Mountain Hardwear Mountain Tech Jacket - Men's
Mountain Hardwear combined AirShield Fleece and Deflection Softshell to give the Mountain Tech Jacket the ability to hold in warmth while it stops icy winds. Layer it under a water-resistant shell for cold-weather skiing or all by itself for chilly days around town.
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Excellent outdoor windproof softshell
April 2, 2012
First off, I'm 6'2" 170-175 pounds (athletic build) and the large fits me exactly as a mid-layer to outer-layer should; it has enough room for a fleece and shirt underneath, but fits snug enough for a water-proof shell to fit over it. The neck is comfortable, the sleeves are long enough, and I have enough room to move without it being baggy. I bought the sapphire blue/black and it looks cool enough, but I only wear this for backcountry trips, backpacking, day-hikes, and trail runs. I spend my time mostly in the San Bernardino Mountains, San Gabriels, Sierra Nevadas, and Santa Anas as I live in Southern California (temporarily), and the jacket is perfect as an outer layer unless it's winter, or it's a rainy day. The pit zips provide excellent ventilation when you're hiking on a day with strong wind gusts, yet is otherwise warm. It doesn't have a hood, but I prefer hats or a beanie anyway, since hoods have always made me feel claustrophobic, and they also affect my peripheral vision, which I don't enjoy on steep, rocky terrain. The pockets seem to be in an odd place until you strap on your large backpack for extended trips and realize the hip belts interfere with normal pockets. The higher placement allows you to access your pockets if need be, and besides, who hikes with their hands in their pockets? Obviously no jacket is perfect for every condition, and in my experience, no jacket works for every person since we all have different preferences and body types, but overall I've found this jacket to be a great asset on the trail and I can honestly recommend it. I hope this helps!
December 9, 2011
i found this jacket to be quite frigid, it did block the wind, but fit felt sloppy (6' 168 lbs Medium) one of the seems started to unravel after about 4 uses. did not live up to my expectations. i returned it.
Good jacket but...
March 16, 2012
This is a good, high quality jacket. I am 5-11 200 and an XL was perfect for leaving room for 2 layers underneath, and comes just below waist. The only glaring problem there is with the jacket is the lack of any inside pockets and for me this is really unforgivable. I had a MH Tech jacket from 2000 and it had 2 nice inside pockets, one horizontal, one vertical. I may have still bought this jacket but I should have shopped further.
Replaced a 9 year old TNF Denali
January 29, 2012
I wanted to ditch my 9 year old TNF Denali Fleece since somehow it became so trendy my wife tried to wear it out for drinks with the friends. I put the kaibash on that but 1 year later I knew I needed something new.
I was worried this would have the same insulating value of the Denali, but after skiing 3 days in Jackson Hole with cold winds on the Sublette Quad and not feeling even 1 shiver, I knew this was the right choice.
The windstopper makes up for less insulating value. With a Capilene 2 layer beneath, and mountain hardware shell over top I had to open the vents for most of the day while skiing.
Vents were a MUST for me when buying a mid or top-layer.
I wore the jacket around town as well with temps in the teens and was fine as well. Super warm? No. Warm enough for a mild layer beneath? Yup
Just a quick question. I already have a TNF Apex Bionic soft
Just a quick question. I already have a TNF Apex Bionic soft shell. Can someone tell me when I would wear this Mountain Tech jacket that I would not be able to wear my Apex softshell?
How well does this AirShield fleece breathe? Does it breathe as well as eVent?
November 16, 2011
well, this jacket is just a better jacket in my opinion. it is a wind blocking fleece jacket with softshell panels as opposed to a softshell with a fleece backer like the bionic. you would wear this jacket snowshoeing on a sunny day or backpacking or you could even use it snowboarding, i suppose. you would wear the bionic if you were hanging out in the mall. a2a comparison: mountain tech is lighter, has pit zips, looks better and has way more function.
February 12, 2012
February 6, 2012
I bought my son a North Face Denali jacket for Christmas from Backcountry. He did not like it at all. Backcountry was great about letting me exchange it for this jacket which he says is fantastic. He likes everything about this jacket. I am sorry I did not buy him two since he lives in the thing and all he likes is black. I highly recommend buying from Backcountry. The customer service is super and their prices and selection are both unbeatable. The sizing is right on.
