Mountain Hardwear Women’s Miss Snow It All Jacket Review
Mountain Hardwears’ Miss Snow It All Jacket is a solid winter jacket that is perfect for a full day on the slopes, whether skiing or riding. The jacket features MH’s Dry.Q Core which is not only waterproof with a rating of 40,000 mm, but is also breathable with a rating of 30,000 g/m².
The Miss Snow It All Jacket was my first dip into a MH piece that features weather protection and insulation in the same package; this jacket features Mid-weight Thermic Micro synthetic insulation, with 80 grams over your core and 60 grams along your arms to keep your arms moving more freely. For starters, warmth ratings are highly subjective, so please keep that in mind. With that said, I found the level of insulation to be adequate for temperatures down to about 20F when worn with base-layers and a medium weight quarter zip on top. For temperatures below 20F I added a mid-weight fleece pullover or jacket for some added warmth. The inside of the jacket features sheer or satin-like lining which allows your under layers to glide freely beneath the jacket, a feature that I really liked and helps to keep you feeling less constricted despite multiple layers of clothing (photo below is with the jacket inside out).
The Miss Snow It All features an extra large hood that is indeed helmet compatible, as I tested it with Bern, Smith, and Salomon helmets. If you are not wearing a helmet, the hood can be cinched down easily thanks to a single pull/draw-string at the rear of the hood. With the hood and jacket fully zipped, your face is well covered as the collar comes up to just below my nose. This is a great feature for when the weather gets nasty. One one beef about the collar is that the chin guard is virtually non-existant which lead to some chafing of my chin. There is a thin piece of Micro-Chamois™ to protect you from the zipper, but the durable fabric of the coat is quite stiff and also causes some chafing. This problem can be solved by adding a gaiter or Buff, but not everyone likes to do this all the time, myself included.
The Miss Snow it All Jacket also features an integrated/fixed snow skirt. Unlike some other jackets that we have tested, it is not removable and cannot attach to your pants via loops. This was not a big deal to us as the snow skirt does a great job of staying put with the grippy rubber. I also found that cinching the lower hem of the jacket with the two adjustable pulls, you can really seal out the elements and keep the jacket from flipping up and it covers most of your rear.
Additional details of the jacket include “Butter Jersey” cuffs with thumb loops. This feature is great, but myself and other reviewers that I have heard from, were unable to use these loops because the length of these are a tad short, which causes some chaffing at the thumbs. This jacket also has pockets galore: two front square snap pockets that are perfect for snacks, two zippered hand warmer pockets just behind the snap pockets, a zippered pocket on the left sleeve for your ski pass (that is if they utilize RFID technology), one internal zippered pocket for your phone or car keys, and one internal mush pocket to stuff a gaiter or liner gloves.
Overall, this jacket is solidly built and a perfect solution to a cold day on the slopes in terms of features and construction. My biggest beef with the jacket has to do with its’ fit. Yes, it dose feature a relaxed fit, but it feels even roomier and boxier than it should be. I am 5’9″ and 135 lbs and typically where a medium when it come to MH, based on the size guide and past products. The Miss Snow It All feels a full size bigger than a size medium and I think that even sizing down I would have felt that the torso area and center back length were too big. As a result of the oversize fit, the jacket is not the most flattering when on. With that said, I would be interested to see how this jacket fits next year with the feedback that I have seen on other sites.
The Miss Snow It All is available in three colors: Prussian (the color above), Iris (purple), and Black. The jacket retails for $275, however there are some deep discounts online right now so check around for the best price. Overall, this jacket is super warm, performs in the elements, but needs some tweaking (in my opinion) when it comes to fit and sizing.