High Exposure Gore-Tex C-Knit Jacket
Before starting a deep trip into the backcountry zip up the lightweight High Exposure Gore-Tex C-Knit Jacket from Mountain Hardware. This the lightest 3-layer jacket offered by Mountain Hardwear and despite its weight offers all the bells and whistles you would expect. The Gore-Tex C-Knit membrane keeps you covered from the elements and allows you to breathe, while the mini ripstop outer protects against snags and run-ins with rocks. Meanwhile, the adjustable hood fits over a helmet, two large chest pockets hold your skins or radio, and an adjustable powder skirt keeps blower snow from penetrating your base layers.
- Lightweight shell that was born for backcountry missions
- Stretch ripstop nylon helps you move freely, resists tearing
- C-Knit Gore-Tex is breathable and keeps the weather out
- Helmet-compatible hood can be adjusted to keep squalls out
- Oversized chest pockets hold your skins on the way down
- Internal powder skirt helps fight off blower snow on deep days
- Zippered pocket keeps important items nearby and secure
- Item #MHW01JC
What do you think about this product?
March 22, 2020
Solid Shell Overall
Had great luck with the Mountain Hardwear Kor Strata jacket, so decided to give the MH High Exposure a try on a 50% deal. I'm 6' 2" / 195 lb and ordered a size Large that fit perfect. I have fairly long torso and arms and the length of the jacket is just right. I purchased this jacket for three uses: 1) primarily for skiing, but also for 2) hunting in mid-late fall weather and 3) for a versatile rain shell that I could use more than 3-4 months of the year. For skiing I only was able to use the jacket for one highly variable day at Snowbird (before COVID-19 struck and shuttered all resorts the next day). I'll speak to that and some other experiences. The jacket is extremely light and you barely notice its weight. At the peak of Snowbird it held out the gale force winds of 45+ mph and helped maintain my body temperature. At mid mountain there was a mix of saturated snow and graupel, neither of which penetrated the jacket. I also took a nice spill and the C-knit seemed to be very tough for it's lightweight construction. For non-skiing I took it out in a heavy rain and the waterproofing easily caused the rain to bead up and fall off. A few cons with the jacket: My biggest issue was that the jacket has no under arm vents, so you have to rely on opening the jacket to cool off. The zipper/zipper pulls themselves are bit small and can be difficult to grab with gloves on. While the exterior pocket sizes are great, the interior zipper pocket is too small to fit a smart phone and the mesh stuff pocket is too small for a pair of goggles. Not a big issue, but something to consider. The hood fits over a typical ski helmet but is pretty restrictive; however, the hood is great by itself and can be adjusted with ease. My overall impression of the jacket is great and I would recommend it. I'm willing to have a few set backs because of how versatile the jacket is and I'll get more use from it aside from just skiing.