January 15, 2012
it blocks wind with a 100 weight fleece under it. I ordered mine in blue and love wearing it around and looks good with a lot of things i wear.
What is the ideal temperature for this jacket? At what point
What is the ideal temperature for this jacket? At what point would one get cold wearing this jacket.
November 9, 2011
I tend to get hot, but I've worn mine (which I've had for nearly nine years and absolutely love) x-c skiing at -17 F comfortably with a couple base layers. In these conditions every bit of skin has to be covered against wind on the downhills, & this jacket does the job against wind up to 30-40 mph. I wouldn't want to be stuck standing around in this jacket in these temps thought.
April 17, 2012
Also depends on what you're doing. When X-country skiing a long sleeve base layer and this is all you will need. Probably not even a hat at anywhere from 10 degrees or warmer.
By: Kent Lee
December 9, 2011
high 30's the limit, unless you layer
By: David Kettlewell
November 11, 2011
jzi. Tough question as it totally depends on the person and their individual metabolism. It is a windproof fleece jacket that I have found comfortable to temperatures in to the forties on the fahrenheit scale. I hope this info helps!
By: Jon Webb
November 9, 2011
great for women too!
December 27, 2011
My boyfriend tired of my wearing his windstopper and we went on a search for one for me, and ended up buying a men's small. I don't love the color (graphite/black), but I wear this jacket every day! I couldn't find a women's windstopper with armpit zips, and the price on this site was too good to pass up. MH sizing seems to have changed a bit over the years, so if you're replacing a jacket check out the sizing info before you buy.
More than meets the eye
November 11, 2011
I am a Mountain Hardwear afficionado, having purchased many items over the years, originally for technical use (mountains) but then I found I wore my MH gear daily.
Maybe you're the same.
Recently purchased Mountain Tec Jacket, here are my impressions.
Well, first, for the simple things...it's a jacket with no hood, so if you want a shell or hooded jacket, try another product.
Butt....for me, use of a hat is a good solution, especially if you have hats from the baclava to a full eared Alaskan fur hat.
Exception...downpours, but I'm not in them much and when I get there I find shelter.
As 60% of heat loss is from your head and neck, you'd be surprised what a baclava and fur hat can do to keep you warm, even in really cold weather. A light down or fleece vest under this jacket will take you into some chilly weather in comfort.
Ok, so let's keep going... among jackets from MH and other manufacturers, it's the best I've found:
if you've owned Mountain Hardware gear you're used to functional fit, which means the fabric is cut to fit the way clothing drapes on your body.
Good gear hangs on you with no pulling, this you'll get.
Big plus...collar is nice and soft around your chin, having a soft fabric lining the inside of the collar, with a soft rolled edge all around.
(Chin and neck comfort are always a key comfort point on outdoor gear).
It's 39 degrees tonight, going into winter and it was plenty warm with a hat on.
The fabric has a bit of give and flex, which I've found is always another major factor to optimize comfort.
Best thing about this gear is that it breathes enough to keep you from feeling clammy, better than other jackets, much better actually.
I love man made fabrics, but inability to breathe can be an issue, and I mean standing and walking around, not just when exerting.
Full zipper at front means you can keep comfortable in any situation, and has underarm zips too which I use when I'm huffing and puffing.
Now to be fair in really cold weather only a full bore parka with hood will do, with snowpants and maybe fleece top and bottom or poly underwear, monster hat and lined cloves (don't discount the ability of surgeon's rubber gloves to help on really cold days...try it) but for most daily use, this jacket is the bomb.
Good looks around town, enough technical capability to be part of your mountain hiking kit, and a price that seems about right to me.
A down coat will be warmer, but I'll bet too warm for daily use in all but really cold weather.
Fleece is nice, but watch out for wind. The Mountain Tec Jacket will handle winds with ease.
It also looks good, as in stylish, and I'll take that when I can. I wear mine with a cowboy hat, but suit yourself there.
So if you want your outdoor gear to double as fashion statement of sorts (of course utilitarian) with technical mojo, this is it.