Mountain Hardwear Seraction Jacket - Men's

Burly protection for burly routes.

When you're scaling up a frozen waterfall or you're three pitches up the side of a mountain, the last thing you want to worry about is your shell if some weather rolls in. The Mountain Hardwear Men's Seraction Jacket is slim and light but is prepared for anything. Designed with Mountain Hardwear's climbing athletes, this is its top-of-the-line climbing shell.

This shell jacket is armed with waterproof, highly breathable Dry.Q Elite technology to fend off storms. Stretch panels at the hood, side panels, and underarms allow mobility for those reachy holds or taking in slack ASAP. A four-way adjustable hood protects your head while leaving vision open and clear. And this climbing jacket features backpack and harness compatible pockets and inner stow pockets for goodies and gear. Drop down the mini core vents to regulate your temp, and stash wet gloves in your pockets that are equipped with the Pocket DrainPort system.

  • Dry.Q Elite
  • Fully taped
  • AquaGuard Vislon zipper
  • Mini core vents
  • Stretch panels at hood, side panels, and underarms
  • Four-way adjustable stretch hood
  • Harness compatible
  • Two backpack-compatible chest pockets
  • Pocket DrainPort system
  • Two inner stow pockets
  • Active fit
  • Reviews
  • Q & A

Great material, poor design choices

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: Small

I bought this to be my all-around winter shell, mostly for hiking/climbing. The material is great; durable, breathable, soft and extremely lightweight. I got the yellow because I like the color, and for safety when traveling in a group. Unfortunately, MH goofed in a couple major ways, which I was unwilling to accept in their top-of-the-line climbing shell.

First (and less critical), the chest pockets are stupid. They're high to be harness-compatible, but they're SO high that it's extremely awkward to access them when wearing the jacket. Putting items in: no problem. Getting them out: problem. The issue is compounded by the fact that the pockets are really deep, which I would normally appreciate; however, when coupled with the collarbone-high zips, it's almost impossible to reach the bottom of the pockets. In fact, they're so deep that the bottoms land right under a harness/backpack waist strap, which completely defeats the purpose! As an additional minor gripe, the pockets are too high for casual use; I knew this going in, but still.

But really, the critical deal-breaker for me was the hood. It's advertised as a helmet-compatible hood, and TECHNICALLY, I suppose that's true; you can squeeze one under there, but you're not going to like it. It's far too small; in fact, when I tried to throw the hood up while wearing a pack in the rain, I had to kip the whole jacket up (crammed into my armpits) just to be able to move my head unrestricted...with no helmet on.

I wanted to love this jacket, and it does a lot of things right. But it's just too expensive, and too touted, to have these glaring design issues. Sent it back, went with the Westcomb Apoc; baggy fit everywhere, unfortunately, but also great material and properly placed/sized pockets and hood. And it comes in yellow!

feather light u forget ur wearing it

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: True to size

XL size. fit is good .just right wudnt want it any smaller

im 6'0 220 .

bought it for hiking/riding/ in decent weather, but after reading the blurbs below, i might take it into the abyss.!

its SO light words fail me.

the weight differnce between this and everything else ive tried is huge. its quite disconcerting bec it doesn feel like its going to be warm enough, but so far it is although ive not tried it in antyhing harsh yet mind you..

when they say breatahble. they mean it. this thing is crazy. u need a wind cheater underneath tho id imagine ,marino wool wont cut it, ull freeze to death in an instant.

i boughth the under armour cold gear thermal to wear this season , but not had a chance to combine them yet, im figuring this will be the nuts combo. for most days that arnt blowing like a typhoon.for that ive got the patagonia.

this will see plenty of wear in good conditions tho . the over all fit is good, the pockets are good, the feel is amazing, nothing to detract t about this , colour is awsome as well, light blue one.

loving it.

Hi Tsupo,

I'm 6'5", but only 210lbs (give or take). Is the XL form fitting around your body? How about the sleeves, do they come down to OR down past your wrists? I struggle to find jackets because I need xl body but, often times, and depending on brand and model, xxl sleeves and length.

Mountain Hardwear Dry.Q Elite

Mountain Hardwear Seraction Jacket

Killer shell

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: True to size

I picked this up for split boarding in Maine. Our winters have been pretty mild and my old jacket was just too warm. I absolutely love the quality of mountain hardware, it's everything I was looking for in a shell. Light, warm, great looking highly functional. I've sold 3 since people have seen mine.


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

Bought this jacket for a 20 mile one day trek of Mt marcy in Nov.

The jacket is VERY light and tough . I had this over my optimus jacket and a few other thin layers . It took the wind and snow and burped after :) I am 5'9 160 and it fit over all those layers fine . Very easy to dump air under the arms the hood clamps down tight . We got hit by 80 MPH Plus winds on the summit my hood never came up and that was with zero cover . Will hold its own against any other high end shell made . I took this to the extreme

I know from the journey . I added a Summit pic of the jacket we were there :)


You mention your size, but what size jacket did you get?

Got a size large . I was able to fit a down hooded jacket and two additional layers under it . Sorry for the late reply hope that helps .