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Fits big

    Good shell, especially like the number of pockets and roll-up hood. There is a pocket above the main zipper that gives you easy access to a wallet or phone without having to unzip your coat.

    Only bad thing is that the fit seems to be a bit bigger than expected for the size. I typically wear a Medium in every other outerwear/clothing and could have probably gotten away with a small here.

    Got a new one after 7 years from the 1st one...

      I bought one of these in 2002-2003 (i forget exactly which year) and I wore it everywhere. Before I had a North Face Mountain Light Parka (Do they even make that anymore?), and I just thought it was too bulky and heavy. Someone suggested the Exposure Parka, and I never looked back.

      After years of service, the other was looking rough, so I bought a new one. I've had pretty much the same response from this jacket, but I've noticed it's not nearly as "waterproof" as the original. I used from Nik Wash, but it's not really helping. Still, I think this is a minor issue compared to the craftsmanship that goes into this jacket. I've used it for backpacking and hiking, plus cold weather activities.

      Awesome Shell

        This is an awesome shell. Plenty of storage, ventilation, and a built in powder skirt. It is roomy and the sleeves are long. I'm 6'02" tall 200 lbs, and wear 36" long sleeves. Purchased an XL and it is perfect for layering. This was my first order from but won't be my last. My order shipped in record time, and they were very helpful when I asked questions. Great company, great parka.


          XL was WAY too big for me -- and I'm 6'3" 200 lbs. I'd consider myself an "athletic build," but the XL was intended for someone with: a) longer arms; and b) a bigger mid-section. Exchanged for L. Hopefully will fit better. Outside of sizing issue, jacket looks great (there's a reason I'm exchanging).


            This jacket is tough as nails. I have had it for a couple of seasons and have been through some pretty thick woods with it and it still looks great. Just recently had to give it another coat of ReviveX because it was starting to get a little damp but this jacket is almost 3 years old so that is to be expected. It now sheds water like a duck again.

            I really like the pitzip feature. Typical MH quality.


              I selected this parka for back-country XC skiing, snowshoeing and camping. I tend to go out in bad weather and I sweat a lot, so moisture control is a big issue. A week or so ago I went on an XC ski trip in a storm, and this parka was bombproof. I did get wet inside, despite the pit zips, but I probably should have removed one of my inner layers, or slowed down, since the trip out was uphill. Even so, I was warm and comfortable while being blasted by wind and snow, and I did not fasten the snow skirt or tighten any drawstrings. So, as a storm shelter this parka is great.

              Bonus points for extra long sleeves; this can be a problem with many jackets but not this one. One snap went missing from the snow skirt but I attribute that to in-store damage; my wife bought it at a local store. I know I could return it to MH but I don't see the point; this parka already does exactly what I want it to do and the snaps are not the only closure system for the skirt.

              The jacket does not compress much but it does fit into a daypack along with an emergency fleece blanket and all the usual stuff.

              Great jacket

                I got this jacket for a family ski trip to Winterplace WV and it did not let me down. I liked the fabric, the feel and the protection it gave me. I layered up w/ 2 shirts, ski bibs and a fleece liner underneath and it was enough even while tubing at 19 degrees. I just wish the zipper pulls were longer for use w/ gloves on and the interior pocket could be velcro since this is opened w/ gloves also. As for the pit zips, I didn't even know they were there, so no issues for me. I am 6 ft, 185 lbs and got a large. Great coat.

                Great jacket

                A decent ski jacket, but need improvements

                  Overall, I am pretty happy with this shell. I have a hard time getting a good fit for my short/stocky and broad shoulders frame and this was OK. I used it for the first time on a cold and windy day with occasional light snow. I was happy with the wind protection and overall functionality. It has plenty of pocket space and the water bottle pocket is a great addition. I would prefer to have a couple lower pockets, but knew what I was buying beforehand so I cannot complain too much. I read reviews about the fixed hood and did not think it would be an issue, but I was wrong. It really is bulky and heavy when rolled up. Maybe the day I really need a hood, I might be happy it is attached. My last issue is with the arm vents. Once unzipped they are literally open - I like to have something that helps deter the snow from going in during a crash or while riding in powder. It can let too much snow in.

                  If the vents had a mesh to block things other than air and the hood could be removed, it would be 5 stars.

                  Great for a winter storm, but...

                    I found the Exposure 11 parka to be like it says, great coverage for a big storm day. While it may be a great choice for when you need the hood in a storm, it does not roll up or store in a way that for non hooded days would be acceptable. The hood is quite bulky and does not look attractive unless it is in use. The pit zips took a little getting use to, as they weren't easy at first. I think that for the price it is a good value, but it definetely should not to be taken for a 3 season jacket!

