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Mountain Hardwear combined AirShield Fleece and Deflection Softshell to give the Mountain Tech Jacket the ability to hold in warmth while it stops icy winds. Layer it under a water-resistant shell for cold-weather skiing or all by itself for chilly days around town.

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EBC and back

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

wore this to EBC in January, where it was bloody cold. down to -17 C. It was a great jacket to use in a layered system. Even on the extremely cold days, I only needed a single long sleeved capilene thermal top to keep me warm, although I do run a bit hot. The venting makes it nice on the warmer days to allow air flow by the pits. material is durable and comfortable, I have a feeling I'll be wearing this jacket for some time.

EBC and back

Wind? What wind?

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

This jacket rocks! I've had it for several years now, so my version is the one that has Gore Windstopper. If the AirShield is anything like that, you will love this jacket. The pockets are perfectly placed to where you can still access them while wearing a harness and the jacket is still rather packable, considering that it's a soft shell. If you can afford it, get it!

Wind? What wind?

To the true outdoors people!

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

This is my second time that i have bought this Tech Jacket. To make it simple the first one was warn for 5 years and has been put through the wringer and maybe has one lithe hole in the sleeve. Its an awesome jacket to own. I would recommend this especially if you love to climb or go into the backcountry.

My favorite fleece

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

I have two of these fleeces in black and titanium, I also had it in red but felt like having 3 identical jackets was a bit extreme. A family member gladly took it off my hands. The fit is athletic, At 5'10" 240 49" chest 36 waist the Large fits snug with enough room for a t-shirt only. Its wind proof and warm enough for temps in the upper 20's . I have the original wind stopper gore versions which have held up great for the 8 years I have owned them. The pockets and venting are my favorite part of the jacket, impossible to overheat.

Great update to the original

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

Great jacket. Stays true to the Mountain Hardwear tradition of the Tech Jacket being bullet proof. This is the second one that I have owned. First one lasted me for 12 years. Great fit, very versatile and warm.

The original Mountain Hardwear fleece

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

I bought this jacket back when Mountain Hardwear first introduced it and am still using it to this day. I remember at the time it was considered groundbreaking for using Windstopper tech which took fleece construction to a new level. It is true that MH has abandoned Windstopper on this piece but they have replaced it with their own proprietary AirShield which works well. I can understand the criticism that many people will want either a true fleece or a true softshell and not a blend, but this has always filled a needed place in wardrobe. For me it continues to be the best of both worlds for warmth and wind protection.

A legendary piece

    My MHW Tech Jacket is about tens years old. I wear it nearly every day for almost half the year. I don't think I own anything that has lasted so well for so long. Columbia Sportswear bought MHW right after I got mine, which could explain the change in sizing and no longer using Gore Windstopper fleece. Everything about it is well designed. Pit zips are a life saver, the reinforced shoulders wear like iron and the hand warmer are located high enough on the torso to be above the hip belt of a backpack. I have worn it everywhere over the years in almost any weather imaginable- it performs well.

    A legendary piece


    • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

    This was going to be my 4th Mtn Tech Jacket. I love the others that I have. They have always been true to size but this one is cut smaller and is too small. The new material is not the same. Mtn Hardware is making a mistake in changing the design on this particular jacket. It has been my "Go To" for more than 10 years. I would never think of buying anything else...until now.

    Super disappointed

    • Familiarity:I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

    After wearing the old Gore Windstopper version for 7 years I got a new Airshield this spring but only got to wear it the last few days hiking the dog. I live in Park City UT and it's not that cold yet but the jacket is frigid on the shoulders and sleeves. I have skied many days in my old Windstopper and was never cold in this area. The Airshield may block wind but has poor insulation .Be warned this is not as warm as the Gore Windstopper it replaced. Super disappointed as it's been too long to return it.

    Softshell or fleece - pick one.

    • Familiarity:I've used it several times

    This jacket does what it's supposed to - stop wind. I don't deny that, and it's nice, but the jacket really doesn't provide much warmth. A fleece is warmer, and a softshell is more weatherproof. This jacket CAN work as a mid-layer, but really its fit is much more of a shell. And it doesn't work as a shell - yeah, water would bead a bit, but it won't handle weather as well as some softshells might. I can't return mine anymore, but it's taken a lot of convincing myself not to sell the thing and put the money to a warmer fleece or a more weatherproof softshell. I wouldn't spend my money on this again.

    Weird sizing

    • Familiarity:I've used it several times

    This was the first Windstopper jacket I ever got. It was a gift from my parents. The jacket is very thin and isn't suitable for winter wear. It would make a decent layering piece if the collar wasn't incredibly uncomfortable. The main issue with this coat is that the sizing is strange. I am 5'11" and 180lbs and wear a large in most items. For this coat, I had to get an extra large and the body fit fine in the shoulders and chest but it barely made my waist. The arms were also too short. I ended up replacing it with a North Face Sentinel that was much better.

    As a disclaimer, I am affiliated with Gore for product testing of Gore-tex products for the purpose of product review and recommendation. I do receive items from Gore for these purposes.

