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Mountain Hardwear Mecurial Softshell Jacket - Men's - 2009 BCS
Step out onto the wing of the plane and see if you notice any wind. Nothing, right? It must be the windproof Motivity Softshell fabric of your Mountain Hardwear Mecurial Jacket. OK the wing of a plane may be a slight exaggeration, but you get it. The Mecurial fights off drafts while you're skiing, climbing, or hiking, so you never get that chilled-to-the-bone feeling that a stiff breeze can give you. the stretch fabric also allows you the maximum range of motion so you never feel restricted, and you never pull a seam apart. Mountain Hardwear takes pride in its shaped hood, which has the uncanny ability to turn with your head, never blocking your vision, and the interior security pocket always ensures that you don't get back to the car at the end of your hike with no keys.
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February 23, 2011
I didn't really need another jacket and, in my naivete, I somehow thought of this as a "winter coat," which it isn't. I was a little disappointed in its light weight (doesn't feel like nearly two pounds to me) but as soon as I put it on I knew wild horses couldn't take it away from me. It's r-e-a-l-l-y soft and supple. It's very close fitting. I'm 5-10 and 140 or less and I have trouble finding many garments that really fit (I wear a Small but most are too big). I'm pretty good with many MH things, and this is one of the tighter fitting. It's a bit tough to get much of a midlayer under it, especially in the armpit area, so it's best used with light layers if you're active or in fairly mild weather if you're not. The hood is rather big but can be cinched nicely to fit even a smallish melon. It's got a little visor on it. The jacket hits around the waist. The forearms are narrow. This is one seductive softshell and put to the right uses, it will perform well, too. It's mighty attractive at the SAC price.