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Having a waterproof shell is fine in a rain storm, but without a high level of breathability, you'll be drenched in sweat by the time you crest the ridge―making you wonder why you wore a jacket in the first place. Luckily, Mountain Hardwear designers engineered the Men's Plasmic Jacket so you wouldn't have to suffer through the above scenario. The advanced Dry.Q Evap technology wicks away perspiration via a network of channels on the fabric, providing enhanced breathability and accelerated evaporation.

  • 2.5 layer nylon shell fabric provides reliable protection in wet and windy weather
  • Dry.Q Evap technology wicks away sweat and accelerates evaporation so you stay dry and comfortable
  • Water resistant front zipper keeps wet weather out
  • Fully adjustable hood provides a snug fit and added weather protection
  • Adjustable cuffs and a drawcord hem provide a snug fit that keeps weather out
  • Two front pockets stow essentials and warm up cold hands
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Great Investment!

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

Worth every penny. Used to frame in New Hampshire all year round. Excellent shell. Feels like armor in freezing rain. Hunt in it as well.

Great Basic Rain Jacket

    I have the lady's version of this jacket, and picked up the mens for my boyfriend. It's an awesome basic rain jacket- nothing super fancy, but it keeps you dry. He took this on the Grand Canyon during monsoon season and never experienced any sort of leaking. It's not the most breathable of fabrics- it would be super swell if it had pit zips- but that's kind of what I expected, if breathability is more of a concern I take out a different jacket. Fit on this guy is right on point- he is a M to L in most tops, and the Large on this fits well while allowing room for a mid-layer underneath. Also great that it packs into it's own pocket, makes things easy and compact. Is this the most technical breathable rain jacket on the market? No. But it does do the job at keeping you bone dry in a downpour at a great price with the Mountain Hardwear quality.

    Good quality rain jacket

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

    This is a decent jacket for what I paid. The hood was much better designed than my marmot rain jacket. The quality seems to be there on the 3 back country trips I've taken it on. Wish there was different colors available for the price I got it at, but I'm certainly not complaining. While the jackets material does do a decent job wicking away moisture, I would've preferred to have pit zips. Overall, If you can get this jacket for under $75 I'd recommend it.

    Solid Jacket for the Money

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

    If you're looking for a jacket that is lightweight,good-looking, and cost-effective, then look no further than the Plasmic. If you're looking for one with plush comfort, techy features, and stowability - look elsewhere.

    I've used this jacket for the better half of a year; from light snow dustings to torrential rain and hail storms. Each time it has kept me relatively comfortable. Unfortunately, I have a few gripes:

    Notorious of most un-lined rain gear, this jacket sticks to your skin. Any moderate exertion makes you question the jacket's waterproofing or it's breathability. I am betting on the latter of the two as this particular jacket does not have pit zips. Additionally, I'm a huge fan of stuffable jackets that pack into their own pocket. I'd like to see that here considering it is a common feature of many other garments at this pricepoint.

    That being said, the plasmic does have some redeeming qualities. It's incredibly lightweight, almost to the point that I forget I have it on. The storm hood is a nice feature and can be tailored to your liking with some sinches. The color (almost a florescent green) is quite bright and I get compliments on it all the time and the cut of the jacket fits me well ( Size small, 5'5" Athletic). Finally, for walking around town and light exercise, the breathability won't hinder you here - you'll stay dry. But I'd say anything past that and you can probably expect to get a little steamed up. All in all, its no overpriced goretex jacket but for the money, its a good value.

    My first Mountain Hardware product!

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

    I love it, its my first MH product and its amazing. I live in Oklahoma, but purchased it for a trip to Durango, CO, didn't need it while I was there, but when I got home to OKC, it was raining and has been the past few days, and its my favorite rain coat ever. Lightweight, cool, but keeps me dry, get one if you want a good rain jacket.

    As expected

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

    It is a rain jacket that sticks to you if you wear short sleeves, but I was expecting that. I can't find a light weight rain jacket for Oregon weather that will work on comfort on my skin in July and August. If that makes since so overall pleased especially with the pants ordered with them

    Get what ya pay for ...

