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Mountain Hardwear Super Compressor Hooded Insulated Jacket - Men's

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    Highly compressible, lightweight warmth.

    The Mountain Hardwear Men's Super Compressor Hooded Insulated Jacket is a toasty companion when you're belaying for long periods, backpacking, or peak bagging for an afternoon. Its Thermal.Q Elite insulation is highly compressible, making it easy to stash within a pack without taking up a lot of room. Thermal.Q Elite insulation is 20% warmer than the industry standard (according to Mountain Hardwear), trapping warmth within its down-like, 3D structure of synthetic fibers. Plus, you don't have to worry about Thermal.Q Elite getting wet, since its synthetic fibers don't hold moisture, allowing you to stay warm during damp, miserable conditions.

    Sealing out the elements, the jacket's Dry.Q Core (2-layer) membrane offers weather-shedding performance when you're hunkered down in a rain storm or waiting for nasty weather to pass. Its pack and harness-compatible hand pockets allow you to retrieve items while you're backpacking or approaching your favorite crag, and its single hem cinch-cord seals out cold drafts. In addition, the Super Compressor has a three-way adjustable, helmet-compatible hood with a wire-brim easily holds its shape.

    • Nylon ripstop (20D) shell
    • Dry.Q Core (2-layer) membrane
    • Thermal.Q Elite insulation (100g)
    • Pack and harness-compatible hand pockets
    • Three-way adjustable, helmet-compatible hood with wire brim
    • Single hem cinch-cord
    • Standard fit
    • Item #MHW006T

    Tech Specs

    [membrane laminate] Dry.Q Core (2-layer), [face fabric] 100% nylon ripstop (20D)
    Thermal.Q Elite (100g)
    Center Back Length
    29 in
    yes, helmet compatible
    2 zippered hand, 1 zippered chest
    Claimed Weight
    1 lb 6 oz
    Recommended Use
    climbing, hiking & camping, backpacking
    Manufacturer Warranty

    Tech Specs

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    Fits true to size.

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

    I purchased a size-L on the statements by others that this runs large in terms of fitting, and I must disagree with their assertions. Maybe because I'm 6'3" and 260lbs, but this fits pretty snug. Or I should say, "correct". I would like maybe a little more room at the waist, but I guess I could lay off the beer. It zips closed fine, just snug.

    Zipper is weird and doesn't latch(start) easily, but it works well. Also the pockets are in a weird place, at the arm pit almost, but I understand it makes sense if using as a belay jacket.

    It also seems to be some what water resistant, but can't verify.

    Great for around town

    • Fit: Runs large

    I bought this jacket to be light weight and wear around town. It works perfectly for that just make sure you size down. So far I have tested it down to 10 degrees In just a base layer and it kept me warm.

    Large, but it's a belay jacket.

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

    This jacket is killer! The fit is a little large of course, but it's a belay jacket, meant to go over all of your other wearables and insulate when you're not moving. I'd highly recommend this. I've worn it raining or in deep snow and the synthetic kept it's warmth as promised and has made some very cold days much more livable. I'm excited to take it with me ice climbing next year. This is one heck of a value.


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

    I have never seen a piece of gear so inappropriately labeled for its actual size. If I had pulled it off the rack without looking at the tag, I would have thought it was three sizes too big.

    George, this jacket is a belay jacket and is specifically designed to fit over all other layers (baselayers, fleeces, midweight insulating layers, soft/hardshells, etc). Yes, it is significantly larger than sizings of other types of jackets. But no, it is not sized inappropriately.

    Best packable synthetic

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: Runs large
    • Size Bought: XL

    XL fits me perfectly. Very warm. Blocks wind well. 2 complaints. 1) zipper is tricky, tough to get going & sometimes sticks 2) hood adjustments are inside - must unzip a little to draw tight. Otherwise this jacket is pretty awesome. Breathes well. I like it up to 50's with just a t-shirt. 30's start needing a baselayer.

    In-Between, Not Useful =(

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

    I was hoping to use this jacket as a layering piece, but it's too bulky/boxy to wear under a shell. On the other hand, the face fabric is too flimsy to use as an outer layer for skiing or camping. It's called the compressor but I've had other MH jackets that are a lot more packable!

    One big plus is that it is very warm. I could see using this jacket for casual use around town. It's just not what I was looking for in terms of technical usefulness.

    Runs Huge

    • Fit: Runs large
    • Size Bought: Large

    This jacket runs huge. I am 6' 2", 220 lbs and the size L was enormous on me. Planning on exchanging it for a Medium.

    I am 5'-10", 180lbs, 45 chest and usually wear large in everything. This large is huge, but the medium is too tight around arm pits area...weird sizing. I'm keeping it because I bought it 70% off. Otherwise I'd return it. It is very warm, but it lacks a secondary back-of-hood adjustment for when you are not wearing a helmet.

