Soft, sleek, and snow-loving.
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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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.
i cant decide between a small or a...
i cant decide between a small or a medium.
im 5'6 145lb.
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.
- 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
- Gender: Male
- 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.