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The Mountain Hardwear Compressor Hooded Insulated Jacket uses down-like synthetic fibers to hold in heat even if it gets wet so your mid-winter tour in the Cascades won't leave you freezing. Waterproof Thermal.Q Elite insulation retains 20% more warmth than standard synthetic insulation by combining thicker, stiffer fibers to create a three-dimensional matrix which is then filled by smaller insulating fibers, much like actual down. Plus, this jacket places more insulation around your torso where you need it and less insulation around your arms to give you room to move.

Butter jersey cuffs comfortably seal out cold air, while dual hem drawcords create a custom fit and prevent cold air from blowing up your jacket. Front hand-warmer pockets and an internal security pocket hold your essentials. The fully insulated hood protects your head from the cold.

  • Thermal.Q Elite synthetic insulation
  • 20D ripstop
  • Dual hem drawcord
  • Insulated hood
  • Hand-warmer pockets and internal security pocket
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Really Nice Jacket But..

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times
  • Fit:Runs small

Looks and feel and warmth of this jacket are all top notch. It's a very warm synthetic layer that is light and compressible. They fit just wasn't right for me. All the dimensions were good with a size small, but it was too tight across the chest. I am short with a broad chest/back so i have this problem often. Oh well.

Compared to the mountain hardwear thermostatic, this jacket fit is smaller/more athletic.

Sizing gone wild...

  • Familiarity:I returned this product before using it
  • Fit:Runs large
  • Size Bought: Large

I'm not sure what MH has done with their sizing lately. I purchased this jacket to replace the same model previously purchased about 5 years ago. The jacket is nice - the cuffs are updated, the weight is spot-on at about 17 oz (on my scale, size L), and I think it would be great - if it fit. The new jacket is about the right length, but I could fit me plus a small gorilla inside the body. My old one was a very athletic fit. Come on, MH, who are you marketing to? Apparently not the slim, athletic type.

For reference, I'm 6'2", 170 lbs, and the old size large fit great. The new one - you'll like it if your substantially more robust than me.

Favorite jacket

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit:True to size

Have the Black/Shark in Medium (5'11'', 165-175) and have owned this jacket for two years. Easily my favorite jacket, keeps you good from 30-60 degrees. The hood is just the right tension for keep wind off your ears, and keeping your neck cozy, even if it isn't raining it's great protection. The napoleon pocket is where I put my phone. The pockets are comfy fleece lined, and so is the collar when zipped all the way up. Sleeves were a little long, but then my shoulders started getting bigger (crushing boulders!) and now it's perfect. Oh, and they have this jersey material in the cuffs that keep wind from sneaking up, super nice. Slim fitting, with a little extra slink in the waist to wear a harness.

People make fun of me because I also nap on the couch wearing this thing instead of using a quilt - the material overall mostly feels like a sleeping bag. Sooooooo good!

Once this finally falls apart I'm getting another.

i bought this jacket 3 times now

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit:True to size

bought this particular model for my dad after he tried my jacket in -30C temperature.. why we were our on that temperature??? .. don't ask....

so he's been hinting that he wanted this jacket eventhou he lives in Indonesia ( 30 C probably their normal temperature over there)

I got one for him anyway...

and of course .. mom had to try it .. so here she was.. wearing the jacket during whale watching tour.

on the serious note.. this jacket IS the bomb.. i have my 2nd pair and it's been with me while I was climbing in the alps.

i bought this jacket 3 times now


  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit:True to size

I live in Minnesota, so the need for a versatile jacket is critical. This jacket has met and surpassed any expectations I ever had on it! I originally got the jacket after doing a bunch or research and reading reviews. I then found out that NOLS uses the jacket for their courses. If it's good enough for NOLS and their rigorous, courses, then it's the jacket for me!

I got it over a month ago, and it has probably seen 3 of Minnesota's 4 seasons already! It's withstood rain, sleet, heavy snow, and sub zero (-7) temperatures with below zero wind chills. It has proven to be waterproof thus far, but obviously a shell is recommended for fabric protection.

I have worn it outside in -12 to shovel with just a t-shirt underneath and been plenty warm enough. I have even started walking to work every day so that I can really test the jacket and its limits. I am excited to use it backpacking.

It has an amazing sleek design that while sporty, is also casual. It also isn't as loose as my other Mountain Hardwear puffy jacket, so there is no wind constantly blowing through or up it; creating a wind-tunnel effect. Plus it has a drawcord waist to prevent that anyways. It is also very lightweight, so great for those that ounce count. My favorite features are the jersey cuffs on the sleeves and its durability. It also has a number of well placed pockets, including a nice internal pocket.

If I had to be critical of this amazing jacket it would be that the sleeves are a touch long, and that the hood is a bit tall also, but in the jackets defense, I do believe the hood is built for the individual wearing it to use it for ice climbing and therefore a helmet would fit underneath it. I have yet to try that, but will soon. In regards to the sleeves, I am a 5'7, and 160lb female with broad shoulders, that gets men's jackets due to her athletic build/cut. Probably why the sleeves are longer for me.