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Backcountry Mad Creek Anorak - Women's

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Why We Built The Mad Creek Anorak

When it comes to staying protected from the weather on all your adventures, our Mad Creek Anorak has your back. We built this anorak to let you pursue trail missions no matter the forecast, with a breathable construction that carefully balances performance and weather protection. Our favorite features are the integrated vents in the hood gaiter and underarms, which allow you to continue to push your pace in comfort while staying dry during a rainstorm.

  • Backcountry Exclusive
  • Technical shell suited for trail running and hiking in mixed conditions
  • Pertex Quantum Air materials prioritize air permeability for ventilation
  • Active fit accommodates under layers and supplies enhanced mobility
  • Snap-down hood stays in place for clear vision on rugged descents
  • Ripstop outer with DWR finish is both windproof and water-resistant
  • Dual zippered pockets stash your essentials in motion-friendly places
  • Hood and underarm vents are ideal for high-output activities
  • Two-way zipper vents heat during high output activities
  • Item #BCCZ296

Responsible Collection
Recycled/Repurposed
Material
[face fabric] Pertex Quantum Air, 100% nylon (52% recycled), [finish] DWR
Seams
not sealed
Fit
active
Length
hip
Center Back Length
26.5in
Hood
fixed, elastic, snap-down
Pockets
1 zippered kangaroo, 1 zippered rear
Venting
laser-cut hood, laser-cut underarm, rear cape
Claimed Weight
[medium] 5.4oz
Recommended Use
backpacking, hiking, trail running
Manufacturer Warranty
limited lifetime

Tech Specs

What do you think about this product?

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>Rating: 4

Worth adding to your lineup

Familiarity:
I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
Large
Height
5` 7"
Weight
185 lbs

I was given this product by Backcountry, and this is my honest opinion. For starters, this product isn't the most versatile in CO's Front Range - I'm still really hoping for some type of weather day to check out the weather proofing. I used this recently while hiking South Arapaho peak, the weather was smokey/hazy, warm, and as we approached the bench before the final approach, super windy - which is when I broke this jacket out. Here's the breakdown: Fit - I have a 36 D/36 DD, and ordered a L. Although I initially thought I was screwed the first time I pulled this over my head, the fit is really trim, well tailored, and comfortable. The zipper and fabric isn't pulling across my chest or clearly strained so that is a huge win. Material - This jacket is super lightweight. Normally I'd be hesitant to pack two jackets on a hike (weight weenie over here) but this is so light and packable, it was worth it and a no brainer. The fabric is comfortable and durable - after hiking down a 13er and lowering myself over a lot of rough rock, it held up super well. Features- There hood on this guy stays up super well even in 60mph sustained winds. There's nicely placed venting that's been laser cut into the fabric, but could definitely use some pit zips (it traps heat more than releases it). There's also an awesome key pocket on the lower back , as well as a kangaroo pouch on the front that is A+ for stashing snacks. Although I haven't used this as much as I've hoped, it will definitely be accompanying me on an upcoming trip to Conundrum and Longs Peak.

>Rating: 5

Best lightweight shell layer

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
S
Height
5` 4"
Weight
130 lbs

This is saying a lot because I tend to buy any and all lightweight layers. I've used Outdoor Research, Under Armour, Patagonia, Nike, etc. I like speed hiking and trail running, so pack weight is important, and this shell packs small (into itself with a back pocket), and is very light, while still providing excellent protection. It has a bunch of functionality based design elements, including closed wrist that keeps bugs and rain at bay (but also keep your watch face hidden, which can be a nuisance for people tracking mileage/pace). Since the fabric is so airy, I'm using it for sun protection now during the hot and humid summer months in Tennessee. I would love to see this in an auburn/orange color combination - this could be great to use during hunting season. I am an Honorary Gearhead and was gifted this item by Backcountry, but this review is my personal opinion.

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>Rating: 1

Bad experience and poorly sew

Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
M
Height
5` 6"
Weight
124 lbs

Backcountry sent me a wrong item (T-shirt) and then got correct jacket in a week. However, when I wore the 2nd time, I found it's torn near the left kangaroo packet. It's quality does not match with its price.

Backcountry
>Rating: 1

Bad experience and poorly sew

Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
M
Height
5` 6"
Weight
124 lbs

Backcountry sent me a wrong item (T-shirt) and then got correct jacket in a week. However, when I wore the 2nd time, I found it's torn near the left kangaroo packet. It's quality does not match with its price.

Backcountry
>Rating: 5

Lightweight & Durable

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
S
Height
5` 6"
Weight
135 lbs

This anorak is best described as the essential layer you didn't know you needed. So far it's been perfect for spring and early summer activities. I live in the high desert (Park City, UT) and although it does heat up during the day - it still gets cold every night. I enjoy how lightweight and breathable the material is. I can use it for sun and even a bit of rain protection. I also wore it on a bit of a bushwhack to scramble hike and it held up really well - no tears or anything, which is surprising considering how thin the material is! Cool features I love: - the sleeves comfortably cinch down on your wrists, keeping the elements out and your hands free to move - the hood buttons down to the back of the shell, keeping it from flapping around which is SO NICE when it's windy - back pocket is the perfect size for small items and snacks - said back pocket doubles as a stuff pocket - lightweight and packs down small - well designed venting throughout keeps you cool Things I don't love: - you can't really put anything heavy or bulky in the pockets as it'll pull the material down a lot, however, the heaviest item I usually put in a pocket is my phone. I carry a backpack or hydration vest with me so anything other than a quick snack goes into my pack - it does wrinkle pretty easily Overall, I love this anorak and can't wait to see how it holds up throughout my summer adventures.

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>Rating: 5

Out of the box review

Familiarity:
I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
Small
Height
5` 8"
Weight
140 lbs

I didn’t notice the back pocket doubles as a stash to pack the jacket into itself so that was a nice surprise! I’m loving the shark color, I’d define it as a purple/grey. It’s definitely cinches in around the booty so be warned. I don’t mind because I don’t have a particularly large butt. I’m usually small/medium and I went with the small. I prefer a snugger fit on my active layers. It’s not completely stretchy but I love how it moves and appreciate that it doesn’t have that telltale swishing noise a lot of shells have. I’m not sure I’d want to be caught in anything but a light drizzle in this thing, but it seems like a well vented windbreaker. I chose this over the full zip version because I wanted that back stash pocket and the front zip makes it super easy to put on and layer. The hood honesty seems a bit useless to me, it’s kind of small, but would be great under a helmet as it’s low profile and it would be held in place better. And I’m stoked on the snap to keep the hood down when I’m not using it. I plan on using this running, hiking, biking and possibly climbing since it seems like a great active piece.

>Rating: 5

A very good quality product!

Familiarity:
I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
S
Height
5` 3"
Weight
115 lbs

This lightweight anorak is a must have this spring! I typically wear an xs-s and this fit me perfectly in a size small. The fit is great and and allows for movement and flexibility in the right places. I like to hike and mountain bike and will be using this as my go-to lightweight shell this spring/summer. I am also a big fan of the zippered pockets - the back pocket is perfect for stashing my phone, wallet, keys, or anything else I might need to take with me.

>Rating: 5

Awesome Trail Running Layer

Familiarity:
I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
Small
Height
5` 4"
Weight
115 lbs

This is a super lightweight and packable windproof/water resistant layer that I'm stoked to finally have in my closet. Other jackets in this category usually come in at a much higher price point, so I'm happy with the quality despite the low price. The features are all very well thought out, and it's packable enough to stuff in my 3L running vest. It sports an active fit, so expect it to run short and slim, but that's exactly how I want this piece to fit.