Price US $295

Mountain Hardwear Powzilla 2015 Review by A Better Ski

The Mountain Hardwear Powzilla is a decent option for those casual skiers who don’t need anything that is super bromb-proof. The Mountain Hardwear Powzilla has a pretty stylish look and rugged feel while still offering decent protection from the wet and cold. It is made with Mountain Hardwear’s Dry Q Core laminate. It’s hard to find exact numbers on the waterproof rating, but this is Mountain Hardwear’s lower end waterproofing material, and would probably be right about the industry standard at 10k. That is usually plenty to keep you dry in light snow, but may not be the best in really wet conditions. It also offers some pretty good warmth with its synthetic Thermal Q insulation. The Mountain Hardwear Powzilla does fit a little large, and offers plenty of space for layering for extra warmth. The length is just below the waist. The chest pockets are nice and big, but I find that I prefer zippers to flaps. Flaps are just a bit awkward to use for me, but some people may like them better than I do. It also has two hand-warmer pockets and a pass pocket. Overall, the Mountain Hardwear Powzilla provides decent protection in a light snow, and moderate warmth for all but the coldest days on the mountain.

Jacket Size: S

Matt’s Specs:
Normal Specs– 5’10”, 160 lbs,
Upper Body– 34.5” Chest, Torso Length 23” (collar bone to pant button), Shoulder Width Approx 22”, Arm Length 18.5” (pit to wrist)
Lower Body– 30” Waist, 38” Hips, 30” Inseam,  22” Thigh
Turn On’s: Active fit jackets that fit well around my chest and torso, but don’t restrict movement. Size S Pants that have a bit more room in my thighs, that way I can actually use my pockets. And of course getting first chair with 12” of fresh powder on the mountain.
Turn Off’s: Size S Jackets that are too tight, and Size M jackets that are too loose in the waist. I really don’t like a loose waist that can allow cold air in, and I don’t like having to cinch down the waist. I also don’t like jackets that ride up when I’m skiing, The jacket should stay in place. Pants that fit too tight in the thigh, and I can’t use my pockets. Crowds in the mountains, and not being able to find a place to park in at the trailhead or ski resort.

 

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Type

Partially Insulated

Primary Waterproofing

Other

Outer Layer Waterproofing

DWR

Insulation Type

Other

Taped Seams

Fully Taped

Waterproof Zippers

Yes

Hood Type

Contoured

Powder Skirt

Yes

Jacket to Pant Interface

Yes

Venting

Pit Zips

Meshed Vents

Yes

Layer Count

2 Layer

Waterproof Rating

Unpublished

Breathability Rating

Unpublished

Manufactured in

Fit

Semi Baggy

Packability

Normal

Waterproofing

Average

Breathability

Average

Warmth

Good