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Take on monsoon season with confidence in the Mountain Hardwear Epic Jacket. Built with Mountain Hardwear's waterproof breathable Dry.Q Core laminate, the Epic brings legendary bad-weather protection and ease of packability to your outdoor gear rack. Throw in underarm zips and mesh pockets for ventilation and you have a jacket that keeps you comfortable in multiple ways.

  • Adjustable cuffs and dual hem drawcords allow you to seal out the nasty weather and seal in body heat
  • Micro-chamois-lined chin guard keeps you safe from zipper chafe
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    Has everything your rain jacket needs, keeps the rain out and breaths. pockets are mesh so they double as extra venting. The hood has the pull tab w/velcro on the back so it adjusts to your head size/neck length. I generally like a chest pocket which this lacks, but minimal pockets keeps the weight down. The membrane of this jacket isn't the top as far as waterproof/breathable rating, but it does the job and performs above what you pay for at this price.

    great jacket

      great waterproof jacket. i bought this one for long climbing routes because it was really cheap and looked decent.

      it ended up being a great jacket and with the same quality of my marmot gore-tex paclite.

      it took serious beating while crack climbing and held up great.

      i would recomend this jacket. great one for the money you pay.

      Has kept me dry so far

        Works great as a pack away rain jacket. Doesn't weigh much and blocks wind and water fairly well. 6'2" 175, large is perfect for me by itself in the summer rain, or over a fleece in colder temps. I've used this jacket for over a year now, and it's held up nicely.

        Great Shell

        • Familiarity:I've used it several times

        With the hood over your head and layer underneath, this shell is an oasis in whatever wet element mother nature throws at it. I even wear it casually with a sweater underneath around town. It is a shell so it does need a layer underneath to be warm. The pit zips are the cherry on top.

        Great Shell

        GREAT jacket

        • Familiarity:I've used it several times

        This is the 3rd Mountain Hardware rain jacket I've owned and will never buy another brand. This jacket is not as high tech or has as many features as the more expensive ones, but the basic features are the same. Great quality jacket and has the basics I look for in a jacket.

        Awesome jacket when you get it on sale

          I've used this as my primary rain jacket/wind breaker/shell for the past year or so (and had a similar version which I used for 2-3 years before that). I was able to snag one on sale for around $50 or $60. It's fairly breathable (and the pit zips help a lot), sheds water quite well, and does great in the wind. I've never had a fancy (and expensive) true hard shell to compare it to, but that's only because this has worked well enough that I've never wanted to shell out the money to get something fancier. I'm 5'7" and ~150 lbs and the meeting fits me perfect.

          Review after a few years of ownership

            So, overall, I would like to say this jacket was awesome right out of the box. It shedded rain like crazy and I really enjoyed how light it was on me. Now, after a year or two of owning it and wearing it all over and putting plenty of sweaty backpacking miles in with it on, I have to say, it is still nice, but super gross. The inside of the jacket, MH's conduit laminate, has yellowed horribly, and smells. The shed ability has lessened, and if caught in some decent rain, I'll definitely get wet. With this all said, I feel like I've gotten my money's worth out of it, but I'm saddened that it has taken this look and functionality. All in all, I believe the jacket was a great purchase, and will be buying another Epic to replace my smelly-yellow jacket.

            Send it back to Mountain Hardwear and they'll either fix it or send you a new one. I just did this with a shell that had the same problem, and they're giving me credit for a new one. Gotta love the lifetime warranty!

            Also,they told me that washing the jacket more regularly will help with this problem. The oils from your skin break down the laminate over time.

            Solid rig

              I'm 6'7" around 215 lbs and the XL fits about perfect, therefore a good option for sasquatch frames. This is a really solid jacket for the price. Used it recently on a river trip (Middle Fork of the Salmon). We had one fairly rainy day and the Epic performed as advertised - waterproof and breathable. Good work MH.

              It's good. My older Epic Jacket is better.

                I have the Epic Jacket from 2009 and I got it in an XL so I could wear it as a waterproof shell over layers in the fall/winter. That jacket is fantastic it is my favorite rain jacket ever. I liked it so much I wanted to get another one that was a size down for just wearing over tees in the spring/summer. So I purchased the current model. It's a lot thinner than mine 2009 model. I mean that's okay since it's for spring/summer, but I worry it may rip.

                All in all it's a great jacket for the price. It's waterproof and it fits well. If you've never had an older model you may even think it's darn near perfect.

                Great jacket, not waterproof.

                  This is great as a windbreaker or shell. I've worn it by itself and layered up with fleece underneath. It does the job and the pockets and pit zips are great. Usual high MH build quality. It is NOT a rain coat, though.