    Runs big but flippin awesomely warm!

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

    I usually wear an XL in everything and i had to return this to get a L. Got the microchill too and same thing. The Super Compressor is the warmest jacket I've had (have Patagonia, Marmot and NorthFace jackets). Wore it on a walk this morning and it was below zero, just to test it in nasty cold and wind. Suffice to say, I literally had to unzip it to cool off a bit. If you want to be warm, this is your jacket!

    Hood strings

    My single complaint with this jacket is the funny hood strings. They just have no where to go. They're an easy thing to deal with, just kinda odd, and with the rest of the awesomeness of this jacket, I don't mind the strings one bit..

    Hood strings

    Insulating Layer

    Here is the Super Compressor under Mountain Hardwear's Alchemy Jacket. It has been an awesome insulation layer, helping to bolster the warmth during a cold, windy, and rainy job.. Notice the hood peeking out.. No beanie needed on this day- the hood is extra puffy and has plenty of room to fit over your helmet, but also adjusts to fit over just your dome.

    Insulating Layer

    Juuuuust Right.

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: Runs large

    A big Thanks to and Mountain Hardwear for choosing me to review the Super Compressor Hooded Jacket for the benefit of the community.

    I’ve had this jacket for about a month now, and I’ve worn it almost daily. We get some pretty wet and cold weather out here, and when paired with a shell, this jacket fits the bill and does exactly what I need- it provides serious insulation in wet and damp conditions. On dry days, it does great on its own. Looks good around town, but is super functional. It’s been a toasty layer for cold weather hiking, icy kayaking, and wet and windy recess duty. I’ve got the shark color which is definitely gray- not black as pictured on the website. The sizing on it is a bit odd; I’m usually on the cusp between a large and an x-large, but I found that the medium fits me just right. While the large might provide me a bit more room, I think that it would have had too much extra material to use as a layering piece. While the medium is a bit more fitting on me, it still leaves plenty of room for movement. Like most puffys, this jacket can be stuffed into the chest pocket for easy pack-ability.

    One of the highlights of the Super Compressor is the cuffs. The elastic band is set back in the sleeve so that there is a layer of insulation reaching the wrist. A pretty stellar design point- Good on ya MH. To go along with the highlights, the hood on this jacket is outstanding. Huge, warm, and easily adjustable.

    The single oddity that stuck out for me was the hood “strings.” They just kind of dangle and don’t really have a home. They’re easy to adjust, but hang around like upside down antennae.

    The amount of warmth packed into this piece is perfect. Like Goldilocks’ porage, just right and it’s all thanks to MH’s Dry Q. Elite synthetic fill trapping tons of air in the layer.

    All in all, it’s a quality built jacket that leaves very little to be desired. The Super Compressor has become my go-to puffy.

    What's the water resistance ability on this jacket? Light sprinkles only, or will it consistently survive a rainy/snowy and cold Berlin winter?

    Wondering how this will compare in warmth to the Arcteryx Atom AR? I know the AR has more fill but MH claims the Thermal Elite Q used in the Super Compressor is superior... Wondering if that's really just marketing? I'm trying to decide between the two pieces with maximum warmth being the determining factor. Thanks!

    Best Answer

    Derek, Its hard for anyone but a laboratory tester to really figure it which is actually better. I really like the Thermal Elite Q but, its not going to replace 40 extra grams of insulation on your chest. AR will be warmer, Compressor is going to breathe better, more suited for higher output activity in comparison to the AR.

    Is this jacket warmer than the standard MHW Hooded compressor? There seem to be conflicting stats on it. This website claims a higher weight (1 lb 6 oz) than the 1 lb 1 oz on the company website. It seems that the standard Compressor has heavier insulation (100 g vs 80g in the Super Compressor). Could we get a clarification on the weight, insulation weight, and warmth of this guy vs the standard?

    Best Answer

    Hi Jonathan, The Super Compressor is warmer than the standard Compressor Jacket. Both the Super Compressor and the Compressor utilizes Thermal Q Elite insulation which is the warmest synthetic on the market due to it's down like design. It is roughly 20% warmer than similarly thick insulation in other jackets. The Super Compressor uses a 60gram (per meter/squared) weight insulation coupled with a 40gram weight insulation making for a total of 100gram insulation package. The difference between the two is that the Super Compressor is sewn/baffled in a way to create air pockets within the insulation creating a perceived warmth much greater than a jacket of a similar weight. The Compressor utilizes a more standard construction with 100gram weight Thermal Q insulation in the body and 80 in the sleeves. Still very warm but without the techy build of the Super Compressor. I hope this info helps! Please follow up if you need more information. Thanks!