The Men's Mithril Jacket by Outdoor Research. The Mithril Jacket is the ultimate winter protection in cold, wet conditions. Waterproof Ventia soft shell fabric and exterior seam tape are uncompromising at shedding wet snow and preventing soak through for superior dryness. With a soft fleece interior the Mithril Jacket keeps you cozy comfortable and warm on sunless, windy days.
FEATURES of the Outdoor Research Men's Mithril Jacket
Fully Seam Taped
Fully Adjustable Hood
Single-Separating Front Zipper
Internal Front-Zip Stormflap
Zippered Napoleon Pocket
Two Zippered Hand Pockets
Hook/Loop Cuff Closures
SPECIFICATIONS of the Outdoor Research Men's Mithril Jacket
Weight: (L): 24.0 oz / 679 g
Center Back Length: 25 1/2" / 72 cm
Ventia Dry 100% nylon face
100% polyester microfleece back
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This is a solid softshell. As far as I can tell, the waterproofing holds up pretty well, and the seams have all been covered (in a separate color, which adds a cool industrial look). It's also fairly durable fabric; I did enough self-arrests on sketchy terrain and don't see any scratching, tearing, pulling, or pilling. As far as the insulation, it's not very heavy, but it's not meant to be. The inside is actually extremely soft, but seeing as you wouldn't wear this against bare skin (it'd be over at least a baselayer, and probably a base + 1-2 midlayers), that doesn't actually matter that much. Also, the hood is big enough to fit a climbing helmet -- which is great -- but it would look a bit silly if you wanted to just go hooded around town. The only problem I can think of is the velcro cuffs: they're bulky and unwieldy and the velcro too easily catches on those glove liners that seem to hate Velcro (powerstretch, etc). But that's a minor issue.
"Stylish, sleek, wind-resistant, water-resistant, great design"
Bottom line- this soft-shell is amazing. I was surprised to find that this was not only wind-resistant, it handles water very well.Pros- Very stylish. Constantly complimented on how great it looks. The way the seems in the exterior were made adds to the look and, I'd assume, the durability.Waterproof/Windproof. Wasn't expecting much on the waterproofing side, since it is a soft-shell. Handles rain and moisture better than you'd believe.The placement of the zippers and pockets.Cons- Thin insulation. If you're looking for a really warm soft-shell, look elsewhere.(5'11" super-fit dude XL fits great.)As always, Outdoor Research designs with us alpine climbers in mind!
I have the older version which doesn't have the chest pocket, but I believe has all the same features. I went climbing out on Mt. Lemmon and we got totally rained out, even hailing at one point. What really impressed me was the beading of the water on the jacket and it kept me dry the entire time. My pants and shoes were completely soaked by the time we reached the car, but my upper body was totally dry. The only thing I didn't like was when the jacket is fully zipped up it didn't cover my chin or mouth, the stinging spray from the hail was really noticeable then. I'm 5'8" and 150lbs btw.