We're not in Kansas.
Sending it into a cyclone isn't most people's idea of a good ski day, but when your jacket can withstand tunnels of wind and the harshest of blizzards it's pretty confidence inspiring. Throw on the Mountain Hardwear Cyclone jacket when Old Man Winter is sending his angriest weather your way, and you'll be stoked to charge into the backcountry or lap empty chairlifts with more protection from the elements than any ski jacket you've had before.
Mountain Hardwear claims that the Cyclone jacket is their most technical shell to date thanks a thin, three-layer, waterproof, and ridiculously breathable Polartec Neoshell construction. Polartec Neoshell is air-permeable, allowing breathability the moment you put the jacket on, as opposed to standard membranes that only breathe until after you start sweating. Fully sealed seams paired with AquaGuard Vislon zippers ensure that nothing sneaks in through the cracks to dampen your core. If the sun starts to dip and the wind gets whipping before you've made it back to civilization, pull up the fully adjustable hood to seal any air gaps and cover exposed skin, with helmet compatibility and cord locks you'll stay toasty on your way back in for the day.
On the flip side, when you've been skinning for hours and things are getting toasty, the jacket offers huge underarm zips to dump heat and allow perspiration to escape. The extra-long cut zips also enable access to your inner pockets, so you can get to your beef jerky or gummy bear stash to prevent getting a bit hangry or a blood sugar crash. On the outside you'll find two large chest pockets that are harness and pack compatible for easy access to the tools you need when rappelling down un-skiable faces.
- Ski shell optimized for backcountry touring
- Polartec Neoshell is waterproof and air permeable
- Stretchy materials allow for full range of motion
- Sealed seams keep moisture from sneaking in
- Extra-long underarm vents expel heat quickly
- Keep whipping wind away from skin with adjustable hood
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- Q & A
I am looking to purchase a jacket that doubles as a back country ski jacket and a rain jacket in the summer. Would the cyclone be overkill in summer rain?