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Warm, packable and Green.

The Mountain Hardwear Men's Hooded Compressor Jacket is the super hero of synthetic insulated jackets. This Mountain Hardwear jacket not only provides excellent warmth for its weight, compresses easily, and blocks wetness, but it is also kind to the planet. Mountain Hardwear stuffed it with lightweight Primaloft ECO insulation, which boasts an earth-friendly mix of recycled and virgin polyester fibers.

  • Lightweight Primaloft ECO insulation provides high-loft warmth, water resistance, and eco-friendly construction
  • Highly compressible for packability
  • Insulated Ergo hood fits over helmets
  • Micro-Chamois-lined chin guard prevents chafing
  • Inner elastic cuffs seal in warmth
  • Durable Water Resistant (DWR) finish repels water

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5 5

Best Puffy I have ever owned

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought this 3 years ago and I have used an abused it. I have used it hiking, climbing, mountaineering, ski touring and in the north dakota winter. It has held up. Very warm for its weight and super comfy.

5 5

Going into its 4th winter - like a beast

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Still my go to cool to cold weather puffy for mountaineering in the Sierra shoulder season into early and late winter - will want to beef up the fill weight when true winter conditions exist. Headed into its 4th consecutive fall/winter of use - looking good as new, well almost good as new.

3 5


I really wanted to love this jacket. I've had it for over a year now. Mine is all grey (although I wanted the two-tone). It is extremely lightweight and warm. Since the hood is made for a helmet, it becomes rather useless for everyday use since it flops all over your head despite the hood tighteners. Also, the zippers continuously get snagged on the ripstop (I've torn the inside of the handwarmer pockets due to multiple snags). The main zipper has a hard time lining up - which prevents me from zipping up in a hurry -- I've found my friends always waiting for me as i struggle to zip up when we're heading out. However, it's a good -looking jacket that I've received many compliments on -- it's the functionality, and design that I've had most issues with. When I find a replacement for this jacket, it will become just an emergency jacket.

Can anybody tell me how this jacket fits...

Can anybody tell me how this jacket fits compared to the MH Windstopper Tech, particularly in the body/waist and sleeve length?

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The Windstopper Tech Jacket is a hair shorter than the Hooded Compressor Jacket and the sleeves on the Windstopper Tech are not quite as long. With that said, you would be the same size in the Windstopper Tech as the Hooded Compressor... I am. Hope this info helps!

i am looking for a great versatile winter...

i am looking for a great versatile winter combo...will this jacket, with an arc'teryx atom lt underneath and a hardshell over will be suitable for -30 degrees F temperatures? i will use it mostly for school and, for that matter, i will use, most of the time, a casual-style cotton T as a base layer.

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-30 degrees F?? Hmmmm. Depending on your metabolism and layering skills... it could work for that cold of temperatures. But, if I were you I would be looking for a pretty puffy down coat for that. Cold days skiing I have used the Compressor underneath a hardshell and been happy. But, that is cold days skiing which is a pretty aerobic activity. I have also worn my compressor on chilly summer evenings in the mountains with a cotton tee. It's a really versatile piece. Hope this info helps!

5 5

Light & Fluffy

This is the kind of gear you just never want to leave sight of. it's sitting next to me right now, actually. the hood is super big and just makes you want to nest down inside it. you could say it's attractive.

unfortunately i have yet to test it in the harsh cold, but i would assume it to be nothing short of furnace-power heat. I can tell you this - MH very aptly named this jacket. It honestly feels like goose down when you compress it. If you're a seasoned jacket roller/packer/stower like myself, rolling this baby into its hood is a breeze.

Only...what, 2 weeks is it til i can whip it out? the steeps of Tuckermans await.

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Update: performance on Tuckerman's Ravine was awesome. We had lows roughly in the lower 20s Fahrenheit while camping the night before heading up, and with only a t-shirt and this jacket on, I was toasty. Later, up at about 4,000 feet at Hermit Lake Shelters, the temps were 20s-30s and again I was plenty warm. I slept with it on it was so comfortable.

Compressor Jacket for backcountry skiing

A short explaination on why I like the MHW Compressor Jacket for backcountry skiing and how I like to use it.

4 5

Great Belay jacket!

Very light weight and compressible, hence the name. It goes in my pack for when I stop and have to belay a climber. Fit is athletic and at 6'1" and 175lbs a Large fits perfect over my hardshell.

I'm giving it a 4 out of 5 stars because I would prefer Primaloft 1 instead of Primaloft Eco. I think they use the Primaloft Eco to save money, the Primaloft 1 is definitely warmer. I also think the jacket needs a neck cinch and hood adjustment for when you're not wearing a helmet.

