Oh, first of all congrats to you and Jenn. This may be old news, for
all I know, but I think it was the first of it I had seen.
Interesting jacket. Still, as a general rule I dislike those that
don't have vents, unless they are pure insulation pieces for wearing
around camp or in an emergency.
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> I have been backpacking for over 30 years, all over the state of
> California, and also in Washington, Minnesota, Nevada, Arizona, Idaho
> and Utah. I hike year-round, mostly in the Sierra Nevada, and average
> 500+ miles (800+ km) per year. As I start my 4th decade of
> backpacking I am making the move to lightweight gear, and smaller
> volume packs. I start early and hike hard so as to enjoy the
> afternoons exploring. I usually take a freestanding tent and enjoy
> hot meals at night. If not hiking solo I am usually with my brother-
> in-law Dave or fiancé
### EDIT: properly, that's fiancée [fem.]
> The Product
> Manufacturer: Mountain Hardwear
> Web site: www.mountainhardwear.com
> Product: Alchemy Jacket
> Size: X-Large (also available in Sm, Med, Lg, & XXL)
> Year manufactured: 2005
> MSRP: $ 240.00 (US).
> Weight listed: 21 oz (622 g) Actual weight oz ( g)
### EDIT: something missing above!
> The jacket is made of "Alchemy Stretch Nylon" with Gore Windstopper
> fabric sandwiched between it and a very soft fleece lining. The
> Windstopper fabric claims to be totally wind-proof and highly
> breathable. The outer shell is treated with a DWR (durable water
> repellent) and is tout
### EDIT: touted
as being very water resistant. The body is a
> very dark blackish brown color they call Stout with dark and light
> grey accents.
> The Alchemy has a stand-up type cadet collar that is lined in the
> same fleece as the inside of the jacket. The fleece folds over at the
> top of the collar to form a pocket for a drawcord that exits at the
> back center through a metal grommet and a cord lock. Pulling the
> drawstring through the lock results it
### EDIT: in
the collar being able to be
> snugged very tight around the neck. Just below the drawstring is the
> Mountain Hardwear nut logo embroidered in silver and yellow thread.
> This same embroidered logo is on the right chest too.
> It has vertical pockets on either side that are accessed by zippers
> that have been sewn backwards, or inside out of
### EDIT: from (or to)
what is normally
> done. This gives the zippers a very flat look. A nylon cord has been
> tied to the pulls to facilitate opening with gloves or mittens on.
> It blocks the wind very well. I walked four miles (6.5 km) head on
> into a 20 mph (32 km/h)
### EDIT: wind
in 30 F (-1 C) temps and did not feel the
> wind coming through the Gore Windstopper material. In fact I had to
> open the zipper to vent the jacket as I was getting too hot as I was
> doing some brisk walking.
> The gasket cuffs (PowerStretch) work great. They are soft enough to
> not drive me nuts. I do not care for gathered elastic around my
> wrists. And they are inset from the end of the sleeve enough that
> they do not hinder glove use. They are the best example of this type
> of application of all of my outerwear.
### COMMENT: Not sure about that last sentence... Maybe "construction"
rather than "application?"
> It does not compress a bit. Unlike my down jackets, the Primaloft
> filled Flurry, and even to some extent my fleece wear, the Alchemy is
> not going to get any smaller packing it in my backpack.