ProView – Mountain Hardwear Women’s Super/DS Stretchdown Hooded Jacket
Fall has finally come to the desert. It is a wonderful time of crisp mornings and hot afternoons. The problem is what typically brings fall to Utah is a few days of hard winds, a smattering of snow, and cold, cold nights. Mountain Hardwear has created a dreamy down jacket for climbers that is just as comfortable on route as it is next to a campfire during these tumultuous times
Mountain Hardwear Women's Super/DS Stretchdown Hooded Jacket
Product Description: Stretchdown™ weaves pockets of down insulation from a single stretch fabric, giving you freedom to move. A durable material blend comes together with the highest quality goose down insulation in an ultra-engineered construction to combine warmth and movement for the full range of winter activities. From trailhead to summit, over bases or under a waterproof shell: this layer is made to mobilize.
Offer price: $275 MSRP
An ultra-cozy down jacket that kept me warm despite high gusty winds paired with low temps.
- Super warm and cozy
- Zippered pockets
- Highly wind resistant
- Matte finish
- Hip pockets inaccessible with harness on -unlike advertised
- No fleece-esq liner in hip pockets
I am a single sport person, which I love. The only downside is that I climb through the winter instead of switching to a traditional winter sport. There just are not a lot of good options for puffys that you can comfortably climb in like there are for skiing. I found that the Super/DS™ Stretchdown Hybrid Hooded Jacket (that’s a mouthful) fills that need wonderfully.
First off, this jacket is incredibly cozy. I ordered a large so I could comfortably fit a lot of layers underneath if need be. On milder days, I would have a nice amount of room to move around in. It felt like I was walking around with a fitted down comforter on. Big fan.
I love the matte finish on this jacket. Not only is it stylish, but it is also soft to the touch. No need to walk around looking like a shiny trash bag! Nice!
The cuffs on the Hybrid Hooded Jacket have a thick strap of elastic that keep them snug high on the wrist, close to the skin. The hip pockets on the outside are touted as being “harness compatible”. I did not find that to be true. I was almost able to put two fingers into the top of the pockets while my harness was on. The only pocket that I could access while climbing was the internal chest pocket. Fortunately, it is quite large so I could put whatever I wanted in it. Of course, the down tech is stellar in this jacket. High quality down meets “revolutionary” stitch-free designs – keeping you warmer than traditional constructions. They decided to not insulate the bottom back of the jacket nor the underarm areas. Contrary to my first impression, I did not notice the lack of down in those areas.
The last few days that I wore this jacket, the morning started in the 30s and got all the way up to balmy mid-40s. The days were cloudy, and they were windy, VERY windy. I was thrilled to have the Hooded Jacket on. The wind never cut through to my core. When I put the hood up and turned my back to the wind, I stayed comfortable and warm, if not a little upset with working in such poor weather. So far, I have not noticed any durability issues -and I have been wearing this jacket every day, either at the crag or around town.
Friendliness to the Earth
Mountain Hardwear obviously gives a s*** about the earth. Their “sustainable technologies” range from using recycled pieces, having some blue sign certified products, to nixing archaic flame-retardant chemicals; they are obviously putting forth a ton of effort to reduce their impact.
The Final Word
I genuinely love this jacket. It is the coziest down jacket that I have ever personally owned. Climbing in it was natural; it kept the wind off; and kept me warm on suboptimal days in the wild. I did not find the hip pockets to be accessible while climbing, but that did not stop it from becoming my daily jacket of choice.
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About the Gear Tester
Mollie Bailey started climbing in 2011 in Sand Rock, Alabama. She quickly realized from those wonderful outings that an outdoor life was the one for her. She migrated to Colorado shortly after to pursue the outdoor lifestyle that’s overwhelmingly present in the West. She has been a Rock Climbing Guide since 2013; and loves to teach and share the world of climbing with everyone. You can find her on her days off with her two big dogs, chasing sunshine wherever possible, planning the next adventure. Follow along @adventurethrulens