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Before heading to your favorite backcountry haunts, slip on the lightweight Men's Mountain Hardwear Snowtastic Jacket and revel in softshell perfection. The innovative Dry.Q Elite softshell is completely windproof and waterproof while boasting the ability to breathe from the moment you put it on, no sweating necessary. Underarm zips provide additional ventilation for the skin up and the stretch powder skirt keeps the fluff out on the way down.

  • Waterproof and windproof three layer Dry.Q Elite softshell starts breathing the moment you put it on for dry and comfortable days in the backcountry
  • Fully taped seams keep moisture out
  • Relaxed fit allows for a full range of movement while skiing the backcountry
  • Underarm zips provide ventilation when you're slogging up the ridge
  • Fixed helmet compatible hood provides protection from wind and snow
  • The removable stretch powder skirt keeps you comfy when you relish hard earned powder turns
  • Two external chest pockets, two hand pockets, and an array of internal pockets hold all your essentials
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Great Heli Jacket

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

Got this jacket and pants for heli-skiing. Purchased based on tech-specs re: breathability and water resistance. Was incredible. Compared to my last two heli-trips wearing Goretex, did not overheat, did not get wet. Performed flawlessly. I'm a believer in Dry-Q Elite...

Fantastic shell

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

Athletic fit for a Small, I'm 5.10-150 and the jacket fits like a glove. I can layer under with either fleece, or puffy (Mammut Pigot Jacket) and still have great range of movement. I tried it at Kirkwood, 15 November, was 18F at the base and 12F on top with gusty wind the jacket felt nimble, warm, didn't let the freezing wind in and looked fantastic. Love the longer sleeves and how they connect with my gloves. Surprised by the lack of mesh under the armpit vents, Hood is also small to fit my helmet and Contour. Other than that the shell is perfect. Feels on par with Arcteryx if not better. Will last me a lifetime. Very thick material.

Amazing Jacket but, sleeves too long

  • Familiarity:I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit:Runs large
  • Size Bought: Medium

As many other reviews commented, this jacket is both amazing and extremely frustrating. It has every feature I want on a jacket: wrist gaiters, Recco, helmet compatible hood/adjustable hood, etc. The Dry.Q Elite fabric is amazing; it sheds water and breathes as advertised. The only two gripes I have is that the sleeves are about 2 inches too long (and my wingspan is closer to 5'10) and the lack of mesh backing on the pit zips. Don't get me wrong, pit zips are great for dumping excess heat, but do I really want a foot long hole on either side of my jacket where snow, sleet, rain, can just fall right in? The sleeve length, while annoying, is probably something I'll work around. It does provide freedom of movement (which I think is what they were going for), but for anything not involving gloves its a bit of a pain. I'll probably end up keeping it despite these two issues as it performs so well in every other sense.

sleeves too long and USED ONE

  • Familiarity:I returned this product before using it
  • Fit:Runs large
  • Size Bought: L

the sleeves are too long for me, 6.1ft tall and still, also the product I received is a used one, it has heavy used sign, I am very disappointed, the price does not match the service .

Love it so far!

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

First, I have not been out on the mountain with the jacket yet, so everything here is more about fit and feel than function on the slopes.

I was able to try this jacket on in the store and ended up purchasing a medium. It fits just a touch baggy overall (5'10, 170 lbs, athletic frame) but I was able to fit a base layer, tee-shirt, fleece pullover, and Northface Apex jacket on underneath. While I was hot due to being inside when trying it on with all the layers, I could still move pretty freely.

The sleeves are a touch long, but I think it is by design. Extremely soft monkey thumbs that seal your arms/hands away from snow that might make it past the gloves are great.

The hood is large enough for any helmet but has several synch down spots if you don't wear one. Removable powder skirt, goggle pocket (with attached microfiber wipe), media/phone pocket with headphone port, and pit zips accessible with gloves are all great touches. I am not too familiar with the "RECCO" system, but it is built into the jacket and unobtrusive in the right sleeve.

I love the blue color I ordered, but do wish they had offered more options in the color department. Overall, I really like the jacket and can't wait to get out on the slopes with it.

Sleeves disproportionately long

  • Familiarity:I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit:Runs large
  • Size Bought: extra large

I bought this jacket in extra large (I'm 5'11 and 180 lbs) because I wanted a little extra room for when I layered up thick. I read some reviews about the stomach area being a little too robust; I don't have a problem with this. However, the sleeves come past my wrists. At first, I thought it was because I bought an extra large instead of a large but upon review of the specs for this jacket the sleeves for a large are listed as 35 inches; one inch shorter than an extra large which is listed at 36 inches. Therefore, even if I had purchased a large, the sleeves still would have been too long (in my opinion) at 35 inches. Besides the issue with the sleeves; a fine shell!

