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The Monkey Man Jacket-like a big, warm, friendly monkey. Without the teeth. Or the smell.

The Mountain Hardwear Monkey Man jacket is an absolute MUST for winter backcountry enthusiasts, and a great-looking alternative to the run-of-the-mill fleece jackets you see everyday. In fact, it's one of the most unique, technical and attractive fleeces around. Made with Polartec Thermal Pro High Loft, the Monkey Man's fleece, affectionately known as Monkey Phur, is more plush and shaggy than the common standard. It makes you warm just looking at it. That said, the Monkey Man is much lighter than comparable fleece jackets, which brings us to its technical side. It's perfect for those concerned with insulating efficiency, i.e., most warmth per weight, and compressibility (packs well). This jacket is super breathable, so when you're skinning up the mountain quickly on a cold, bluebird day, you won't overheat and have to shed layers. The Monkey Man's great breathability, and extremely light weight prompted Everest guru, Ed Viesturs, to bring a Monkey Man Jacket on his last Annapurna trip.

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4 5

compliments all around

Nothing like walking into a bar and having people stare! Well maybe not, but its a great jacket. I am 6ft at 175 with longer arms and the medium was a bit small so i went with the large. It fits snug but not too tight. The jacket is also warm, just so long there is not any wind. Any breeze goes right through it. Now I know why monkey's dont like it when you blow at them.

5 5

Simply Awesome

I was at the grocery store in my monkey man the other day when the one cashier said to the other, "Pat down his jacket." I thought they were accusing me of shoplifting, but the cashier just stuck her arm out and stroked the phur on the arm of the jacket and said, "Ooohh, this must be the comfiest jacket ever!"

I wear mine basically everywhere, and besides the fact that it's cut a little short for my torso length (6'3"), I can find no faults. Another great product from MH.

4 5

Monkey lost its fur

Well I ordered a MonkeyMan jacket (with its trademark long fur) to replace a treasured and lost MonkeyMan jacket I have had for years... and when it arrived I was disappointed to see that the model has changed (without this site telling me) and it was a fur-less Monkey! That's no good... it's just the same as any number of other similar jackets now... so I have returned it. I am sure that it performs just as well as my old one.. but somehow a furless Monkey doesn't cut it.

5 5

Smaller than expected.

Sleeves and shoulders were a normal size large, but the body fit very snugly. To go any larger though would have been too long in the arms. Very soft warm jacket but wrong fit for me.

5 5

Love Mountain Hardware

What else needs to be said? The Mountain Hardware company makes an incredible line of adventure wear and this fleece follows right in line with all the other gear I've purchased from this company mostly through the great deals I get at You will melt into this fleece unlike any other.

4 5

Sapphire Color is very purple

My computer screen made this jacket look fairly blue with some light purple. When I received it I can only describe the Sapphire color as Grape Smuckers jelly, Barney the dinosaur, purple. You may like that color but it's not for me. Great jacket, nice fleece and good quality. Just wanted to let everyone know about this particular color.

3 5

order one size LARGER than you need.

Great coat, but the sizing chart is not accurate. I ordered the large (as indicated from the sizing chart, i'm usually a 42).
ORDER one size LARGER than you need!

5 5

warm and feels like a teddy bear

The Monkey Man jacket has become one of my favorite items to wear while outside, and that means everything outside of my house! I started to wear the jacket just on backpacking and climbing trips and now I hardly want to wear anything else. Incredibly warm, holds quite a bit of wind and even a bit of rain. Looking forward to test it during the winter. The chest pocket holds cellphone and other things you wanna have close to you and the other pockets hold your hands warm. All in all - great Jacket!!!

5 5

sweet and fuzzy

Awesome jacket, super warm, light, and really breathable.
it makes you feel like a teddy bear!

5 5

The bomb

Wow - when I got my Monkey Phur I was stoked because of all the reviews that I read and finally I got my own along with my wife. Let me say this garment is the best I have ever owned and warm warm warm. I get repeated complements on it as well.

Thanks from Alaska

5 5

Does exactly what its for

I've had this jacket for while now and is the warmest fleece I've ever owned - great winter layering and obviously like the description says, wind cuts right through it, though even with a wind shell it retains a lot of heat. Both Arc'Teryx and Patagonia make something similar using Thermal Pro, but I found this jacket to be the least expensive for the same material (which is what matters).

3 5

tight fit

Tried both the medium and large. Both were tight in the armpits and chest. This jacket seems to be made for very slim upper body type. I'm usually right between medium and large depending on whose gear it is. (5'11" 170lbs) and don't usually have a problem with Mountain Hardwear gear, but this particular one seems different. BC was great about taking them both back. In the end I went with the Patagonia R4.

5 5

A "must have"

This fleece is just fantastic and as warm as I expected. As the winter season started slowly in Europe this year, I tested it in Lapponia during a typical north-wind day. Temperature was around -10°C and I could go out with just a thin thermal shirt (ODLO) and my new MH Monkey!

3 5

Mountain Hardwear Monkey Man Jacket - Men's

I like to travel in extreme conditions. You will understand that there is no place for minor design imperfection. The MonkeyFurrrr Jacket is well built and has a very useful pocket in front of the heart. However, it main flaw resides in the fact that there is no waist string provide an adjusted fit. This would cause snow to be blown up the jacket and an important amount of heat loss. As you may expect, I had to spend an extra cash have a tightening string added by professionals. For the others, hike safely, Never Never Man.

5 5

Awesome Warm to weight ratio

Super-warm jacket. Very well designed.

4 5

Bad@ss jacket

Most comfortable fleece i've ever tried - looks and fits great (in my experience, size up because sizes fit smaller/more snug than i expected). Surprisingly lightweight. I wish it had pit zips for warm days. Not much experience yet in active situations. My girlfriend keeps stealing mine too.

5 5

My Favorite Jacket

I am very happy with my Monkey Man jacket. Since I bought it, the temperature has been steadily dropping and I haven't really noticed. Also, it draws a lot of attention. As long as you don't mind women petting you and telling you how soft you are, you'll love this jacket.

4 5

Monkey Man

Excellent jacket. Very versatile, can be worn outside comfortably in temps down to the 30's, yet it's very breathable so you can leave it on and be cozy when you come inside. Fits true to size. Not as warm as a Denali but much more versatile and you won't look like everyone else.

5 5

monkey man rules!

A good friend of mine recommended your Monkey Man jacket to me. He's in the search and rescue with the sheriff's department and they all wear your gear. I love the jacket, I wear it under a Gore-Tex shell while fishing, it's very comfortable and warm. I've since bought a hat and gloves and love all your products. Thanks

4 5

Depends what you are using it for

This is not a durable jacket if you wear it alone. The outside gets kind of messed up (the elbows get worn down), because the (hairs) are so long. It is a really snug fit around the torso. I think they made this to breathable, because the wind gets through it too easily. They should have made it like the Patagonia R2 which has short hairs to block the wind, and long hairs to have more loft. The R2 is still breaths great, and because of it being so breathable it will not get to warm if you wear it alone. I wear it around the house a lot and I don't get too hot. Sometimes it gets too hot under the arms. They should have put less insulation there like the Patagonia R2-R4's. But if you use it under a shell it is a good fleece. It is also super lightweight which is good, and it does turn heads. It looks great!
I would recommend Patagonia’s R2, which I love, or R3 or R4.

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