Mountain Hardwear Drystein Jacket - Men's


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Designed as a close-fitting climbing jacket, the Mountain Hardwear Drystein Jacket for men has a highly water-resistant, easily packable construction that also works well for adventure travel and backpacking excursions. While many climbing jackets solve their vapor-transfer concerns with zippered vents beneath the sleeves, Mountain Hardwear applied highly breathable, water-resistant stretch side panels that eliminate the weight and hassles of extra zippers. The attached adjustable hood accommodates climbing helmets and easily adapts to fit skiing and snowboarding helmets, too. Keep in mind that Mountain Hardwear made their Men's Drystein Jackets with a close-fitting athletic cut, so if you're between sizes or you want to add a fleece mid-weight or heavier inner layer, consider choosing a size larger than what you normally wear for alpine or adventure travel outerwear.


  • Fabric: Triple-ply Dry.Q™ Elite 40D
  • Micro-Chamois™-lined chin guard
  • Highly breathable, water resistant side panels
  • Welded watertight pockets and zippers
  • Pack and harness compatible zippered hand pockets
  • Helmet-compatible hood with single-pull adjustment
  • Interior zip pockets for climbing and travel accessories
  • Center back length: 29 in, 74 cm
  • Weight: 1 lb 5 oz, 605 g

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Review Summary

4.6 out of 5

14 Reviews

  • waterproof: 2
  • athletic fit: 1
  • bombproof design: 1
  • built in breathability without pit zips: 1

  • hood is too large for non helmet users: 1
  • the bottom could be a bit lower: 1
  • tight around chest: 1
  • tight fit: 1

14 Ratings & Reviews

from Port Arthur, TX
25-34 yrs

Awesome Piece of Gear
March 17, 2012

Great Jacket, I've taken this bad boy out in a few storms that would put any shell to the test. It has kept me completely dry and breathes well. It has the same quality as any 3 layer gore-tex but with competitive pricing; especially if you can find it on sale. My only gripe is that if wearing the hood without a helmet, it feels a little awkward and bulky, also hard to cinch down. If a strong gust blows into your face it kind of acts like a sail and balloons up. It fits well but I have the same recommendation as everybody else; order a size larger than you would normally wear especially if you intend on layering. It has a very snug fit. I'm 5'9" 150 lbs usually order a small but went with a medium which fits perfect and allows enough room for light layering.

Pros: waterproof, competitive price

November 27, 2012

I bought this jacket for my husband and it has been a great jacket. He has worn it as a shell skiing and as a rain jacket in the South. It fits well and has been the perfect jacket for hiking and a water resistant jacket in the south and a for skiing in the north. Would highly recommend for it a year round multi-purpose jacket.

from California

Drystein Jacket
March 23, 2012

I recently received the Drystein Jacket from Altrec and have to say that it is an awesome product. The material is fully waterproof, but breathes like any high end jacket should. I have owned other MH jackets in the past, from Conduit to other shells, and the new DryQ is definitely a step up. I am happy to pay for a product besides GoreTex. In addition, MH knows how to create an athletic fit and the sizing is just right. I am 5' 10" with a trim build and the Medium fits perfectly. Sleeves are just right (34"), but the bottom portion of the jacket could sit a little lower. I also like the pit areas on this jacket. Rather than using pit zips, the fabric is designed to breathe, which makes it good for backpacking. As with most MH jackets, my only gripe is the hood. Unless you have a helmet on, you will be swimming in it.

Pros: bombproof design, athletic fit, waterproof, built in breathability without pit zips, Cons: hood is too large for non helmet users, the bottom could be a bit lower
from Oregon
35-44 yrs

February 12, 2012

Love the look and cut of the jacket as well as the mix of materials. The athletic fit is nice, room for a bit of layering but not so much fabric that you feel like your wearing a sail. I am 6'4" and the XL is perfect. I had two concerns when purchasing. -One, the waterproofing - After a month of wet winter use I am very happy with the Dry Q technology, I feel like it was money well spent. -Two, the hood - The hood was designed for use with a helmet, which I don't use. My concern was that I would be swimming in the hood and it would be a pain to manage. I was happy with how efficiently the Drystein's 2 cinching chords pulled the hood down to size, the fit on my head is snug and it turns nicely with my head. I am very happy with this jacket.


It is comfortable!
March 27, 2012

It is the jacket which I am light, and is really comfortable. It is not stuffy even if I sweat. It is the best jacket in the humid country such as Japan!