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

    I own a super-expensive Gore-Tex rain coat; it works really well. I own this coat; it doesn't work well.

    Sadly, you get what you pay for.

    Unless you're walking around (and I emphasize walking) in a light mist, this jacket will not keep you dry. A moderate rain will soak through this thing in about a half hour. If you're doing anything active, with no vents, you'll soak yourself from the inside in even less time.

    This thing looks good and fits well, but it is not practical (Not expensive enough?) for anything beside walking around town in a light mist.

    (I am 5'11, 155 lbs. I wear a medium. It fits nice, but a little baggy.)

    Very good for me

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

    I like this jacket... the relation price - quality is awesome. For my work it performs perfect. It keeps my dry inside. Probably I don�t sweet too much. I give 4 starts because you have to be very very careful when zipping or unzipping.


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

    If you want superior rain jacket quality, go out and spend $300+ on your gear.. for budgeteers like myself, its a pretty amazing water pusher for the cash. I do believe that maybe the material hype is a little far fetched, but considering the really cool features and forgiving price, its hard to convince yourself to filter search a $250 - $300 +

    Soaked in a couple of hours

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

    I took this jacket on a alpine hike and then alpine camping for 3 days. First, on the hike I thought that I might just be wet from condensation or water from the neck. However, the next day it was clear that the fabric was providing little resistance to water. I watched drops hit and soak right in.

    It rained hard and was windy. It kept the wind off, but I would really rather not be wet and have to dry out each night in the tent.


      I brought this jacket home a few weeks ago and have been only disappointed by everything but the color. The first problem was with the sizing. I am about 6'1 and 185 lbs. I tend to fit a medium well from most brands through the torso, though often have to size up to a large for the additional length. Somehow, sizing up to a large made no difference with the sleeves. I've never had a large from any other brand too short in the sleeves, but even lifting my arms up as little as to a steering wheel draws the sleeves back to where they're 2-3 inches too short. I couldn't imagine trying to climb in it for that reason, or for the fact that this Evap really isn't what it's made out to be. Simply put, it is no substitute for a third layer and feels even grosser than Paclite's notoriously sticky half later. Precip from Marmot at least has a slightly raised half layer to keep it off of your skin, and costs less. The lack of pit zips obviously doesn't help with that, though at least it does contribute to the one positive I find with this jacket: it is very lightweight and packable. It's great for that throw-in-the-pack and you probably won't wear it 30% chance of rain day hike. The unlaminated hood brim similarly is great in that it's packable but uncomfortable and impractical for extended use. The water resistant zipper also is more packable than a polyurethane zipper, and true to the fact that this jacket really wouldn't be great for extended use.

      All that aside, the colors are hot.

      By the way, my 'true fit' profile does actually say that this item isn't recommended for me, though it says the sleeves would be much too long in a large... maybe I got a lemon. The analysis of my torso is that it would be loose, which it is, and that the hip would be perfect. It's huge around my waist, and impractical when cinched because it only has a drawcord on one side.


        I've had my Plasmic Jacket for just over a month and I'm very impressed. I live in the Bay Area and spring time here is veritable to say the least. I wore it on a hike last week, where it was lightly dazzling and then within an hour it was sunny and 65 degrees. The jacket kept me dry and the breathability was remarkable. No clammy feeling.

        Unanswered Question

        what's the difference between "plasmic" and " plasmic ion" ? the 2 jackets are very similar, it seems that the " plasmic ion" is better because it has 2 underarm zips and 70D shell, but why the ion is $120, and plasmic is $140? the better one is even cheaper?? anybody knows the exact difference between the 2 jackets?

        Anyone know how this performs in extended...

        Anyone know how this performs in extended downpours? Kind of worried about breathability (especially withough pitzips) and waterproofness.

        Best Answer

        I have used this jacket for cycling and skinning and I have to say it is a Lemon - it is a plastic bag, no breathability whatsoever. I was seriously amazed. It is like going back to the old pvc coated membrane days. I think it works great in the rain, but only for low exertion activities.