Just like Goldilocks can't have porridge that's too hot and won't eat porridge that's too cold, you're particular about your ambient temperature. You can be as picky as you want in the Mountain Hardwear Men's 32 Degree Insulated Hooded Jacket, featuring body-mapped Thermal.Q Elite insulation layered on stretchy, breathable fleece. That way, you won't overheat or feel constricted when you're charging up hills or giving it all you've got on skis, but your most heat-loss vulnerable areas stay toasty when you're stuck at a belay station. Add in two zippered handwarmer pockets to stuff your cold paws or granola bars in, and this hooded jacket is just right.
- A versatile midlayer for skiing or excursions
- Soft, breathable, stretch fleece body
- Thermal.Q Elite insulation keeps core warm
- Two zippered hand pockets for stashing small items
- Active fit stays closer to body to eliminate bulk
- Item #MHW00T1
- Q & A
Better than the OR Deviator...
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: Medium
This jacket should be compared with the OR Deviator. I have both and was looking for a bit more warmth as an active main layer over light and mid base layers. It breathes just as well, but performs better in wind and cold. The microfleece is like Polartec, but is MH proprietary. The insulated Thermal-Q tech 40g fibers are well-placed for core warmth. The hand pockets add some insulation in the belly area while the arms and back are single layer microfleece. The hood will accommodate a helmet and the neck area is snug. Although not as stretchy as the Deviator, mobility is not restricted. Only flaw would be no thumb holes (which I believe are in the quarter zip version but not the hoody, for some reason) and lack of a Napoleon pocket, which isn't a deal breaker necessarily. I wanted to give this jacket a fair shake since there are few reviews, and the Deviator was voted a Backpacker pick last year. The MH 32 Degree is bit better in my opinion. I am 6' even and 175lbs. The medium is a perfect athletic fit for me and works as an over and under layer very effectively.