Stretch your expectations.
Mountain Hardwear refuses to quit, so it took the StretchDown one step further. For evolved packability and even greater stretch, the Men's StretchDown DS Hooded Jacket offers all the mobility you could ever ask for. Go ahead, do anything—get your ski-tour on, ice-climb Niagra Falls, wrestle a bear. The upgraded stretch baffle gives you even more wiggle room for all the wrestle moves, and furry Ursus arctos might even stop the fight to tell you how good you look in that unique baffle. If you decided to go with choice B, I'm betting part of that massive waterfall is still flowing. No biggie. The 800-fill down in this slim puffy is treated with Nikwax for the ultimate wet-weather protection so you can make all your dreams come true, no matter how risky they are.
- State-of-the art puffy for ultimate performance
- Stitch-free baffle offers ground-breaking stretch and down retention
- High fill rating for extra warmth, even when wet
- Dual-sided hem adjustment keeps out the chill
- Athletic fit is minimalist while still offering layering options
- Item #MHW00YZ
- Q & A
Product being put to the test
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Fit: Runs small
- Size Bought: large
- Height: 5'10"
- Weight: 158lbs
This jacket has noticeably more stretch than the other Stretchdown offerings. At first glance, I thought the new-look was for show (it looks damn good) ; but it seems to be made secondary to increased technical down warmth and design improvements. Keep in mind: This is a fairly heavy, puffy jacket that is probably better as a stand-alone than a mid-layer due to its heat (and moisture) retaining properties. Put a shell over this, and you will be bulletproof against the cold! WARNING: It does NOT fit true to size!!! It is literally the only jacket I have ever bought in a large size, as the medium surprised me as being very tight in the arms and shoulders.
Perfect Just Got Better
MHW took a great jacket and simply improved it. I did not think there could be any improvements made, but they did. When I first saw the DS, I was not a huge fan of the look. The new pattern on it was not too appealing at first, but then I realized it was designed for a specific reason. The new pattern allows it to compress down even smaller than the original StretchDown jackets. Therefore, now you have all the benefits of the StretchDown jacket with even more compressibility. I definitely recommend this jacket. I found it to be true to size.
Feel free to reach directly out to me for any questions about this jacket or your next big expedition trek!