The GearJunkie: Mountain Hardwear StretchDown DS Hooded |

The GearJunkie: Mountain Hardwear StretchDown DS Hooded

by Stephen Regenold

The color scheme on my Mountain Hardwear puffy turned heads. Its pod-pattern construction brought questions from people used to more of a “Michelin man” look in the category of uber-insulated winter coats.

New this winter, the StretchDown DS Hooded Jacket is something different. Its knit polyester body is stuffed with 800-fill down, though not in a traditional baffled design.

Mountain Hardwear has an entire line of outerwear with stretch-based down construction. This jacket actually uses the technique for warmth and (as a bonus) it adds an aesthetic flare; the DS Hooded Jacket ($340) looks like nothing I have seen before.

Beyond looks, it is warm and fits well. The hood hugs tight, and it turns with the head despite no adjustments.

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