from Chicago, IL
25-34 yrs

August 20, 2012

I purchased this jacket in late January 2012 to replace a decade old NorthFace Mountain Guide GORE-TEX XCR shell which I grew quite fond of. After a decade of use the North Face jacket had started to delaminate and any rip & stick panels that hadn't fallen off had turned to fuzz. The TNF Mountain was my first waterproof breathable shell. I learned a lot about it's weaknesses in that time and what I wanted in a replacement that would serve as a rain jacket in warmer weather and a shell over bulkier insulation in a winter environment. Breathability- The Drystein Jacket by Mountain Hardware caught my eye mostly in part to the new laminate that MH engineered Dry.Q Elite (I believe that MH combines a variation of the core eVent laminate with it's own adhesives and face/backing fabrics). It's leaps and bounds more breathable compared to my old GORE-TEX XCR jacket. So much so that I haven't found an instance that I've wished that the stretch panels in the armpits were equipped with zippers. The main pockets are mesh lined and can act as secondary ventilation. Windproofness remains intact compared to GT XCR, as windy Chicago winters has confirmed for me. It feels a little cooler (I think due in part to the 3 layer laminate vs the 2 layer w/ nylon mesh of the GT XCR in my old jacket) which isn't great if you aren't moving Overall Fit- MH doesn't joke around when it come to the sizing. This jacket has an athletic alpine fit. It won't allow much room for insulation underneath if not upsized. I'm 5'7 ~150 lbs. and normally wear a size M, but in order to fit insulation comfortably underneath I needed to move up to a L. Some people have complained that this jacket has sleeves made for a monkey. These people have obviously never tried to lift their arms above their head only to expose their mid-riff. The long sleeves help combat that and in rain jacket mode I am able to pull my hands comfortably inside to keep them dry without stretching the jacket. I would have liked another 1" in length at the waist but I have a long torso so your mileage may vary. Hood- I was initially concerned at the size of the helmet compatible hood. It took me a little while to dial in the fit for non-helmet usage but it works really well now and follows my head as I turn without looking baggy. The brim is fantastic and very functional. There are a couple items that I am unhappy about but they are in no ways dealbreakers -Factory DWR (Durable Water Repellent) does not seem as robust as the factory DWR on my old Northface. The Drystein seems more prone to wetting out, (it dries out super quick though). Parts of the jacket wetted out in the first non-drizzle/mist rainfall I wore it in, and continues to do so. The inside does remain dry though. The Drystein would be receiving 5 stars if it weren't for this. -Handwarmer pockets are too low to accommodate the hipbelt of a pack

35-44 yrs

February 29, 2012

Great jacket! Keeps you warm and let's you breathe. One of the nice things about this is the great colors and detail fron the zippers to the logo. Will buy again!

from Pacific Northwest
25-34 yrs

September 27, 2012

Choose a size larger than you would normally order. Light weight and very athletic trim fit. Welded seams are great, comfortable pockets and large hood that roles up nicely

35-44 yrs

Nice technical jacket
June 07, 2012

Jacket has good quality and finish, feels soft and comfortable, nice fit, not too snug neither excesive roomy. After doing some research about fabrics and membranes i chose this one and works well avoiding moisture build-up and delivers waterproofness as posted. I´ve been using it from city walks to extreme conditions MTB. I surely recommend this jacket. You´ll get what you see on-line

Pros: quality and fabrication, nice fit, Cons: zippers a bit hard to pull
from canada Vancouver
45-54 yrs

great jacket
May 26, 2013

this jacket is very light and attractive and compact ,thought I find around armpit and shoulder blade bit tight I am Average fit 38 Chest.

Pros: light attractive, Cons: tight around chest
from Olympia, WA
35-44 yrs

Nice jacket, tight fit
February 21, 2012

I really had high hopes for this jacket. I purchased it as a replacement for my old MH jacket that I loved. I'm all for a snug fit and hate bulky jackets, but there was absolutely no room for even a thin fleece layer underneath without feeling cramped. If I was hiking or climbing I probably wouldn't need much of an underlayer, but I think a little more room would go a long way. Aside from that, it's classic MH quality.

Pros: good mobility, water repellancy, Cons: tight fit

Great shell!
August 24, 2012

I love this jacket! The fit is great. I'm 6'3" and an athletic 230lbs and the XL is perfect - sleeves length is spot on, the body is not too bulky. The hood is helmet compatible, so by nature it is big, but once adjusted properly it works wonderfully even if you aren't wearing a helmet. The fabric is amazing. It feels like a soft shell, but performs like a hard shell, being completely waterproof. I have a GoreTex ProShell jacket that cost a bit more than this and the difference in feel between the 2 is remarkable. The GoreTex jacket has more of a crunchy feel and is very loud. I ordered the 2 tone blue and it looks killer. The only reason I am not giving it 5 stars is that the zippers are really stiff. Over time they may loosen up and it in no way impacts performance, but it is still a very minor annoyance.

Pros: fit, fabric, Performance, Cons: zippers are a bit stiff

Very nice jacket
April 04, 2012

This is a great jacket. The new DryQElite is amazing- It breathes better than any jacket I own. Since having this jacket I have not had to use any other jacket for rain or snow or anything in between. Its just that good. I'm in Colorado so I have used this so far in the mountains in snow, and rain. And around town on my bike and it just is awesome. Order a size up- I am 5'11 175, athletic -and the medium is just too tight in the shoulders- it looks amazing but the large fits better and allows me to layer with it. I am so impressed with the jacket I bought one for my girl friend also.

from China
25-34 yrs

A Worth Jacket
March 28, 2012

I just picked this jacket up and can't wait to test it out. I am 177cm and 70kg, got the medium. The jacket is a bit thin when I wear a P300 fleece. I hope the new Dry.Q Elite technology is truly, and very noticeably, breathable.

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Available sizes, while supplies last, include size small, size medium, size large, size extra large and size extra extra large: s, m, l, xl, xxl.

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