ryan dittmarwrote a review of Mountain Hardwear StretchDown Hooded Jacket - Men's on December 19, 2016
Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
I do a lot of resort skiing and back country ski a couple times a week. I bought this for resort skiing and wearing around town when it's cold. What makes this jacket great is that I can wear a medium (I'm normally between a medium and a large) and it doesn't feel overly confining. The stretch across the back it great because it allows the jacket to fit nice and trim and still allow movement and active use without feeling too small. This jacket is a bit boxy, through the mid-section and it is a longer fitting jacket than many down insulator pieces. I won't use this for hiking in because it's a little heavy and bulky, but it's perfect for everything else. The nice outer material is good for stretch, abrasion resistance, and cold weather moisture but it isn't particularly light weight for stuffing in a small pack like many of the high-loft down pieces out there. I'm 5'11" and about 185 pounds. Most medium jackets are too narrow in the shoulders and across the back, which also makes them feel a little short (in the waist). Most large jackets are really boxy through the mid section/waist with pretty long sleeves. The medium is trim fitting on me, but still comfortable and allows great movement. Oh yeah, and it's super warm but it's a down insulator, so that kinda goes without saying. The stretch allows me to wear a medium, but the it fits off the rack like a medium. I rated it true to size. It's my new favorite jacket for pretty much everything except for back-country skiing/boarding. I gave it a 4 because I would love to see this with a slightly trimmer mid-section and a lighter weight material that still stretches (I don't think it exists, but I still want it).