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Mountain Hardwear Victorio Dry.Q® Elite Jacket - Waterproof (For Men)
Closeouts. A virtuoso on the alpine slopes needs the definitive protection of Mountain Hardwear's Victorio Dry.Q® Elite jacket. Built to withstand the harshest of environments, this durable shell features Dry.Q Elite technology to prevent overheating and moisture build up by moving excess body vapor out while shutting down outside elements.
Reviewed by Wanabmd from Edmond, OK on Wednesday, March 5, 2014I waited a year before writing this review to ensure I was accurate in my rating. After hiking the JMT and Half Dome last year in a wintery mix of sun, snow and rain wearing a low end shell jacket and pants I vowed to spend the extra dollars when returned home on quality rain gear. My choice for a jacket was the MH Victorio and the pants were Haglof's P3 Zeniths; both exceptional in performance and value. The best test of this jacket came last week while swinging a brush ax on a 2 mile section of wilderness trail for over 4 hours in a sleet/rain mix...no sweat build up with pit zips full open. Then, during a full blizzard hike in single digits the following day with a base layer of 200 wt Ice Breaker, hooded PhD Smart wool mid layer, MH ghost whisper down sweater and this Victorio jacket I was impervious to blowing ice snow and cold temps. I hiked for 3 hours at a fast pace with poles and upon returning home I checked for sweat build up in the pit areas of my base layer and was very surprised to find them dry? Great Jacket!
I'm 6' 3", 210, fit, lean and long in the arms and legs; the XL fits perfect.
I'm too lazy to write up the P3 Zenith in a separate write-up but with a Smart wool mid-weight base layer underneath I was more than happy in single digits blowing snow. That said, if I were headed into the back country I would have wore a pair of Marmot Tarns between the Smart wool (expeditionary weight) base and P3's for a perfect lightweight, breathing, all weather protection set up.
Size for P3: L for waist and L for length.
Reviewed by Mike from North or Pittsburgh on Tuesday, January 14, 2014I returned it because the sleeves were a bit too short. I am 6'5" and have 36-37" sleeves. I bought it thinking I might wear it on the farm during hunting season in particular, but there was not a lot of room under it for layering either.
I do think it was quality built, but those above factors moved me to return it.
Reviewed by Ryan from Maine on Tuesday, June 11, 2013I strayed from MH a while back and bought a Lowe Alpine shell. After three seasons of very light use, it fell apart, with two broken zippers and frayed fabric. I'm going back to my trusty standby MH with the purchase of this shell. So far it looks like it's going to be a winner. The hood is very large, but that's to be expected from something "helmet compatible." If you're not wearing a helmet, it can be cinched down to an acceptable size. Be aware that there are no handwarmer pockets... only chest pockets. I'm 6'0 180 lbs and a large fits comfortably with room to spare.
Reviewed by Marcel from Boise, ID on Sunday, February 10, 2013This is a great piece of ski gear. The dry.q elite material is 100% water/windproof while not overly warm. I've been skiing and hitting branches off piste and there is no sign of tear or scratches in the material! The zippers are stiff and really hard to operate! Also they run small, so you better size up from your normal size. Hood is great and truly helmet compatible. Too many pockets for my tastes... I don't care about internal pockets since I ski with a pack, but the two chest pockets are good!
Reviewed by Marcel from Boise, ID on Friday, September 14, 2012The only reason I`m not giving 5 stars is because of the fit. I usually wear a small size on everything, but I had to go medium on MH jackets because it`s too tight in the waist area, so the medium is good, but then a little to much on the sleeves and shoulder area.
Overall it`s a great product, really big hood that will work over a ski helmet, the cords are great to get some minimalist fit around hem and waist so it gives you room for customization if you are using it as a rain shell for hikes or over layers for ski. I would pass the arm pocket, really don`t see a reason for having it, I also would like to have a powder skirt, but this is originally an alpine jacket, also it`s longer than usual so probably powder skirt is not necessary. The pit zips are long enough but I hope I won`t need to use it since dry.q elite is supposed to breath better than goretex. The fabric itself feels soft than the one on my goretex pro shell jackets.
- Best Uses: Snow Sports
- Cons: No media pocket, Not The Best Fit
- Describe Yourself: Trendy/Stylish Dresser
- Pros: Attractive Design, Great Color, Lightweight, Versatile
- Sizing: Feels true to size
- Sleeve Length: Feels too long
- Was this a gift?: No
Verified Buyer Reviewed by zarskiman from upstate ny on Tuesday, August 28, 2012Great jacket. I was worried about sizing after reading some reviews, but the medium fits plenty of layers underneath (I'm 5'10" 160 lbs). Sleeves are great. Planning to use it for skiing and mountaineering this wintahh, so still waiting for the true test! Happy thus far.
- Best Uses: Date Night, Mountaineering
- Cons: Expensive
- Describe Yourself: Classic Dresser
- Pros: Breathable, Comfortable, Great Color, Lightweight, Versatile
- Sizing: Feels true to size
- Sleeve Length: Feels true to length
- Was this a gift?: No
Verified Buyer Reviewed by Buddha from Switzerland on Friday, April 20, 2012This product using Dry-Q elite is just putting GoreTex to a prehistoric age. Now we have a waterproof jacket that can breath !
- Best Uses: Mountaineering
- Cons: Tight for layering
- Pros: Good assembling, Great looking, It keeps you comfortable, Quality materials used
Verified Buyer Reviewed by At AK from alaska on Wednesday, March 28, 2012d
The dry q is as they say breathable. I sweet alot and kept me very comfortable on a full day hike just going straight up a mountain side.
- Cons: A little small for mh, Little big hood
- Pros: Big pockets, breathable
Verified Buyer Reviewed by hirotyann from japan on Wednesday, March 21, 2012It is a thin and light jacket than expected.
It is better for size to have been more smallish and to try on.
It is functional and is a jacket which can be recommended.
Reviewed by Outbound Dan from North Tonawanda, NY on Tuesday, March 13, 2012I was in the market for a high-end waterproof breathable jacket, something that would hold up to abuse and wouldn't feel like hiking in a sauna. I found what I was looking for with Mountain Hardwear's Victorio Jacket.
I've never had a hard shell breathe so well before and yet keep me dry from a wide variety of elements – the DryQ Elite fabric is awesome stuff. I field-tested this jacket in the rugged Adirondack High Peaks. The jacket repelled rain, sleet and snow and never "wet out" over several days of mountaineering.
The jacket does fit a little tight; I have problems wearing some of my bulkier layers underneath. If you plan on wearing a poly-fill or down jacket underneath, I'd probably go up one size.
- Best Uses: Backpacking, Mountaineering
- Cons: Tight fit
- Pros: Adjustable hood, breathable, Chest pockets, Durable, Waterproof