The Monkey Man Jacket is an ultra soft and and extremely comfortable high loft fleece that provides warmth without too much bulk. With stretchy side panels for extra breathability.
Mountain Hardwear says:
Known for its comfort and warmth, the Monkey Man™ is made from Polartec® High Loft™ fleece. We’ve now reimagined it in a sleeker, all-mountain silhouette. One of our most popular styles, we retained its lightweight thermal efficiency and super-soft hand while dialing down the loft for easier layering, less weight and a more streamlined look. Strategically-zoned side panels maximize stretch and breathability where you need it most; they also wick moisture away and make the jacket easier to pack.
Mountain Hardwear's Monkey Man Jacket is a popular fleece that's had small changes over the years whether it be fabric or fit, giving you an improved garment every time. This time is no different.
Mountain Hardwear have kept the Polartec High Loft fleece (after all that's what makes this jacket) but changed the grid pattern to more of a stripped one. It has strategically placed stretch side panels on the inside and under the arms for increased mobility and breathability. The sleeves and hem are also simply finished with the stretch fabric, which actually makes the fleece more packable and more comfortable when worn with layers. This is probably why they got rid of the hem adjustment and thumb loops too (though some people might have preferred to keep the thumb loops).
Overall improved comfort and fit but feels just as soft and warm as before.
- Reviewed by Ultralight Outdoor Gear