Mountain Hardwear Men's Snowtastic Jacket

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Mountain Hardwear Snowtastic Jacket
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Taking on the fiercest elements in the backcountry has never been more tempting than with the Mountain Hardwear Snowtastic Jacket. As the premiere out-of-bounds ski coat from Mountain Hardwear, this model brings untouchable performance to every adventure you embark upon. The intimidating waterproofing and breathability powers of the soft shelled Snowtastic pair with the cozy brushed interior for a comfortable experience on the inside even when the weather is getting wild on the outside.
This fully adjustable coat offers a customized fit in the hood, powder skirt, hem and cuffs so that you can get a dialed in degree of comfort every time. Fill the front handwarmer pockets with your chilled fingers to thaw them out, or stock up on all the goodies you will need to survive the backcountry. If things get toasty while you are hiking up the hill, just pull down the pit zips so you can get some enhanced ventilation. When you are waist deep in powder, the Mountain Hardwear Snowtastic Jacket will have you feeling at home with superior performance.

Lining and Layers:

  • Micro-Chamois-lined chin guard eliminates zipper chafe


  • Dry.Q™ Elite Wind- and Water-proof Fabric with instant-on breathability
  • Hem adjuster in hand pockets and hidden hem release
  • One-handed hood and hem drawcords
  • Crafted articulated cuff construction


  • Standard fit
  • Relaxed fit allows for a full range of movement while skiing the backcountry


  • Underarm zips provide ventilation when you're slogging up the ridge
  • Pit zips for additional ventilation

Weather and Wind:

  • Fixed helmet compatible hood provides protection from wind and snow
  • Waterproof and windproof three layer Dry.Q Elite softshell starts breathing the moment you put it on for dry and comfortable days in the backcountry
  • Total waterproof protection
  • Fully taped seams keep moisture out


  • Internal mesh stow pockets
  • Key clip in wearer’s left pocket
  • Plenty of interior pockets for all your gear
  • Two external chest pockets, two hand pockets, and an array of internal pockets hold all your essentials


  • Soft, "Butter Jersey" cuffs
  • New design
  • Goggle wipe
  • Asian Ambush scuff guards
  • RECCO avalanche rescue reflector embedded in the style
  • The removable stretch powder skirt keeps you comfy when you relish hard earned powder turns
  • Fixed adjustable powder skirt with tuck away snaps

The Mountain Hardwear Snowtastic Jacket is their premier backcountry ski jacket. This jacket is a comfortable waterproof/breathable softshell jacket with a warm, brushed interior. The Snowtastic Jacket is built around Mountain Hardwear's exclusive, instant-on Dry.Q Elite technology.

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SPECIFICATIONS of the Mountain Hardwear Men's Snowtastic Jacket.

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With totally waterproof, sonic welded seams and a removable, adjustable stretch powder skirt, this three layer soft shell is perfect for getting up AND down the mountain. The Mountain Hardwear Snowtastic is the jacket for you! The "always-on" DryQ Elite waterproof breathable technology starts working immediately to keep you dry on the inside as well as outside.

Before heading to your favorite backcountry haunts, slip on the lightweight Men's Mountain Hardwear Snowtastic Jacket and revel in softshell perfection. The innovative Dry.Q Elite softshell is completely windproof and waterproof while boasting the ability to breathe from the moment you put it on, no sweating necessary. Underarm zips provide additional ventilation for the skin up and the stretch powder skirt keeps the fluff out on the way down.

Offering supreme breathability and protection, Mountain Hardwear's Snowtastic Jacket is a Dry.Q™ Elite 3-layer softshell that will keep you comfortable up and down the mountain.

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Also available for: Women
Back Length:30
Body:Synchro NBT (56% polyester, 44% nylon)
Center Back Length:30 in / 76 cm
Clothing Fit:Regular Fit
Fabric:Body: 3L Dry.Q™ Elite Syncro Softshell (56% Polyester, 44% Nylon)
Fabrics/Materials:Dry Q Elite Fabric
Fixed hood:3-way adjustable, helmet compatible
Hood:Attached, adjustable, helmet compatible hood
Material:3L Dry.Q Elite Synchro Softshell, Butter Jersey
Pit Zips:Yes
Pockets:Zip handwarmer and chest pockets, Plenty of interior pockets for all your gear
Powder Skirt:Removable, adjustable, stretch powder skirt
Seam Taped:Yes
Softshell Weight:Midweight
Ventilation:Pit zips for additional ventilation
Weight:1 lb. 15 oz. / 878 g.
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Mountain Hardwear Snowtastic Jacket Reviews:


