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Review: Mountain Hardwear Switch Flip Jacket

posted by gumptiongear December 11, 2015 0 comments


When the thermostat drops below comfortable, but the urge to venture out into the backcountry continues to simmer, the reversible Switch Flip Hooded Jacket by Mountain Hardwear stands ready as an ideal partner for your adventure.

On Performance and Design…
The beauty of cool weather adventure goes hand in hand with the challenge of ever changing weather patterns that deviate from forecasts requiring a warm layer that packs light and easy. The Switch Flip™ hooded jacket is a versatile, lightweight 457 gram powerhouse that’s ready to protect you from the elements whether you’re climbing, backpacking or hiking.

Mountain Hardwear Switch Flip Jacket

Reversibility is the name of this jacket’s game, ensuring it flawlessly fits in wherever warmth and style are in order. Both sides are made from nylon ripstop fabric that cuts wind and weather and combats abrasions. One side of the jacket is smooth with few seams, while the other side has quilted style with more external seems. Sandwiched between the two is an insulating layer of Thermal Q™ 100-gram insulation.

Mountain Hardwear Switch Flip Jacket

There’s no shortage of synthetic insulation options available. But not all synthetic insulation is created the same. Thermal.Q Elite is warmer because it’s designed to mimic the structure of goose down. The secret is a blend of thick and thin fibers in which the stiffer fibers create a unique 3D grid structure while finer fibers fill in the gaps the structure creates. The result is a warmer synthetic whose structure gives it better compression rebound.

Mountain Hardwear Switch Flip Jacket

Want more? The pockets on smooth-faced side of the Switch Flip are covered for protection from the element while those on the quilted side have zippers. For added warmth, both are compatible with hand warmers. And of course you can opt for the standard Switch Flip Jacket, or to help protect your most precious asset from the elements, you can go with the Switch Flip Hooded version.

Bottom Line …
Sure the Switch Flip Jacket is designed for a life on the trail. But with impressive warmth and clean style, this reversible Insulated Jacket is sure to become as much a part of your daily routine as your morning coffee.

*Gumption Gear Review received a product sample of the item featured in this review from Mountain Hardwear at no cost, and receives no monetary compensation for this or any related review. The item featured was provided solely in return for our honest views and opinions.

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