Fantastic Jacket

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

I have worn this one week skiing at Whistler and one week at Winter Park, CO and I love everything about it. It breathes like no other ski jacket I have owned and that is very important to me as I easily get overheated. I would agree with other reviewers that you have to dress a little warmer because of this. This years version (2015) fits great. In the past I have tried on numerous MH jackets and always found the fit funky--tight across the chest and/or bulky in the belly. However, with this jacket they dialed it in. Perfect across the shoulders and waist. I have long arms so love the arm length. I am 6'3" 198 lbs. and got a Large. The quality of fabric and workmanship is superb and love the Azul color. Seems to be very water repellant. The only complaint I have about it is the underarm pit zips are a little hard to get to with a backpack on. Other than that, this is a great ski jacket and worth the money especially if you get it on sale at $350!

Fits like a Glove!

  • Familiarity:I returned this product before using it
  • Fit:True to size

Unfortunately, we do not want jackets to fit like a glove. The review below is correct-it is way too tight in the arm pits. I tried this on at a local outdoor store and found it to fit nicely (M- I'm 5'9", 175, wear a 42 jacket). Maybe it was last years (it did have different colored zippers) style, but I tried it on with my typical 2 layers (base, mid) and found it to be snug, but not uncomfortable. This jacket arrived today (M) and i tried it on and immediately noticed the arm pit area was very snug. And i was only wearing a base layer. In addition, the sleeves were very long. They length went past the center of my palm.

I really want to love this jacket, but I know I'll question my investment every time i put it on. It is well made. The sizing is true. But someone missed the boat on fitting in a critical area. It is going back.

(For the record, I bought a large as well to make sure I could cover my bases. It fit terribly. the sleeves were past my hands. It's going back as well.)

Tight around the armspits

  • Familiarity:I returned this product before using it
  • Fit:Runs small

I really like the look and overall feel of this jacket. The material is very soft and does not feel like a hardshell at all. I would have kept it if the arms feels a little better on me. The armpit area was my biggest reason for returning this jacket. It was extremely uncomfortable to stand still with this jacket on let alone try to ride down a mountain. I would have loved to be able to keep the jacket but I dont think I can live with the jacket wrapped around my armpits. I am a average build guy ~5'6 ~170lbs.

Sizing is a deal breaker......

  • Familiarity:I returned this product before using it
  • Fit:Runs large

First off, this is a beautiful jacket and I rated it on everything but the fit. I also ordered the Arcteryx Rush and Sabre Jackets. Out of the three this was my favorite and I really, really wanted to keep it.. It's super subtle, color is killer, and the construction and workmanship is top of the line. It also has some really cool features missing on the Arcteryx. I was really looking forward to trying the The DryQ Elite over the 3 layer Goretex I usually wear. However, I just could not find a size that would work.

I am 6'1 165lbs, 40"chest with 32" waist. I originally ordered a M and it was very tight in the chest and I could hardly move my arms it was so tight in the pits and around the biceps. Yet I was swimming in the stomach area - it was HUGE. I sent it back and ordered the L. Same problem - tight in the shoulder and arms yet even bigger in the waist area, plus the arms were monkey long. It looked ridiculous on me so I also sent it back.

Sure wish it would have fit, but given the build of jacket, it just did not work for me.

Oh, and I decided to keep the Sabre - also a beautiful jacket....

Snowtastic is legit

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

Very happy with this jacket after wearing it 10+ days since getting it. Lightweight, material is very flexible (doesn't sound or feel like all the other waterproof shells around)..

I'm 6'1" 195 and I have the XL. I first ordered a L based on the reviews but it was very tight with anything layered underneath. I'd rather it be a little baggy on warm days than have it look skin tight on a cold day. Either way great jacket, highly recommend.

snowtastic= fitastic. big guys delight!

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

firstly its BIG,really , really big. i mean huge , the fit is sqaure , if ur meso or endomorph (esp) shape , a biggger wide build guy the u MUST look at this brand. its perfect. . i bought hte XXL thinking like everything esle put the XXL actually means meeh adeqaute boy was i wrong. . im 6'0 215, and ths is huge on me. i just boughth the XL as well to compensate. not got that yet tho..... however i can easily use the XXL , no problems .


pockets are extremlty well thought out, not to many nor few, the sleeve pocket is actually where u can open it, on yr wrist and where uput a magentic pass to gothru gates, its also large enough to accomodate some cash or small phone. no probs. the 2 chest pocekts are great size and easy to acccess, not really ideal for gogggles( thasts for the inside goggle pocket!) but u cud. and its great for a map if thats ur thing, sunnies no probs, big phone noworries. the hand sleeves in side the cuffs fit perfectly and areNOT flimsy nor uncomfortable, the cuffs fit snug agaisnt ur wrist and make for easy glove slidage over the jacket. arms are long in this and wide. u will never be wanting for room to move. the collar comes up perfectly high to cover ur chin. mouth and nose (for the most) but leavesenough room to put a gator on and not be choked. the hood.... hmmmm they cudda done better here, its , non stowable and BIG, do its a snow collector. no issue if u use a healmet, but if not u can get snow down ur back easily. its plenty big enough to cover the helmet .

