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Trailbosswrote a review of on February 21, 2018

Refined, Clean, Technical Warmth
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 225 lbs
Size Purchased: XXL

The last few years I have come to really like Mammut gear. Generally it is durable and a good investment. After not being impressed with a Mammut down coat (which I was able to sell), and being underwhelmed by a Mammut synthetic puffy made for a certain "Co-Op" store, I looked to this model as a replacement. So far so good.

I tried it out "around town" for a couple days and was pretty happy. The real test would be on a cold ski weekend at Grand Targhee, Wyoming. Overall I am very happy. It provided ample warmth on a day where there was wind, snow, and temps around 20 F. It kept me dry and provided good warmth for its light weight.

The biggest things I like--this is a refined model by Mammut. It looks sharp, is lighter weight, and has nice zippers that are easy to open. I love that the face fabric is a bit more durable than lighter and easy-to-tear fabrics that a lot of other puffies have. The insulation is distributed such that the core has a bit more insulation and the arms have a little less insulation to allow for a better fit and less bulk. It works. There are three generous pockets that allow you to put in items for a typical day--camera, granola bar, hat, etc. The hood is easy to adjust and fits over a ski helmet easily. Moisture control was very good--I did not drown in my own perspiration.

This coat was warmer than last year's version of the Mammut Cruise HS. That coat, however, has more pockets, a heavier face fabric, a powder skirt, belay zipper on the front, pit zips, and is beefier. This one is lighter and more refined.

The only improvements I would like are pit zips for ventilation and/or a belay zipper on the front for venting. I found that I was able to cool off by removing a layer and unzipping the front just a bit.

The red color is awesome.

A very nice addition to my kit. Very impressed and renews my faith in Mammut!

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Trailbosswrote a review of on June 4, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 230 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

I got one of these recently on a whim because I read INCREDIBLY good reviews on many sites, including here. The write-ups described a redesigned, well thought out piece that was incredibly versatile. Patagonia, in my experience, builds solid stuff that tends to be conservatively designed (for example, the venerable R2 layer has not changed that much over the years except some cosmetic changes and some fit changes). The R2 is a workhorse for me and having a similar weight jacket, with a HOOD would be a real plus for me.

Unlike other Patagonia items, this R3 was COMPLETELY redone. I had two R3's before and they were too bulky, too warm, and just not ideal for my needs in Utah and too heavy to bring back east for a visit. Folks here rightfully gripe if they thought at this R3 was going to be the same weight as before, but for me this hits the spot.

Unlike its forebears, this R3 is retooled, rethought, and really updated. The fabric weight is the same, maybe a bit lighter, than the R2. Warmth, at least for me, has been the same. The hood is a really nice feature. Comfy, good fit, and usable. Hoods do make a big difference for me--when traveling and sitting outside on the porch. The fabric weight is MUCH lighter than the older R3. This means it is WAY more versatile. Big plus.

Now the big changes. This is two coats in one. One side has hand pockets that are JUST right in size and placement. I've found that I naturally put my hands there and they feel right where they belong. The one Napoleon pocket on this side is zipped to secure items. This is your casual, lounger jacket that could easily double for skiing, hiking, camping, or around town.

Flip it inside out and you have a very nice technical fleece with two chest pockets allowing you to wear a pack or harness.

It fits PERFECTLY. As others have said, you either put it on and keep it on when you get it or you immediately send it back because it is not what you thought it was. For me I knew what I was getting and am so thrilled to have a piece that doubles as two jackets and is so versatile. It combines the "informal " hoody for the fire at night with the technical layer you need for the day's adventures. Wow.

That said, this is a first run of this design and there are some minor changes I would want to see. First, the hip pockets are NOT zipper shut. Minor gripe, but the idea of having FIVE pockets that were zippered was a great idea for a fleece jacket. Most have two if not three max. Five means good storage, but only put granola bars in the hip pockets or something not needed if it pops out.

Second, I agree with folks that the (larger) double zipper does indeed feel uncomfortable against your face. Patagonia does provide a double flap to cover it, but it needs to be a bit bigger. This issue is easily solved by just unzipping the zipper a little bit.

Spot on and so great to see real innovations with Patagonia that are not gimmicky but instead quite practical.

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Trailbosswrote a review of on June 4, 2016

Fits Like  Glove...Err...Hat
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I saw this in the Patagonia catalog and thought that, like other Patagonia items, the color really popped (Hot Pink). Snagged one here on sale and put it right on--perfect fit. The construction is very high quality (and justifies the slightly higher price than other standard hats). Color and details are perfect. The fit is also quite nice considering that I have a slightly larger volume head. The "low" fit means that the crown is a little more closer to your head instead of sticking up. That works for me. The only thing I might change would be to have a strap adjustment instead of a snap back because inevitably there will be times that one snap will be too small and another will be too big. That said, not a big deal yet. Great color, great design, great fit. Love it.

