Surviving the revolution to become a classic.

When Mountain Hardwear introduced the Men’s WindStopper Tech Jacket, it was revolutionary. This was one of the first softshells—one of the leaders of the revolution. Thanks to get-it-right-the-first-time design, the WindStopper Tech has remained virtually unchanged.

  • 100% Windproof, very breathable WindStopper microfleece fabric blocks gusts and lets ecess heat escape
  • Can be used as a windproof, water-resistant shell or as mid-layer insulation
  • Taslan reinforcement shoulders and elbows resist abrasion
  • Underarm zips for ventilation
  • Front pockets are placed high so they can be used with a pack's hip belt or with a harness

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5 5

Good For Everything

I love this jacket. Windproof, water resistant and warm without being bulky. The pockets are high, but I don't mind too much. You get used to it and when wearing waders it's a plus because they're easy to get to. Pit Zips are a major plus. I wear it hiking, skiing, fishing and drinking!

I am 5.10' and 220 lbs, what size...

I am 5.10' and 220 lbs, what size should I get?

Best Answer Responded on

I think it depends on how you like your jacket to fit. I would suggest XL for normal fit and XXL if you like it to fit loose. BTW, this is the old style jacket.

5 5


This is one of the best technical fleece's available. It blocks the wind and breathes well. If you do get too warm it has pit-zips to cool you off. Hem has cinch for a custom fit. Material is soft and it is a sharp looking jacket. Repels light rain but it is not waterporoof.

The only thing I do not like about the jacket is that it picks up pet hair like velcro. This is one of the few items of gear that live up to the hype.

5 5

When it says Windstopper...

... it means windstopper. I landed in a small Cessna 206 just in from remote Alaska smack in the middle of a windstorm: 30MPH sustained winds, with up to 40MPH gusts. I yanked the drawcord tight at the hem, zipped up the collar and waited for the wind to punch through the jacket. Never happened. All of that wind, and none of it penetrated. Stayed warm, albeit it beat up, in the wind. Lots of products don't live up to the hype... this isn't one of them.

can someone compare this to Marmot's...

can someone compare this to Marmot's DriClime? I love my marmot, but need a little warmer option for cool but not freezing colorado days. I'm looking for an in-between wen it's colder than the marmot and warmer than is good for my big poofy down coat.

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atomicski. The Windstopper Tech Jacket is a Windstopper Fleece Jacket where the Driclime Windshirt is a basically a lined windshirt. The fleece on the Windstopper Tech Jacket is similar to a 100wt. fleece which is then backed with the windstopper laminate from Gore and then completed with a mesh backer on the inside of the fabric. The fleece, the laminate and the backer appear to be and are in fact one piece of fabric. It is 100% windproof and the fleece has been treated with a DWR to repel water and snow. The Driclime Windshirt is made with a what I imagine to be a nylon outer shell and then Marmots DriClime fleece hung on the inside. This fleece, according to their website is a Bi-Component Wicking Lining. The outer shell would make it practically windproof and the lining would provide a little warmth as you know. Both of these jackets would be water resistant and I believe the Windstopper Tech Jacket would fit your use perfectly. Mine does! Hope this helps!

5 5


All around great fleece. While its not the most trendy fleece jacket for city use, it is a great jacket for outdoor pursuits. Its warm, breaks wind pretty well, and will zip into North Face zip-in compatible jackets (great with Mountain Light for being able to open pit zips in the shell and fleece for heat venting.

5 5

a true classic

this jacket is an absolute classic! With good reason. It is nice to see a company recognize when a product is working, and then LEAVE IT ALONE!
My favorite feature of the jacket is the huge chest pocket. It is the perfect size for a folded up map.

I love the jacket except for the high...

I love the jacket except for the high pockets - they make carrying bulkier items a pain. Looking for a recommendation on a similiar jacket (pit zips, windstopper, lots of pockets, lightweight) that has the hand pockets at the "normal" height.

Best Answer Responded on

Check out the Marmot wind stopper or afterburner soft shell. Pretty similar but with "normal" pockets. Just a heads up though, the reason MHW pockets are placed so high is to allow the user to get into the pockets while wearing a backpack or climbing harness. Might want to keep that in mind, IF its something that matters for your situation. Hope this helps!

I am 5'7 and 130 pounds, which size is...

I am 5'7 and 130 pounds, which size is better for me?

Best Answer Responded on

JoshChang. At 5'7" and 130 you'll probably be the most comfortable in a medium. Hope this helps!

Made in China

Made in China

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yep unfortunately all mountain hardwear products are made in china, they still make top of the line gear though.

Responded on

Yes, when did this change? I just bought a new MH Alchemy and it is made in china, my alchemy that i bought in nov 2005 was made in the USA.

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Yes, they were made in the USA but now I believe most or all of them are made in China. Great gear but but it was a nice benefit when they were made in the states.

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columbia owns them... they are a massive company. A lot of their stuff is made in Asia.

5 5

does the job !!

this is a great jacket. anyone who lives in the rockies should own one of these. stops the wind and will be warm enough on most days, if not just throw another jacket on top of this and your golden.

5 5

ya wont b sorry

just got mine and gotta say i love 1st i had ordered a xl kinda big so got a large.great jacket blocks wind n light rain,looks great and the chicks dig it.

5 5

Quiver of one

If you could only have one fleece jacket, then this would be the one. It's wind proof and water resistant (nearly waterproof), it preforms well as a stand-alone or great for layering. Great breathablity too.

I usually wear a medium in fleeces, but...

I usually wear a medium in fleeces, but I've tried on two different Mtn Hdwr jackets (G50 & Chill Factor Pro) and a large fit me better. Does the WindStopper Tech fit similar to those two? Should I go with the large in this one?

Best Answer Responded on

If you liked the fit of the large in the other jackets I would probably go with a large in the tech jacket also. If for some reason it doesn't fit right you can exchange it very easily through backcountry.

5 5

Best Jacket out there!

I've owned this jacked for over seven years and it's still my most functional piece of clothing. I wear it on all fall-winter-spring aerobic outings where I need breathability. The pit zips are fantastic, and the pockets are in the right places. I'm a solid medium - and the arm and body length are perfect. The high neck zips snug enough that I rarely need a neck gaiter, except in stormy conditions. I've replaced only the pit zips and the fleece is starting to wear down at the corners. This is after 300+ days of use. This jacket stood up to -10F during the 2003 Elk Mountain Traverse - better than my fingers and toes did!

Best Jacket out there!
5 5

Perfect mid-weight jacket

I can't say anything bad about it, it works great as a light or mid-weight jacket for almost any purpose (or any purpose if you wear it under a rain shell). It looks great and is very comfortable. Higher pockets for use with a waist belt and underarm zips to cool off without taking it or your other gear off. I have hiked, canoed, been rock climbing, and skied in this great jacket. Highly recommended!

I have a Backcountry Cairn fleece that...

I have a Backcountry Cairn fleece that I've worn and loved for many, many years. Sadly, it's soon going to be time to replace it with a new go-to fleece. Is this an appropriate substitute, as far as warmth and function are concerned?

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This should be a great substitute, especially if you plan on wearing it as an outer layer because it is completely windproof. It is also great for layering and should be warmer than your previous fleece.