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The Mountain Hardwear Monkey Man Fleece Jacket offers fuzzy, plush warmth to backcountry-exploring male primates. This jacket’s high-loft Polartec ThermalPro Monkey Phur not only feels fabulously soft, it compresses for easy packing, insulates you from the cold, and sheds light precip. The Monkey Man’s versatility and breathability prompted alpine climber Ed Viesturs to bring a Monkey Man Jacket on his recent Annapurna trip.

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  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit:True to size

I love this jacket! supper warm and soft. Very comfortable and a lot more sturdy then I thought it would be. Its a great jacket for everything from formal events, to climbing in the backcountry.

Warmth Not Worth the Bulkiness

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

I've had this jacket for a couple of years now and it has been used for a few months in the backcountry. This layer is very warm, but it is also rather bulky. I would personally recommend this piece as an around town piece and not something that I would pack.

Does the job.

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times
  • Fit:True to size

Was looking for a warm jacket that was NOT down and NOT primaloft-type to wear under backpack straps for x-c skiing and backpacking and as a "warm when wet" layer. This is great. Layered under gortex coat or ultralight windbreaker, it's warm. Without the shell, it breathes nicely during exertion and stays warm when wet, with moisture wicking to surface of fabric. Worn with a shell to neg. 7 F (no wind) while skiing; worn w/o shell after heating up. Great sweat management. Big pockets accept mitten shells, second hat/balaclava, windbreaker for layers on short trips. Good height for collar. Any negatives? The sale-priced version only came in red, a gang color in my neighborhood. Whatever. // Size: I'm 5'11/160 lbs., muscular. Size M fits great as second "puffy layer" over a base layer, under down jacket or wind/rain shell.

Warmest Fleece out there

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit:True to size

The warmest and most comfortable fleece you are going to find out there. Wind does cut through it, but can easily use with baselayer/windstopper and set

Great Fleece

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

This jacket is everything it claims to be, and more. The hand pockets are huge enough (reach almost to the shoulders) so that you can inside-out them and pack the jacket into them to make a decent camping pillow. The thinner fleece material on the wrists is nice in that it doesn't get caught on things. Like others have said, wind can cut right through it but if you layer a shell over it you'll be able to handle a lot of climates.



Sizing: 5'9" and 140lbs, medium fits very well.



Bottom line: definitely recommend it, definitely buy it again.

Best Fleece Jacket Ever

  • Fit:True to size

For sizing, I'm 5'9 140lbs. I have a narrow frame. The Monkey Man Size Small fits me perfectly. I also find Montbell and Salomon gear to fit in the same manner as opposed to North Face or Patagonia which are cut larger. I bought this piece to wear over a true base layer to go out snowshoeing, split-boarding, hiking, etc. Having just received it I've only been able to wear it around town and to the office. With just a base layer I can wear this jacket in temps from 32F to 50F without feeling too hot or cold. Although I do add a shell or puffer if it's windy or raining. This jacket allows full range of motion because it doesn't have the bulk of traditional fleece. It also breathes very well so you are warm without overheating. Perfect for what I wanted...in town. Up on the mountain I have no doubt this jacket will perform. Huge hand pockets that extend up the chest. One zipper chest pocket that is below the heart. Key features I like are how the fur fleece wraps your neck when zipped up and the elasticized waist and wrists to keep things snug but not tight. Also, easy zip up and down, no fidgeting. Brilliant so much that I am considering a second just to have when this wears out.

Like a bear skin rug

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit:Runs small

The monkey man is probably the coziest jacket I've ever had. Its more of a layering piece than a stand alone jacket. Wind goes right through it. At 5'10" 240 I went with the large which is what many of my other jackets are, Mountain Hardwear Mountain tech jacket, North Face Red point jacket. The jacket runs a bit short, I prefer a snug fit in my jacekts as I don't ever layer. The Monkey man is too short though falling a couple inches above my belt where the tech jacket is a couple inches below my belt. Comparing this to the monkey man in XL (which I also have)the overall size of the jacket is larger and looses the athletic fit of the jacket almost like a big fluff ball. I would say if you are a bigger guy, athletic or otherwise I would try and find a place to try it on in person its not the most flattering fit wise. I got both on clearance so I can't complain too much on sizing.

