Mountain Hardwear Chugach 3D Jacket
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Excellent in cold wet Alaska Brooks Range with a shell. Light, warm, and not bulky. Good value and highly recommended.
Price Paid: $129
This is a great jacket, I have yet to get noticeably cold under it. It's awesome for light packers, as it weighs just about nothing and will compress down to the size of a shoe. The lowest temperatures I've taken it to have been the mid teens, and it has been warm. If you are doing any physical activity this jacket will be coming off fast. Hiking uphill and skateboarding, I usually have to take it off after a few minutes in temperatures higher than 40ish. I have slept in the snow, not in a shelter, with an under layer, this jacket and a very light rain jacket and been completely comfortable on my upper body (not so much towards my feet!). If they made a full body suit similar to this jacket, I'd buy it for cold nights outdoors.
The only negatives to this jacket are that it is very lightweight, and if you take it off, it could very easily blow away, and that the outer fabric sacrifices durability for lightness, so thorns and whatever else can tear holes pretty easily if you aren't being careful.
Great warm jacket, especially for the price!
Fabric: Nylon ripstop shell fabric
Price Paid: $100
This jacket is packable, lightweight, and warm. I've worn it on Shasta, in the Sierras, and in our local mtns and have never been cold, even in temps as low as 12F. It makes a great pillow when stuffed, and fits really well. I would recommend the Chugach 3D jacket with two thumbs up.
Price Paid: $79
Awesome jacket, down warmth without the bulk. It even fits under the MH Recon Jacket which is tight for me thru the chest.
Quibbles: outside chest pocket, fleece-lined collar and a drawstring for the collar.
Sorry I waited this long to pick one up.
Price Paid: $135
I like very much this jacket. It is ultra light, very warm in the winter days, very nice design, and I think very cheaper because is a good jacket, but in the windy days you need a shell.
Fill: Polarguard 3D
Price Paid: $112
This jacket has kept me warm down to 10 degrees (colder with shell) and comfortable up to 50--quite a range with just one layer under it. It's been pretty wind resistant as well. Great all-around jacket with or without a shell. It also packs pretty well.
Price Paid: $135
Very nice well made jacket (as you would expect from Mountain Hardware). Super light and comfortable, with very good insulating properties. Stuffs down to unbelievably small making it handy to pack along. Have used it with just a turtleneck and a light sweater down to 5 degrees farenheit and stayed warm. Not too bad in light winds but use it under a shell on windy days for great protection. It would be nice if the neck was adjustable and it had a chest pocket (I think the new models have this). Still, for the $ it was well worth it.
Fabric: Ripstop Nylon
Fill: polargard 3d
Price Paid: $60 at clearance last spring
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