Got to put this jacket through its paces in extremely weather variable Wasatch skiing in everything from whiteout snowstorm with low 2-digit temps and extreme winds to sunny highs in the upper 30's. I was impressed with how versatile this shell was in the extreme mix of temps and conditions.
This shell proved to be highly wind resisted. I was very comfortable in white-out conditions with 100 mph gusts (yes I said 100 mph, not a typo, just a crazy stormy day). As with any shell, layering is key. On that day I wore two thin under layers and a 100 weight poly fleece sweater. Despite all the layers I was able to move well because of the stretchiness of the shell fabric.
On the other extreme, I did extensive hiking on sunny days with highs in the upper 30's wearing just a merino quarter zip underneath and had the large well placed pit vents wide open. I remained dry under the shell despite working hard. With my previous 3-layer Goretex shell I would have had a wet streak down my back - not so with the Dry Q Elite membrane, kept me perfectly dry.
I have to praise the durability of the shell as I brushed up against many a tree branch during post-storm tree skiing days without so much as a scuff. Also, the DWR coating was effective in sloughing falling precip on long chairlift rides and all internal and external pockets are roomy and rationally placed.
I found very few downsides to this shell but notable is the fact that the hood is not quite large enough to fit comfortably over my helmet. Less notable is the very stiff zippers which you just have to get used to.
If this shell had a roomier hood I would easily give it 5-stars. (I have the '11/'12 version, perhaps the hood on the '12/'13 is roomier.) But all-in-all, this is a great athletic fit shell that performs flawlessly and looks sharp too.
Mine is black with florescent yellow zips, size XL. I am 5'10" 210lbs.

Arkstorm at on 03/04/2013

I picked this jacket up to kick off the season, and took it out for a couple of quick early season tours in the Wasatch. One trip was bluebird and upper 20s, next trip was in and out of snow bands, with temps dropping to about 14 by the end of the day. The jacket is definitely waterproof and sheds snow and snowmelt really well - I didn't notice any difference from GoreTex fabrics in this regard. I was impressed with the breathability of this jacket, which is one of Mtn Hardwear's new selling points. While not as breathable as a true softshell, it is definitely better than traditional hardshells at letting moisture out. I didn't feel like I got to the cold and clammy stage before it started breathing. With all the claims about better breathability, I was initially concerned about wind protection suffering. The highest winds that we ran into were in the 15-20 mph range, but I didn't notice the wind penetrating the jacket at all.
As far as sizing, I'm 6'1, 210 lbs, and tried on both the large and XL. I settled on the XL as the arms were too short/ tight for me on the large. The cut is athletic enough that I'm not swimming in the XL, but it is a touch baggy. It's just about right for layering a down vest/ jacket underneath for cold resort days. If you're looking for a dedicated backcountry jacket, you might want to look at lighter and more packable options, but this is a really versatile and comfy jacket if you do more of a mix of resort and side/backcounty.

Mark Travers at on 11/12/2012

It's just a shell so make sure to layer up underneath. It is very wind/waterproof but breathes extremely well. I'm 6'1" 160 lbs and I got the medium. After using it for about 10 days on the hill, I would get a Large if I were to order it again. The sleeves are a tiny bit short. Other than that, it fits great with plenty of room for layers underneath. I love the multitude of pockets for spare gear when you don't need/want to wear a pack.

Brendan Rielly at on 01/02/2014

Nice jacket! A+

Nice product! A bit bulkier than I expected, I suspect due to the new fabric being a little thicker feeling than typical prior standard gore tex and also the extra light inner insulation. A bit tight around the neck especially when zipped up all the way but meant to be more fitted - as a result, not too good in terms of getting a fleece or anything like that under it...VERY expensive, but all around an awesome jacket.
kjlanda at on 11/11/2011

Finally a shell that fits! I am 6'2, 275lbs, with a big waist and broad shoulders and the 2XL does the job. It does not have any weird cuts that trouble many other jackets and the sleeves are the correct length. It is stylish and full of great features. So far, it has remained water and wind proof, I could not ask for much more. Need a new shell, this is an excellent choice.

Ryan Clapp at on 11/26/2013