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Skiing in terrible weather isn't so much a choice as it is a unavoidable compulsion, right? That's what Mountain Hardwear figure when it made the Compulsion 3L Men's Ski Jacket with a three-layer Dry.Q Elite waterproof and breathable membrane. Unlike most waterproof laminates, Dry.Q Elite doesn't require moisture to build up before it starts to breath--it begins instantly, so you'll never feel sticky or soggy, even on damp days when you're skinning up through dense trees. The tough nylon fabric has a smooth, soft feel that will make it hard to believe the Compulsion isn't actually a softshell, and the pack-compatible chest pockets double as vents, to keep you cool and comfortable on those rare days when the Dry.Q Elite isn't enough on its own.

Mountain Hardwear also decked the Compulsion out with resort- and backcountry-friendly features like a removable and adjustable powder skirt, adjustable and helmet-compatible hood, and a sleeve pass pocket to make those RFID gates a little less annoying. The chin is lined with soft fabric to prevent chafing, and the plethora of pockets keep your phone, music, goggles, and snacks easily accessible whether you're riding lifts or hammering down on the skin track.

  • Nylon fabric with Dry.Q Elite three-layer waterproof and breathable membrane
  • Adjustable and helmet compatible hood
  • Removable and adjustable stretch powder skirt
  • Pack-compatible chest pockets double as vents
  • Soft chin guard
  • Internal goggle and media pockets
  • Hook-and-loop cuffs
  • Recco reflector
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If only the collar weren't so high...

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

If the collar weren't so "in the way" I suspect I would have been very, very happy with this jacket. Take a look at the photo in Uriel Alejandro's review... note the collar up over his nose... that's pretty much the way it's going to be unless you have a super long neck. I was looking for a touch but lightweight shell for resort snowboarding in all kinds of weather. If you like the high collar design, this will probably be great for you. I prefer a more open design where I can add a neck gaiter or balaclava in inclement weather and have less fabric in the way on nicer days, personally.

Mountaineering 3L

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times
  • Fit:True to size
  • Size Bought: M

I use this jacket on my last weekend trip, is very light and the fabrics are very durable, i pass through very sharpened rocks and branches, use it under heavy weather and heavy winds at 4500mts (14700ft), it keeps me dry and warm, and trully dry fast.

Mountaineering 3L


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

Fits well, durable, no-kidding waterproof, super breathable. I'm pretty impressed by the Dry.Q Elite. Amble pockets, fits with a harness. One of the best features is the hood that is separate from the neck. Most jackets it seems are going to designs that combine the neck and hood. This is far superior. Well worth the $300 price (which I consider very expensive for a jacket). No jacket, no matter how good is worth $650. Took it on lots of backcountry outings including a week long ski trip in the Tordrillo Mountains this past winter and it was everything it claims to be.