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Mountain Hardwear Transition Jacket : Perfect for Winter Workouts

When I first got my Mountain Hardwear Transition Jacket, I never though such a thin shell would end up replacing my soft shell jackets.

I haven't had much of chance to get out on any hikes this winter, but I do live on top of a 500 foot high hill. Walking up and down my hill, often wearing a pack full of groceries on the up part of the walk, is quite a workout. When I'm on flatter terrain and errand-free, my workout of choice is an hour-long power walk around the top of my big urban hill. Either way, I work up quite a sweat.

The Transition jacket has outperformed any jacket I've ever worn for cold-weather activities. I've been wearing it over a thin merino wool base layer in temps between 35 and 45 degrees, and been totally impressed by how comfortable I stay from start to finish. Because of its superior wind protection, I'm able to wear fewer, lighter layers and stay both warm and ventilated. The Transition is highly breathable, so even when it's pushing the mid-40s, I don't overheat.

Made out of Windstopper material, the Transition is super windproof. I've been out exercising with friends who think it's cold outside and I can't even feel the wind. I like the stretch panels along the sides of the jacket and tapered, thumb loop sleeves. The Transition isn't technically waterproof, but I've worn it on many rainy outings, and stayed dry, so for a water-repellent jacket it's highly effective against the elements.

Available in men's and women's sizes and and in several colors. I'm 5'11", so I tested the men's jacket, and appreciated the extra length through the torso and sleeves. [I'm usually a size L in women's jackets (and in the women's Transition) and a S in men's jackets.]

Bottom LIne: An all around excellent jacket for active pursuits that provides superior weather protection and breathability.--E.D. (Jan 07)

Price: $110

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