A backcountry staple.

The Mountain Hardwear Men’s Windstopper Tech Vest keeps your core warm and protected from the wind while giving your arms total range of motion. The Windstopper Tech Vest was one of the original softshell garments and has stood the test of time to become a true outdoor classic.

  • 100% Windproof, breathable WindStopper microfleece fabric blocks gusts without making you feel like you're slowly suffocating in a plastic bag
  • Can be used as a windproof, water-resistant shell or as mid-layer insulation
  • Taslan reinforcement shoulders resist abrasion
  • Front pockets and a Napoleon pocket for storage

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5 5

Another Great Piece of Mountain Hardware Gear

This is a great fleece for layering under a technical shell or wearing by itself. I've had this for over a year now and it has taken a solid beating.

2009/10 Windstopper Tech Vest

2009/10 Windstopper Tech Vest

Tech Vest in Ranger green over Sierra Designs Gnar Hoody in Herb/Spinach, and which, oddly, Backcountry only carries the women's version.

5 5

Windstopper Vest

I was given this vest for Christmas. It is made of Gore Windstopper with soft shell material in the shoulders. It is light weight, keeps the wind out, and is reasonably warm. The fit is athletic. I normally wear a L, but wear an XL in the technical vest.

5 5

Great Vest

One of the best vests on the market. The newer style is still the same basic vest but the fabric is slightly different. It is lightweight yet is very warm and blocks the wind keeping your core warm without the bulk of the puffy down vests. You can wear this over your baselayer and I have worn it over a Gore-Tex bicycle jacket.

I think the fit is true to size with other Mountain Hardwear products.

5 5

The Standard

I've had the same vest for over 4 years and it's finally starting to look worn out. I wear it almost everyday in the Fall and Winter. Great casual and technical piece. Blocks out ALL wind. Perfect cut. Perfect weight. I love this thing.

5 5

Nearly every day wear.

At the current price, there's nothing to beat this. Stops wind, looks dressy enough to wear to the office, and cut snug. Order one size up from your normal MHW size. Sits right at the belt line, so if bending over, or any other need for extended coverage exists, look for a longer vest than this.

3 5

Awesome vest if you can see over the collar

When I use the vest as a baselayer for under a jacket I like it, but when I run, I just want the vest and the collar is crazy big/tall. It hits the bottom of my ears if you can believe it. The material is awesome and the only complaint I have is with the collar height. In my opinion, it does run a bit on the larger size. I am 165 lbs, and 5' 8" tall and I take a small. It is just the tiniest bit snug, but a Medium is far too large for me.

3 5

ehh..I could take it or leave it.

This is a piece of gear I don't hardly ever use. I will say that of all the XL jackets I have (and that's about 15...from Marmot, Arcteryx, Patagonia, First Ascent...) this is by far the most snug top I have. I do have let's say not a flat tummy, but everything else fits fine. This is a nice looking vest, soft, and definitely blocks the wind. I realize it has to be somewhat snug fitting or it would allow all kinds of breeze in. It does do it's purpose well.

4 5

Great Addition.

This makes a great addition to anyone's gear collection. When I first saw this, I knew that I wanted it, but I was not sure what I would really use it for, but once I got it, I have used it more than I thought I would. It is lightweight, form-fitting, breathable, allows for layering and best of all is windproof up to 50+mph. I like that the zipper comes all the way up to the chin and the neck wraps all the way around to cover the neck on sunny days.

5 5

True to Size

With Mountain Hardwear clothing you definitely know that sizing is going to be pretty close to spot on. I am 6'1 205....and Mountain Hardwear XL's........ fit perfectly. I have lots of MH products and every single XL fits great and I can always count on them. The quality speaks for itself.....and to have the confidence of knowing the product is going to fit well....that is a bonus.

4 5

snuggy bear

large fits a little snug im 6'200#weightlifter
fits well over tee but would like to wear over flannels and such
reordered the xl
typically i wear large/medium

Responded on

xl is better now that ive tried it on but a liiiiittle too big but nice over a flannel

Responded on

5'9" and 200 pounds here and I ordered the XL's also because I wanted to layer this. Fit is exactly what I wanted.

how much bigger is the XL compared to the...

how much bigger is the XL compared to the L.
Im having a heck of a time finding a vest that fits right.
Patagonia L too big M too small.
Mountain Hardwear L a little too small!?!?!
Im ready to give up on this vest thing!
im 200 weightlifter build

Best Answer Responded on

Saw your most recent post...glad to see you got the size thing down...I had the same problem with other companies as similar build to you......Now that I have MH...I will never go back.....XL it is.

Responded on

yeh! funny thing is everything in my closet is large, exept for the occasional medium tee or medium vest (nice vest for church)
i was up in arms trying to figure out an outdoors vest haha.
thanks for the comment! i know i am not alone!

4 5


This is a sweet vest for mid-cool days or as a extra layer for really cold days. Of my favorite features is the high neck which basically serves as a neck-warmer under a down jacket or shell jacket. No wind gets down your neck at all. Unfortunately after a while the material around the seam of the neck started to pill. I think this might be due to my beard scratching it up as i move around in it.

5 5

I Now Have a "Vested" Interest

I was late to the vest game, having never owned one before this piece (not counting a few components of misguided biz attire that I'd rather forget).

Vest's always seemed too puffy for my desired application of keeping my core warm while leaving my arms free for action. This unit proved to be a real game changer for me.

In addition to providing a bit of soft insulation (if a wee bit stiff, thanks to the Windstopper membrane), this thing absolutely keeps the winds at bay.

Excellent build quality (as usual for MH), great fit (5'6, 180lbs in a Med), terrific collar and lot's of well placed pockets have me wearing this thing all the time.

All in all, a wise in-vest-ment!

I Now Have a "Vested" Interest