Your hardest working down jacket.
Earning its name from its ridiculous warmth-to-weight ratio, the Mountain Hardwear Men's Micro Ratio Down Jacket provides exceptional warmth with minimal weight. Grab it before your next thru-hike or use it as your everyday winter jacket and you'll be hard pressed to find a situation it isn't suitable for. Mountain Hardwear takes a water-resistant nylon shell and fills it with plush, water-resistant Q Shield down feathers. Whether you're walking through a snowstorm or get caught out in the rain, the down fill won't lose its loft or ability to keep you warm when wet, eliminating a major pitfall of traditional down jackets. If you heat up during a long approach or on the push to the summit, just stuff the jacket inside one of its main hand pockets, throw it in your pack, and continue on your way.
- Jacket keeps you warm under grey or sunny skies
- Regular fit accommodates changing layering systems
- Hydrophobic down fill retains warmth when wet
- Water-resistant nylon shell handles long days on the trail
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- Q & A
My Great Down Jacket Review
- Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: XL
So I recently purchased 7 different down jackets so I could wear and compare and select the one I liked best. This was my great down jacket review, not because the review was great, but because the breadth of comparisons was pretty extensive. The ones I compared were the Marmot Zeus, Marmot Tullus, Mountain Hardware Nitrous, Mountain Hardwear Micro Ratio, Patagonia Down Sweater, The North Face Trevail, and the Outdoor Research Tanscendent. I'll put comments on the others in the listings for each. The reason I selected these are that they all are basically medium-weight down jackets (not extreme light or heavy) and were comparable on the prices. Backcountry was having a sale and all these were marked down to between $123 to $160.
What I wanted was a top layer jacket without a hood (don't use hoods very often). I generally don't use down jackets like these as a layer under anything because of their bulk. I prefer a synthetic for that. I have a huge down jacket with a hood for very cold weather. I wanted one that was less bulky and more suitable for activities.
So the Micro Ratio. The Micro Ratio was okay, but there were others that were better. The one I had was Phoenix Blue and it's a nice looking color - however, Phoenix? Blue is not the color I associate with the word Phoenix. That's nonsense. But I'm not reviewing their branding. Moving on.
Fit: The fit was good and normal. It wasn't so bulky that it restricted movement. The fit is regular and those who are used to athletic or trim fit may find it a bit larger than they are used to. But I thought it fit true to size. I have to get XL because of wide shoulders and long arms. The sleeves may not be long enough for guys more than a couple inches taller than me. The bottom of the jacket hit between the top of my pelvis and my hip joints. The fit looks good too. What I mean by that is that it doesn't look too square or too slouchy. I have a Marmot Quasar (ultra-light down) that is really square in the shoulders. As a result it looks kind of weird and pointy at the end of the shoulders. This one looks more natural.
Comfort: This is where this jacket was a letdown. The jacket was the least comfortable. The fabric is not soft or smooth to the touch. It's kind of hard - if that makes sense. It's also noisy. It reminded me of the feel and sound of a hard shell. I don't know if it softens up after a few washes, but this was a let down. The hand pockets are a bit more to the side than I would have liked and the openings could be a bit more angled. Neck and cuffs are basic but fine.
Misc: Q Shield down is supposed to help keep your down dry if that's a selling point to you. I don't live where it rains much and don't plan to wear a down jacket in the rain. So this doesn't matter much to me. It's possible that the harder fabric is more durable.
I ended up returning the Micro Ratio and choosing the Patagonia Down Sweater.
Excellent down jacket
Really like the fit, and weight of this jacket. I think they changed the fabric on the outside of the jacket this season as my old Micro Ratio felt a little more fragile. This jacket feels bomb proof! Good job MH!
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: large
Contrary to some reviews, this (L) fit me perfectly. Quality is superb. Great product(s).
I ended up returning this jacket because it fits a little wide near the shoulders. I feel like those football players with the shoulder guards on. Any way, I stuck with my patagonia downs jacket instead.