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When the rain doesn't slow you down, cumbersome rain gear sometimes does. That's not the case with the Mountain Hardwear Stretch Typhoon Jacket. It seals out any amount of moisture while also providing the stretch and mobility you need to hike, climb, or set up camp in a raging storm.

  • Dry.Q Core waterproof breathable membrane turns this tough, stretchy nylon shell into a fortress against heavy rain showers
  • All-over stretch allows free motion of your arms without losing coverage in the back or front
  • Front zipper storm flap, tall collar, adjustable hood, adjustable hem, and hook-and-loop cuffs let you seal yourself off from the fickle weather
  • Solid brim on the hood prevents flapping in the wind
  • Underarm zippers allow heat expulsion when the rain turns into a muggy afternoon on the trail
  • Two zippered hand pockets, a chest pocket, and an internal pocket provide waterproof storage of electronics and essentials for your hike or everyday errands
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Great material, missed on the details

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times

These jacket is best at what is should be: it keep you totally dry, no matter what. The stretch material is great if your skinning up the mountain with a bag strapped to your back or have your climbing harness holding it in place. Breathes great too!

It would have been great to have the main zipper waterproof instead of double storm flaps. they can get caught in the zipper which is annoying if you only have one free hand. Also, the hood adjustability isn't quite right; the cord in back attaches too low in the front. if you cinch the back to get the hood out of your eyes, it just pulls your collar into your face instead of pulling the hood back. if you have on a winter hat or helmet, it's not an issue.

Awesome Rain Shell

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

This jacket is great: super light, packable, two hand pockets two chest pockets (one inside and one out), has zipper breath areas under your arms and most importantly DRY. Great deal for a great jacket, I highly reccomend this if you are looking for a good spring/summer rain shell.

Awesome Rain Shell

Great wet weather jacket!

    My wife got me one of these last year and I love it. It makes an excellent outer layer in cold weather and is breathable enough that you don't roast on normal spring or fall days. I used it last fall for fly fishing and it kept the wind off me better than any jacket I've used in the past. One of the best features is the billed hood. Some don't like it, but it's really nice if you wear glasses.

    Great lightweight rain jacket

      I had never purchased a lightweight, packable and breathable rain jacket before and I was debating between quite a few. For sea kayaking or just walking the dog during our Seattle raining days. I am very impressed with the features and the quality of the jacket. A definite great choice if you are having trouble deciding.

      Fantastic Initial Impressions

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

      I have only just returned from a climbing/hiking trip, but given that I got this off BC around a week ago on what was (and, at the time of this review, still is) an incredible deal, I thought I should post with my decidedly positive first-use impression.

      Without further ado, I will just go ahead and state that after crashing through bramble and thorny underbrush for around an hour while enduring a persistent rainstorm, I finally arrived at camp and took off the jacket to be as dry as I was when I first put it on. The waterproofing that this jacket has is superb, and although I would like to offer some sort of measure of comparison, this is my first true "rain jacket."

      The jacket, while slightly fitted, does allow for some space underneath the jacket to layer perhaps a thinnish down jacket and a baselayer or something of the sort. I was able to wear a baselayer, a long sleeve shirt, and a fleece sweater underneath while maintaining a relatively developed and capable range of movement.

      Also, the brimmed hood is extraordinary, though the one problem I had with it was that it didn't seem to want to sit farther back on my head, so the very top of my peripheral field of vision was limited at times, but that could be due to the fact that the elastic on the rear of the hood wasn't pulled tightly enough - like I stated prior, this is the impression I've been left with after just one use, so I have yet to really induce a firm, concrete opinion.

      Finally, given the price I got it for ($140), I believe I got more than my money's worth. Mountain Hardware makes quality products time and again, and this one is no exception.

      Great Jacket

        I've used this about 5 times and love it. Its really light so you barely even notice you have it on. Went camping in Yosemite during the summer and we had unexpected showers for a day. Luckily I had this in my pack and it kept me completely dry. I heat up and sweat A LOT and the pit zips really helped when we went hiking. My only complaint (and it's a minor one) is that it doesn't pack into its own pocket.

        Very Dry and Breathable

          I've worn this jacket a few times now and love it. The Dry Q material is super breathable and very water resistant. It's also so light that you hardly notice you are wearing a rain jacket. The pit zips are really handy as well on those really hot and humid days on the mountain. This definitely trumps my Marmot precip in both quality and value.

          Only con I can find is the material is a little noisy but that's a very minor issue which shouldn't deter anyone from purchasing it.

          Great Jacket-Keeps Me dry

            Just got this jacket to replace a previous model I had stolen. Even though it is different material (Dry Q versus Other) it still performs the exact same. Lightweight construction, sealed seems and zipper all work very well. Got the first use this weekend during a rainstorm. Upper half of body stayed very dry.

            Definite reccomend.

            Does this jacket have taped seams? and Is...

            Does this jacket have taped seams? and Is it fairly packable? I'm looking for a rain jacket for a 24hr adventure race in May on the east coast and need something that packs fairly small and light. Any recommendations?

            Definitely packs tightly and the seams are all taped on the inside. The pit zips are really nice too in case you get too warm. One thing to note if you're packing it regularly is that the interior coating will start to come off sooner if it's waded or folded up tightly most of the time. It will still last a while, but it will wear sooner than if you hang it up each night.

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            I am comparing this vs the mhw cohesion...

            I am comparing this vs the mhw cohesion rain jacket? It seems like the cohesion might be last years model and doesnt have the DryQ material.. Can anyone from experience comment?


            Would this jacket work well as a shell in...

            Would this jacket work well as a shell in a winter layering system? Could it stand up to the abuse of skiing/snowboarding? Would it keep me dry for hours on end?

            Hi Tim Doyle,

            Thanks for the question. When it comes to running the Mountain Hardwear Stretch Typhoon Jacket - Men's as a shell jacket for a Winter layering system, it would have its upsides and downsides.

            You will stay pretty dry in this piece as the Dry.Q Core is as good as most Winter jackets in waterproofness and slightly better in breatheability.

            That being said, the 30D nylon is a little frail in comparison to other Winter jackets and it may be too breatheable as it'll keep you warm while you're moving more than a bit, but stand still for more than a few minutes and unless you layer a little more heavy you'll feel that chill.

            As long as you will be using this piece in actual trekking around similar to Alpine Touring for the majority of the time, it should work more than good. But, keep to a less breatheable and more durable jacket if you're looking for a resort only set up.