Unfortunately not every ski day can be 40 degrees and sunny. On those days at the resort when the temperatures drop, you’ll be happy to have the Mountain Hardwear Snowpulsion Jacket. It’s heavily insulated, without a ton of bulk. Even better, the Snowpulsion has Mountain Hardwears Dry Q Elite Laminate that does a good job of keeping you dry in wet conditions. Dry Q Elite is also pretty breathable, but with two layers and plenty of insulation, the Mountain Hardwear Snowpulsion isn’t going to be a great choice for lots of hiking or backcountry travel unless it’s really cold. Still for most days on the resort, you’ll find it to be plenty breathable. When you find yourself getting a bit warm, the pit zips do a nice job of releasing heat. I run a bit warm, so I really liked this jacket when the weather was cold. As things warmed up, I really appreciate shells without insulation. The Vents are in an interesting place on the Mountain Hardwear Snowpulsion, but I did find them easier to open with one hand than others out there. They also seem to do a decent job of dumping heat as they are exposed a bit more than vents under the arm. I also like that mountain hardwear takes into consideration that some of us like to ski with packs, and the placement of the pockets reflect that. They aren’t the easiest to use, but if you have a pack on you’ll appreciate that you can still use them. The chest pocket is quite big and easy to use. The water resistant coating makes it a bit more difficult to open and close, but I like having the PU coating on the zipper. If a jacket has a high waterproof rating, why ruin it with seems that aren’t taped or zippers that aren’t PU? The fit of the Mountain Hardwear Snowpulsion is standard and true to size, with arms that are slightly long, and a waist that is below the hips. I also like that the Mountain Hardwear Snowpulsion didn’t ride up as easily as some others I’ve used in the past. I went with a small because I like a tighter fitting jacket, and with all the warmth the jacket already provides I didn’t need a lot of room for layering. Overall the Mountain Hardwear Snowpulsion is a fantastic resort jacket for those who need a little extra insulation in a jacket that is still highly waterproof and relatively breathable. It’s definitely more resort oriented, and better in the cooler weather than on warm spring days. It also makes a great everyday jacket for winter.
Jacket Size – S
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.
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.