Good Price Just Not Good Enough

Reviewed by Omar from Highland, CA on Thursday, November 8, 2012
The only good thing about this jacket is the breathable QDry Elite material, in my opinion. Fit is poor, sleeves not long enough, handwarmer pockets too low to access with backpack hipbelt on, chest pocket too small and slanted so the contents may just slide out. In tried other MH Qdry Elite jackets namely the Drystein (extremely tight, even for a skynny guy like me <130 lbs 5'6" in size SM) the Ampato was comfortable but heavy and too bulky with the mesh lining, not practical for stashing in a pack. No wonder you could find these previous generation MH jackets for about 50% off or even less on the web. Considered the Jovian but read similar reviews about it and didn't like the available colors to even bother. I've tried Gore-Tex paclite jackets, too clammy and simply don't breath well(Patagonia Supercell-stiff,noisy, too baggy, giant hood: Marmot Minimalist- more supple but not waterproof zip with small flap over it, not ideal hand-pocket placement; Arcteryx Alpha SL Hybrid, great design just clammy and stiff). Gore-Tex Pro - Patagonia Super Alpine -bombproof, stiff, noisy, - overkill for my level of activities. eVENT - breathable, supple (Westcomb Cruiser LT (pitzips) and REI Kimtah (no pitzips) - both too roomy and not ideal handpocket placement with pack on. Gore-Tex Active - breathable and soft feel (Outdoor Research Axiom, athletic fit may be a little snug for some, poor handpocket (mesh lined) placement with pack on and awful hood design, overall not impressive design) All above jackets I was able to find discounted sub $300 on the web. In the end I settled for the Arcteryx Beta FL Gore-Tex Active for over $300 with coupon - very light and packable, soft, athletic fit with ample room for midlayers, longer sleeves, perfect pocket placement for use with pack (only 2 pockets total), outstanding hood design. Could use an interior pocket and Maybe pitzips, but nothing is perfect. This is one high quality jacket with meticulous attention to detail. My first Arcteryx Jacket ever, I'm delighted in spite of the more bucks I had to shed, hope it's very durable
  • Best Uses: Travel
  • Cons: Bulky, Poor design, Poor Fit
  • Pros: Breathable Fabric, Great Color
  • Sizing: Feels too small
  • Sleeve Length: Feels too short
  • Was this a gift?: No
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