MOUNTAIN HARDWEAR PLASMIC JACKET REVIEW

featured image February 17, 2014

front view

The Plasmic Jacket is sized appropriately and fits well (even with thinker underlayers).  The Plasmic comes in at 9.20 oz (261 g).  It is constructed of Aquaguard VISLON with Dry.Q EVAP technology for great wicking properties.  The Dry.Q EVAP fabric helps accelerate evaporation allowing breathability and comfort.

inside jacket

It is a full zippered jacket with hood.  The hood is adjustable with a single pull in the back.  The cuffs are Velcro adjustable and the hem drawcord allows for quick adjustments on the go.  There is no stuff sack, but you can use one of the pockets to stow the jacket.

packable

Overall, the Plasmic Jacket appears to be a great piece of gear to shed precipitation and perspiration.

TRAIL TEST

The Plasmic Jacket shed rain without any effort.  It protected me from the rainy elements even in the most torrential downpour.  I wore the Plasmic Jacket with either a long sleeve shirt, or a short sleeve shirt with arm warms.  In both cases, the jacket worked well to regulate perspiration.  On the most active hill climbs on the trails, I did wish for some venting under the arms.  The jacket is a standard fit so you won’t feel like it is too snug, but some may want a more articulated feel.

TECH SPECS

  • Full Zip
  • Number of Pockets: 2 zippered
  • Fabric: 100% Nylon (DRY.Q EVAP)
  • Fit: Standard
  • Weight: 9.2 oz (Men’s Small)
  • No carrying bag (but can use one of the pockets to use as a stuff sack)

CONCLUSION

Overall, the Mountain Hardwear Plasmic Jacket exceeded my expectations in handling the rainiest conditions and regulating perspiration during trail runs.  It’s a great piece of gear for 2014.