Price US $275

Mountain Hardwear Snowzilla 2015 Review by A Better Ski

The Mountain Hardwear Snowzilla is a great resort jacket for those who don’t need a lot of insulation. The Snowzilla is just a shell, but I thought it was relatively warm for a shell. I do generally run pretty warm, so I could get away with fewer layers, but if you run cold, there is plenty of room for adding an extra layer or two just don’t expect the jacket to be really warm on its own. Although insulated jackets are nice, they are often too warm in the spring when conditions are bit more friendly. For that reason I like to use shells and then control how many layers I have underneath depending upon how cold it is outside. Maybe you’d rather just have the insulation from the start, and if so this jacket may not be for you. But for those of you that want a shell, read on. The Mountain Hardwear Snowzilla is one of Mountain Hardwear’s lower end jackets, but it is still built with some pretty solid construction. The Herringbone material on the outside feels rugged and durable, and you shouldn’t have to worry about ripping the jacket if you get snagged on a twig. Waterproofing is middle of the road, so it won’t keep you all that dry in a really wet snow, or rain/snow mix, but if you’re in a drier climate, the Mountain Hardwear Snowzilla will usually be more than enough. Like waterproofing, breathability is pretty middle of the road as well, but with only two layers, and no insulation we didn’t find it all that bad. The Pit zips also do a nice job of releasing heat when you need to, and even on warmer days the Mountain Hardwear Snowzilla does a good job of releasing any moisture that starts to build up. It’s not going to be the most bomb-proof jacket out there, but for the price you’re getting a solid jacket for the resort. It has plenty of great pockets for storage, an adjustable hood, and snap-away powder skirt. We could easily use the Mountain Hardwear Snowzilla on a majority of days here in Colorado and be completely happy with its performance. It’s also a good looking jacket, and it’s great for walking around town after a long of riding. If you’re looking for something a bit more bombproof, there are better Mountain Hardwear jackets out there, but for a solid everyday resort jacket, the Mountain Hardwear Snowzilla is a good choice. Fit is true to size, with slightly longer sleeves.

Jacket Size – M

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

Shell

Primary Waterproofing

Polyurethane

Outer Layer Waterproofing

Insulation Type

None

Taped Seams

Criticaly Taped

Waterproof Zippers

No

Hood Type

Articulating

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

Normal

Packability

Normal

Waterproofing

Average

Breathability

Good

Warmth

Poor