Always remember to stretch.
Mountain Hardware designed the Men's Zonal Jacket to move with you, not fight you as you try to move around. That's why it placed stretch panels strategically on the sides, so you can raise your arms without binding. It also installed a light layer of Thermic Micro synthetic insulation to take the edge off chilly days without overheating you.
- Tough ripstop nylon for durability
- Thermic micro synthetic insulation keeps you warm
- 2 handwarmer pockets help unfreeze your digits
- Higher front is harness-friendly
- 2 hem cords to keep drafts out
Share your thoughts
Comfortable! Not for serious climbing.
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Fit: True to size
Put this jacket on at a local retailer and upon realizing it was 50% off, walked right out the door with it. I found the stretch panels and athletic fit of the jacket combined with the relatively light weight made it incredibly comfortable. Unfortunately, it has rather limited use. It's basically a mid layer that can do some outer layer duty in the very mild conditions. The stretch panels allow a lot of wind into the jacket, thus, it's not the best jacket to sit around in the cold with (the patagucci nanopuff is much warmer due to the lack of air permeable stretch panels). The lack of hood means you're going to want another layer on if the weather gets a little nasty (who wouldn't want a hood?!!?!). Thermic Micro is not as efficient an insulater as Primaloft One (but it is cheaper!). For these reasons, it probably wont make it into the alpine climbing pack. However, it's a perfect mid layer under a shell for very cold days skiing and can be a nice addition any time comfort is more important than weather resistance. If this had a hood, it would likely go everywhere with me and be my go to alpine climbing jacket in cold weather with one additional belay parka in the pack. Unfortunately, as it is, it's too permeable to be the only jacket in the pack and the lack of hood means it isn't versatile enough to wear as my main action layer in cold weather. Well, it's so comfortable, I couldn't leave it on the shelf, so into the fancy resort ski clothes bin it goes...
Almost perfect, but....
Great fit, weight, color. The real problem is the material under the arms stinks after one use.... I loved this jacket both under hard shell for skiing and on its own for snowshoeing, banging around etc.... The bad news is that after one activity it smells like old school poly pro that you have had for years, Didn't want to, but had to return it.
Is this jacket slim/trim/athletic fit or...
Is this jacket slim/trim/athletic fit or regular fit or relaxed fit?
The jacket is an athletic fit, so it will be cut a little slimmer than your average jacket.
So first off, I'm 5' 8" 180lbs fairly built with relatively wide shoulders. The medium though started off a little tight the shoulders after a few months have worked out and now fit wonderfully. I was looking for a insulated jacket that was functional with a quilted design that I could wear both around town (Boulder at least) and use outdoors. This is a solid choice. By itself I can wear it in 20-55 degree weather and be warm with just a t-shirt underneath. In addition it feels quite windproof and the fleece sides feel like they add a little more breathing to the coat. In colder sub 15 degree weather I usually layer a shell on top and that works quite nicely or if it's raining and sub 40degrees. The coldest I have used this is snow shoeing in the mountains (-15ish degrees) with a mild base layer, this as a midlayer and a shell. Between snow sneaking up underneath my jacket and sweat the shell did get fairly wet, but I still felt extremely warm (the beauty of synthetic insulation). My only caveat is I kinda wish it had a hood. However, I did get this jacket on sale for about 80$ and its functionality and warmth for the price it's a solid jacket. Overall, on a budget its a solid buy though honestly if I had the money I would got for patagonia nano puff hoody (mainly for the hood, and I'm stuck on synthetics at least until down can cope with water better). However, f you don't mind not having a hood it's a great looking functional jacket.
How warm is this jacket?, windproof?
How warm is this jacket?, windproof?
The jacket is really warm in minimal activity down to the 40's, and much lower if you are active. I use mine in the WV mountains during winter bouldering. (see pick). I just put on a P-gonia R1 underneath and this thing keeps you WAY warm. The spandex panel in the back wicks well and lets the garment breath. I would say its pretty bomber for wind also. I love mine. WILL BUY ANOTHER ONCE IT GOES THE WAY OF THE WARRIOR. Which will hopefully be some time to come.
Why are there two mountain hardwear zonal...
Why are there two mountain hardwear zonal jackets? they seem to be very similar but the price is drastically different. Is one from a past season?
One is down and the other is synthetic.
Hello, how is the fit compared with the...
Hello, how is the fit compared with the Mountain Hardwear Whisperer Down Jacket? Thanks
Tony. The Zonal Jacket has what we call our 'semi-fitted' fit profile which is also the case with our entire Alpine Line. I find this jacket to be slightly more form fitting than the Ghost Whisper Jacket. Hope this info helps!
Can this jacked be packed in one of its...
Can this jacked be packed in one of its pockets?
It's not designed that way, but you may be able to do it