Sandwich this functional layer between your shell and baselayer.
Terms And Conditions
This Usage Agreement (the "Agreement") governs your conduct while using various services on the web site Backcountry.com and its affiliate web sites (collectively, the "Site"). All references to "we," "us," and "our" shall mean Backcountry.com and all references to "you" and "your" shall mean the user of the Site and Site Services. This Agreement applies to various services and activities on the Site as well as to gear review and product ratings (collectively, "Site Services"). Please read this Agreement carefully.
BY ACCESSING, BROWSING, AND USING THE SITE, ANY SITE SERVICES AND OTHER SERVICES THEREIN, YOU AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THIS AGREEMENT AND ITS TERMS. IF YOU DO NOT AGREE TO THIS AGREEMENT OR ANY SUBSEQUENT MODIFICATION THEREOF, DO NOT ACCESS, BROWSE OR OTHERWISE USE THE SITE OR SITE SERVICES, INCLUDING THE SUBMISSION OF ANY REVIEWS OR COMMENTS.
Any comments, reviews (including gear reviews and product ratings), posts, feedback, questions, answers, notes, messages, images, video, audio, materials, documents, data, graphics, ideas, suggestions or other communications (collectively, "User Content") you submit on the Site are not private or proprietary. By submitting User Content on or through the Site, you grant, assign and transfer to Backcountry.com all of your rights, title and interest, including without limitation, all intellectual property rights and moral rights, in and to such User Content. To the extent the preceding assignment and transfer is ineffective, you hereby grant Backcountry.com an irrevocable, royalty-free, worldwide, perpetual right and license to use, copy, modify, adapt, display, publish, archive, store, distribute, reproduce and create derivative works based upon such User Content, in any form, media, software or technology of any kind now existing or developed in the future.
By submitting such User Content on or through the Site, you are confirming that (a) you are the sole author of the User Content and the User Content originated with you and not copied in whole or in part from any other work; (b) you have obtained all necessary permissions associated with the User Content, including without limitation permissions relating to copyrights, trademarks, rights of publicity and/or rights of privacy; (c) the User Content does not contain hate speech or profanity and is not unlawful, threatening, abusive, harassing, tortuous, defamatory, vulgar, libelous, obscene, racially, ethnically or otherwise objectionable, an invasion of another's privacy, or otherwise in violation of this Agreement; (d) that you are not a minor and have the legal right and capacity to enter into and comply with this Agreement; (e) such User Content does not and will not, in any way, violate or breach any of the terms of this Agreement; and (f) Backcountry.com shall not in any circumstances be required to pay or incur any sums to any person or entity as a result of its use or exploitation of the User Content.
With respect to your conduct on the Site or while using the Site Services, you agree not to: (a) attempt to disguise the origin of any User Content transmitted to the Site Services whether through the Site or any third party site; (b) act in any manner that negatively affects other users' ability to use the Site and Site Services; (c) impersonate any person or entity, including without limitation, a manufacturer or owner of any product, or falsely state or otherwise misrepresent your affiliation with a person or entity; (d) interfere with the Site or Site Services, or servers or networks connected to the Site or Site Services, or disobey any requirements, procedures, policies, or regulations of networks connected to the Site or Site Services; (e) upload, post, or otherwise transmit any User Content that with respect to the Site Services: (i) is not relevant to the product, service, person or entity being reviewed; (ii) you do not have a right to transmit under any law or under contractual or fiduciary relationships (by way of example but not limitation, inside information, proprietary and confidential information learned or disclosed as part of employment relationships or under nondisclosure agreements); (iii) contains software viruses or any other computer code, files or programs designed to interrupt, destroy or limit the functionality of any computer software or hardware or telecommunications equipment; or (iv) is unsolicited or unauthorized advertising, promotional materials, "junk mail," "spam," "chain letters," "pyramid schemes," or any other form of solicitation.