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Trailbosswrote a review of on March 6, 2016

2 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: Runs large

I've become a big fan of Mammut stuff and based on what I saw these looked like pretty good light weight gloves. What came were bulky and thick gloves that were not going to work well for me. The fit was a big and they were not going to work for me. Needless to say they were shipped back. I was bummed because they looked great online.

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Trailbosswrote a review of on February 25, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 220 lbs
Size Purchased: XXL

I first bought one of these two years ago on a whim. It had all the features I wanted--belay zipper on the front, full side zips for venting, decent hood, Windstopper fabric, great color, durable design. I was unsure and when I got it I knew it was perfect.

I just snagged my second one here on BC and it is a very nice updated version--new Gorestopper fabric, updated hood with interior cord adjustments, phone cord access, new colors, but still the same awesome concept and design.

This, hands down, is my go-to midweight softshell jacket. Don't even consider anything else. Yes, it is an investment, but it is worth it. There are lots of

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Trailbosswrote a review of on January 24, 2016

Very Nice Details!
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 220 lbs
Size Purchased: XXL

I saw last year that Mammut was producing this special jacket (technical hoodie is more like it) to commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the Hornli Hut on the Matterhorn. I traveled to Switzerland several years ago and made sure to spend a couple days in Zermatt at the foot of the Matterhorn so I was interested in getting one of these. Also, my recent Mammut purchases have proven to be great investments--very nice details, nice fit, nice materials, and so far they have held up quite well.

I was happy to see that Backcountry had this on sale in both colors and wanted to get the red version, but they did not have it in my size, so I went with the Graphite (a nice charcoal color).

This is a great tech hoodie--the details are amazing. The zippers are all gold, the pockets are zippered shut, the hood is nice and warm and snug, the interior grid fleece (Pontetorto Fabric) is soft and warm. My other Mammut jacket of this material has not pilled in several months of use and looks sharp. The seams are nicely done. And the color is not as much black as it is gray, which is nice. The gold trim on the zippers and on the interior is very sharp. There also is a commemorative logo patch on the inside pocket.

The only downside with Mammut is that their stuff runs small. A whole-size small. But knowing that I was able to purchase the right size for me. And it worked out that the Graphite is more of a versatile color for me. I can wear this at work or for travel.

This would be ideal for casual use and travel. It also would be a great layer for skiing and hiking. And it will go with me on my next trip to Switzerland...which I need to get planning!

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Trailbosswrote a review of on November 29, 2015

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 200 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

Bought this because I loved the graphic--and it is cool. The colors are beautiful indeed. This is also a nice weight hoodie that is not too heavy for you. The zipper works nicely and the pockets are comfy. I have the navy and like that better than the other color.

There are two big things that make me give it 3 stars and they are becoming problems for me with Patagonia stuff. First, this is very pricey for what it is. Lots of their stuff is getting more expensive for what it is. Second, the material is nice, but I was expecting a more flat navy instead of a navy with flecks of white material in it. It really takes away from the overall look. Third, like other Patagonia stuff, they've decided to shrink their sizes....a lot. One used to be able to get a generous fit for size that would last you for years if you gained or lost weight. Now you have to have a perfect yoga body for their stuff to fit. Kind of lame in my opinion.

Overall I like it. I got it on sale and wear it a lot, but if I paid full price I'd ship it back.

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Trailbosswrote a review of on November 29, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 200 lbs
Size Purchased: OSFA

Found one of these hats last season at a local store and loved it. We're pretty lucky to have this new brand going mainstream because they make some high quality stuff and this is no exception. Love the colors and design of this. It has a fleece band around the forehead area that makes this warmer than the Tweak Beanie (no headband inside). It fits my (larger) head pretty well. Be forewarned--DO NOT put this in the washing machine or drier or else you will have an extra small shrunken hat. This is also at a good pricepoint as well for the quality. Give Mammut a try.

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Trailbosswrote a review of on September 23, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 215 lbs
Size Purchased: XXL

I own two of these and love them as a nice replacement to the usual "fleece" jacket/midlayer for cool mornings or travel. The two tone color is sharp and the fabric is very nice--stylish and functional. The waffle fabric ensures nice warmth but it is breathable as well. Beware though as they run small...as in a whole size small. Other than that, love it.

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Trailbosswrote a review of on June 17, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs small

I own two of these and love them. Perfect for around town or for going out for dinner with friends and family. Nice material and nice colors. So far they've proven to be durable and stylish. I wish that they made more colors of this model. The fabric has a nice feel inside and out.

My only gripe is that they are a bit small for their size and a bit short. They have not shrunk in the wash and were always like that. Other than that, nice tops.

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Trailbosswrote a review of on June 17, 2014

1 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

I bought this three weeks ago on a whim because the material was so nice and it fit well. Like other Kuhl stuff, I figured it would be great for active and casual use.