the ONLY detractor for this jacket i can see is , its heavy, it was abit "gulp" coming form gortex to this but the features on it and the extra room make it for me.. a no brainer. yup, i love it. il be hard pressed to go to the more expenscve uber brands again. time will tell, but this material looks pretty indesturctible

well see...................,

Great boarding/skiing shell

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

It's just a shell so make sure to layer up underneath. It is very wind/waterproof but breathes extremely well. I'm 6'1" 160 lbs and I got the medium. After using it for about 10 days on the hill, I would get a Large if I were to order it again. The sleeves are a tiny bit short. Other than that, it fits great with plenty of room for layers underneath. I love the multitude of pockets for spare gear when you don't need/want to wear a pack.

A Great Shell that Fits!

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

Finally a shell that fits! I am 6'2, 275lbs, with a big waist and broad shoulders and the 2XL does the job. It does not have any weird cuts that trouble many other jackets and the sleeves are the correct length. It is stylish and full of great features. So far, it has remained water and wind proof, I could not ask for much more. Need a new shell, this is an excellent choice.

Awesome Shell

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

Got to put this jacket through its paces in extremely weather variable Wasatch skiing in everything from whiteout snowstorm with low 2-digit temps and extreme winds to sunny highs in the upper 30's. I was impressed with how versatile this shell was in the extreme mix of temps and conditions.

This shell proved to be highly wind resisted. I was very comfortable in white-out conditions with 100 mph gusts (yes I said 100 mph, not a typo, just a crazy stormy day). As with any shell, layering is key. On that day I wore two thin under layers and a 100 weight poly fleece sweater. Despite all the layers I was able to move well because of the stretchiness of the shell fabric.

On the other extreme, I did extensive hiking on sunny days with highs in the upper 30's wearing just a merino quarter zip underneath and had the large well placed pit vents wide open. I remained dry under the shell despite working hard. With my previous 3-layer Goretex shell I would have had a wet streak down my back - not so with the Dry Q Elite membrane, kept me perfectly dry.

I have to praise the durability of the shell as I brushed up against many a tree branch during post-storm tree skiing days without so much as a scuff. Also, the DWR coating was effective in sloughing falling precip on long chairlift rides and all internal and external pockets are roomy and rationally placed.

I found very few downsides to this shell but notable is the fact that the hood is not quite large enough to fit comfortably over my helmet. Less notable is the very stiff zippers which you just have to get used to.

If this shell had a roomier hood I would easily give it 5-stars. (I have the '11/'12 version, perhaps the hood on the '12/'13 is roomier.) But all-in-all, this is a great athletic fit shell that performs flawlessly and looks sharp too.

Mine is black with florescent yellow zips, size XL. I am 5'10" 210lbs.

Good resort/ sidecountry jacket

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

I picked this jacket up to kick off the season, and took it out for a couple of quick early season tours in the Wasatch. One trip was bluebird and upper 20s, next trip was in and out of snow bands, with temps dropping to about 14 by the end of the day. The jacket is definitely waterproof and sheds snow and snowmelt really well - I didn't notice any difference from GoreTex fabrics in this regard. I was impressed with the breathability of this jacket, which is one of Mtn Hardwear's new selling points. While not as breathable as a true softshell, it is definitely better than traditional hardshells at letting moisture out. I didn't feel like I got to the cold and clammy stage before it started breathing. With all the claims about better breathability, I was initially concerned about wind protection suffering. The highest winds that we ran into were in the 15-20 mph range, but I didn't notice the wind penetrating the jacket at all.

As far as sizing, I'm 6'1, 210 lbs, and tried on both the large and XL. I settled on the XL as the arms were too short/ tight for me on the large. The cut is athletic enough that I'm not swimming in the XL, but it is a touch baggy. It's just about right for layering a down vest/ jacket underneath for cold resort days. If you're looking for a dedicated backcountry jacket, you might want to look at lighter and more packable options, but this is a really versatile and comfy jacket if you do more of a mix of resort and side/backcounty.

Is the hood helmet compatible?

i cant decide between a small or a...

i cant decide between a small or a medium.

im 5'6 145lb.

Best Answer


There are so many other factors involved other than just height and weight when picking out a jacket. More helpful measurements to get are chest size and sleeve length. Also, we need to take into consideration what kind of layering you are planning on putting under the jacket. Take a look at our size chart under the size options and try to match your measurements according to that chart. If you need any further assistance hit up our live chat up at the to of the website or give our customer service a call.