User Content does not reflect the views of Backcountry.com, and Backcountry.com does not represent or guarantee the truthfulness, accuracy, completeness, timeliness, integrity, quality or reliability of any User Content, nor does Backcountry.com endorse or support any opinions expressed in any User Content. In no event shall Backcountry.com have or be construed to have any responsibility or liability for or in connection with any User Content, Any gear reviews and/or product ratings submitted on the Site, if displayed, are displayed for entertainment and informational purposes only. Under no circumstances will Backcountry.com be liable in any way for any User Content, including but not limited to, any errors or omissions in any User Content, or for any loss or damage of any kind incurred as a result of the use of any User Content posted, emailed or otherwise transmitted via the Site or Site Services.
If Backcountry.com determines, in our sole and absolute discretion, that you or any User Content you submit violates this Agreement, we reserve the right, at any time, without notice and without limiting any and all other rights Backcountry.com may have under this Agreement, to: (a) refuse to allow you to submit further User Content; (b) remove and delete your User Content; (c) revoke your registration and right to use the User Content Submission Features; and (d) use any technological, legal, operational or other means available to enforce the terms of this Agreement, including, without limitation, blocking specific IP addresses or deactivating your registration, access to the Site and Site Services using your e-mail address, and your user name and password. Without limiting the foregoing, once User Content is submitted to the Site, Backcountry.com may take any or no action with respect to such User Content, including without limitation, deleting, editing, modifying, rejecting, or refusing to post such User Content, but is under no obligation to offer you the opportunity to edit, delete or otherwise modify User Content once it has been submitted. Backcountry.com shall have no duty to attribute authorship of User Content to you and shall not be obligated to enforce any form of attribution by third parties.
If, despite the foregoing assignment and transfer of rights in the User Content, it is determined that you retain moral rights (including the rights of attribution or integrity) in the User Content, you hereby declare that: (a) you do not require that any personally identifying information be used in connection with the User Content or any derivative works of or upgrades or updates thereto; (b) you have no objection to the publication, use, modification, deletion and exploitation of the User Content by Backcountry.com or its licensees, successors or assigns; (c) you forever waive and agree not to claim or assert any entitlement to any and all moral rights of an author in any of the User Content; and (d) you forever release Backcountry.com, and its licensees, successors and assigns from any claims that you could otherwise assert against Backcountry.com by virtue of any such moral rights.
You are prohibited from violating the security of any system or network compromising the Site or the Site Services, including but not limited to the following: (a) unauthorized access to or use of data, systems, or networks, including any attempt to probe, scan or test the vulnerability of the Site or Site Services or to breach security or authentication measures; (b) unauthorized monitoring of data or traffic on the Site or of the Site Services; (c) interference with the Site or Site Services including without limitation, any type of flooding technique or deliberate attempt to overload the system such as denial or service attacks; (d) forging of a message header or any part of a message header; or (e) using manual or electronic means to avoid any use or access limitation placed on this Site or the Site Services. Such violations may result in criminal or civil liability.
Backcountry.com reserves the right to report any activity or persons that Backcountry.com suspects has violated any law or regulation to appropriate law enforcement officials, regulators, or other appropriate third parties (including the disclosure of appropriate subscriber information). Backcountry.com may also cooperate with appropriate law enforcement agencies to assist in the investigation and prosecution of any illegal conduct. Indirect or attempted violations of this Agreement and actual or attempted violations thereof by a third party on behalf of any user shall be considered violations of this Agreement by such user.
BACKCOUNTRY.COM DOES NOT ENDORSE THE USER CONTENT, IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR THE USER CONTENT AND SPECIFICALLY DISCLAIMS ANY RESPONSIBILITY OR LIABILITY TO ANY PERSON OR ENTITY (INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, PERSONS WHO MAY USE OR RELY ON SUCH USER CONTENT) FOR ANY LOSS, DAMAGE (WHETHER ACTUAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, PUNITIVE OR OTHERWISE), INJURY, CLAIM, LIABILITY OR OTHER CAUSE OF ANY KIND OR CHARACTER BASED UPON OR RESULTING FROM ANY USER CONTENT PROVIDED THROUGH THIS WEB SITE.
