Mountain Hardwear Ampato Rain Jacket

With springtime among us, it’s time for everyone to start looking at raincoats again.  And the questions always pour in, which one should I get?  Why?  Do I need GoreTex?  Do I want eVent?  What’s the difference?

Well, Just{elation} doesn’t like being wet…at least not when we’re wearing a rain jacket!  That means a few things…

1. If you’re going to buy a rain jacket, it’s worth buying a RAIN jacket…not a plastic tarp tailored to fit like a jacket!

2. People sweat, to stay dry your rain jacket needs to let the sweat out and keep the rain out.

3. Layer.  Your jacket may have multiple purposes, so get a good rain jacket to keep out the rain, and wear layers underneath to do other things…but that’s an opinion, some jackets can protect from the wind and rain, some just like to have different layers to protect from different things!

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Mountain Hardwear Ampato Rain Jacket

So there you have it.  That’s why the Mountain Hardwear Ampato Rain Jacket was chosen.  It’s got Mountain Hardwear’s incredible quality built into a jacket that keeps the rain out.  Period.  Now there were a few things that stood out about it…first, I like the way it’s cut…for real people.  I’m not the smallest built guy on the block, but an XL fits me fine, with room for layers underneath it…you know, like the Mountain Hardwear Mountain Tech Jacket for wind protection…or some Smartwool base-layers (or Icebreaker!).  Either way, I like the roomy fit.  Would it be perfect for cycling?  Casual cycling yes…aggressive cycling you’d want to get a more snug fit…that’s a whole different story though!

So then we get to the technology behind the jacket.  The Ampato has Mountain Hardwear’s Dry-Q Elite built into it.  The Dry-Q is awesome because it works the second you put it on, allowing water vapor to escape right away.  This is different form several GoreTex layers in that it doesn’t require the humidity to build up beforehand, which can cause a clammy feeling under the jacket.  It’s incredibly breathable in real life tests that I’ve performed, wearing it on a humid and damp day is no problem, comfortable if you don’t remove it in the grocery store even!  There is some windproofing built into the jacket as well, so these windy Ohio and Michigan days, I can use it for some wind protection, though if it’s super windy and cold I do add the Mountain Tech Jacket under it for ultimate protection!

The bottom line is this…if you want a RAIN jacket that will keep you dry both inside and out, the Ampato works great.  Yes, you could get an Arc’teryx $700 jacket with GoreTex Active linings in it that will also work wonderfully, and yes, they’re durable as could be…but for those of us on a somewhat stricter budget the Mountain Hardwear Ampato really does work great!

More testing to come, but last rainy day this was the first jacket in the closet I grabbed…the water beaded up and rolled off of it just as you’d expect, and after being out all day in the rain the jacket never allowed any moisture to enter, and I never felt clammy from sweat or moisture inside…so far?  5 Stars!

Update: Using this jacket under Mountain Hardwear’s Mountain Tech Jacket is nearly the perfect combination of warmth and rain/water protection.  The layers worked awesome today as I was outside in a wet heavy snow (31°F) for 6 hours today.  Didn’t sweat, didn’t get wet!  Was warm the entire time.  Highly recommend using the two layers together!

Update: This was the first jacket I grabbed the other day as I looked outside and it was pouring rain…it was a nice 50° day in Ohio, so out I went armed with this jacket and a Smartwool Midweight Crew Sweater!  Hiked the urban jungle (the park next to my neighborhood) for an hour in a downpour without a problem.  The hood fits snuggly around my head, making me happy as could be to be outside and dry on a rainy day!

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