Fly down mountains.
No matter what the conditions are, you'll be prepared to fly down the pow-laced treelines and bowls of endless pow in the Mountain Hardwear Superbird Insulated Jacket. Built for cold days, the Superbird will keep you toasty with lofty insulation and a burly 2-layer shell sealing out the elements. Panels of 140 and 160D nylon protect you from nature's harshest weather with rugged durability that stands up to stray branches, sharp ski edges and Jack Frost's worst blows to your core. Underneath you'll find 80g/m² of Thermal.Q insulation which provides maximum warmth with minimal weight, and with its synthetic-matrix of fibers, it traps heat within, and manages to even maintain warmth in the off-chance that it gets wet. Keeping out moisture you'll find a powder skirt to keep you dry from beneath, and the seams are fully sealed, preventing water from seeping through the cracks. Extra-long underarm zips keep you dry in a different way, allowing sweat and heat to escape if you overheat when skinning up, or waiting in crowded lift lines.
- A light and super-toasty jacket for flying down mountains
- Burly 2-layer nylon shell keeps out the elements
- Stay warm from first to last chair with Thermal.Q insulation
- Water can't seep through the cracks with fully sealed seams
- Powder skirt keeps snow getting in on deep days
- Bounce your location back through reflectors with Recco
- Extra-long underarm zips let heat escape when you get warm
- Fully adjustable helmet compatible hood detaches for versatility
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- Q & A
A near-perfect ski/winter jacket
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: XXL
- Height: 6'5"
- Weight: 265lbs
I own this jacket in black, and love it. My yardstick is a four-year-old Mountain Hardwear Artisan that is my favorite cold-weather jacket, but its loud colors are too much for casual wear. The insulated Superbird compares very well to my beloved Artisan. And after trying a friend's, I went and bought one myself. I am 6'5", 265 lbs with a 38" sleeve, and the XXL fits perfectly through the body and sleeve. Close to the body so it's not billowy, but still plenty of room to layer underneath. Lots of pockets, durable fabric, truly waterproof (tested in a serious downpour), and toasty warm. And in black, it's low-key enough to wear to work, making it my go-to winter coat.
There are a few things about it that I would do differently, starting with the hood. It has dual snaps at the back for adjustability when you're not wearing a helmet, but it isn't enough -- when snugged down to the max, the hood is still too tall and flops over my eyes a bit unless I'm wearing a bulky hat. The hood needs a shock cord adjuster at the rear, like the Artisan.
Second issue: the neck of the jacket is very roomy, and when zipped up all the way, there is a gap between the jacket and my neck, which can allow cold air to creep in if you don't have a layer or scarf underneath. I would like the neck to be a little more close-fitting, again like the Artisan.
Third issue: the two small zippered pockets on the left sleeve should just be one bigger pocket -- they're too small to be useful, especially when wearing gloves.
The last issue is there's no hanging loop stitched into the inside of the collar. Why, Mountain Hardwear? Why? Such a simple, little thing, and the Artisan has one.
That's it. Overall, a very good jacket that I expect to be wearing for a long time. And with a few small improvements, it would be the GOAT.