                  You could take this out in a short duration light rain but don't pack it as your go-to shell in case the rain dumps while you are hiking. The outer fabric will get saturated and then start to seep inside. You will get cold and wet.

                  If you know it's limits, you'll have a great time in this light piece of gear!

                  Decent rain jacket for the price

                    I picked up one of these for 40$ on clearance. That said for the price its a pretty good little jacket.
                    The fabric is good and the stitching etc. is all of great quality as I have come to expect from Mountain Hardwear.
                    After an extended period of time (over 1.5 hours) in heavy rain I did notice some wetting out of the fabric but only in the shoulders. This occurred faster when I had had something like a strap from a pack on the shoulder.
                    The breathability was decent, however with just a t-shirt on the interior did get somewhat clammy. The inside of the sleeve would then stick to my arms occasionally.
                    My biggest compliant is that after only a couple of months the interior of the jacket near the arm pits has become discolored. My jacket is green and the interior is white with the nut from the mountain hardwear logo printed all over it. Now that area is a nasty faded green color. I haven't contacted Mountain Hardwear yet, but I'm hoping they'll replace is as it seems that the interior Conduit Silk coating/laminate is wearing away in those areas as well.
                    Still if you can find it at a good price I would say you could do worse. But don't expect it to keep you as dry as say Neoshell, PacLite, event, DryQ Elite, etc.

                    A Little Disappointing

                      A few years ago I bought this jacket for it's weight and size when it's all packed up, though when I was hit by a storm and had to use the jacket I was fairly let down, the fabric didn't breath properly, and in fact water was seeping through onto me, considering I'd had the jacket only 2 months and it had only seen showers I called the Mountain Hardwear suppliers for New Zealand, and was told it wasn't the jackets fault, it just needs reproofing and then recommended a few different items to me to do it (I would never expect to have to proof my own waterproof jacket, at least not for the first year or so).

                      Reading through though, I see a lot of people who are more than happy, so it's entirely possible I just had the 1 in a million that slipped through the cracks in MH's quality control.

                      go to jacket

                        good jacket. got it off SAC for less than $50. vents considerably well. packs small. there are better venting jackets out there if you want to pay for them. still vents pretty well. pit zips help. this is my go to jacket. tough ripstop. i like the toggle on back of the hood better than others with toggles on the front. you can fit a helmet under the hood and it rolls out of the way nicely too.

                        conduit laminate material doesnt breathe as well as gore-tex, but it seems to shed water just as well. its never saturated through on me.

                        I can't figure out how to use the flap on the hood to roll it up. It seems like however I do it, the velcro will be either rolled up in the hood, or won't be grabbing the hood at all. What am I doing wrong??

                        real nice

                          i realy like this coat i have bought a few things from Mountain Hardwear. i always had to go one size bigger than my normal. but with this one its a little big. it sheds water great and feels and looks good. all around good stuff. so if your looking for a good rain coat you cant go wrong here.

                          Warranty Support. Bought the jacket in...

                          Warranty Support. Bought the jacket in late 2011. Liner has started to delaminate badly across hood, pockets and seams. How do I claim the lifetime warranty? Currently living OS but have a NY address.


                          I'm 5'7" tall- if I get an XL would it be...

                          I'm 5'7" tall- if I get an XL would it be too long? I would like it to sit just below my belt line. I have a little "beer" belly so that mite make up for some space :)

                          how well does it pack? i just bought the...

                          how well does it pack? i just bought the Ulster jacket, how would they compare?

                          Are the seams taped on this jacket?

                          Are the seams taped on this jacket?

                          YES. The seams are taped on this jacket and have been for the entirety of its existence. If it does not say so in the tech specs... I have that changed. Again, the Epic Jacket is a fully waterproof/breathable and taped seamed jacket. Cheers!

                          Why does it say the sale price Is 54.97...

                          Why does it say the sale price Is 54.97 but when I try to check out the price is 99. Please tell me what to do. Thanks Shealey freeman

                          For the sale only listed a sale price for specific sizes and colors. Right now the sale price of $54.97 is only available for the Jungle color option, in sizes L, XL, and XXL. You can also find a large selection of the Epic Jacket, on sale as well, through I have included a direct link to the product page below:


                          I am 6'0 and about 160 pounds. What size...

                          I am 6'0 and about 160 pounds. What size would fit me best? (I like things a little loose with length)

                          Why is this listed as Goretex paclite??

                          Why is this listed as Goretex paclite??

                          Best Answer

                          Simon is right. The Epic Jacket is made utilizing our waterproof/breathable Conduit Silk and we've been using this waterproof/breathable membrane since its inception many moons ago. I'll work with Backcountry to get the info straight. Thanks!