Very Pleased in Texas

  • Familiarity:I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit:True to size

The jacket is very warm and comfortable for the mid 20 degree weather we are currently experiencing in the Southwest. I am 5' 10" and 150 lbs and ordered size medium. Jacket fits well be the sleeves are a little bit longer than expected.



I chose the "shark" color which turned out great for my taste - very dark but not black. I think it goes well with the chest pocket/patch than do some of the other colors offered. If I could change anything it would be making the chest patch/logo less obtrusive and shorter sleeves.



Overall a great jacket and warmer than I expected.

Out-Goddamn-Standing!!

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit:True to size

The warmest fleece you will ever own. Looks amazing. Girls in the bar will want to rub your monkey fur. In the field it will keep you warm as long as there is no wind! The wife waits for me to get home to wrap up in my monkey man, she's even in love with it! Well worth the money. It goes hunting, it goes snow shoeing, it goes drinking! This will become your new best friend!!

Pretty Good

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit:True to size

Had this for about a month. So far so good. Warm and super soft. Received many compliments on it. Indoors or out, this boy stays on all day. Would probably sleep in this if I didn't take it off.



Temp wise fares well with just a T shirt or long sleeve T underneath in the anything >40s, anything below that I usually throw a down vest with it (or another layer). Wind does go though this boy like swiss cheese, but its not meant to be a wind-layer. Works well underneath a shell for warm and with some wind-proofing.



Only other thing, I ordered the "black" colour which showed the yellow MHW logo. I received the "black/shark" colour. Not a huge deal, but I think the yellow logo looks better. Just a heads up to others if they are looking for the yellow logo.



Still great fleece and look forward to taking it out on cold mountain days.



Ordered a M, I'm 5'9", ~145 lb for reference. Leans more toward a slim/athletic fit. 4 stars because I don't believe anything is perfect, there is alway something better.

Great Fleece

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times
  • Fit:True to size

Very warm, super comfortable fleece. Great athletic fit, except it's a bit short - but I am 6'4", so it's not surprising. It's not windproof, but it doesn't claim to be. I've worn it with a t-shirt, light hoody, and this fleece over, and been VERY warm - but the real Chicago winter has yet to kick in. I know I can layer this under my light down jacket and at least my torso will not feel the cold. I'd recommend this fleece.

Not too impressed...

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times
  • Fit:Runs large

I bought this jacket to wear as an outer layer around town, but after the first time out I was quickly mistaken. The jacket is a lot more breathable than I thought it would be considering it was a 300 weight fleece. I couldn't stay warm just wearing this jacket as the wind cuts straight through it.



It has some positives though, it's very very soft, and very sexy. There is something about it, once you put it on you feel the need to grow a beard. I would recommend the jacket if you want to look good, but not if you want to stay warm.

Yea it is too breathable for cold weather with a breeze but use it as a mid layer and it does wonders. We are having negative single digit weather in Denver this week and wearing this under MH Nitrous (thin down) kept me comfortable until I start moving and lifting things- then it got a little warm.

Touch the monkey!

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit:True to size

Ladies love this jacket. Just something about touching a fuzzy man is magical, so this is definitely a lady magnet. Fits lovely, I would say fits to form well(athletic). Warmth wise it is great! Amazing at insulating. Only downside is that it does not do well with wind so I would suggest a shell with this jacket on windy cold days. A great layering jacket.

Does this fleece shed? I bought the Marmot...

Does this fleece shed? I bought the Marmot Solar Flair fleece which also has this fuzzy appearance. However, as the other reviewer said (I'd have taken his advice) in that product's review, that fleece sheds like crazy. Can anyone please tell me whether the Monkey Man sheds or not? Thanks.

I'm 5'11 168 what's the best size?

I'm 5'11 168 what's the best size?

Best Answer

Tango7,

I own the hooded version of this jacket and want to add a little to the advise Jared has already given you. I think he is right that a large will fit you based on the measurements you have given, but you should also consider how you intend to use it. My Monkey Man Fleece has been a constant companion on cold weather outings and I have primarily used it as a laying piece under a shell. Despite being 6'0" and 180, I chose a medium to have a more trim fit that would work well in tandem with outer layers. This has worked well for me, and for my purposes I am glad I got the medium. If you need a good midlayer I would consider a Medium. If you are looking to use the Monkey Man as a stand alone piece or as an outer with layers underneath, I think a Large might suit you well, but always have a mind to your intended use.

I'm 5'1"" and weigh 134lbs. Does the monkey...

