Plan for stormy weather.
If you flat-out refuse to use an umbrella, you might want to grab the Mountain Hardwear Men's Schematic Insulated Hooded Jacket. This midlayer sports a contemporary style that will blend in oh-so-well on the city streets, but with the amazing stretchability Chockstone has to offer, this would be wasted as a simple fashion statement. Instead, take this with you on your next trip to Mt. Hood and enjoy the warm-when-wet benefits of synthetic insulation while you hike through the soggy forest.
- Technical layer for cold weather activities
- Synthetic insulation keeps you warm rain or shine
- Stretch material for an active lifestyle
- Breathable liner so you won't overheat on the slopes
- Arm pocket can hold you ski pass
- Item #MHW00ZB
- Q & A
Very cool technology
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
- Fit: Runs large
- Size Bought: Large
- Height: 5'11"
- Weight: 180lbs
I think this jacket is moving in a good direction technologically speaking. It has some very cool qualities, and i really like to see outdoor clothing manufacturers create something really novel like this. So the entire torso is insulated with the little rectangles that you see stitched through, called "Hardwave Capsules", and are presumably filled with 60g/m² of ThermalQ continuous strand insulation, and while they are very thin (1-2mm maybe), they resist compression with the same characteristic feeling of warp-knit mesh -- something someone described as "crunchy". The capsules are not crinkly or anything, in fact they are quite soft. One interesting trick is that it's easy to blow air out through (or between?) the capsules from the inside - but much less easy from the outside - kind of like the Arc'teryx Proton. The sleeves and hood are regular continuous strand drop-style with a lining that feels kind of like Pertex, but is polyester, not nylon.
Certain features make this seem kind of like a prototype, like the complete lack of adjustability to any part of the jacket. This makes me think maybe it's primary purpose is as a mid-layer, where i think it would excel. The "handwarmer" pockets are fleece-lined, which is nice, but they are otherwise uninsulated and a bit small . The left bicep pocket is made of extra soft and nice material, and even has a non-zip drop pocket on the outside. The minuscule zipper on the pocket is a little stiff and, well, tiny. The primary closure zipper is a great YKK Vislon, but the hand-pockets have reverse-coil ones. But they are still YKK and not too small. Overall, a very interesting and somewhat daring oddity, & reasonably priced (probably due to polyester shell and lack of features), & a very efficient low-mass mid layer that can possibly pinch-hit as an insulated shell for less extreme conditions. Edit: I'm going to say this jacket runs slightly large - it's not as fitted as some other jackets i have, and with a slightly boxy fit in the torso, & i wouldn't want the sleeves any shorter... So the body is typical large and the sleeves are medium, maybe.