Mountain Hardwear Stretch Typhoon (2012)

The Mountain Hardwear Stretch Typhoon is a hugely impressive jacket for the price. Costing 10 per cent less than most contenders in our test, you get three external pockets (one small, two just large enough to carry an OS map), one small internal mesh pocket, sizeable two-direction pit zips and cuffs that are large enough to clasp around your gloves. Unfortunately the two lower pockets risk being obscured by rucksack hipbelts, which is a shame. The hem and hood adjusters (with internal tidies) are clean and simple, while the hood peak is so rigid and sizeable (MH describes it as ‘extra-beefy’) that you feel like you’re sheltering in the mouth of a cave. It’s almost too large and I found it obscured my view above eye-level and could actually become intrusive as it started to ride down over my forehead (it is not listed as helmet-compatible). Like the Marmot Stretch Man/Athena it boasts stretch panels for comfort, and it’s a pleasure to put on. Performance-wise the Mountain Hardwear Stretch Typhoon is appealingly light, leads to a minimal build-up of moisture and isn’t noticeably loud when walking at speed. For my build, the oversized hood was both a blessing and a curse, as it was protective but occasionally risked discomfort.

Weight 333g (size men’s M)
Fabric Ark 30D Stretch DryQ
Men’s sizes S-XXL
Women’s sizes XS-XL
Website www.mountainhardwear.com

 

Verdict
The Mountain Hardwear Stretch Typhoon is fantastic for the price (indeed, it won the ‘Best Value’ award), with all the features you could hope for and great comfort too. The large hood is impressive but can risk limiting your field of vision.

Review by Dan Aspel
First published in Trail magazine June 2012