List Price US $275
Type Fully Insulated
Primary Waterproofing Other
Outer Layer Waterproofing
Insulation Type Other
Taped Seams Fully Taped
Waterproof Zippers
Hood Type Detachable Articulating
Powder Skirt Yes
Jacket to Pant Interface Yes
Venting Pit Zips
Meshed Vents Yes
Layer Count
Waterproof Rating 15K
Breathability Rating 15K
Manufactured in
Waterproofing Good
Breathability Great
Warmth Good




2018 Mountain Hardwear Superbird insulated jacket Review by A Better Ski

Today I’m looking at the Mountain Hardware Superbird insulated jacket.  This is a well made and great looking jacket that has everything you need for a day on the slopes. My first impression is that I like the way this jacket looks enough to pull it down from the rack and give it a try.  Lets see how it holds up to a closer inspection.



Special thanks to Kittredge Sports in Mammoth Lakes

Tester: Dan

Size: L

Waterproofing and Breath-ability:  Mountain Hardwear utilizes Dry.Q™ waterproof technology that allows air and moisture to pass through the fabric outward keeping the wearer dry and comfortable.  This jacket uses the  Dry.Q™ Core which is their step down from the Elite.  I searched around the internet to see if I could find a rating on this fabric but I haven’t found an answer yet.  It seems though that it would be like 15000mm, not quite rain proof but good enough to keep you protected in snowy conditions.  I’ll try to take this out someday for a test and I’ll get back to you.  As far as breath-ability goes, the Dry.Q™ Core is suppose to be highly breath-able material for active use.  While this jacket has 80gm. insulation, it felt light in the studio.

Warmth:  The Mountain Hardware Superbird insulated jacket has 80 g/m² Thermal.Q™. This material mimics goose down with spines creating pockets and smaller fibers filling in the gaps.  This allows for a light weight yet efficient heat trapping layer.  This jacket is perfect for temperatures down toward freeing levels. Colder that that, better have a couple of functional layers underneath.

Fit:  I liked the way this jacket fit like all of the Mountain Hardwear stuff.  They seem to know how to tailor to a more athletic physique.  There was no extra bulk but the Mountain Hardware Superbird insulated jacket allowed me to move my arms and trunk freely.  The only issue I had with this jacket was I  felt the hood was cut a tad too small which caused my helmet to move while I was turning my head from side to side.

Features:  Thermal.Q™ insulation for lightweight warmth; Dry.Q waterproof, breathable, seam-sealed 2L construction; Two hand-warmer pockets, left forearm multi pocket with separate compartments for pass and included goggle wipe; Powderskirt-pant integration; RECCO® avalanche rescue reflector; Extra long pit zips; Detachable, fully adjustable helmet compatible hood

Bottom Line:  I really like the Mountain Hardwear stuff and I would like to have this jacket hanging in my closet.  Because of the fit of the hood however, I would be reluctant to take it out on a storm day when it is really nice to have the hood on over my helmet.  All-in-all though, the Mountain Hardware Superbird insulated jacket is a well crafted and versatile jacket that is ready to take on the elements while enjoying winters activities.



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