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Firenzewrote a review of on May 19, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I love the Hoodwire, and was looking to color-code my C4's. I was bummed that the set seemed to not include the same colors as the cams, but figured I'd make it work. The pack showed up, and whaddaya know: all the colors of the C4 rainbow! The set includes the following colors: red, green, yellow, purple, blue, and gray (anodized, not just bare metal).

In general, Hoodwires are great. Fairly light, pretty durable, doesn't snag, snappy yet easy gate, decently narrow spine (helps with racking on gear loops), and a great price for the features. Also, color coding!





Firenzewrote a review of on February 14, 2017

2 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 150 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

I bought this to be my all-around winter shell, mostly for hiking/climbing. The material is great; durable, breathable, soft and extremely lightweight. I got the yellow because I like the color, and for safety when traveling in a group. Unfortunately, MH goofed in a couple major ways, which I was unwilling to accept in their top-of-the-line climbing shell.

First (and less critical), the chest pockets are stupid. They're high to be harness-compatible, but they're SO high that it's extremely awkward to access them when wearing the jacket. Putting items in: no problem. Getting them out: problem. The issue is compounded by the fact that the pockets are really deep, which I would normally appreciate; however, when coupled with the collarbone-high zips, it's almost impossible to reach the bottom of the pockets. In fact, they're so deep that the bottoms land right under a harness/backpack waist strap, which completely defeats the purpose! As an additional minor gripe, the pockets are too high for casual use; I knew this going in, but still.

But really, the critical deal-breaker for me was the hood. It's advertised as a helmet-compatible hood, and TECHNICALLY, I suppose that's true; you can squeeze one under there, but you're not going to like it. It's far too small; in fact, when I tried to throw the hood up while wearing a pack in the rain, I had to kip the whole jacket up (crammed into my armpits) just to be able to move my head unrestricted...with no helmet on.

I wanted to love this jacket, and it does a lot of things right. But it's just too expensive, and too touted, to have these glaring design issues. Sent it back, went with the Westcomb Apoc; baggy fit everywhere, unfortunately, but also great material and properly placed/sized pockets and hood. And it comes in yellow!