                    Mountain Hardwear Expo II, not just for men

                      After 6 months of shopping for a women"s waterproof jacket that is over the hips and has a waist cord without success. I decided to try a men's style. This coat is perfect for oregon back country skiing by just adding a fleece or removing the under layer and unzipping the under arms for warmer weather hiking. The hood is large enough for me to wear a biking helmet with the hood over. I am extremely happy thus far and would highly recommend women giving it a try. bravo to mountain hardwear for making such a versatile jacket.

                      Awesome jacket.

                      I wore it for four days at Breckenridge. The first two days it was very cold and windy. I stayed warm wearing an Underarmor t-shirt, a silk weight long sleeve, a Merino wool sweater and a fleece jacket. The last two days it warmed to the 30's. Ditched the fleece and it was perfect.

                      Awesome jacket.

                      Decent shell, albeit a bit heavy

                        This is a pretty burly shell for winter activities. The pit-zips are nice, as are pockets. After I got used to them, I became a fan of the higher placement of the pockets, allowing me to stash maps or a few cliff bars. The internal mesh pocket is also great for stashing smaller accessories. This thing is also damn near bulletproof. I've gotten into several arguments with trees and the Exposure II has made it through every one of them unscathed. It's also very warm, and allows room for lots of layering if you so desire.This parka does have a couple of down sides that prevent me from giving it five stars. First, the hood is not helmet compatible. But as another reviewer mentioned, with just a beanie on, the hood feels huge. Secondly, if you're doing anything aerobic (i.e. skinning) this jacket heats up quickly and can begin to feel a bit clammy once it does. If you're looking for a good backcountry jacket, I'd head towards the softshell aisle.All in all, a very good price/performance parka.

                        Fantastic Jacket!

                          I have been very pleased with this jacket. Although it doesn't have particularly thick liner I have never felt cold while wearing it skiing and I usually wear just a shirt underneath. I have been out in temps near zero with wind and been as comfortable as one can expect to be in such weather. The powder skirt protects me well on those fantastic deep days and when I take a digger. The pit zips and wrist velcro are nice too. Totally recommend!

                          Classic Style, near perfection!

                            This jacket has that classic style that closely resembles The North Face Parkas from 10 years ago. But the similarities end there. This jacket has a very thick shell, if you're looking for a thin and light jacket do not get this, but if you want a durable jacket that can scrap against branches without ripping, this is your jacket. I love how this has a powder skirt. The pit zips are excellent, the water proofness and breathability seem comparable to other gore-tex parks I have.

                            Pros: durable material, roomy fit (great for layering and movement).

                            Cons: pretty bulky and heavy compared to other jackets, wish it had even more pockets.

                            Other thoughts: probably only a 3 season coat, too thick to really use in the summer (except if it gets cold at night where you are). But because it is rather thick very good wind protection.

                            Great Pockets

                              This is a very good shell. There are well-placed pockets everywhere. There's a convenient and appropriately sized pocket for just about anything you want to carry. The fabric is water proof and breathes pretty well, with pit zips when it really gets warm. Other reviews comment on sizing. I normally wear a large in t-shirts and jackets, and found the large to fit just right. There is room for layering with a fleece jacket underneath, and on a really cold day, a bulky down jacket. But it isn't sloppy or tent-like. Buy your normal size. The sleeves are a little on the long side, but that also helps with layering and keeping the snow out.

                              I replaced a North Face with this. The pockets, both number and functionality, are much better on the Mountain Hardwear. The North Face fabric may breathe a little better. The hood will zip of the North Face, but not on the Mt. Hardwear, but it rolls up tight enough that it's out of the way when not needed.

                              SUPER Jacket for cold weather

                                Got this over a year ago and wore it in some pretty cold hikes in Utah. I reached -25F one morning in Bryce (-33 with the windchill) and this jacket kept me perfectly comfortable. Wore it on top of a baselayer (used MH or UA or Volkl) and a fleece TNF. Yep, that was it for -33... Pretty wonderful in my book.
                                It is a bit bulky (maybe), not super light, but does the job incredibly well. Lots of pockets for whatever you need, excellent pit zips, very useful powder skirt.
                                Got it on sale for some $130, definitely worth it, absolutely no regrets.

                                I'm 5' 10" and 180 lbs, with a 41 inch...

                                I'm 5' 10" and 180 lbs, with a 41 inch chest. What size should I purchase if I want to layer with fleece? Thanks.

                                I am 5'6, 140.....Small or Medium fit...

                                I am 5'6, 140.....Small or Medium fit best?

