Combine Mountain Hardwear’s Snowtastic Jacket and Snowtastic Softshell Pants and you will have an ultimate backcountry gear set up for your winter. The Dry.Q material will not only keep you dry but will also keep you ventilated so you’re not to over heat while hiking the steeps to your perfect line.
The features are spot on as to what should be included in a backcountry jacket including backpack compatible hand pockets, helmet compatible hood, tons of usable pockets, a pow skirt and a hiking-friendly fit.
The pack compatible hand pockets are a huge bonus for me as I always want a camera easy to grab on the go. I can keep my backpack on, not undo any straps, and get my camera in and out in a flash. They’re also lined so if you need to warm your hands up, throw them in there and they’ll pull from your core heat.
This is definitely a shell and on really cold days I have to layer up a ton underneath it. I’ve found this to be the ultimate spring jacket because I’m not having to stiffen up the fit with a bunch of layers underneath. Ideally, I’d go with a large so I could have all the extra space I need. Keep in mind I’m not a crazy lightweight backcountry traveler and so the weight wouldn’t be a big deal to me.
The arms are on point as to fit, which is extremely important for me. I have pretty long arms and a huge pet peeve of mine is when sleeves don’t come down over my wrists. No one wants to get snow down her sleeves all day!
If you’re looking for a great backcountry skiing set up, or simply looking for a quality outfit to wear to the resorts, you’ll love the material used for the Snowtastic pants and jacket by Mountain Hardwear. You will stay dry, stay breathable, and stay stylish!
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