I've saved my review of Mountain Hardwear's ski jackets and pants for last for a good reason. First, because the Mountain Hardwear Hairpin jacket is the best jacket I evaluated. Second, because you can't buy it until the fall of 2008. (It's next season's model.)
Mountain Hardwear also sent 2008/09 Stance pant, which I'll review below. From Mountain Hardwear's 2007/08 line we received the Edge jacket and the Synchro jacket, bib, and pant. So, consider this a retrospective and prospective Mountain Hardwear jacket and pant review.
While I really liked Mountain Hardwear's 2007/08 models, I will admit that I've found it extraordinarily difficult to peel Mountain Hardwear's Hairpin jacket off. It is such a cool advance over anything I've seen in any jacket manufacturers' 2007/08 lines that it makes me anxious to see what the other ski apparel companies are planning for 2008/09.
I've never worn any Mountain Hardwear apparel before, ski jackets or otherwise. I have a tent of theirs and some other things but this was my first foray into their ski gear. I wasn't expecting much. As is often the case, I was wrong. Blissfully wrong.… Read more