UOG TOP PICK - Mountain Hardwear Desna Grid Jackets - Breathable fleece with stretch panels - We've singled out Mountain Hardwear's Desna Grid Jackets as one of our top recommendations because they are made from high performing Polartec PowerDry combined with a durable 'Hard-Face' fleece at strategic points.
The Desna Grid Jacket combines the insulation and breathability of Polartec PowerDry with the comfort and durability of 'Hard-Face' stretch fleece to create a technical and flexible fleece jacket suitable for wearing whilst active.
Mountain Hardwear says: The Desna Grid Hooded is a great all-around jacket, made with Polartec® fleece that provides an unbeatable combination of breathability and warmth. It can serve as a top layer for hiking on a crisp fall day, or as a midlayer under a more technical outer shell on a weekend of alpine climbing
Polartec Power Dry - Polartec Power Dry fabrics are designed to keep your skin dry when you sweat. Ideal for runners, skiers, and adventure travelers, all fabrics in this series feature a patented bi-component knit construction that uses different yarns on either side of the fabric. Click the Logo to read more...
Mountain Hardwear's Desna Grid Jacket uses Polartec PowerDry to create a fleece that's warm, yet breathes exceptionally well to help keep you dry and comfortable. Power Dry achieves this performance by having a grid pattern on the inner face - the centre of each grid cell is raised fleece to create the warmth, whilst between the cells there's no insulation - creating channels for perspiration to escape.
Bottom line with PowerDry is that it works - either next to skin or over a thin baselayer a PowerDry top makes an ideal three season outer layer - or 'only-layer'.
The Desna Grid Jacket enhances a standard PowerDry top with the addition of stretch microfleece on the shoulders and down the sides. This enhances freedom of movement whilst providing more protection in these areas - these panels have a 'hard face' surface on the outside - this resists damage much better than other fleece.
With two strategically placed handwarmer pockets and thumb loops the Desna Grid Jacket is a highly technical fleece that will keep you warm and comfortable even during activity.
- Reviewed by Ultralight Outdoor Gear