Mountain Hardwear Vertical Peak Jacket

Nov 1, 2011
Outside Magazine
Mountain Hardwear Vertical Peak

Mountain Hardwear Vertical Peak jacket    Photo: Courtesy of Mountain Hardwear

THE SELL: An insulated hard shell with features, features, and more features. THE TEST: Mountain Hardwear packed a thin layer of synthetic insulation into its new Dry-Q Elite waterproof-breathable fabric for a jacket that kept its cool even on steamy spring days. "No hotbox here," noted one tester. But the Vertical Peak is as well-appointed as it is breathable, with soft wrist gaskets, a zip-off powder skirt, goggle and ski-pass pockets (the latter in the forearm), and nice styling details. Strikes are minor: the insulated hood is too small for a ski helmet, and the pit zips aren't as big as we'd like. THE VERDICT: A tricked-out, top-of-the-line everyday shell for a fraction of what you'd expect to pay. 2.4 lbs

Versatility: 3
Value: 4
Performance: 3.5

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