List Price US $295
Mountain Hardwear Powzilla Jacket Review
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Waterproof Rating Unpublished
Breathability Rating Unpublished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
Waterproofing Average
Breathability Average
Warmth Good

Semi Baggy



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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