Clint wrote a review of Mountain Hardwear Effusion Hooded Jacket - Men's on December 27, 2012
Familiarity: I've used it several times
After months of looking at several jackets to wear in the late Fall, Winter, and early Spring months I selected the Mountain Hardware Effusion.
My 'must have' list included Waterproof & Windproof properties, slim/athletic fit, and my only 'want' list item included a hood. Other jackets that I looked at include: Patagonia M's Light Flyer Jacket (Gore-Tex, no hood $279), Arc'teryx Visio FL (Gore-Tex, no hood $299), and Mountain Hardware Effusion (Dry Q, hood $240). I was interested in the Effusion after seeing the sale price and researching the Dry Q fabric.
I was surprised at how light and thin this jacket is, in fair weather the jacket weight feels like a mid-layer and breathes like a baselayer. My first run in this jacket was during a snow shower with gusting winds. I wore a Smartwool Microweight NTS baselayer and was warm and dry during my entire hour long run. With the jacket zipped all the way up, the collar height is a perfect fit just below my chin and provides great protection. However, the hood does not tightly close around the sides of my head, just the top. Gusts of wind were able to blow snow past my ears, which would melt down the back of my neck. My biggest issue with this jacket is that the two hood aglets (black plastic elastic cord covers for the hood), pulled off the first time I put the jacket on and pulled the cord to tighten the hood. I was livid and discounted the value of the entire jacket. After looking at the aglet, I noticed that it separates into two pieces. I was able to re-secure the aglet to each cord end with ease; however, these plastic cord covers are cheap and not bombproof, which is how I would classify the jacket overall. See my attached picture for an example of where the aglet opens.
Mountain Hardware - use a knot, melt rubber, just change the cord covers on the hood cord because this is a great jacket that doesn't need discounted in customer reviews for the cheap method of covering the elastic cord ends.