Gear Review – Mountain Hardwear Beryllium Jacket
Fabric is amazing! Goretex ProShell is amazinlgy light, very waterproof and wicks like crazy! I’ve done a lot of boot packing and skinning in this jacket that would’ve had me sweating like crazy in other Goretex shells I’ve used. The wrist opening are big enough to get over almost any glove which is great, however the velcro closures seem a bit small so staying done up in snowy or wet and cold conditions is definitely an issue.
The pit zips are huge and easy to open and close which is great for coastal conditions and the long runs you find in the alps where the temperatures change a lot from top to bottom.
One of my favourite features of the jacket by far is the huge hood which easily fits over my helmet while the front zipper is done up to the neck. The jacket has lots of pockets: 2 chest pockets on each side as well as two huge hand warmers well positioned to not interfere with your pack straps. There are also 2 inner pockets one zippered and one bigger one with an elastic that’s perfect for storing your your googles to defog or your sunglasses.
One feature I really wish the jacket had was a waterproof zipper on the front instead of a standard zipper with a flap to keep rain and wind out. Overall a great shell!