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P2thedoubleA wrote a review of on November 28, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

Had this for about a month. So far so good. Warm and super soft. Received many compliments on it. Indoors or out, this boy stays on all day. Would probably sleep in this if I didn't take it off.

Temp wise fares well with just a T shirt or long sleeve T underneath in the anything >40s, anything below that I usually throw a down vest with it (or another layer). Wind does go though this boy like swiss cheese, but its not meant to be a wind-layer. Works well underneath a shell for warm and with some wind-proofing.

Only other thing, I ordered the "black" colour which showed the yellow MHW logo. I received the "black/shark" colour. Not a huge deal, but I think the yellow logo looks better. Just a heads up to others if they are looking for the yellow logo.

Still great fleece and look forward to taking it out on cold mountain days.

Ordered a M, I'm 5'9", ~145 lb for reference. Leans more toward a slim/athletic fit. 4 stars because I don't believe anything is perfect, there is alway something better.

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P2thedoubleA wrote a review of on November 4, 2013

3 5

Ended up returning this style and opted for the standard moneky man fleece. Jacket was of good quality, with nice soft monkey man fur on exterior. That being said, the deciding factor for me was the size. This style runs long (and wide) in the torso. I had a M and am 5'9" ish, 145 lb for reference. It nearly went past my fly with jeans on. Further there was more than enough room for additional layers to be worn underneath, but I'm also a skinny guy, which may also contribute. This led to a boxy appearance. It wasn't bad but it wasn't flattering either. The standard monkey man is more slim fitting in comparison, which I tend to like better in my clothes. This is also "thiner", or seems to have less of the soft fleece than the standard style. On the other-hand it has the air shield which I will undoubtedly miss and made fir a tough decision.

3 stars for being what I expected. By no means a bad fleece and I'm sure it would have worked well for me. But for ~$250 MSRP, gotta go with what looks better, all else equal. If I had unlimited buying power I would have opted for a small and kept it along with my other standard monkey man.

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P2thedoubleA wrote a review of on February 17, 2013

Loved em till they snapped
3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Purchased a pair of these back in Oct '12. Had them mounted on Volkl Bridges. Worked great for the season (6 ski days) until yesterday. Binding completely snapped from ski. I'll chalk it up as a fluke for now.

Due to BC's pretty awesome customer service they have another pair shipping out to me tomorrow and had a no questions asked return for the pair that blew out.

I was going to upgrade to Jester's, but after speaking with gear guru he said that there was not much difference in material composition between the two. DIN wise I'm fine with these guys, 5'9" ~150 lb, aggressive but not hucking cliffs or anything of that sort. He suggested the Rossi 180s, and while I liked the idea of an all metal binding, considering I paid $300 for the skis I wasn't about to drop $400 on the bindings.

They were 5/5 bindings. I never had the opportunity for them to release, but they were cake to get in and out of, looked freaking sweet, and were light as hell. They worked well with the skis, transferring power and response from the boot to the ski w/o issue. Besides the fact that one snapped at both the toe and heel piece, they were great. I'm giving them another go.

For now, 3/5 (would do 3.5/5 but wont round up cause 4 isn't justice either) since they snapped. If they blow out again, I'll look to upgrade to the rossis, but hoping that this was a one time deal.

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P2thedoubleA wrote a review of on January 26, 2010

5 5

I've been wanting a down vest for a while, and after comparing this vest with similar ones offered by Patagonia and TNF, I decided to go ahead and get the Mountain Hardware. Part of my decision was based off the price (got it on sale for $95, plus had a coupon from BC for another $20 off). I originally got a S as I was going to use it as a top layer over a long sleeve shirt for walking to class or going out at night. The shoulder and body fit was excellent, however the length was a bit too short for me (5'9'' 145 lb) so I went ahead an exchanged it for a M. The M is a bit broader in the shoulders and has room for an additional layer underneath it (e.g. sweatshirt) but the length is a lot better.

So far it has been nothing short of superb. Some of the down has been coming out, but as with any down material that can be expected. It is insanely warm, and has a multitude of pockets which I love. There is the two external hand pockets which are soft and fleece lined, a large external (non-fleece lined) chest pocket, and lastly has an other large inner (again non-fleeced lined) pocket on the right hand side. They are great for storing everything from cell phone/ipod to some energy bars while up on the mountain. Because the internal pocket is on the inside, it also keeps most of your stuff warm which is very nice. No more worrying about if the cold will drain your battery, simply put it in the internal, and even the external pockets and it will stay at a good temperature. I really have no gripes about this vest, one of my favorite pieces of clothing. Insanely warm, and looks great. I would recommend it to anyone.

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