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

 


Mountain Hardwear Monkey Man Grid Jacket (2014)

Made from Polartec’s ‘Monkey Fur’, this jacket looks wonderfully comfortable, and as soon as you put it on it really does live up to that image. This fleece is wonderful at trapping air, so this feels very warm in still air or under a wind- or waterproof jacket. The fabric does allow a lot of air to easily pass through it though, which is perfect when worn under a waterproof jacket for example as airflow is essential to control condensation. But it does mean that when worn without a windproof it is going to be feel pretty chilly in anything other than still air as there is virtually no wind resistance. However that is not the main issue with the Mountain Hardwear Monkey Man Grid Jacket. The problems are the pockets, like so many jackets, as they are not ideally designed to be accessed while wearing a rucksack. Put on a rucksack with a hipbelt and access to them is easily obscured and any item placed in them drops to the hem of the jacket, making it hard to retrieve if wearing a rucksack belt. The small chest pocket is okay however for GPS units or a compass. The hood is a reasonable fit, although it does lack any adjustment so it is worth checking this fit before parting with cash. At £120 this is not a terrible jacket for the price but you can get better optiond around this price. 

Material Polartec High Loft Monkey Fur
Men’s/unisex sizes S-XXL
Women’s sizes XS-L
Weight 435g (size L)
Hood yes
External pockets 3
Website www.mountainhardwear.eu

 

Verdict

The Mountain Hardwear Monkey Man Grid Jacket uses superb fabric for wearing under a waterproof or windshell, but as it has virtually no wind resistance, it is not so great without an additional layer. The pockets are the main drawback though. So at £120 it is not as good as some other options.

Review by Graham Thompson
Just missed out on being in Trail magazine March 2014

 


Mountain Hardwear Hooded Phantom (2013)

Down jackets provide different levels of insulation, and the Mountain Hardwear Hooded Phantom sits between the ‘warm but heavy’ options and the very ‘light micro-baffle’ models, which makes it ideal as a mild winter jacket. The benefit of it not being quite so warm as others is that it is very light, so you won’t mind packing this into your rucksack. The shell fabric provides some water resistance, but not as much as the heavier jackets. The design has two large zipped pockets, which are slightly lower on the body than some, so they are more easily obscured if you have a rucksack on. The cuffs are elasticated so you cannot get a snug fit with them to lock in warm air while blocking draughts. The Mountain Hardwear Hooded Phantom’s hood is a little disappointing as although it fits well and can be easily adjusted it does not turn with the head as well as others, while the peak takes on a horrid tangled shape that looks awful and is just not what you’d expect for this price. On the plus side you get a nice brushed lining around the chin area, and the hood drawcords are neatly tucked away inside.

Outer 20d ripstop nylon
Insulation 850 fill power 90/10 down
Weight 472g (size men’s L)
Men’s sizes S-XXL
Women’s sizes XS-XL
Website www.mountainhardwear.eu

 

Verdict

The Mountain Hardwear Hooded Phantom provides a good degree of insulation for mild winter conditions and is very lightweight, but some design details mean it is not perfect – which is a pity at this price.

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine February 2013


Mountain Hardwear Kelvinator (2012)

MOUNTAIN HARDWEAR

KELVINATOR

£220

Our rating: *****

Review: A classic-looking mountain-style down jacket, complete with hood for battening down the hatches when it’s really cold outside. As it uses natural down filling inside, it is susceptible to wet conditions, but a thicker grade of face fabric means that the filling is a bit more protected than in a really lightweight down jacket. This jacket has a shorter cut than some and so fits well under a waterproof shell. The hood is a decent size although there is no adjustment to pull it tight to the face. There is an elastic lining to it, though, which helps. There is plenty of adjustment available elsewhere, with a hem cinch and Velcro tabs on the cuffs that help to seal you in from the elements.

Sizes: S-XXL

Weight: 471g

Women’s version: Yes

Fabric: 20D Ripstop (100% nylon)

Fill: Natural 650-fill goose down

Contact: 01572 724499 www.mountainhardwear.com

Review from Country Walking magazine, February 2012.


Mountain Hardwear Onata

This is a slim, athletic style of jacket, that works most effectively when worn on warm, energetic days on the hill and as such isn’t the most versatile of pieces in the test. The lighter weight and thin nature of the top does mean that it works well as a mid-layer, slipping easily under a waterproof shell and wicking sweat away well. The fabric has a decent amount of abrasion resistance, and even after a few scrapes on rocks and the odd twig, it seemed to hold up well. Its wind resistance is comparable to others on test, although this does have the added benefit of a soft, fleecy chin guard around the collar that also helps retain warm air. Its water resistance is fine for a gentle shower, although the DWR coating will need to be regularly reapplied.

VITAL STATS
Sizes:
S-XXL
Fabric: Chockstone™ Doubleweave
Weight (tested size): 414g
Women’s version: Yes
Contact: 01572 724499; www.mountainhardwear.com


Mountain Hardwear Android

The Android is a midweight top with a satisfying feel to the fabric but not too much stretch. It’s quite thick, erring towards the jacket end of the spectrum, with the extra levels of windproofing and waterproofing that come with it. There is no venting through pit-zips or mesh pockets, so it is definitely better suited to colder days. The inner cuff sleeves are a nice touch, but they are not adjustable so can’t be tightened right up. A micro fleece lining around the collar provides a soft feel against the chin.

VITAL STATS
Sizes
: S-XXL
Fabric: Deflection™ soft shell (100% polyester)
Weight: 681g
Women’s version: No
Contact: 01572 724499; www.mountainhardwear.com


Mountain Hardwear Ravine 2010

If you’re looking for a short-sleeved shirt for a walking trip in a hot country the Mountain Hardwear Ravine is the best option. With mesh venting at the back and under the arms it will keep you cool yet still looks sufficiently non-techy to warrant being worn to the bar. Two zipped pockets on the chest add security and a bit of stretch in the material means this offers excellent freedom of movement.

Verdict
The best short-sleeved shirt for walkers in our review.

Review by Matt Swaine
First published in Trail magazine April 2010


Mountain Hardwear Ramesa 2010

Lots of venting on the Mountain Hardwear Ramesa 2010 top makes it an ideal choice for walkers in hot climes: perfect for the trail, and pretty enough to be worn out afterwards. The sleeves, although short, aren’t as high as others. An in-seam zipped pocket gives an extra bit of security and the material is suitably cool, comfortable and easy to wash and dry.

Review by Clare Savage
First published in Trail magazine April 2010


Mountain Hardwear Alchemy 2008

This soft shell jacket uses Gore Windstopper fabric, which has a membrane that makes the material very wind- and water-resistant, so it’s ideal for facing up to wilder weather. There is brushed lining too for a little extra warmth. The fabric feels tough and ideal for withstanding scrapes over rocks when climbing or mountaineering. There are stretch panels down the side of the body that provide a little extra freedom of movement when climbing and scrambling. The jacket has huge chest pockets that can be easily accessed while wearing rucksack belts or climbing harnesses. A smaller pocket on the chest is useful for a compass or GPS receiver. It’s a good jacket for Alpine mountaineers or general scrambling and backpacking over British hills. But at 616g this is not the lightest option, while the price tag of £150 is a little high when compared with the hooded options at this price. The design is quite short, and there is no hood (some mountain users will want one), while some adjustment at the cuffs would be useful.

Materials Gore Windstopper
Sizes S-XXL
Weight 616g (size L)
Made in China
Stores in the UK 10

Verdict
If you don’t want a hood then this is a good option for mountaineering as well as scrambling and backpacking.

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine September 2008