Mountain Hardwear Torson (2014)

The body of the Mountain Hardwear Torson has two large pockets on the chest, plus a third smaller one that’s good for a GPS receiver or compass but not a lot else. There is an internal zipped pocket for a phone as well. There are no pit zips, but as the pockets are all mesh-lined you can use them to ‘core vent’ the body. The hood is helmet-compatible and gets face and volume drawcords, plus a well-stiffened peak. 4/5

The Torson comes in sizes S-XXL for men and XS-XL for women. It is 2cm longer than most, which may appeal to walkers, particularly taller ones, as this did give more protection than most jackets we looked at. The fit of the sleeves was excellent, with no movement in the cuffs or hem when scrambling. The hood also fitted very well with excellent movement, while the wired peak gave superb protection to the eyes. 5/5

The Mountain Hardwear Torson uses 3-layer DryQ Elite, which offers excellent levels of waterproofness and breathability. Lighter and more supple jackets are available, but this feels nice and robust and better able to withstand wind or a storm than others. There are no pit zips so you could overheat if you don’t open the mesh pockets (and risk getting wet through them). 4/5

In use
The lack of a large third chest pocket and having mesh pockets negatively impact on the overall performance of this jacket. But it is fairly light, the sleeves are great and the hood is one of the best around. So it depends if you want to risk getting wet with mesh pockets or if you’d prefer pit zips. Or indeed, just a sealed jacket with no extra ventilation (my preference). 4/5

The Mountain Hardwear Torson is pretty good value, but depending on preferences you could spend more wisely. 4/5

There is a lot to like here, but the Mountain Hardwear Torson’s mesh pockets and lack of pit zips may disappoint.

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine November 2014