                                I'm 5'8, 165 and got a small. it is ample through the sleeves and the length is perfect...not too short, not too long. it is a funny fit, though, on me. i could have gone either way as the hood on the medium fit my ample sized head much better. for you, though, its small all the way. good luck, and if you buy it, you will be buying the best jacket made for the price. :)

                                I'm 6'2" tall weigh 200 lbs and have long...

                                I'm 6'2" tall weigh 200 lbs and have long arms (36" sleeve) Large or XL?

                                Im 6'1" and around 175 lbs. what would be...

                                Im 6'1" and around 175 lbs. what would be the best size to go with? And would the size you prefer be able to fit layers underneath the jacket?

                                I am looking into getting a new jacket....

                                I am looking into getting a new jacket. Considering this one. I am 5'9" 165Lbs. I want a waterproof shell that can be worn on its own and as an outer layer with a fleece under for those extremely cold days. Doeas this jacket fit that usage? If so, what size would be best? I want something that fits comfortably with a fleece but at the same time isn't huge as a wear alone shell.

                                Hello would I be an XL or XXL size? I?m,...

                                Hello would I be an XL or XXL size? I’m, 6’1” at 220 lbs. With a poly long-sleeved shirt and a fleece, I’m coming in just at 46” chest and 36” sleeve, and waste is 38-40” depending on type of boardshorts. I read one review on the Mountain Hardwear site from a guy 6’1” 206 pounds and he said the XXL fit him just right, but didn’t say how it fit, etc. But the post here said a 6’ 210 pound person can use a large with layers under. Size is just confusing me a bit. Thanks for any input.

                                Best Answer

                                Ed. Based on below comments and experience I would say that you'll be an XL. I think an XXL would be too big. I think the confusion comes in the fact that people like different fits on their jackets... different strokes for different folks I suppose. I hope this info helps!

                                I have a sizing question if anyone is game,...

                                I have a sizing question if anyone is game, I am 6' and 210 so I was thinking Large or Medium, but I plan on wearing a pretty hefty zip up fleece under the jacket. Normally I would say I am a large but it looks like this jacket runs big. So does anyone of similar size have any suggestions on L vs M?

                                I am 5'9" 190 and I got the Medium. It's nice and loose for me, I am able to wear a nice thick fleece underneath with room to spare. Compared to regular MH shells it feels like a 1/2 size larger. You might want to get the Large just because of sleeve length, because although the body and sleeves are looser the sleeves don't seem to be longer than usual.

                                I am a skinny 5'9" and about 128lbs. I...

                                I am a skinny 5'9" and about 128lbs. I got a small and the sleeves are a great diameter and length, the overall length of the parka is fine, but the chest/stomach area is really puffy. When I have a tshirt, hoody, and fleece under it, there is still room inside that makes me feel like a puffball. I know this is designed for layering, but I don't know how much more than that I would ever layer!
                                MH does make an XS size of this jacket, and i'm wondering if anybody has one or knows how much smaller it would be? Would I still be a puffball; just with shorter sleeves and length?

                                It seems pretty incredible that you have that much room in a small. I am the same height as you and 20 pounds heavier and I usually wear a large in mountain hardwear jackets. I do have extraordinarily long arms, but I've never had a problem with it being too baggy, even without any layers underneath. I'm not sure what to tell you, maybe try another website to see if they have XS. Also ask a friend or family member if it looks too big, maybe it just feels that way but isn't actually that puffy.

                                what is the color of the sapphire. it looks...

                                what is the color of the sapphire. it looks somewhere between blue and an almost violet.

                                I understand the powder skirt is not...

                                I understand the powder skirt is not removable (correct me if I'm mistaken). However, are there internal snaps to secure it when its not in use, or does it hang loose?

                                If one were to buy a large one of these...

                                If one were to buy a large one of these could one fit a large sub zero down jacket underneath it comfortably? Bought a Marmot shell few yrs ago (large) and it is too tight to even fit a large fleece under.


                                But isn't that precisely the kind of environment in which this shell shines -- windy subfreezing temperatures? I was planning to wear a down "sweater" under the shell. I would think fit might be an issue with something like the Subzero jacket in terms of layering, but otherwise sound in principle. But I have no experience with such a combination, so hopefully someone that does will chime in.

                                Yes, it would fit just fine. I'm actually selling my Large Exposure Parka on ebay because it is too big for my taste. I'm 5'10" 170lbs and it feels too big to me. It is a killer jacket and I'm going to buy one in Medium for this upcoming ski season.

                                I live in Minnesota and we get pretty...

