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Mountain Hardwear Thermostatic Jacket

Review: Mountain Hardwear Thermostatic Jacket

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We Liked

  • Super light weight
  • Very warm.
  • Arms were long and fit correctly
  • Pictures don't do it justice
  • Very good layering piece
  • Thermal Q insulation
  • Packs in its own pocket to make a pillow

Mountain hardware did go a little extra in the construction of the jacket. Right now we have looked at several jackets in this category and Mountain hardware is the only one that has put in a nylon backing on the zipper backing. What this does is prevent the super light weight fabric from getting caught in the main zipper when you zip up or unzip the jacket. Its a pretty smart idea and works well and its a simple, light weight, clever stiffener solution to this problem. We have caught fabric in the zippers of the other jackets that we have been evaluating. And none have this little feature.

We Didn't Like

So we would like to see just a couple of things done to this jacket. The first one is a internal upgrade. Personally, I would liked to see the hand pockets lined with a light weight polar tech fleece for that little extra warmth for your hands.

The second thing I would like to see is a internal or external chest pocket for your cell phone or other personal item to be stored. But after all its a minimalist jacket.

The Final Say

So what's to say about this jacket. Is it the end all of insulated jackets. No. But I will tell you what it is. the Thermostatic a light weight, super compact very warm 3 seasons jacket. If you travel, camp or are outside the Thermostatic needs to be part of your bag or backpack. Its not a 30 below or rain jacket. But its a great layering piece that will be an excellent addition to a rain shell or some other water proof layer. In a pinch it will double as a pillow and if your are traveling in a car or plane this is a very nice thing to have. The Mountain Hardware Thermostatic jacket is super light weight warm jacket that you will reach for when you travel and heading into the back country in the spring or fall.

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