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Combine the waterproof and wind proof performance of a breathable Dry.Q Elite shell with the warmth of Thermic Micro insulation, and you get the Men's Mountain Hardwear Vertical Peak Jacket. The Dry.Q Elite fabric and underarm zips keep you dry and comfortable so you can log unlimited vertical feet in search of the perfect line. When you find it and greedily point your tips downhill, you'll be glad the stretch powder skirt is there to keep the fluff off your belly.

  • Waterproof and windproof two layer Dry.Q Elite fabric shell starts breathing the moment you put it on for dry and comfortable days in the backcountry
  • 80g Thermic Micro insulation provides additional warmth for when the temperature starts to drop
  • 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
  • Removable stretch powder skirt keeps you comfy when you relish hard earned powder turns
  • Butter jersey cuffs are extra-soft on the skin and keep out snow
  • Two external chest pockets, two hand pockets, and an array of internal pockets hold all your essentials
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  • Familiarity:I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit:True to size

I took the new jacket for a week long ski trip in Colorado. All the days were high teens to low 20s, overcast with light snow, and windy near top of mountain with occasional wind at lower elevations. Under the jacket I wore a base layer and a Under Armor Cold Gear shirt. I remained comfortable at all times be riding the lift in wind, or working up a sweat in long bump runs. I really appreciated the breathability while working in the bumps. It was night and day compared to my previous jacket which also boast a waterproof / breathable membrane. I never felt a need to utilize underarm zippers. My only suggested improvements are a more substantial collar under the hood (had to zip coat mostly all up to keep cold from going down back of neck), and tighter fit in powder skirt. Otherwise it would be five stars. It remains the best ski jacket I have owned.

Good jacket with some flaws

    I live in Finland and found the jacket was warm with only a long sleeve base layer down to 20 degrees. I also stayed warm skiing in -10 weather with high wind with a light puffy midlayer. I'm 5'10" 155 lbs, a medium fit loose around the body and was easy to layer with, but the powder skirt rode up easily when active, and the jersey cuffs were a 1/2" too short which made them uncomfortable to use. On the first ski trip the dinky wrist velcro strap broke. This strap should be better reinforced, and the opening to tuck your gloves into between the outerseleve and the jersey cuff shuold be bigger. Also, the lower hand pockets should be bigger.

    So Far So Good

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

    So far have worn jacket two weekends out skiing. One weekend in the upper 20?s another in the single digits no snow either times. Jacket is roomy enough for layering w/fleece vest on super cold days (bought a large I?m 5?9?) and length is perfect. Insulation seems to work and has different thickness on different parts with no bulky sections. Jacket breathes well to keep you dry. I will agree with other review a detachable hood would have been great. When not used my helmet snagged the cinch pull on the top a few time (reason for 4 stars). But on the cold windy days on the chair pulling it over the helmet was a welcomed relief. Hope Jacket will do as well in the snow. No issues with pocket size or needing a dedicated "ring" for lift ticket. I just put on zipper pull and cut off later. I would recommend this jacket.

    Ski Coat ??

      this coat does not have anywhere to put a ski ticket except the zipper pulls. I would also like a detachable hood. Cool that the hood goes over a helmet, but if worn without it is huge, almost unuseable. Breast pockets are very high. Sleeve pocket way to low and interferes with the wrist closure

      why doesn't a jacket advertised as a ski...

      why doesn't a jacket advertised as a ski jacket have ANY ring or something to attatch a lift ticket or pass to ??? How stupid is that ??

      Anyone have experience with this Jacket?...

      Anyone have experience with this Jacket? I'm looking for a lightweight insulated waterproof/breathable jacket for boarding and snowshoe treks. I'm thinking of this jacket or the 2011 Gravitor jacket. The gravitor is lighter in weight but the Vertical Peak has pit zips and doesn't have wrist cuffs, which I hate. Thanks.

      Hey RMG - sounds like I've been on a similar hunt for a new ski jacket. I tried this jacket on, but ended up returning it in favor of one of Mountain Hardwear's uninsulated jackets. I liked the features and construction of this jacket a lot, but I found the fit to be pretty bulky. It certainly leaves room for layering underneath, but I like a more fitted jacket. I'm 6'1" 205 lbs and usually have to wear an XL in ski jackets for the sleeves to be long enough for me. The XL in this jacket fit me pretty huge - if you don't mind a looser fit, this seems like a sweet jacket. I decided to go for Mountain Hardwear's Snowtastic shell and a down jacket for colder days because I like a trimmer fit and less bulk in my pack when I'm bootpacking it

      I hope this helps!