Here’s your chance to tell everyone about everything and anything to do with backcountry skiing. Follow the simple steps to register and WHAMMY, you’re in. If you are pulling your hair out with frustration, have a look at the help forums for answers or take a pause and drop us an email at: firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll do our best to help out as soon as we can (but all bets are off on a powder day, obviously).
We were lucky enough to pick up this season’s Mountain Hardwear Alakazam jacket at the end of last season—so we have the scoop. We took it out touring, we took it out for a couple days on the hill, wore it around town, etc. Check out the video of Mountain Hardwear guy, Greg Sweeny, walking us through the features and benefits of the Alakazam. We know he likes it. To hear what we think, forge on!
Mountain Hardwear gear fits into the "fully featured" bucket. By that, I mean there tend to be a lot of features, bells and whistles. (Take a look at our review of a pair of Mountain Hardwear Typhon Gloves as an example). Some people like the fully featured approach—with a lot "going on"—others prefer the minimalist approach. I fall into the second category but admit that it is entirely subjective. The jacket did seem to perform well in the conditions we were in; but, when you try a lot of jackets out, you inevitably get a little picky about what you look for.