Overall this is my go-to lightweight jacket but I think there is a little room for improvement.

5 5

My go to jacket

There are three jackets I own that I go to 99% of the time for certain seasons and weather conditions, Mountain Hardwear Alchemy for the warmer winter/spring days, Cloudveil Down Patrol for those 10* and below snot freezing days and my Mountain Hardwear Compressor Hoody for everything in between. I bought this jacket this year to replace a similar style Spyder coat that had seen it's fair share of bon-fires, pine trees and my Husqvarna 575xp. This jacket has become my immediate favorite. except for the coldest and warmest days of winter this is what I wear just about everyday. It's comfort range seems to be between 10-40*F, 10* and cloudy/night time is pushing it a bit & 40* with heavy exertion will make you moist fast. It sheds water well and with my gore tex packlite rain jacket it's all you need to cover most weather conditions. Pockets are nice, zipper in a PIA sometimes and doesn't want to start. The overall construction is excellent. The hood is enormous and will pretty much cover your eyes helmetless so unless your planning to use this jacket to rob a bank the hood is useless for most casual wear situations. Jacket in incredibly light but it won't be seeing the chainsaw or bonfires any time soon, seems durable but I could see it tearing easily on a branch.
Fit wise it was the best I've tried. I'm 6'3”, 230# with a 38 waist ( and I rip) and wear a 48L dresscoat and this jacket fits me perfectly, even the sleeves are long enough which is rare. All that's really needed is a medium weight baselayer but I could easily fit a vest or something thicker underneath

Bottom line, a great jacket that you'll probably end up wearing the majority of the time whether on the mountain or in the bars. Also a great looking Jacket, my wife thinks it's one of the best that I have and she's HOT!
Peace and Love from Vt.

5 5

Fooled me!

Ordered the coat over Christmas break. Was delivered while I was doing some running around town; thought it was odd seeing my welcome mat on top of the package. Picked it up and thought "Wow, this isn't a winter jacket!" Was I wrong!!! Let the puppy out to play, put the jacket on, and went back out to try it out. The temperature was in the teens and there was a 15 - 20 mph wind at that time and the jacket said "All you got, Winter?" Very satisified with the jacket; can't remember the last time I could wear a 400g jacket - had to be pre-school (yep, ordered a 2XL...). Would recommend to anyone plus I will look for the same insulation manufacturer for future purchases.

5 5

Ta Da!

This jacket does everything it should. It is warm, light, and easy to stow. the hood is a bit large if you don't wear a helmet but that is no reason to miss out on a real steal! Great product from a company that is slowly clearing my closet of North Face, Patagucci . . .

I'm in the market for a new jacket to use...

I'm in the market for a new jacket to use while snowboarding, and I found this product a little interesting. I've typically used a standard shell and warming layers (fleece, long sleeves, etc.). But I've been thinking a jacket like this would be useful for unusually cold/windy days. Has anyone used this jacket while riding or skiing before? If so, how did you like it? Specifically, when zipped up, how far up on my face will the jacket cover? How does the hood fit? Can the hood be adjusted?


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To answer specific questions: when zipped up the jacket can be pulled up high enough over your face to cover your mouth and part of your nose. Also, the hood is helmet compatible, with pull strings in the front on either side that can be used to cinch the hood around your helmet. Beyond those pulls though, there are no additional adjustments.

From your question I think you are envisioning using this jacket as an outer shell while skiing - is that correct? If so, then I don't think this is the correct jacket for you. The Compressor jacket is a lightweight synthetic insulation jacket that is intended more for extra warmth when stopped during breaks or at the campsite, and not so much for lots of abuse that a shell typically takes. The face fabric of the Compressor jacket is very lightweight - its not going to withstand lots of falls, scrapes, encounters with trees, etc... On the other hand, this could be an excellent jacket as a warm layer underneath a shell on very cold days. If this is what you were asking about - replacing multiple insulating layers with a single piece of clothing, then this could be the jacket for you. Just to be clear, I think the Compressor jacket is great for what it was designed for, and I don't think it is a wimpy jacket - it just wasn't meant to be used as a daily outer shell.

There are plenty of insulated jackets with a sturdy shell material that would be appropriate for you. Some examples would be the Cloudveil Hoback Jacket, the Mountain Hardwear Synchronicity Jacket or the Arcteryx Sentry Jacket. I'm sure there are lots of other ones too.

4 5

I finally got one!... but...

