Mountain Hardwear Quasar Lite Jacket - Women's

Climb faster, stay drier.

Thanks to its Dry.Q Elite membrane, the Mountain Hardwear Women's Quasar Lite Jacket will allow you to climb faster and stay drier. The shell is breathable the moment you put the jacket on and does not require high levels of body heat before it will breathe, greatly reducing the chance of sweating out your mid and baselayers. Its simple and straight-forward design saves weight by eliminating unnecessary bells and whistles. A three-way adjustable, helmet compatible hood, two pack- and harness-compatible hand pockets, and adjustable cuffs provide everything you need to stay comfortable and dry at high and demanding elevations.

  • Dry.Q Elite 2.5-layer shell (25K)
  • Fully taped seams
  • 40D nylon face fabric
  • Active fit
  • Three-way adjustable, helmet compatible hood
  • Water-resistant PU zippers
  • Hook and loop adjustable cuffs
  • Adjustable hem
  • Zippered hand pockets
  • Internal zippered pocket
  • Reviews
  • Q & A

An awesome shell for bikepacking/touring

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: medium

Ohhh this shell! Earlier this year, I was looking to replace my very very beat up EMS shell, and settled on this one to bring along on a month-long bikepacking route.

Through Monsoon Season rains in New Mexico, and some serious hail/thunderstorm situations in Idaho, this shell kept me dry through it all. Its light weight and packability made it the perfect option for me this summer, as I really needed my gear to excel in both of those categories.

A couple things to be aware of: the hood doesn't have a back adjustment. For me, this wasn't too much trouble as I was almost always wearing a bike helmet, which it fit over beautifully. The zipper pull is also pretty tiny, so I added a bit of p-cord to mine to make it easier to handle with bike gloves on.

The cut of the jacket is pretty trim, I found it fits best with one to two thin layers (for me this was usually my bike jersey +/- a baselayer).

Overall, a great option for a light weight, packable shell.

An awesome shell for bikepacking/touring