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Badass weather-busting, sweet soft fabric with fancy features for your winter exploits.
It's almost as though you wait until the weather has past miserable and is moving dangerously close towards tortuous before you venture outside. The Mountain Hardwear Men's Compulsion 3L Jacket can't explain you, but it understands what drives you forward when mere mortals take a step back. Tough face fabric puts the hard in hardshell protection but feels soft and pliable to keep you comfy in the backcountry for a full day of touring.
Dry.Q Elite represents Mountain Hardwear's premier weatherproofing. Unlike other technologies, Dry.Q Elite does not require a critical mass of moisture vapor to breathe; instead, this tech is always on, so you don't notice the first peep of perspiration when you're skinning straight up. Conversely, the dense nature of the nylon weave creates a windproof barrier. If you do get sweaty, and you're ready to reap the steep and deep fruits of your labors, Dry.Q Elite won't the let wind in to turn your sweat into cold, clammy wetness. Since water is bigger than air, it stands to reason that if air can't get through the fabric, it would be physically impossible for water to get in. As such, you're left with Dry.Q's windproof, waterproof, and breathable protection.
Instead of bells and whistles, the Compulsion 3L has fireworkers and cannons. The adjustable stretch powder skirt comes off when spring corn replaces February pow spray. The drop hood holds your helmet and adjusts so you're never looking at the inside of the hood. Pack-compatible pockets double as escape routes for surplus body heat as you hit steep sections of skintrack, and the full-length water-resistant zipper takes away water's last chance for entry.
- Dry.Q Elite 70D nylon, 3-layer
- Relaxed fit
- Pack-compatible front pockets double as vents
- 3-way adjustable hood
- AquaGuard Vislon water-resistant zippers
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MH Compulsion 3L Jacket - Men's Large
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
- Fit: Runs large
Not worth the full price, but on par with other jackets in the same SALE price range. It's not above average to justify the above average retail price. I bought this jacket to have for those bad weather, or sloppy snow days when it doesn't know if it will rain or snow. It works great in that regard. I don't know how long it will work great....but its roomy for a large (44" chest) and this keeps me dry outside! I generate a lot of heat and have yet to find a jacket that keeps me dry inside....so I can't fault it for that. Nevertheless, I've tried other jackets and layered systems and I can't honestly say this is any better than other modern 'breathable' fabrics/systems. A $90 shell and polypro top work just as well for me.....so it is a purchase that turns out to be lucky for my son, but not such a bargain for me.
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I got it half way through a season of primarily skiing but also some snow hiking. When your hauling ass through trees its never any worse for some close scrapes, it also pretty light weight. it is totally wind proof but if your not wearing an insulating layer underneath the cold wind can push up against your body since the coat is not insulated at all. I'm 6'1 and 175lb and got a M it fits well except its a little loose in the stomach even with an insulating layer.
I usually wear a medium in MHW jackets,...
I usually wear a medium in MHW jackets, but I know this jacket is more of a "relaxed" fit. Usually a size small is too tight through my shoulders and I have a 39" inch chest but 29 inch waist, long torso. I would like to be able to layer a Nitro down hoody underneath without restrictions through the shoulders. What size would you recommend?
Medium.....I have the large and I am 44" chest, normal torso and I'm swimming in it to be honest. Plenty of room for me to layer fleece and polypro without any loss of movement. I think you'ld be risking it to get a small, at this price....and be prepared to return it if it doesn't fit just perfect. Not sure I'd touch this jacket without it being on sale for half the price.
Are ski clothing companies trying to avoid...
Are ski clothing companies trying to avoid accountability for waterproof/breathable by not giving a fabric a number we can compare. At over$600 to offer DryQ, a proprietary fabric, and not quantify the specs is way out of line. Is MH now just the upper end of Columbia? There is no way to know what you're getting any more.
2 years ago, when I brought my Dry Q Elite Jacket, the Victorio, which has since been discountinued the waterproofing rating was 40K and the breathability was 32K. Backcountry used to post the rating on MH products. I would call them.