I'm 5'1"" and weigh 134lbs. Does the monkey man fleece jacket come in a small size? John

I have had mine for a year or so and I...

I have had mine for a year or so and I have a hard time wearing it. It is just too warm for most conditions. If I do any sort of movement, I warm up and I just roast in this thing.



For those of you that are happy with your Monkey Man, can you tell me where you are from and under what conditions you normally wear this jacket?



Thanks for your help!

Best Answer

Yeah Kurt, the Monkey Man Fleece jacket is a seriously warm fleece coat. The next time you look for a fleece layer, consider the "weight" of the fleece. Usually this measurement comes in the form of a rating of 100, 200, 300, or occasionally 400--with the higher numbers corresponding to a warmer coat. This jacket is a 300-weight fleece coat, meaning it is at the absolute upper end of warmth for a fleece layer. For light fall and spring days, look at 100-weight fleece coats, colder fall/spring days and light winter days, 200-weight, and then for full on freezing winter, look at 300 and 400 weight fleece like this one.

So would you say this is a standard fit...

So would you say this is a standard fit or more athletic? Does it fit closer than the Pat R3? Thanks.

I am 5'8 and 135 pounds. Should I get a...

I am 5'8 and 135 pounds. Should I get a small or medium?

This probably comes a little late for Nick, but for anyone else fitting his description, I would recommend a small. FWIW, I'm 5'8" (173cm) and 145 pounds (66 kg), slim build. I have an older (6-7 yrs.) Monkey Man in Medium that sits right at the belt, with sleeves just long enough that they don't ride up when I raise my arms overhead. MH have changed the cut slightly, and I chose a current Small to replace it. It fits much closer, as expected, with the same, if not slightly longer sleeve to give me the same coverage when raising my arms,despite the fact that it fits snugly around my chest and under my armpits. Also, I personally find it has just a little more torso coverage than that older Medium, which, together with the snugger fit of the Small, means no drafts at the waist. As a mid-layer, I like that it doesn't jut out from underneath any of my jackets, including a fairly short-waisted motorcycle jacket. Toasty warm under a shell, but super breathable to allow you to quickly dump excess heat.

Is Thermal Pro Monkey Phur the same thing...

Is Thermal Pro Monkey Phur the same thing as Thermal Pro Hi Loft? Does it offer the same level of insulation?

Whatdaya think, this one or Patagonia R2?...

Whatdaya think, this one or Patagonia R2? checking both of them out, both are nice, etc. . Thanks

A sizing dilemma.. I think I am stuck...

A sizing dilemma..

I think I am stuck between 2 sizes here (as happened before with the Patagonia micropuff pullover).. I am about 5'10" and maybe 170 lbs or so with an slim(ish) athletic build. I think my arms are too short because I ordered the medium and it fits rather snug (like I could only wear my medium sized tshirt underneath and the armpits are real tight). Snug is okay, the big issue is the sleeves are like 3 inchs too long and thus the whole arms 'bundle' up and look all wavy.

I am considering returning for a large to solve the arm pit and general snugness.. Problem being if I do so I am assuming the large will have even longer sleeves (oh no!). Can anyone confirm or deny this? Any thoughts on my first world crisis issue here?

Thanks!

Best Answer

The Large will add another inch to the sleeve length. Sounds like you do not want this... so, you can go with the medium and wear only a thin layer underneath. I would have to go with the next size up, though, because the underarm tightness would annoy me more than the sleeve length. Have to pick based on what annoys you the most. The Large will still have a nice athletic fit, too.

I'm looking and getting fleece jacket b/c...

I'm looking and getting fleece jacket b/c of the high loft of the fleece and the color. I'm 6'2" and about 210lbs. Looking at the size guide, Large is perfect fit, but does Mountain Hardware run small or true to size?

How does the current model of the monkey...

How does the current model of the monkey man stand up to washing? Does it lose the soft furry feeling and mat or does it remain pristine?

Can someone comment as to this jacket's...

Can someone comment as to this jacket's warmth? How does this jacket compare to a TNF Denali jacket (in terms of warmth - I know the fit is better)?

The Mt. Hardwear Monkey Man Fleece Jacket is similar to the North Face Denali Jacket. Please be aware that neither of these "jackets" are meant for really cold winter days. They are the equivalent of
warm sweaters - meant for after ski wear - or for a warm day in winter - around 40 degrees Farenheit, to take the chill out. For colder days, it would be wise to invest in a good down jacket or parka - either from Mt. Hardwear or some other equally reputable manufacturer. Hope this helps.

