REPOST: Owner Review: Mountain Hardwear Windstopper Tech Jacket
- Emma Eyeball, Sorry this took so long
Owner Review: Mountain Hardwear Windstopper Tech Jacket
Name: Carl Maeda
Height: 5'9" (1.75 m)
Weight: 160 Pounds (73 kg)
Email address: carl@...
City, State, Country: San Diego, California, USA
Date: February 17, 2005
Backpacking Background: I started backpacking in 2004 but I've been
hiking on a pretty regular basis since 1993. I usually hike and
backpack in Southern California, mostly in L.A. or San Diego but I
have been further North to Yosemite and Sequoia. I have also been
around other random spots as well such as Red Rock Canyon in Nevada.
I try to be a lightweight backpacker but I carry whatever I can
afford to buy. I prefer a tent and a lot of my gear, especially my
clothing, is homemade by my wife, who is a costume designer.
Manufacturer: Mountain Hardwear
Manufacturer's Listed Weight: 1 lb 5 oz (595 g)
Actual Weight: 1 lb 5.7oz (615 g)
Jacket Fabrics According to the Manfacturer:
Face Fabric: Windstopper Microfleece
Lining Fabric: Polyester Tricot Knit
Product Description: The Mountain Hardwear Tech Jacket didn't have
any packaging or hang tag and only a price tag.
It has a long line of features including articulated sleeves, pit
zips, interior, chest and 2 "high" hand pockets, hem drawcord, and
PowerStretch cuffs. The jacket is also windproof and highly
The pockets are well placed and easy to use.
The 2 "high" hand pockets are put in higher than other jackets to
allow access when wearing a hipbelt or other harness.
The polyester tricot knit lining is intended to pull moisture away
from the body to keep the user dry. The lining is smooth and
therefore much easier to put on and take off when compared to other
The outside of the jacket feels like fleece with smooth taslan
polyester black patches on high wear areas (forearms and shoulders).
Locations: Mostly San Diego and Los Angeles County
Description of location: Mountains/Forest (Mission Trails County Park
in Santee, California, USA at about 50 ft elevation (15 m), William
Heise County Park, California, USA area at around 6500 ft elevation
(2000 m) and Cedar Creek, California, USA at around 7000 ft elevation
(2100 m). I also wear this jacket on a day-to-day basis when it gets
Weather Conditions: Temperatures ranged from 30 F (-1 C) to about 70
F (21 C), in light, torrential and no rain.
I have only had the jacket a few months but it has quickly become my
favorite jacket of all time. The jacket seems comfortable in a wide
range of temperatures although at about 60 F (15 C), it was a bit too
warm if I was active in any way. I have only tested the jacket down
to 30 F (-1 C) and it was warm enough for me. I was amazed at how
thin the jacket seems, yet it is very warm. I have to say here that
my wife thinks I am impervious to cold because I'll be wearing short
sleeves while she's wearing a snow jacket (She grew up in the
desert). I had to keep the pit zips open most of the time when I was
hiking. When I rested, I simply zipped up the jacket and I was kept
warm. I wasn't wearing anything significant under the jacket. Most
of the time, I was wearing a wicking shirt.
The pit zips are really handy and work well. I can find the zipper
pulls without looking, mainly because they have a loop of rope around
the pulls. The pit zips are nice and long and allow plenty of
ventilation. Because the jacket is so warm, I had to open the pit
zips part way when I'm on the move even in cold weather.
The jacket was easy to take off. Because men's shirts aren't as form-
fitting as women's shirts, all fleece jackets (I own three others) I
have owned stick to my sleeves when I wear long sleeve shirts. Not
so with this jacket, the tricot polyester lining is smooth and allow
my sleeves to pass through without sticking.
This jacket keeps me comfortable in all ranges of temperatures
although when it started raining and I had to put on a shell, I was
overheating. I had to stop and remove the jacket while the rain was
pouring down on me. But this may have something to do with my Sierra
Designs Peak Bagger shell, which is supposed to be waterproof and
breathable. These things are hard to tell.
The hand pockets kept my hands warm. Unlike many fleeces, the
pockets aren't just made of the same material as the lining, it is
made of fleece. Things like this tell me that Mountain Hardwear
didn't cut any corners.
The hem drawcord works well to keep in the warmth when I'm sitting
still. I usually have it open most of the time when I'm on the move
to allow better ventilation. It can be adjusted one handed simply by
pulling the ring attached to the drawcord to tighten it and pushing
the cordlock button to loosen it.
The jacket seems to breathe well, at least as well as any other 200
weight fleece jacket I have owned. I haven't had any problems with
getting soaked from perspiration.
When I cinch down the hem cord and have everything zipped up, the
jacket seems completely windproof. I haven't been in a hurricane or
anything but I have been in some pretty windy conditions. I have
also worn some jackets without Windbloc that seem warm but when
subjected to wind, have performed poorly and kept me cold.
I wear this jacket around town and in cool weather. It's wonderful.
After having owned this jacket, I'm a Mountain Hardwear fan for life.
A top notch jacket. It looks good and keeps me warm.
Long pit zips
Hem drawcord is easy to operate
Hand pockets keep my hands warm.
Comfortable at least between 30 F (-1 C) to 60 F (15 C), 70 F
(21 C) when resting
Easy to take off
- Hi Carl,
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> afford to buy. I prefer a tent and a lot of my gear, especially myEDIT: "I prefer a tent, and a lot of my gear (especially my clothing)
> clothing, is homemade by my wife, who is a costume designer.
> Product Description: The Mountain Hardwear Tech Jacket didn't haveEDIT: "any packaging or hang tag, only a price tag."
> any packaging or hang tag and only a price tag.
> The pit zips are really handy and work well. I can find the zipperaround the pulls.
> pulls without looking, mainly because they have a loop of rope
EDIT: use "cord" instead of "rope." when i think of rope, i think of
something thick and heavy, for climbing or restraining.
> ventilation. Because the jacket is so warm, I had to open the pitEDIT: "Because the jacket is so warm, I have to open the pit zips
> zips part way when I'm on the move even in cold weather.
part way when I'm on the move, even in cold weather."
> The jacket was easy to take off.EDIT: "The jacket is easy to take off." when you use the past tense,
you imply that something has changed - that perhaps it's no longer
easy to take off.
> Notallow my sleeves to pass through without sticking.
> so with this jacket, the tricot polyester lining is smooth and
EDIT: "Not so with this jacket. The tricot polyester lining is
smooth and allows my sleeves..."
> This jacket keeps me comfortable in all ranges of temperaturesEDIT: "...keeps me comfortable in a wide range of temperatures..." i
> although when it started raining and I had to put on a shell, I was
doubt it would keep you comfortable at 110 degrees. ;)
> The hand pockets kept my hands warm.EDIT: "keep" not "kept." again, you're unintentionally implying that
perhaps they no longer keep your hands warm.
Unlike many fleeces, the
> pockets aren't just made of the same material as the lining, it isEDIT: "...the same material as the lining - they are made of fleece."
> made of fleece.
> The jacket seems to breathe well, at least as well as any other 200EDIT: "200-weight."
> weight fleece jacket I have owned.
> I haveEDIT: "...that seem warm, but when subjected to wind have performed
> also worn some jackets without Windbloc that seem warm but when
> subjected to wind, have performed poorly and kept me cold.