Brooks-Range Black Mountain Soft Shell Jacket (For Men)

Closeouts. A stretchy, highly wind- and water-resistant soft shell, Brooks-Range's Black Mountain jacket is ideal for tackling tough mountain trails in a wide variety of weather conditions -- just add layers beneath it for more warmth in frigid temperatures.

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  • Reviewed by gulfbreeze from FL on Sunday, February 1, 2015
    I was pleased when I bought the Black Mountain jacket, and after some rigorous use, it's held up very well. The recent explosion in soft shell jacket offering may give one reason to explore the many other offerings, but when I got this Black Mountain, there wasn't so much competition. Given that, and even though I've picked up some other soft shell jackets since then, this jacket has served me well. It was my first purchase from Brooks Range, a long-time supplier of high quality, high-altitude sports equipment, and I'm fairly certain it won't be my last. From my use, here's my findings

    - Fit is roomy for a medium...there's quite bit of extra room in the torso, which in my case is welcome as I was looking to wear one or more layers underneath. There's room for a slim down layer underneath with no problem. At 5'10" and 145 lbs, I'm often looking for a more athletic fit for single layer jackets, but as above, the extra room has also provided extra mobility in the arms.
    - Citing some of the concerns of other reviewers, the zippers are YKK, and have never failed me yet, with no snags or other faults. I'm not sure if they're actually unsealed, but they've never leaked in spite of weather, and there's a pretty robust flap made of the same jacket material on the back side to keep our wind and moisture.
    - Also, I'm not sure what others cite as problems with the wrist tabs on the sleeves... they are placed at an angle but that provides a perfect fit sealed fit with complete alignment of the tabs with the sleeve material when cinching the wrist tight. The size of the tab on the ends is pretty robust, but I've found that a plus as it makes it easy to grab the tabs when wearing thick gloves. More importantly, the velcro tab has never failed or slipped, so that's what I care about most.
    - The DWR finish has worked fine in my use.
    - The microfleece interior finish has not pilled or shed at all.
    - The material is highly wind-resistant. I can't remember any times I've felt a breeze come through, even without midlayers.

    - This applies only to my preference, but the hood is made to cover a helmet, so it's extra roomy when not wearing such equipment. There are cinches on the cords around the face so the hood can be tightened, but it still leaves extra room if you're not wearing hard headgear. Just a heads up to other folks for consideration.
    - The logo appears to be the same color on each jacket material color. The blue jacket really contrasts against the yellow text. I'm usually not too sensitive about billboard-sized text logos, but I'd probably prefer a slightly lower contrast, or I suppose I could have picked a different color jacket (but red or yellow are pretty bright jacket colors themselves.) Brooks Range has used the yellow thread logo in lots of jackets over the last few years so evidently, there isn't too much complaining. I do know that this year, the company has introduced the text logo in black thread on some jackets.

    There's no perfect jacket except for what meets your needs. If you're looking for very sturdy soft shell jacket in a relaxed fit at the always great STP DealFlyer price, this Brooks Range is worth checking out.
  • Verified Buyer Reviewed by Nosivadbor from Pittsburgh on Sunday, January 18, 2015
    I bought this jacket to replace my old soft shell from Marmot that does not have a hood. When I recieved it I was initially please because it had a light brushed lining interior that feels good on the skin and gives it a touch more insulation and wicking abilityy than an I liked coat. However my big gripe is that the sleeves were bulky, and especially the Velcro tabs. Also the adjustment tab on the back of the hood is somewhat stiff and I could feel it on my head when the hood was up. Despite these things I thought the jacket looked good on and I was really torn about keeping it. I had got a great deal with a special coupon so didn't know what to do. But in the end I decided that I would pay a little extra for a no regrets jacket.

    So I would recommend considering this jacket as a great entry level piece, especially f you can't afford some of the tailored expensive jackets.
  • Verified Buyer Reviewed by Unimpressed from Pennsylvania on Friday, December 12, 2014
    Bright yellow embroidered branding is distracting to overall appearance.

    Sleeve tabs must have been accidentally sewn on the wrong sleeves. Hence, they are "seconds"- or closeouts for a reason.
  • Reviewed by Dibber from Mass on Wednesday, April 2, 2014
    runs a little big. I tend to wear size large, but returned for medium (5'8" 170lb). color is more faded than picture shows. there's a bunny logo on back. I wear this jacket all the time.
  • Reviewed by DLK DC Bike commuter from Washington DC on Wednesday, February 12, 2014
    I ordered the Small for myself, a broad shouldered, long armed, trim woman. Works well for me. I am somewhat disappointed that it isn't warmer for bike commuting but it will be my regular item for DC transition seasons.
  • Reviewed by DLK DC Bike commuter from DC on Sunday, February 2, 2014
    Jacket intended to be a more effective wind breaker than prior jacket. I haven't really tested it yet but it looks great!
  • Reviewed by ramzi from Oregon on Wednesday, November 27, 2013
    extremely warm, nice hood, soft fleece inner, durable (summersaults in the dirt and come out unmarked) best purchase in a while
  • Reviewed by Chris from Georgia on Tuesday, November 26, 2013
    I have been through a number of soft shell jackets on STP trying to find one that fit right. My problem is short arms. I wear a size 40 suit and 32-33 shirts. Prior to this latest attempt at buying a jacket, it was easy; I always bought a medium and there were no issues. Now, however, there is a big trend for an athletic fit and long arms. Mediums were the right length of sleeves, but the jackets had a death grip on my arm pits (e.g. Mountain Hardwear Android). Go with a large and the arms are way too long. This jacket seems to be in-between an athletic fit and a regular fit and therefore size medium works. HOWEVER...

    1. The quality is just not quite the same as a Marmot, Mountain Hardwear, etc. The fleece lining looks cheap and looks like it will pill easily.
    2. The jacket is not pitch black, but more a washed out black/dark grey. The material reminds me of the cheap black soft shell jackets you can pick-up at Marshalls/TJ Maxx (an STP company, btw).
    3. Zippers are not as nice, and not sealed.
    4. The straps to tighten the cuffs are cut weird so if you tighten the cuff, it is at a weird angle.

    At the end of the day, it fits unlike the others so I will keep.
  • Reviewed by Vincent from China on Monday, October 28, 2013
    Only $118 can buy a full price $300 soft shell just ony see in stp. what can I say about that.
  • Reviewed by Rick from Chicago on Monday, July 15, 2013
    The jacket itself is nice. it is well made and the inner fleece will keep me warm while using it. the outside was also well done. feels like the diving suit material to me. all in all I think they did a good job and used good materials. That was the pros. the cons only 2 pockets on the out side, would have been nice to have a chest pocket or two. Also I ordered the xtra large but was still snug. all in all though I think for the money it was a great deal. keep an eye on the barn burner deals on sierra great deals on products
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