Finding the right Winter coat can sometimes be challenging in the seemingly un-endless abyss that is Winter wear. With different styling, weights, fills and technology being used, it is not hard to feel overwhelmed when it comes to buying that one item that will protect you from the elements. Mountain Hardwear take a different approach when it comes to their line of Winter gear, they create performance apparel that is purposefully designed to fulfill form and function, and this could not be truer with their Winter 2018 collection.
With a focus on creating products using only the highest quality materials, Mountain Hardwear, prioritizes the fit, weather protection, temperature regulation and moisture management when it comes to suiting the needs of their “outdoor” athletes’ outerwear. Simply put, they want us to enjoy the outdoors.
With a range of Winter gear ranging from base layers, thermal-wear and gloves, Mountain Hardwear wants to protect you from the elements, and that first line of defense starts with the Winter Coat. We were given the opportunity to review a male and female variant of their best sellers.
First up, was – the Men’s StretchDown Hooded Jacket, this Responsible Down Certified offering provides a unique insulated hood that is as warm as the coat itself. The lightweight but warm construction is made from a dynamic stretch knit 100% matte finish polyester exterior with a 750 Q-shield down fill which is infused with a permanent water repellent to keep insulating even when wet. It also features a very smart dual sided hem adjustment for a closer to body fit and zippered hand pockets for safer storage if needed. One thing we really appreciated with the StretchDown was its more athletic fit which is uncommon for a down jacket, however, if you are planning to layer up, we would recommend sizing up. One criticism though would have to be the gigantic ugly flap pocket on the breast, it is just unsightly and could have been better suited on the inside of the coat.
Lastly, was the – Women’s Thermacity Parka, this stylish offering features an innovative no-sew 3 channel weave polyester outer shell with ThermicAerio stitch free down insulation that channels warmth with incredible comfort. As a Responsible Down Certified product, it also includes many interior and exterior pockets for storing gloves, scarves, and the other Winter essentials as well as a very useful and secure, cozy zippered hand warmer pockets. Our female reviewer here at One Cut claimed that the construction was impeccable, and the Thermacity Parka was cozy warm. She also remarked at how versatile it was as both as an evening jacket or for busting to and from the grocery store. However, once again, the fit ran small and users should size up for both the width and to ensure adequate sleeve length.
Mountain Hardwear have been in the apparel game for almost two decades and know how to construct gear for all outdoor adventure seekers. With premium construction and a responsible approach to their outerwear, they are worth considering if you are in the business of making mother nature your b**ch this season.
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