- Dry.Q EVAP membrane (2.5-layer)
- 70D nylon face fabric
- AquaGuard Vislon zipper
- Hardface chest pocket
- Two-way adjustable hood
- Hook-and-loop cuffs
- Item #MHW00PG
- Q & A
MH For the WIN
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: sm
Mountain Hardwear Plasmonic Jacket - Men's
The Mountain Hardwear Men's Plasmonic Jacket keeps you completely dry and cool through sopping-wet downpours and any type of humidity. The secret to the Plasmonic's boosted breathability lies within its Dry.Q, Which spreads built-up perspiration across a larger surface area for fast sweat dispersal and drying. Basically, this interior-surface wicking technology works to keep you dry and cool, even when you're trekking through rain or even sub-tropical dewpoints..
Seems like only a few years ago the light weight shell stepped up its game. Breathable materials, pit zips, functional hoods...all of these created a market for a good waterproof (no just resistant) jacket that didn't have the weight of Gore Tex - either in your pack or on your wallet. It also seems like I've been keeping pace, buying a new one every season or two, which is counter to the point of the lower cost point. Until now. (yes, I know that's not a correct sentence, it was for effect) The Plasmonic has it all; light weight, waterPROOF, breathable, functionality, you name it, its got it.
The combination of DryQ and EVAP has made this not only my wet day go to, but my Spring daily wear to cover the morning chill while being prepared for the wishy washy weather of Utah. The days of sweating under a cellophane layer are over, this thing is comfortable. Plenty of room under the Plasmonic for a light weight insulation layer if you need it, but I wouldn't go much bigger than your true to size. .. I got the small in the black and . Time will tell tear on the wear factor, as with any lightweight piece of gear, but I have high hopes it lives up the Hardwear tradition.
The Plasmic is cut relatively generous through the body and in the length and volume of the sleeves. So, while it does not have a narrow âathleticâ fit, it has room for a medium-weight fleece or other layer for cooler weather. The hem sits below your hips, so it is not particularly short.
The adjustments are basic but useful â a cord that easily tightens the hem, velcro tabs for the cuffs of the sleeves, and very basic pull cords at the sides and back to tighten the hood. the hood pulls are "hidden" so they will not flap in the wind.
One interesting feature is that the toggles for the hood pulls are located within the shell material. They aren't exposed to the elements, and you have to locate them by feeling the hood. The hood cannot be removed, and there isnât an easy way to roll it up. But, even with the relatively limited adjustments, it worked well for me.
When I've tried on other rain jackets, most of them have felt almost immediately hot and stuffy. This jacket did not have that feeling at all in comparison. I wore it out in a strong cold wind today and it blocked it out very well. It does not feel like a rain jacket because of this and I can easily see myself using it as my all around light/medium jacket. Given the firm stretch the fabric has, you also have full range of motion which just makes this jacket even better! It is very lightweight and even the taped seams are very delicately done so there is no noticeable bulk or loss of range of motion from this added protection. It will be easily packable and I definitely see it becoming my go to all around travel jacket!
Does this have pit zips?