That night my fam drove to Moab for a couple days. When we rolled out the next morning and it was chilly I naturally reached for this. I threw this on over my polypro shirt. I laterrolled up the sleeves and threw on a backpack to go to the car from the hotel. We all buckled up and headed out.

This was the only "action" the shirt saw in the first 24 hours. After we got to Arches, I got out of the car and went to slide the sleeves when I saw that the material had several snags and runs in it from friction....from rolling up the sleeves, the seat belt, or from the backpack. Really?! I was pretty bummed. I seriously considered buying some shears at the park store to cut the "pills" and threads that were pulling. It looked like something from a used clothing store and it was brand new.

I still loved it and kept it around for a couple more weeks. Each time I cringed to wear it because I didn't want to have more snags and I did not want to look like a hobo. But finally I could not take it anymore and returned it because (1) I buy gear to use it, not to worry about it falling apart, (2) I paid full MSRP and expected it to NOT disintegrate after 24 hours and casual use, and (3) what's the point of keeping something if you don't want to wear it because it looks like garbage?

I read in other reviews online that others are having similar problems. The fabric is just too thin and fragile. Based on that, I asked for my money back because I did not want to be in the same situation again and have to return it again.

Really disappointed with this one, Kuhl.

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Trailbosswrote a review of on September 26, 2011

5 5

As a gearhead, I have lots of softshells, including the Patagonia Guide Jacket and a North Face Apex Bionic jacket. The recurring problem: great for cold days and wearing around town, but not good for active pursuits in cool/mild temps and too warm for summer evenings. I also needed my lighter softshell to be water resistant and to pack down more than a traditional softshell. I saw this coat on clearance (in Bali Blue), did my research, and pulled the trigger. It was a good addition.

First, some folks say that this coat is not windproof. I would have to agree and add that it is highly wind resistant, but probably not windproof because the material is not woven as tightly as the Mountain Guide. That is good because it is lighter, packs down easier, and cooler. Bad because if it is really windy and chilly you may be cooler. But cold, windy weather is not why you buy this coat. You buy it for hiking on cool days, wearing on summer evenings, and for those mild spring skiing days or those skinning trips where you need something on over your polypro.

It is well built. All the seams were sewn well. The color is fun, but not screaming. It fits really well and looks sharp. I ordered an XL for layering underneath if needed.

I used it on a Labor Day Weekend trip to Bear Lake, Utah and Jackson Hole. It was perfect for the cool weekend. I also wore it on a couple hikes at Snowbird and it kept out the chill of the cool breeze at the summit and packed down in my small day pack when I got lower. Perfect.

One reviewer online commented that this was a great coat for traveling and I agree. On my last plane flights it worked great for the chilly plan and packed down when I needed it to.

A great lightweight softshell. I emphasize light weight. If you are looking for a lighter softshell, go for this. Just realize that this is thinner and lighter than traditional softshells.

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Trailbosswrote a review of on September 26, 2011

5 5

As a gearhead, I have lots of softshells, including the Patagonia Guide Jacket and a North Face Apex Bionic jacket. The recurring problem: great for cold days and wearing around town, but not good for active pursuits in cool/mild temps and too warm for summer evenings. I also needed my lighter softshell to be water resistant and to pack down more than a traditional softshell. I saw this coat on clearance (in Bali Blue), did my research, and pulled the trigger. It was a good addition.

First, some folks say that this coat is not windproof. I would have to agree and add that it is highly wind resistant, but probably not windproof because the material is not woven as tightly as the Mountain Guide. That is good because it is lighter, packs down easier, and cooler. Bad because if it is really windy and chilly you may be cooler. But cold, windy weather is not why you buy this coat. You buy it for hiking on cool days, wearing on summer evenings, and for those mild spring skiing days or those skinning trips where you need something on over your polypro.

It is well built. All the seams were sewn well. The color is fun, but not screaming. It fits really well and looks sharp. I ordered an XL for layering underneath if needed.

I used it on a Labor Day Weekend trip to Bear Lake, Utah and Jackson Hole. It was perfect for the cool weekend. I also wore it on a couple hikes at Snowbird and it kept out the chill of the cool breeze at the summit and packed down in my small day pack when I got lower. Perfect.

One reviewer online commented that this was a great coat for traveling and I agree. On my last plane flights it worked great for the chilly plan and packed down when I needed it to.

A great lightweight softshell. I emphasize light weight. If you are looking for a lighter softshell, go for this. Just realize that this is thinner and lighter than traditional softshells.

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Trailbosswrote a review of on September 26, 2011

1 5

I received this as a Christmas Gift. As said, it is thin but I liked the color and style. Washed it as instructed (cold wash, gentle). Did that. It pretty much disintegrated in the machine and what was left came out two sizes smaller. Needless to say, it was returned. And as said, yes, it did shed before what was left disappeared in the washing machine. Do not buy.

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