Kur. The Monkey Man fleece is about as warm as you are going to get in a fleece jacket without a laminate and would be warmer than a standard 300wt fleece like a Denail Jacket. The Monkey Man is made with a high loft fleece that has phenomenal insulative value for its weight which provides great performance as a stand alone jacket on cool days (40 degrees etc.) and as a perfect mid-layer on cold days underneath a shell or like jacket. I hope this info helps!

Which fleece is warmer? The Monkey Man,...

Which fleece is warmer? The Monkey Man, or the Patagonia R2? I tried them both on today at a local outdoors store, and it seemed like the Monkey Man is a heavy fleece, but I'm curious what everyone else thinks...

Not even close... the Monkey Man is warmer, better looking and cut more with an athletic shape. Patagonia sizing is all wrong. Everything is boxy fitting and cut a bit bigger. Normally I buy jackets that are large, but for Patagonia, I've got to go medium. If I go large, then the stomach area is way to voluminous.

Not even close... the Monkey Man is warmer, better looking and cut more with an athletic shape. Patagonia sizing is all wrong. Everything is boxy fitting and cut a bit bigger. Normally I buy jackets that are large, but for Patagonia, I've got to go medium. If I go large, then the stomach area is way to voluminous.

As with first comment, Patagonia sizing is all wrong. Everything is a cut a bit too big and boxy. If you have a large chest and a small waist you are in for an unpleasant surprise. Having said that, if you are normally a large, then often medium suits you. If you get a large you will be swimming in the jacket. Horrible fit. For fat old men whose torsos look like a square.

As with first comment, Patagonia sizing is all wrong. Everything is a cut a bit too big and boxy. If you have a large chest and a small waist you are in for an unpleasant surprise. Having said that, if you are normally a large, then often medium suits you. If you get a large you will be swimming in the jacket. Horrible fit. For fat old men whose torsos look like a square.

I have been looking at buying this jacket...

I have been looking at buying this jacket for a while now and have looked on multiple websites for prices, reviews, ect. I have noticed a significant difference in the color of the jackets on this website vs others including mountainhardwear.com. I am looking at getting the Cyress which on MH's site looks more olivish and on here looks like Kelly green. Can anyone tell me the true color of the jacket please.

Is the sapphire color a shade of blue or...

Is the sapphire color a shade of blue or more of a purple?

Is there a big difference between the...

Is there a big difference between the sleeve lengths of the L and XL?

I used to have an XL... The sleeves were slightly long, and they ran to near the tip of my thumb. Would the L be a better fit?

There is a 1 inch difference in sleeve length between the L and XL. (35in vs 36in) I think that the sleeve length would be more comfortable in the L. However, I'd be more concerned about fit in the torso if you are downsizing. If the torso is gonna be too tight, correct sleeve length is pointless then

Is there a big difference between the torso...

Is there a big difference between the torso length of the L and the XL?

I have an XL from last year, and everything was too big except for the length of the torso, so I'm thinking that an L would be pretty good if it's not too short. I'm 6'0" and 160 if that helps.

Kevin. The large should fit you just right. There is not a whole lot of difference between the overall length of the XL and the L. The size is graded... so, there is a little difference but not much. I hope this info helps!

I'm 6'1 and 200 pounds, im wondering if I...

I'm 6'1 and 200 pounds, im wondering if I should get the L or the XL, i wear a L in my north face denali but I didn't know if this was cut smaller

I own a Monkey Man jacket and it has been...

I own a Monkey Man jacket and it has been one of the greatest fleeces that I have ever owned. My only wish is that it had pit zips. My question is, after washing the fleece with Revivex synthetic fabric cleaner, should I wash it again with Revivex Wash In Water Repellent to restore the DWR? It has been washed a few times since I bought it about a year ago and I was wondering if I needed to renew the DWR.

Kurt S. Good question. As long as you have kept the garment clean it probably is not necessary yet to renew the DWR. Washing the jacket and popping it in the dryer for a bit will do wonders for the DWR already on the fleece. As for whether or not it's time for Revivex... I am not sure but I would say that you have little risk in giving it a shot. I am just not sure how the Revivex would work with fleece but again you have little risk in trying it out. Hope this info helps!