Mountain Hardwear Hueco Hooded Jacket (2014)

Brand new for this autumn/winter, the Hueco Hooded Jacket joins the future classic Super Chockstone Jacket among traditionally high-end Californian manufacturer Mountain Hardwear’s hillwalker-relevant products. It’s warm, featuring plush fleece lining and a full-weight, helmet-compatible hood beneath a proprietory face fabric called Airshield 3L, designed by Mountain Hardwear to be breathable before the clammy effects of exertion kick in. The fabric performs well, and while the rough-faced-yet-crumpleable microgrid nylon outer feels like it should let air through more than competitor fabrics, in practice it didn’t seem to. It’s also more substantial-feeling than its weight suggests, which makes this a good jacket for cold weather that doesn’t tip the scales too heavily. The trade-off sadly is that the Mountain Hardwear Hueco Hooded Jacket feels on the bulky side fit-wise, with some peculiar bulges down the front and beneath the neck zip, though this is of course subjective. The length is generous and the hood, though lacking a peak, is fully adjustable and the cinches are tidied away neatly. The cuffs are non-adjustable but generous and comfortable, and the two large Napoleon pockets in the chest seem made for an OS map. The handwarmer pockets sit very low, however, making them awkward to use with a rucksack or harness.  

Specifications:
Outer fabric Airshield 3L
Weight 469g (size M)
External pockets 4
Internal pockets 0
Hood? yes
Pit zips? no
Men’s sizes S-XXL
Women’s sizes none
Website www.mountain-hardwear.com

Verdict

The Mountain Hardwear Hueco Hooded Jacket is a great warm jacket that comes in at a good weight, but it might prove too bulky for some.

Review by Simon Ingram
First published in Trail magazine September 2014