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Stay dry inside and out.

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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I am looking for a good rain shell. Which...

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I am looking for a good rain shell. Which jacket do you recommend, Marmot Precip, Patagonia Torrentshell, or Mountain Hardwear Plasmic?

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All three of those are great rain jackets, though I would also recommend checking out the Norrona Bitihorn Dri1 jacket.
The key difference in the MHW Pasmic is that it does not have pit-zips, which the other two have. MHW feels that their membrane is good enough to keep your inner temps down and keep the jacket breatable, but I personally favor a pit-zipped rain jacket. Between the Precip and Torrentshell, I like the Precip both for fit, and for the price.

I would recommend you also look at the Marmot Minimalist which is a little beefier but still very breathable.

3 5

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

Fit is good

Fit is good

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Terrible when it's snowing almost two inches an hour.

2 5

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.)

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I am looking for a good rain shell. Which jacket do you recommend, Marmot Precip, Patagonia Torrentshell, or Mountain Hardwear Plasmic?

How to keep the hood in place

How to keep the hood in place

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With no wind the hood stays in place but when wind is very very strong this is how I keep it in place. Does not move!

4 5

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.

4 5


  • 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 +

Mountain Hardwear Plasmic Jacket Review

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Get Out There Magazine's reviewer Craig Cassar puts Mountain Hardwear's Plasmic Jacket to the test. His recommendation? Not ideal for endurance sports like running, but suitable for hiking, camping, trekking and day-to-day outdoor activities.

1 5

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.

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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.

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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.

Anyone know how this performs in extended...

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

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For my money (albeit more) I would go with eVent for breathability and waterproofness over extended periods of time. I like Rab and Westcomb. For the performance you want, you get what you pay for. Just my opinion. Hope it helps.

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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.

DryQ Evap

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Check out a new innovation from Mountain Hardwear for Spring '13 called DryQ Evap!

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  • Gender: Male

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.