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Josh Larsen

Josh Larsen

Boise ID, and ocassionally the some portions of Utah.

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Josh Larsen

Josh Larsenwrote a review of on February 6, 2012

4 5

I picked up one of these for 40$ on clearance. That said for the price its a pretty good little jacket.
The fabric is good and the stitching etc. is all of great quality as I have come to expect from Mountain Hardwear.
After an extended period of time (over 1.5 hours) in heavy rain I did notice some wetting out of the fabric but only in the shoulders. This occurred faster when I had had something like a strap from a pack on the shoulder.
The breathability was decent, however with just a t-shirt on the interior did get somewhat clammy. The inside of the sleeve would then stick to my arms occasionally.
My biggest compliant is that after only a couple of months the interior of the jacket near the arm pits has become discolored. My jacket is green and the interior is white with the nut from the mountain hardwear logo printed all over it. Now that area is a nasty faded green color. I haven't contacted Mountain Hardwear yet, but I'm hoping they'll replace is as it seems that the interior Conduit Silk coating/laminate is wearing away in those areas as well.
Still if you can find it at a good price I would say you could do worse. But don't expect it to keep you as dry as say Neoshell, PacLite, event, DryQ Elite, etc.

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Josh Larsenwrote a review of on February 6, 2012

5 5

I like I'm sure many others snatched this off SaC for 90$. This is my first PacLite jacket and I'm quite happy with it. I own 2 other Gore-Tex jackets and I can tell a difference in breathability without a doubt.
Also having the Gore-Tex lifetime guarantee is nice as I have known people to get jackets replaced/refunded several years after purchase with no hassle.
From what I understand Outdoor Research also has a very good warranty as well.
Onto the jacket, the material is fairly light I believe it's 40D. The jacket is very comfortable and an XL fit me perfectly (I'm 5'11" 215lbs).
The jacket is completely waterproof as you would expect from Gore-Tex. The breathability is good but not as good as the DryQ Elite jacket I own.
Also I found the inside of the jacket would occasionally stick to my arm when I was working hard.
The TorsoFlo venting is same as Mammut uses in it's Ulimate Hooded Sofshell jacket.
Meaning it can be worn like a poncho or just used a normal pit zip. The zippers are somewhat stiff but they also did not leak and stayed where I put them which is nice.
As previous reviewers said the DWR works great and I have yet to get the fabric to wet out.
The pockets although a little high are still very usable. I've read you can stuff the jacket into one of the interior pockets but I'm not sure how.
For 90$ the jacket is hard to beat if your looking for a light weight waterproof/breathable.

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Josh Larsenwrote a review of on February 6, 2012

5 5

This is my first Mammut purchase (although not my first softshell) and I am extremely impressed. The Quality is top notch. The DWR has held up very well for me and it still beads up quite well even on the shoulders after wearing a pack with it frequently. The softshell is very soft and it's warm for what it is.
Although BackCountry lists the seams as taped they are not. And I'm not aware of a Windstopper softshell that is. In fact the retailer I picked mine up from (at 50% off) told me Gore does not like manufacturers to tape the seams on windstopper products as they don't guarantee the waterproof on them. Not sure how accurate that is but I thought I would pass it along. Still without seam tape I haven't gotten wet in it, and I have used it disc golfing in a fairly heavy downpour for 3+ hours while carrying a backpack. The fabric on the shoulders under the straps was wet towards the end but I was dry on the inside. Also I have yet to feel wind through the fabric even sticking my arm out the window at 80mph for example. So the laminate definitely does its job. My only gripes are minor 1. The two way zipper can be a pain line up when putting the jacket on, and 2. The side zippers (which allow you to unzip it up to the bicep like a poncho) don't have anything to keep them completely closed so they will open just barely. Like I said just a gripe nothing serious. The addition of the thumb loop is very nice to keep your hands somewhat warm/shielded. And the length of the arms is perfect so that even when taking advantage of the thumb loops the arms don't pull to tight or become uncomfortable.
Mammut has an excellent warranty and I have yet to see any reason I'll need it.
In closing I'll definitely be purchasing more Mammut products in future and if they do a significant revision of this jacket I'll buy another one.

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Josh Larsenwrote a review of on February 6, 2012

5 5

To start I purchased this jacket on SAC for 244.99. I also had the Trice purchased for 199.99 and canceled it in retrospect I wish I had kept it and tried it out. The reason being is I don't do a huge amount of things requiring the chest high napoleon pockets. Also I like to be able to put my hands in a jacket when cold etc. While this isn't a deal breaker and I understand the reasoning for not having pockets useful for that I still wish they were there. The Trice would have been fine for me had it also featured a two-way zipper in the front.
Ok moving on, the material is excellent and feels quite durable without being overly stiff or crinkly sounding. The jacket is also surprisingly light for the 70D fabric. I like the black color and have received several compliments on the jacket, but would have preferred the bright green/yellowish color Mtn Hardwear offers.
The DryQ Elite lives up to it's claims in both Waterproof and Breathability. I own 2 Gore-Tex jackets one is a 12 year old TNF EG Tech Jacket, and the other a newer Pro Shell from Sessions. I also own an OR Foray which is PacLite. None of the Gore-Text jackets are even close to the breathability. Plus the inner liner on the PacLite sticks to bear skin and does not feel as comfortable on the skin as the DryQ Elite.
The fit and finish of the jacket are excellent. I am 5'11" and 215lbs, and I found the XL to fit perfect. Although I have arms which are slightly longer then the average person.
The hood fits great and I like that the brim does not appear to be wire so I don't have to worry about it getting bent when packing it in pack etc. The adjustments are in the material for the jacket on each side of the face and the adjusters are large and therefore easy to use.
The zippers are fairly stiff as they are waterproof and sometimes require two hands to operate. I'm hoping that will go away with use but that's not a deal breaker for me either.
The length is good and it is a fairly long jacket which I personally like. If the Jovian was longer I probably would have gotten it (since I prefer the pocket configuration on it), but I do not regret the purchase.
I'm currently trying to find a good price on a neoshell jacket to compare the Victorio to so if anyone has a suggestion it would be appreciated and I will post the results as well.

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