Mountain Hardwear's Stretch Capacitor Jacket - Gear Review

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Mountain Hardwear has one of the most complete lines of outdoor minded jackets on the market.  Just sifting through their countless options can be daunting.  When hunting for a rain jacket for our BWCA paddling adventures, the list of features and qualities we look for are pretty broad.  Waterproof (obviously), good range of motion for paddling and portaging, light weight, and comfortable.  The Stretch Capacitor floated to the top of the long list of options.  


Our man Jordan (BirdMan) Jones gave it a test and here are this thoughts...

I have had some rain jackets in the past that made me feel as wet in it as I would if I wasn't wearing it at all! They just do not breath, I sweat profusely while wearing them, and they are cumbersome and sticky. 

I tried the Mountain Hardwear Stretch Capacitor Jacket and was blown away by the difference. I immediately noticed the soft feel of the inside of the jacket. It was not sticky but more of a fabric-feel which was a shock. This is due to the 2.5-layer Dry. Q EVAP fabric that wicks away moisture via a series of channels on the interior of the jacket. There is no need for pit-zippers because of the breathable design. 100% waterproof yet it wicks sweat away and leaves the inside of the jacket dry and cool?! Mind blown! 

This jacket is lightweight, absolutely waterproof, and is designed for mobility with innovative stretch panels on the back and sides. It is incredibly comfortable and a pleasure to wear. An added perk; the acid green color had me making a fashion statement with this handsome jacket.

A little FYI, the jacket has a fairly athletic (slim) fit, but still runs pretty true to size.  If you're on the bubble, go up one.  This jacket is currently on sale on the MH site for 50% off!!!  What was $280 you can now steal for only $139.98, and you seriously can't get this much jacket for 140 bucks anywhere...

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