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Beat the chill with the Mountain Hardwear Android Softshell Jacket. The flexy softshell fabric fights mountain wind, hidden cuffs help block out the cold, and you can use the one-handed hem drawcord to fully seal in your warmth. A micro-chamois-lined chin guard means zipper chafe is out of the question.

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Nice looking jacket for around town....

  • Familiarity:I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

This is a lightweight jacket that is meant more for light weather conditions and wear around town than for exposure to heavy weather or near freezing cold (according to a MH sales clerk). Would work as an insulating layer in cold weather, but it's relative thinness and lack of cuff cinches would do little to keep out the cold by itself. With the hem cut more horizontal (closer to square cut) than some of the sharply angled cuts on some jackets and the cuffs finished like a casual jacket it looks more stylish than a jacket meant for heavy or cold weather. Fit: i have a 38" chest, usually wear medium, and this jacket fit fairly loosely. Hangs shorter than the MH G50 by about 1 1/2", has a less rugged shell than the G50, has a thinner lining and does not have mesh-vented pockets as does the G50. G50 is def. meant more for protection against elements, cold and abrasion. This one would look great around town.

Trusted quality.

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

Definitely a well constructed jacket. My torso and arms are long for my chest size so finding jackets that fit well can be a pain. I use this mainly for my fall/spring bike commute to work. No vents for so it can get a little warm during strenuous activity. Snug fit but stylish; You can fit a baselayer and a long sleeved, button-down shirt underneath without issue, but don't expect to have much else. I have a medium and if I were to buy again I would definitely size up. However, this jacket is definitely a staple to my wardrobe. I love the chin guard and the soft lining. Great purchase.

Alpinists must

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

I received this in the mail and the next day took it up full exum of the grand teton. Having never used it before at all, I was going into the situation completely blank slate, crossing my fingers that it wold hold its own. About 8 or 9 pitches up, we faced wind hitting 40 or more mph. A couple more pitches, being 400 feet from the summit, we were surrounded by a lightning storm and snowed out, which eventually turned into a light rain on the rap down. I didnt think too much about the elements because of how well the android worked. I am 6"2', 200 lbs, and the large is a perfect fit with a little room to layer with (which makes it perfect for cold conditions even though it has a bit of insulation). I have since been through similar situations and have only been impressed.

great soft shell. for the peaks and running around town.

Alpinists must

Love my Mountain Hardwear

    This is one of many Mountain Hardwear articles I have and I love each and every one of them. Have not had the chance to put this to a real test yet, but as I bought it for a Rainier climb the first week in June, it will get some use. I got the XL, as I like to have the ability to put layers underneath it. As usual, another great M. H. product.

    Great Jacket

      This jacket is a great purchase. Its light enough to wear when its warm but certainly can hold its own when its cold. I don't know too much about what is the appropriate layering for jackets like this, but wearing a hoodie sweatshirt underneath it is enough for 30 degree temperatures, maybe lower. It also is quite stylish. It also does a great job in light to medium rain.

      Overall a great purchase.

      Great Jacket

        I love the fit of MH jackets and this one is no exception. I'm 6ft 205 lbs and this jacket fits well and isn't too loose. The arms are the perfect length while the jacket sits right at my waist. In fact I like this coat so much I bought another. Definitely go for color if you can as I love the sage as well as the red.

        Update 1/10/12-I ordered this jacket in the red XL and came to realize that the fit wasn't as good as the other jacket with the reason being that my other jacket in sage XL was the previous year's model. For some reason, the red XL newer model fits bigger around the waist, noticeably so. The arms, length, and chest are all perfect but the waist is just too baggy. I'm a 36 waist.

        Winter on the Oregon Coast-tested

          With sideways rain, insane winds (last week we had 70mph winds two days in a row), sleet, and hail, the Oregon coast has got to have some of the most miserable winter weather. But the Android was unfazed. The jacket has kept me comfortable in really awful weather, is comfortable, and gets constant complements on how good it looks. I also had it in the snow for a few days and it fits snugly under a hard shell. I love this jacket. My only complaint is that it runs a bit short in the front (presumably to accommodate a climbing harness), but I can't find any other negatives. I got it in some light green color and people are digging it.

          Winter on the Oregon Coast-tested

          Awesome jacket!

            I really like this jacket - so much that I have 2. I am 6' 180 and normally wear a large t-shirt. The medium is a snug fit - not much room for layers under it, but it fits nicely under a coat. The large gives room for a little bit of layering as long as it's not super bulky. I am pretty impressed with how warm they are! The factory finish will repel light rain for a little while but it will eventually begin to absorb water if you get really wet. However, I sprayed one down with some generic waterproofer and it worked pretty well! I was in strong wind and medium rain for couple of hours and it didn't absorb water at all! One good shake of the jacket and it was dry. These are awesome and they make you look sexy

            Amazing jacket; worth the price

              Bought this jacket maybe two years ago at a local outdoors center and it has treated me very well. Whether I'm hiking, running or cycling this jacket keeps the cold out and the warmth in. It's great at repelling water, too. Well, it used to be. I've been around too many campfires with it and smoke apparently damages the DWR finish. I had at first bought a North Face Apex softshell and immediately returned it as I could feel cold air ripping through as I stepped outside after purchase. I ride my bike at least once a week in winter and all I need underneath is a regular t-shirt overlaid with the MH Android jacket in 20 (F) degree weather. I HIGHLY recommend anyone to get this jacket. If I had the money right now I'd buy another MH Android just to have the convenience of water repellency.

              Realistically, how warm is the MH Android?...

              Realistically, how warm is the MH Android? What's the estimated coldest temperature it can stand? 35 degrees? 20 degrees?