                                I live in Minnesota and we get pretty crappy weather in the middle of winter (-10 to -35F with heavy winds). I'm looking for a decent jacket and was wondering if this, combined with a decent fleece would be enough for someone who has to do pretty long walks from the parking lot to work/school (like ~1 mile). I won't be doing any crazy athletic activity, just walking.

                                Best Answer

                                This jacket would probably work for this. However, it is really just a shell, so while it will protect you from wind/snow/rain, for any real warmth you'll need to layer underneath. With a mid to heavy-weight fleece you'll probably be OK, but there's really not much that can make you toasty warm when it's -35F and windy.

                                This shell is made out of Mountain Hardwear's Conduit material. While this does pretty good against the elements, it's not as good as Gore-Tex shells (but it also is much less expensive).

                                One question is really whether this shell is too "technical" for your needs (e.g., will you really use the pit zips, or will they just irritate you?) Will you always have on enough clothing underneath to keep you warm? If warmth is your primary concern (and you want to stay with a Mountain Hardwear product) I would give consideration to a jacket that has some insulation built-in, such at the Mortise or Dado Jackets. When it's seriously cold out, an insulated jacket not only keeps you warm, but allows you to have fewer layers to take off once you get inside.

                                Thank you very much! Those are good suggestions... I may choose one of those instead :)
                                I will definitely use the underarm zips (I get too hot/too cold very easily, so quick adjustment is a huge bonus). I like the idea of being able to use this on non-freezing days as well, without an underlying fleece. I guess my question is, would this and a mid-heavy fleece be sufficient for a sub-zero very windy day? Doesn't have to be "toasty warm", but tolerable is a plus ;)
                                I like the Mortise, but my fear is that having the insulation permanently attached, it will be too hot for me on warmer days. That was part of the allure of layering... but if I'm going to need 10 layers underneath the shell, it may not be worth it ;) What do you think?


                                I'm from northern MI and have had this jacket for 4 years no problems. I wear a fleece under it when it is really cold and the underarm zippers are really helpful for the walking. When you get a bit warm but dont want to take it off. I also have the monkey man fleece which keeps me toasty.

                                I ended up getting one of these on sale and it is FANTASTIC. The earlier response was correct, because it's only a shell, it needs insulation. I bought a US Army ECWCS Level III Polartec 300 Fleece from a surplus store to go underneath it and it works perfectly! (The fleece is comparable to the North Face Denali, but only cost me $27 slightly used). With the two combined, it's just as warm as any of the north face or MHW jackets I've been testing. Fantastic buy, I highly recommend it :) Just thought this might help others who are in the same boat I was. This will definitely be comfortable in our MN winters :)

                                Write your question here... This looks...

                                Write your question here... This looks like what I need but I want a jacket with gortex in it. Does this one have gortex? If not, is there a jacket that is similar that you might suggest?? Thanks, Kelli

                                Best Answer

                                How much would you like to spend. The closest price wise to this Exposure Jacket on the site is the Typhoon Jacket that is made with PacLite from GoreTex. We make them in both Men's and Women's. If you are looking for an equally tough jacket... then you would have to look towards either the Xenon Jacket from Hardwear or anything else utilizing ProShell from GoreTex. So, then the question becomes is Gore more important or toughness... or both? I hope these suggestions help.

                                I saw this jacket in a store and it seemed...

                                I saw this jacket in a store and it seemed as though the hood could be stuffed down into the interior of the back of the jacket (between the liner and the external shell.) And then the velcro flap folded over the opening this created. Is that the case? (I know many Obermeyer kid's coats do this- a type of hidden hood.)

                                I'm looking for a single-coat (not 3-in-1)...

                                I'm looking for a single-coat (not 3-in-1) that has both water/moisture proofing and thinsulate/comparable insulation built-in. Does the Mountain Hardwear Exposure Parka II have insulation? If not, what kind of coat should I be looking for??

                                Best Answer

                                The Exposure II Parka does not have insulation built in. Check out the Mountain Hardwear Dado Jacket for one that does have Primaloft PL One built in to a waterproof shell. If you like the looks of this jacket better and don't mind two jackets you could layer a Compressor Jacket underneath and reach the same amount of warmth. Hope this helps!

                                I'm looking for a single-coat (not 3-in-1)...

                                I'm looking for a single-coat (not 3-in-1) that has both water/moisture proofing and thinsulate/comparable insulation built-in. Does the Mountain Hardwear Exposure Parka II have insulation? If not, what kind of coat should I be looking for??

                                What color is the grill in the Mountain...

                                What color is the grill in the Mountain Hardwear Exposure ii Parka - size m Mens? I would like to have the Expresso/Black - I think that color is Brown/Black - Do you have it in Size m for Men?Thanks