Long story short: I had tried one on 3 years ago and have never forgotten how amazing this insulated jacket is... now that i finally got one i was a tad disappointed in the changes they had made with this new year model, however, its consistently exceeds my expectations when put to the tests of winter; it does what it says it will do... but the quality suffered a little... my wife has the past year models compressor and my friend has the men's hooded from 2 years back and neither has had the amount of wear and tear from daily use as mine... the inner piece of fabric that runs the length of the zipper and keeps it from touching your shin and letting wind or moisture through CONSTANTLY gets caught in the zipper causing holes and tears in the ripstop fabric... with the other year models i do not see the this happening. ITS just too darn flimsy. In my other Mountain Hardwear jackets they put thicker materials around zippers to keep this from happening, but not here! why? The fabric around the pocket zippers are suffering to. If i had the choice to exchange this years model with an older one i would do it in a heart beat... i tried to find one but they were sold out everywhere. If this were a sleeping bag i would exchange it right away... but other than that i LOVE this jacket... i just need to be patient with it. It fits a bit big but leaves room for layering...

5 5

Is this a magic jacket?!?

Best jacket ever. I bought it last year for my boyfriend, and this year for me and my brother. The Compressor is soooo light but soooo warm. I'm from Mn, I know cold, and this baby stands up to it. Super durable, the year old jacket still looks new, even after 30+ adventures and a 2 winters. Love it!

Wearing a Compressor Jacket on the way back from Antarctica

Wearing a Compressor Jacket on the way back from Antarctica

Compressors are great all around jackets. I usually carry it for an emergency jacket, but it also works well for general usage, like drinking beer on the aft deck of a cruise ship. ;)

4 5

A classic of its genre

I've been using a MHW Compressor Jacket as an "emergency" jacket for backcountry skiing or outdoor use for the last few years and think it is perfect for this type of use. It is compact (thus the name), basic, affordable and has a nice combination of features without going overboard.

I like the synthetic insulation as with an emergency jacket like this, you never know what kind of conditions you are going to be using it, in and it is nice not to have to worry about it getting wet. For instance, if you fell in a creek and needed an immediate warm layer, this type of jacket would be way better than down.

I usually wear a size "medium" but for this jacket and use, I wear a "large" as it will fit over any other clothes/jackets and also creates a lot of extra dead air space, which is warm.

This jacket is available in hooded or not, and I personally like the hooded version, although for most other jackets, I go hoodless.

When it is in my pack, it is about the size of a loaf of bread and so far has taken quite a bit of abuse.

5 5

Good stuff

While this may not be the flashiest jacket, I really like it. The ripstop shell adds some durability, the neck area fits really well, and I love the brushed handwarmer pockets. It's a good jacket for throwing into your pack for those lunchbreaks at the ridgetop when it's snowing and blowing hard.

4 5

Not The Lightest But Feature Packed

I purchased this jacket and the Montbell Ultralight Thermawrap about the same time because I couldn't decide between them. The Montbell is signifcantly lighter and probably just as warm. I'd consider it a true minimalist jacket and the fit between them is just about the same. What's different is the extra features you get with the Compressor and the extra grams of course. I like the lined pockets (extra needed warmth),the fleece lining feels more like chamois though, no pile at all. It also has a Napoleon pocket and an inner zippered chest pocket, both of which are lacking in the Montbell. The zipper of the inner pocket is somewhat fickle and you can easily feel the zipper head when it's pressed against the chest, so I'm hoping it won't be a nuisance when using a sternum strap of a backpack. The hood, in my opinion is more ergonomic than the Montbell's and adjusts and fits (me, at least) better with good coverage and visibility. The outer fabric of both jackets feels thin but supposedly both are durable, time will tell. The Copressor's outer fabric has less shine to it which I like and I feel the Compressor is more attractive. I wish the Compressor came with a bag to stow (the Montbell does) or even better if it could be stowed in its own pocket (The inner pocket could have served well in that respect if designed better, but don't even think of trying it as is!)Overall it all depends on what you want LIGHT or MORE FEATURES? If you're counting grams don't count on this jacket. Smile often, it's wickedly infectious and really good for you.

Will this be available in the lava...

Will this be available in the lava color?

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At this time no Lava's are expected. Sold out.

4 5

So far, so good...

Just got this and so far I'm pleased. It's early autumn in DC so not really cold enough to need this jacket yet.

As for fit: I'm 5'10" 220# and take a 46S jacket and the XL fits me very nicely. Not too baggy or too tight. It's definitely thinner than other insulating layers I have, but felt pretty good under the MH Exposure II parka. I wouldn't dare wear this jacket by itself though: the 15D looks like it wouldn't take much to tear it, ripstop or not.

The real test will be when I take this up Kilimanjaro next year.