Built for demanding mountain conditions, the Mountain Hardwear Men's Cloudseeker Jacket delivers reliable weather protection whether you're skiing deep in the backcountry or lapping powder runs in the resort. Dry.Q Elite 3-layer membrane fends off inclement weather, when the wind and snow biting with intense ferocity. For adventures beyond your skis, the jacket features two large harness- and pack-compatible pockets for quick access to gear when you're touring or roped up during a glacial crossing. When it's snowing sideways and the wind is abusive to any exposed skin, pull the helmet-compatible, fully adjustable hood up to protect yourself from the storm.
- Send the big lines in comfortable style with a bomber touring jacket
- Dry.Q Elite 3-layer material handles the worst mountain conditions
- Ventilatoin dumps heat in a flash for optimal temperature regulation
- Removable powder skirt prevents snow from sneaking into the jacket
- Recco reflector assists Recco equipped SAR teams in emergencies
- Harness and pack compatible pockets stay accessible when rappelling
- Item #MHW016R
- Q & A
Flexible Yet Strong Backcountry Shell
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: Small
- Height: 5'10"
- Weight: 140lbs
I was provided this product from Backcountry, but this review is my personal opinion.
While I haven't had the chance to try this out in winter conditions this season, these are my initial comments on the shell. In the photo attached it is approximately 20 degrees and windy. I am only wearing a wicking t shirt underneath. Not too warm and not too cold, my body temperature stayed just right.
First, the material is extremely comfortable and flexible yet strong enough to take on any kind of winter conditions. I love how the inside even feels when it is touching skin. I have an arcteryx shell and I really only like wearing that with long sleeves. I find the arcteryx material very cold to touch. That was not the case with the MHW.
I love the large pouches in the front. I can half zip and put my hands comfortably inside or unzip the whole way which gives me access to the large mesh pocket inside. In reality, I could stick my skins on one side and gopro and cell phone on the other, there is that much room. It's awesome!
There are zippers on each tricep for venting when you are warm. The skirt inside the jacket is really going to come in handy in fresh pow to avoid getting the snow up inside. I love that it is also removable. The hood was comfortable, I didn't have any issues with it. Like some of the other comments, it fit over the helmet but the neck area was a bit snug when you do this.
I ordered a size small and I like that it is not skin tight like my arcteryx. This is a perfect size that I could put another jacket or fleece underneath without it looking silly.
I did not get to test in wet conditions or while skiing. I will come back next season and comment on how that goes. Overall, I am very please and would recommend buying just on the features above! This is going to be a great jacket for the spring/fall season too!
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Fit: True to size
Love the breathability and functionality of this jacket for carrying skins in the pockets up-front. Unfortunately, the build quality is severely lacking. All of the seams on the inside of the jacket are coming apart after 1 year of use. Completely falling apart. Not what I've come to expect out of Mountain Hardwear in terms of reliability. Very disappointing.
Great skiing shell
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: L
- Height: 6'0"
- Weight: 200lbs
Have used this through this ski season over a nano air. The shell is flexible, breathable and strong enough to stand up to some bushwhacking. The large torso pockets are great at dumping heat, I leaving them open all day during a day with any sun. Hood fits over my helmet no proble, the neck is a bit tight and range of movement for your head can be tight when fully zipped and hood is up.