Mountain Hardwear Effusion Hooded Jacket - Men's


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Using their DryQ Active Technology, the Men's Mountain Hardwear Effusion Hooded Jacket is the lightest weight 3-layer waterproof breathable jacket in their lineup this season. Made from polyester jersey fabric with a DWR coating, this full zip winter shell jacket has the stretchy, breathable feel of a softshell, with the weather blocking protection of a true rain shell. Wear it during active winter sports when breathing out body vapor and heat is crucial to staying dry and regulating your temperature. The Effusion Jacket is designed with a close-fitting athletic cut with a long back for coverage and a slim-fitting hood. Wear it running or skate skiing, the back zippered pocket keeps small items secure and the reflective details keep you visible on the road. Bring your iPod to help pass the time after dark, it’ll fit perfectly in the interior MP3 pocket with headphone port. Made for high performance athletes who want lightweight, flexible clothing, the Mountain Hardwear Men's Effusion Hooded Jacket will be your next favorite shell.


  • Fabric: Active Solution™ 3L Jersey; 100% polyester with DWR finish that repels water
  • Waterproof / Breathable: DryQ Active Technology
  • Close-fitting, athletic cut with a long-cut back for performance
  • Fully waterproof seam taped construction
  • Slim fit hood stays on when in motion
  • Full front zipper with internal draft flap/chin guard for ventilation options
  • Rear zip pocket, interior MP3 pocket with earpiece exit
  • Highly luminescent reflective print for ultimate visibility
  • Semi-Fitted
  • Center Back Length: 28 in, 71 cm
  • Weight: 11.8 oz, 333 g

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Review Summary

4.5 out of 5

6 Reviews

  • Build quality: 3
  • Performance: 3
  • Ease of use: 2
  • Great design: 1

  • poor design on pocket: 1
  • poor pocket design: 1
Comfort: 4.7 / 5
Quality: 4.7 / 5
Durability: 4.3 / 5
Wind Protection: 4.7 / 5
Water Protection: 4 / 5
Fit: 3 / 5

6 Ratings & Reviews

Comfort: 4 / 5
Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 4 / 5
FitClothes: 3 / 5
WaterProtection: 4 / 5
WindProtection: 4 / 5
from Northern California Foothills
35-44 yrs

Good running jacket
January 07, 2013

I have had this jacket for the past two weeks and enjoyed every outing in it. The jacket build is solid and light weight. My runs have been in 30-50 degree F. Using only a long sleeve wicked-lite t-shirt I was able to starve off the cold NorCal winds to stay warm. I am looking forward to trying in the next torrential downpour.

Pros: Build quality, Performance, Ease of use, Great value
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
FitClothes: 3 / 5
WaterProtection: 4 / 5
WindProtection: 4 / 5
from New Hampshire
45-54 yrs

Mountain Hardwear Effusion Hooded Jacket
March 25, 2013

The Effusion Jacket is designed with a close-fitting athletic cut is very accurate- I purchased an extra lagre to ensure the layering performance could be best utilized- Very glad I did- The Jacket as a shell works wonderfully in low cold weather for a run- meaning low 20s ... the performance of the hood, well standing still or mild walking is Okay- but if for a cover during a run in a down pour- not the hood protection I was expecting. The back zippered pocket is small and combersome to get in and out of. The jacket is lightweight, flexible and worth the money , as long as you are understanding of the limitations.

Pros: Build quality, Performance, Ease of use, Great value

Amazing Performance Jacket!
February 07, 2012

I bought this jacket a few weeks ago, with intention of breaking it in running in mid-winter New England, and although the weather has been decidedly un-wintry, this jacket has been fantastic. It weighs nothing and has a trim fit for torso & hood, but keeps the winds off your back and so far any precipitation. (Real New England blizzard TBD). Most outdoorsmen have numerous soft/hard shells designed for hiking, climbing, running, & biking with or without rain, but this fills a niche for breathable performance gear that was lacking in my closet. Too early to judge durability but I love it so far. If mithril exists outside of Middle Earth, this is it! Happy Trails.

Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
WindProtection: 4 / 5
from Salt Lake City, UT
35-44 yrs

Great jacket, but limited use
May 01, 2012

If you're a trail runner, this is the jacket for you. Lightweight, breathable, windproof, and shed light snow with ease (seams are taped, but not sure how it would do in heavy rain). Material is soft and supple w/ a bit a stretch, and because of this, probably wouldn't do well if your carrying a pack, bushwacking, etc., so its use is limited. Only other draw back is the hidden back/side pocket wasn't big enough to accommodate my iphone. Quality is awesome and what you would expect from Mountain Hardwear, but not a jacket you'd keep in your pack for changing weather conditions.

Pros: Build quality, Performance, lightweight weather protection, Cons: poor pocket design
Comfort: 4 / 5
Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 4 / 5
FitClothes: 3 / 5
WaterProtection: 3 / 5
WindProtection: 4 / 5
from Greensburg, IN
35-44 yrs

Nice running jacket
November 01, 2012

The Effusion jacket is a good running jacket. It sheds light rain with no problem, although I have not wore it in a downpour. It also does a decent job keeping me warm on runs during cool weather. The zipper gets stuck occainsionally

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Performance
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
WaterProtection: 4 / 5
WindProtection: 5 / 5
from Salt Lake City, UT
35-44 yrs

Great jacket for specific niche
March 04, 2012

Awesome jacket - athletic fit, supple to the touch w/ stretch, and taped seams. Completely blocked the wind and easily shed light snow. Definitely though a jacket for a specific niche - don't know how well it would hold up with the use of a day pack/hydration pack/backpack and no pockets except for a tiny back pocket that won't fit my iPhone. Not a jacket for the backcountry but would be everything you would want need for running/trail running. If that's what your looking for, definitely 5 stars w/ the exception of the pocket.

Pros: Build quality, Performance, Cons: poor design on pocket

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