Mountain Hardwear Monkey Man Jacket Review
The Mountain Hardwear Monkey Man Jacket is the perfect fleece for those who want to break away from the standard fleece look without sacrificing performance. The Monkey Man Jacket is one of those jackets that you will quickly fall in love with while instantly making your significant other and friends jealous with gear envy.
While most products Mountain Hardwear products are designed to perform in serious weather, the Monkey Man leans more towards mild performance. The fit of the jacket is semi loose, meaning it’s not going to sit snug on the body and pull away moisture from your body as well as a mid layer fleece.
The type of fleece used is the Mountain Hardwear Monkey Man Jacket is Polartec High Loft. This type of fleece allows for a high loft while being able to compress and still retain warmth in cold weather. This means that when the weather gets cold and you layer on a shell, it’s not going to lose its insulating properties.
Mountain Hardwear Monkey Man Jacket Performance
The Monkey Man Jacket has two large side pockets that are plenty big to fit maps, large cell phones, sandwiches, gloves and anything else that comes to mind. These pockets will also accommodate climbing skins for backcountry skiing. On a size medium, the pocket spans 18 inches vertically and about 6 inches horizontally. The pocket is made with a soft fleece material, which works great for keeping your hands warm in case you forget your gloves. There’s also a handy chest pocket that I like to use for storing my cell phone on colder days. This allows the phone to stay a little warmer because it sits closer to the body and your upper chest area is usually warmer than the belly.
Aesthetics and Fashion
From a fashion standpoint, the Mountain Hardwear Monkey Man Jacket nails it! I think the look of this jacket rocks. It goes great with jeans, khakis, and pretty much any wardrobe combo. The fuzzy fleece makes heads turn as it has a different look than your typical fleece or slick down jacket outer. You pretty much have to beat people with a stick to keep them from trying to cuddle with you…
I am 6’0 tall, 175lbs and I find that a size medium fits perfectly. The Monkey Man Jacket has a casual fit, meaning it’s not going to be skin tight or baggy for those with an average build. Size up or down depending on where you fall on the height and weight scale.
The Mountain Hardwear Monkey Man Jacket is a great blend between fashion and function. It leans more towards the fashion side in my opinion, but it can perform with the best of them when asked to step up to the plate. For more information, visit MountainHardwear.com.