Share your thoughts
Just like the old saying " A girl has got to do what a girl has got to do.." I think it is the same for being a man. You ski all day, you work up a thirst and head to the lodge. Just tell your buddies you are going to hang out at the bar and 'put out the vibe'. It's not creepy to let some older woman buy your drinks.. Heavens no. Women have been doing it for centuries and it's about time we men do the same. Unzip the front and let your male peacock out. Blow a little kiss and share a little wink with the table full of grandmas who have had a few and you are set for the evening.
What other piece of clothing have you come across that can do double duty as ski wear and be ever so sexy to the grandmas out there?
This is the real deal.
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I've been using the classic Mountain Hardwear Power Stretch Zip T as my main top baselayer for years for ski touring. It is very warm, comfy and has a fit that is trim without being overly snug or binding. It does a very good job of moving moisture (sweat) away from your body, which keeps you from feeling cold and clammy.
It also dries quickly, which means you can "walk off" wet clothes by remaining active to help dry them out. I wear the Zip T underneath a shell and that is all I need for a wide variety of conditions.
The long neck zipper is nice as it allows you to fully vent when/if you are getting hot while hiking, then batten down the hatches when it is time to ski deep pow. When I first started using these shirts, I really wanted a small chest zipper pocket, but after getting use to them, I prefer the clean, minimalist style of having no pocket on the shirt, and instead having one in your pack, shell, pants, etc..
As a micro tech-tip, the black color will help absorb heat, so it is my preferred expedition color.
Fitwise, I am a textbook men's "medium" and these fit me perfectly.
Wearing a MHW Power Stretch Zip T in the Wrangell-Saint Elias Range of Alaska.
I have serveral power stretch tops from other manufacturers and purchased this one on sale. I ended up returning it. Like many items from Mountain Hardwear, this one is great if you're less than 6 ft tall. For us taller people their products, including this one, tend to be short in the body and arms. MH has not yet figured this out, and being 6'3" I'll continue to look elsewhere for a better fit.
This shirt is comfortable. You can wear this all day inside and if it gets too hot turn it inside out so the fleece is on the outside. Yes this is reversible. You can also unzip the shirt and dump heat as you wish. Wearing this as a mid-layer is perfect winter gear. For the price and the quality this shirt is a no-brainer.
Super comfortable and soft. Seems to provide a good amount of warmth for the thickness.
Just got this piece so I can't comment on durability, but assembly seems to be top notch w/ no hanging threads and pretty much every seam a soft, low profile, double or triple flatlock stitch.
Sizing-wise it seems pretty dead on the chart. I'm 6'2", 185-190lbs, ~48" shoulders, 44" chest, and usually a 35.5 or 36" sleeve. I would usually go w/ an XL in Mountain Hardwear tops (and most other brands) to get enough sleeve and torso length even though I'm probably on the upper end of the L sizing through the body and shoulders. Based on feed back in the reviews here, I initially went w/ a XXL to avoid the skin tight feel and was swimming in it. The XL is actually a bit long in the arms and fits right on the edge of too baggy through the body but the neck, shoulders, and upper arms fit spot on. The only weirdness in cut IMO is the wideness of the forearms, it seems like it causes a bit of bunching and bulk when layering. I could probably have gone w/ the large in this piece, especially for use as a base or second layer. As is, it fits nicely in a semi-casual way, but I'd probably just stick to the size chart rather than sizing up if you're looking for an athletic/technical fit or plan to layer over the top of this shirt rather than under it.
Overall, I'm very happy w/ this purchase on sale, at full retail it would feel pretty over priced however.
