Mountain Hardwear's ThunderShadow jacket is a feature-rich jacket made from their own VaporDry fabric, the hood is excellent, with three external pockets and pit zips it is surprisingly lightweight.
Mountain Hardwear says: The ThunderShadow™ Jacket redefines what a rain shell can be. Mechanical stretch combined with VaporDry™ means superior comfort, excellent mobility, and waterproof-breathable performance. The unique backer quality makes it uncommonly comfortable among rain shells. The ThunderShadow™ Jacket handles wet-weather outdoor pursuits with ease.
Mountain Hardwear's ThunderShadow Jacket is made from their own 2.5 layer waterproof and breathable VaporDry fabric which has a mid range Hydrostatic Head and good Breathability performance of 26,000 MVTR. The face fabric is 40Denier which also puts it in the mid-range category for durability.
There are a lot of features on this jacket -two zippered hand pockets are protected by waterproof flaps. These two pockets would be unusable if wearing a rucksack (with hipbelt) or a climbing harness - there is one smaller pocket set high on the chest - protected with a water resistant YKK zip.
The ThunderShadow jacket also has pit zips, pit zips allow you to vent the jacket under the arms and providing the rain isn't horizontal you still manage to stay dry inside - some people like these others don't but we think they are a useful feature - especially if you expect to wear your shell jacket all day, in which case its essential to minimise condensation.
The ThunderShadow has an excellent technical hood that can be cinched around your head, the peak has a slight stiffening at the front which will help keep water off your face.
- Reviewed by Ultralight Outdoor Gear
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