid-layer(fleece) and an outer layer (shell) into one jacket. You'll be as warm as the guy next to you whose jacket has 6 inches of down.
Fill: chimp fleece
Price Paid: $150
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