I have had some pilling going on on the sleeves in high abrasion areas, but otherwise i love the high collar and thumb holes. nice tight fit and hits below the waist so good coverage against wind and when moving around. reversable is nice, but honestly rarely use the fleece loft to the outside. would buy it again, or a second one.
Nice fit, awesome warmth and easy to layer. Doesn't seem to the most durable powerstretch piece I've used, but it does well.. some pilling around the collar after several wear/wash cycles. I would certainly recommend.
This thing is really warm! It's also awesome that it's reversible, so you basically have 2 pieces in 1, which is great. They breathe really well, and are somewhat wind resistant. I went running in these in 25 degree weather, and was comfortable. I highly recommend these!
This is a very warm, very functional mid-layer. With a base layer worn under it and a vest or shell over it I can be comfortable down into the 30's easily. I love the versatility of the reversibility.
My reason for keeping it at 4 instead of 5 stars is the smooth side of this shirt pills pretty easily. I guess that's kind of the nature of the fabric, but it's kind of frustrating to me if I want to wear smooth side out and I've got bumpy areas on it. To echo what other reviews have mentioned as well, the thumb holes make the sleeves kind of drafty if you're not using them or if you're using this shirt as a heavy base layer. It's not too big a deal, but it would've been nice if the thumb holes were a little closer to the end of the sleeve. The zipper also comes unzipped pretty easily. Although I still really like this shirt and am glad to have it in the arsenal, it falls slightly short of 5 stars.
Update: While I'm not disappointed I have this, I must add that I highly recommend the MHW Microgrid Zip T over this. Much tougher material, no breezy sleeves, napoleon pocket.
I am very happy I purchased this item it works great to wear over a t-shirt and I can see it being a great layer piece. I can't wait to see how it works when I use a base layer and a shell over it because as it is this 1/4 zip is warm. I also love the fact that you can flip it inside out if you want a midweight layer or wear it fleece side down for a heavyweight layer. I am 5' 11" and 155# and a medium would fit nicely but I got a large so it would be a little looser then a compression top, either would work just fine for me.
what is the measurement across the chest of this shirt in a medium or large? i find size charts to be somewhat misleading.
ed. Not sure of the measurement across the chest in either size but being Powerstretch... it is super stretchy. If you post your height and weight I can give you a go idea of which size to get. Thanks!
This top (along with it's matching bottom) were my most widely used mid layers this past winter. This past winter was exceptionally cold and snowy and this set fit the bill for all outdoor cross-country, snowshoeing, and hiking activities. When used with my soft shell top and bottoms I was good in temperatures from 10 - 35 F. If I added my Capilene3 layer I could easily go down to 0 F. Mountan Hardwear makes some of my favorite performance clothing and these items are at the top of my list - comfortable, form fitting, and good at wicking away moisture. At 5'7" and 215#, the XL top and L pants fit well.
This is the second shirt like this I bought. I just like the first so much. Do not know how something so thin can keep me so warm. I really like the thumb wholes.
Mountain Hardwear executes this Power Stretch top pretty well. Deep zipper, reversible details (you can wear the smooth side in or out), thumb holes with longer sleeves for keeping the wrists warm, and athletic fit. The downsides - no pocket to stash keys, and the thumb holes prove a bit drafty when not in use for morning runs.
I'd give it 5 stars if it had a pocket.
Bought one for myself a couple years ago and loved it, so I bought a second one for me. Just bought one for the fiance and he loves it. So absolutely warm, cozy and durable, perfect for Colorado winters.
Excellent Shirt I have 4 of them....
Is this a slim fit?
Garrett. Due to its stretchy-ness it is a little more slim fitting. With that said, it will fit a variety of body types due to this uber stretchy-ness! Hope this helps!
If your question is "Will this reveal my less-than-perfect-athlete mini beer-belly and love handles?" The answer would be Yes, yes it does.
In fact, it's a love-handle highlighter.