Mountain Hardwear Exposure II Parka (2013)

A well-established jacket that has been restyled. The Mountain Hardwear Exposure II Parka uses Dry Q Elite fabric with a nylon lining, which offers high levels of condensation control while feeling robust enough to withstand abrasion on rock. It does weigh in pretty heavy at 694g (size L), which is in part due to it having a loose lining and such a rugged outer fabric but probably also because it is so much longer than most jackets, completely covering my bum. The cut is not as well-fitted as other designs though, so on me the body ‘billowed’ in parts a little more than I would have liked. There are two great main pockets on the chest plus a third small pocket that just about takes an OS map at a tight squeeze. You get pit zips and the front zip is exposed as are most, with an internal flap to trap leaks. The hood fitted well and moved well with the head but the peak is not as stiff as other jackets around this price, which is a bit of a let-down. Overall, the Mountain Hardwear Exposure II Parka is reasonable for the price and the extra length is a real benefit, but the finer details could be better. But if £250 is your budget this is a great option as you will need to pay quite a lot more to get big improvements.

Weight 694g (size men’s L)

Fabric 2-layer Dry Q Elite

Lining nylon

Men’s sizes S-XXL

Women’s sizes none

External pockets 3

Can hood be rolled down? no

Side/pit vents yes

Website www.mountainhardwear.eu

Verdict

The longer body length is the real benefit of the Mountain Hardwear Exposure II Parka, but the weight, third chest pocket and hood could all be better if you are looking for top performance and can afford to spend more cash.

Review by Graham Thompson

First published in Trail magazine November 2013

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