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From sunrise to sunset.
When you're heading out to get first tracks on a few feet of freshies, you want to hold off going home till your legs can't handle any more, not because your gear is insufficiently insulating. The skiers at Norwegian-based Sweet Protection are no strangers to harsh days on the mountain, and they create jackets that are ready for the most biting wind and unforgiving conditions. The Monkeywrench Jacket is equipped to accompany you in-bounds or out, top to bottom, and first chair to last.
Sweet Protection constructs the jacket with three-layer waterproof, windproof GORE-TEX fabric to block out cold gusts and snow squalls. It uses YKK's AquaGuard water-resistant zippers on both the main zipper and arm vents to seal out snow, with wrist gaiters and a stretchy, tuck-away powder skirt that will keep you dry as you slice through the fluffy stuff. The freeride-specific design means a longer length, but Sweet Protection contours the fit so that it's tailored rather than baggy, able to keep more snow out while still moving with you.
For all-day adventures, the longer, freeride-specific fit of the Monkeywrench provides plenty of room for essentials. You'll have laminated inner pockets to protect your phone and other valuables, along with a chest pocket and two expandable cargo pockets. The full hood is adjustable and can be worn over a helmet, too, and the asymmetrical, adjustable cuffs offer easy adjustment over gloves and mittens to keep snow and cold air out.
- YKK AquaGuard zippers
- Ski pass pocket
- Expandable pocket bellows
- Under-arm ventilation zippers
- Laminated inner security pocket
- Q & A
Monkey wrench / Salvation
- Size Bought: Xl and Large
First time trying sweet protection , tried two. Salvation Jacket, (xl)runs smaller. great fit, poor cuffs. To small to fit a pair of Hestra gloves under, no built in cuff gaitor.
Next tried the monkey wrench,(L)great quality better cuff opening, built in cuff gaitor. A tad short in the sleeves but doable. (6' 199 lbs) the problem I couldn't over come after wearing numerous times around the house, the binding on the back of the arms caused by the placement of the zipper for venting. It runs right down the center of your tricep past your elbow, with any decent layering on, it was just uncomfortable when moving or twisting. Second issue, neck opening a little to snug. Salvation had bigger arms and neck overall and I did have that problem. So, an Xl might have been better, but the monkey wrench is already a bit long in the torso. So, it's going back. The quality, material and design definitely 5 star. Colors are very nice also. Sadly either one Just didn't quite fit me right... Thanks Backcountry for your patience. Jg
Perfect balance of stout and weight
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: Large
Solid, stylish and functional. I love this thing. Well thought-out, subtle features in a strong, but 'tour-able' weighted jacket. It's turned into my go-to jacket for in-bounds, side-country and day tours ... and always feels like the right level of protection for when weather moves in.