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Mountain Hardwear engineers designed the Men’s Compressor PL Insulated Hooded Jacket to keep your core-temperature from dropping during your high alpine pursuits.Thermally-bonded insulation is placed strategically throughout the jacket to maximize warmth and breathability. The lightweight Thermic Micro is heavy around the core and light through the sides so you stay warm where it counts without overheating. Pockets have been set high and out of the way from harness and pack straps so you gain easy access to them while in the middle of some technical maneuvering. Water-resistant, exceptionally warm, easy to layer under, and highly compressible—the Compressor PL is begging to come along on your next expedition into the unknown.

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2 5

Short ribs.

Loved the jacket and quality. However, I'm 6'2 and the jacket came up to my belly button. Returned it.

5 5

"This coat is BOSS!"

  • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift

My son loves this coat. He wanted something warm with a fitted appearance versus something bulky. This coat delivers. I was impressed that for such a lightweight material, it seems to be very durable. He has worn it every day since receiving it - primarily to school, but I know when the snow comes he'll be outdoors in it as well for active pursuits. I don't see this as a good option for sedentary activities like ice fishing. I expect if he's moving though, and temps are above 10 degrees F, he'll be good to go.

Is this warm enough to layer for 6000m? ...

Is this warm enough to layer for 6000m? Am looking to go 6000m in Nepal next June. I usually run pretty warm anyways and am worried about being too hot.

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I would go with a shell and use more layers than an insulated jacket.

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This is a great jacket and I have used it in Nepal but I don't think that it is enough for 6000m there. I would take a down jacket like Mountain Hardwear sub zero for 6000m in Nepal.

4 5

A good middle-warmth jacket

Not as warm as a big down puffy, but warmer than an ultralight such as the Patagonia nano-puff, this jacket fills a useful nitch. It's well constructed, compressible and warm for its weight. I kind of shy away from carrying it though -- I bring my Pata nano for ultralight endeavors, and a big down coat for my expeditions, and this jacket seems to get left behind. I've been experimenting by combining this and my Patagonia Nano in place of my big down jacket during early season guiding and that's seemed to work well in all but the coldest conditions.

Pluses -- Better construction than I've seen on some recent MH clothes. Light, simple. Good pockets (fleece lined, not too many).
Minuses -- I prefer the hood on my Patagonia Nano Puff (it is tighter and fits underneath my helmet.

5 5

Love it!!!

One of the best jackets I have ever owned.
--incredibly warm for the weight
--soft, so that it shapes to the body and keeps you warm
--hood is great--keeps those drafts off your neck
--the cinch along the bottom hem really works and blocks cold air from entering
--pockets are lined, which keeps hands warm
--inside kangaroo?? pocket allows stowing of larger gear, hats and gloves.

my only concern is the thinness of the fabric, concerned about potential snagging and tearing.

Responded on

this is the 2nd Compressor jacket i have owned, it is not nearly as good as the original. the fabric is too thin and tears on anything. I wore it climbing and it tore when i snagged it against the rock. i wore it belaying and it tore when it snagged on a tiny thorn. i am really disappointed, i loved my original compressor (destroyed it in a motorcycle accident) this model doesn't live up to the original.

5 5

Great jacket for the price

I have been able to wear this jacket in temps to about 34 so far and it has kept me comfortable while not feeling bulky or restrictive if you need a good jacket on a budget this is a great deal!

5 5

Great Jacket!

This jacket is sooooooo warm. I tried it out for the first time on a trip to Canada in January. Worked like a dream. Great hood, but sadly not big enough for a helmet. The nylon sound isn't bad at all (except maybe when the hood is on). This was definitely worth the money.

What is the warmth of this jacket compared...

What is the warmth of this jacket compared to the patagonia micro puff and the arcteryx atom sv??? Also I am 6'2 210 lbs, which size should I get?

Best Answer Responded on

For warmth, Atom SV > Micropuff > Compressor. The Compressor won't leave you freezing, but won't keep you as warm.

For size, you may be able to fit a Large, but XL is safe.

Chillin' on the Kahiltna in my MH Compressor...

Chillin' on the Kahiltna in my MH Compressor...

Probably the best piece of kit I brought with me.

The MH Compressor at Windy Corner on Denali....

The MH Compressor at Windy Corner on Denali....

I wore this thing almost every day for 3 weeks.

5 5


This has been my go to warmth layer while backcountry skiing for the past several years and I'm still in love. It's light and warm with no bells and whistles. I keep it in the bottom of the pack as an extra layer when I'm hanging out or things get really cold. It sheds snow really well so I can just wear it over my shell or baselayer while climbing or skiing. It's durable and I'm not worried about it packing out like down.


Is rubbing nylon noise a problem?

I can't...

Is rubbing nylon noise a problem?

I can't stand that nylon to nylon rubbing noise like in that episode of Seinfeld where George Costanza's nylon pants make that annoying sound.

When you walk normally, does the armpits rub together and make that 'scratching' sound?


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daw. I have not found the Compressor Hooded Jacket to emit anything close to the Costanza 'swish swish swish' and I have been wearing one for years. Now, it is still nylon and nylon rubs against things but again, it is nothing like what you are describing. I hope this info helps... good luck!

How large is the hood? Is it big enough...

How large is the hood? Is it big enough to fit a helmet underneath?

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No, it's not. IMHO this is the biggest downside of the Compressor jacket and the reason I don't own one today. You can stretch and pull the hood over a helmet but it's not comfortable in any way.

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The older version of this jacket (2009 model, I believe) had a huge and floppy hood with no adjustment it always just flopped around unless it was pulled over a helmet.
The new version has a smaller, articulated can pull some drawstrings tight and the hood will move with your head, instead of your head rotating IN your hood.
In my opinion, this is the single biggest improvement on this newer version over the older version. I wear the hood under the helmet sometimes.
Whatever pops your cork, I suppose, but I LOVE the newer version of this jacket.
I guess the happy medium would have been the same big hood but with 2 adjustment points ala Arc T...

My .02

Right now I'm trying to compare this to...

Right now I'm trying to compare this to the Montbell Thermawrap Pro. They seem pretty similar. I like a lot about the MH Compressor but I'm turned off by all the reports of how thin/fragile it is. The Thermawrap Pro looks like it might be a little bulkier though. Is it? This could be a problem in layering. The Thermawrap Pro claims to pack down to 5.7" x 10.5". How does that compare to the MH Compressor and do you think I could get it smaller than that with a good compression sack? I need a hooded insulated jacket that packs fairly small and is to be worn either as a top layer or under my rain shell on extra cold days on the trail or while hanging out around camp. Also, if you can point me toward a review of the Montbell Thermawrap Pro I would be indebted. It being new reviews have been hard to find. I would appreciate any help. Thanks ~Paul

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One last thing, the Compressor uses 120 grams of primaloft one, whereas the thermawrap pro uses 80 grams of thermawrap. After crunching some numbers, the compressor should provide about twice as much warmth as the thermawrap. Much better buy for cold winter stuff.

how does this compare to the older version?...

how does this compare to the older version? Specifically how does the primaloft eco compare to the thermic micro? How does the new 20D nylon ripstop compare to the old convert 15D ripstop? What does the D stand for?

Best Answer Responded on

Mountain Hardwear claims their new Thermic Micro has better loft, but at the same time is more compressible. The insulation is a single sheet so it will not move around on your body exposing you to "cold spots" in the jacket.
The D stands for "denier" which is a unit of measure for fiber density.
The 20D is going to stronger and more resistant to tearing than 15D.
They both weigh 16oz.