    Excellent outdoor windproof softshell

      First off, I'm 6'2" 170-175 pounds (athletic build) and the large fits me exactly as a mid-layer to outer-layer should; it has enough room for a fleece and shirt underneath, but fits snug enough for a water-proof shell to fit over it. The neck is comfortable, the sleeves are long enough, and I have enough room to move without it being baggy. I bought the sapphire blue/black and it looks cool enough, but I only wear this for backcountry trips, backpacking, day-hikes, and trail runs. I spend my time mostly in the San Bernardino Mountains, San Gabriels, Sierra Nevadas, and Santa Anas as I live in Southern California (temporarily), and the jacket is perfect as an outer layer unless it's winter, or it's a rainy day. The pit zips provide excellent ventilation when you're hiking on a day with strong wind gusts, yet is otherwise warm. It doesn't have a hood, but I prefer hats or a beanie anyway, since hoods have always made me feel claustrophobic, and they also affect my peripheral vision, which I don't enjoy on steep, rocky terrain. The pockets seem to be in an odd place until you strap on your large backpack for extended trips and realize the hip belts interfere with normal pockets. The higher placement allows you to access your pockets if need be, and besides, who hikes with their hands in their pockets? Obviously no jacket is perfect for every condition, and in my experience, no jacket works for every person since we all have different preferences and body types, but overall I've found this jacket to be a great asset on the trail and I can honestly recommend it. I hope this helps!

      Good jacket but...

        This is a good, high quality jacket. I am 5-11 200 and an XL was perfect for leaving room for 2 layers underneath, and comes just below waist. The only glaring problem there is with the jacket is the lack of any inside pockets and for me this is really unforgivable. I had a MH Tech jacket from 2000 and it had 2 nice inside pockets, one horizontal, one vertical. I may have still bought this jacket but I should have shopped further.

        Super Jacket

          I bought my son a North Face Denali jacket for Christmas from Backcountry. He did not like it at all. Backcountry was great about letting me exchange it for this jacket which he says is fantastic. He likes everything about this jacket. I am sorry I did not buy him two since he lives in the thing and all he likes is black. I highly recommend buying from Backcountry. The customer service is super and their prices and selection are both unbeatable. The sizing is right on.

          Replaced a 9 year old TNF Denali

            I wanted to ditch my 9 year old TNF Denali Fleece since somehow it became so trendy my wife tried to wear it out for drinks with the friends. I put the kaibash on that but 1 year later I knew I needed something new.
            I was worried this would have the same insulating value of the Denali, but after skiing 3 days in Jackson Hole with cold winds on the Sublette Quad and not feeling even 1 shiver, I knew this was the right choice.
            The windstopper makes up for less insulating value. With a Capilene 2 layer beneath, and mountain hardware shell over top I had to open the vents for most of the day while skiing.
            Vents were a MUST for me when buying a mid or top-layer.
            I wore the jacket around town as well with temps in the teens and was fine as well. Super warm? No. Warm enough for a mild layer beneath? Yup

            great for women too!

              My boyfriend tired of my wearing his windstopper and we went on a search for one for me, and ended up buying a men's small. I don't love the color (graphite/black), but I wear this jacket every day! I couldn't find a women's windstopper with armpit zips, and the price on this site was too good to pass up. MH sizing seems to have changed a bit over the years, so if you're replacing a jacket check out the sizing info before you buy.

              More than meets the eye

                I am a Mountain Hardwear afficionado, having purchased many items over the years, originally for technical use (mountains) but then I found I wore my MH gear daily.

                Maybe you're the same.

                Recently purchased Mountain Tec Jacket, here are my impressions.

                Well, first, for the simple's a jacket with no hood, so if you want a shell or hooded jacket, try another product.

                Butt....for me, use of a hat is a good solution, especially if you have hats from the baclava to a full eared Alaskan fur hat.

                Exception...downpours, but I'm not in them much and when I get there I find shelter.

                As 60% of heat loss is from your head and neck, you'd be surprised what a baclava and fur hat can do to keep you warm, even in really cold weather. A light down or fleece vest under this jacket will take you into some chilly weather in comfort.

                Ok, so let's keep going... among jackets from MH and other manufacturers, it's the best I've found:
                if you've owned Mountain Hardware gear you're used to functional fit, which means the fabric is cut to fit the way clothing drapes on your body.

                Good gear hangs on you with no pulling, this you'll get.

                Big plus...collar is nice and soft around your chin, having a soft fabric lining the inside of the collar, with a soft rolled edge all around.

                (Chin and neck comfort are always a key comfort point on outdoor gear).

                It's 39 degrees tonight, going into winter and it was plenty warm with a hat on.

                The fabric has a bit of give and flex, which I've found is always another major factor to optimize comfort.

                Best thing about this gear is that it breathes enough to keep you from feeling clammy, better than other jackets, much better actually.

                I love man made fabrics, but inability to breathe can be an issue, and I mean standing and walking around, not just when exerting.

                Full zipper at front means you can keep comfortable in any situation, and has underarm zips too which I use when I'm huffing and puffing.

                Now to be fair in really cold weather only a full bore parka with hood will do, with snowpants and maybe fleece top and bottom or poly underwear, monster hat and lined cloves (don't discount the ability of surgeon's rubber gloves to help on really cold days...try it) but for most daily use, this jacket is the bomb.

                Good looks around town, enough technical capability to be part of your mountain hiking kit, and a price that seems about right to me.

                A down coat will be warmer, but I'll bet too warm for daily use in all but really cold weather.

                Fleece is nice, but watch out for wind. The Mountain Tec Jacket will handle winds with ease.

                It also looks good, as in stylish, and I'll take that when I can. I wear mine with a cowboy hat, but suit yourself there.

                So if you want your outdoor gear to double as fashion statement of sorts (of course utilitarian) with technical mojo, this is it.


                Can you answer a question for me? I already own a TNF Apex Bionic softshell jacket. Can you tell me what this Mountain Tech jacket can do that my Apex softshelll can't do? I really like the fit of this jacket but I don't want to own two jackets that basically serve the same purpose.

                What I was hoping to purchase is a comfortable fleece jacket that fits well (example - not a "relaxed fit" like a TNF Denali), works as a layer but reasonably warm on its own, but breathes well enough to where I don't get clammy if I get my heart rate up a little bit.

                I have an eVent hard shell jacket. Do you know if this AirShield breathes as well as eVent?

                I own lots of softshells and fleece from the most expensive to the cheap stuff.

                There is NO all around, one size fits all, one jacket for ALL conditions, for next to nothing.

                But I can assure you of this. I reach for this jacket for all around conditions more than I do any other jacket.

                Sure, I have a technical hooded hardshell. I even have a hoodless, lighter, softshell. Then I have this windproof fleece.

                For knocking around town, or visiting friends, or morning walks, or outside events, I will take this jacket. It has loads of convenient pockets inside and out. ALL ZIPPERED.

                Fit is athletic but not patagonia tight or arcteryx second skin like. Mountain Hardwear has that middle of the road fit. And this is why I like it as an all around, everywhere, do not think too hard, jacket.

                It is casual, technical. No smart guy is gonna' ask you if you wants crampons with that hotdog and beer.

                Tall collar to hunker down in and right up to the nose, unless you are an ostrich.

                If you under dress to an outside event this jacket will defend you. You may be cold, but no ambulance is gonna' show up for you.

                It is bonafide technical gear, but understated. No flash, no zoom.

                Pit zips, loads of pockets and not bulky.

                You will be cold at a soccer game just sitting there, but if you are slim you will layer underneath it.

                Size is true and accommodates light layering.

                I bought them all. I owned them all. This one hangs on the hook ready for use and NOT deep in the closet.

                IT IS WINDPROOF and the best I have seen in fleece. I use it to fish, walk, hang out, run, hike, work, cycle, ski, and after a good surf or out feeding the animals.

                Throw it in the washer and the dryer. No worries. Pretty much a thrash it jacket that works and looks presentable.

                The outside is a sheer fleece. It attracts animal hair and fuzz. But some tape pulls it all off.

                Care instructions are MINDLESS. There is not some tag six mile long inside telling you about everything little thing that will destroy this jacket.

                Get a subdued color. The bright ones are BRIGHT.

                Absolutely no pilling. Underarms are rugged woven softshell so you will not have a jacket with holes in the elbows after a few years.

                Buy it.

                Can someone tell me if this jacket's arm...

                Can someone tell me if this jacket's arm length has less material in the arms than the monkey man jacket? I'm 5'9; 140 lbs chest 39 in, arms 32/33, would you recommend a small or medium for my build?

                M fit great. Enough for layering but not baggy around the midsection if you don't need to layer. I tried TNF's denali and it was too much material. This jacket is definitely slimmer than the denali plus it's windproof. It is very breathable; felt it from the moment i put it on. A size small would have been a bit tight, but if you want to use this as a baselayer then size down.

                Just a quick question. I already have a...

                Just a quick question. I already have a TNF Apex Bionic soft shell. Can someone tell me when I would wear this Mountain Tech jacket that I would not be able to wear my Apex softshell?

                How well does this AirShield fleece breathe? Does it breathe as well as eVent?

                Best Answer

                well, this jacket is just a better jacket in my opinion. it is a wind blocking fleece jacket with softshell panels as opposed to a softshell with a fleece backer like the bionic. you would wear this jacket snowshoeing on a sunny day or backpacking or you could even use it snowboarding, i suppose. you would wear the bionic if you were hanging out in the mall. a2a comparison: mountain tech is lighter, has pit zips, looks better and has way more function.

                What is the ideal temperature for this...

                What is the ideal temperature for this jacket? At what point would one get cold wearing this jacket.

                jzi. Tough question as it totally depends on the person and their individual metabolism. It is a windproof fleece jacket that I have found comfortable to temperatures in to the forties on the fahrenheit scale. I hope this info helps!

                I tend to get hot, but I've worn mine (which I've had for nearly nine years and absolutely love) x-c skiing at -17 F comfortably with a couple base layers. In these conditions every bit of skin has to be covered against wind on the downhills, & this jacket does the job against wind up to 30-40 mph. I wouldn't want to be stuck standing around in this jacket in these temps thought.