Mountain Hardwear Stretchdown Hooded Down Jacket – Women’s

We’ve read the reviews across the web for the Mountain Hardwear Stretchdown Hooded Down Jacket – Women’s and summarize the results below:

Universal Ranking

PeakScore: 77 (out of 100)
User Rating: 4.5 stars 
Expert Rating: 2.4 stars

Number of Ratings Reviewed: 107

Pros & Cons

Reasons to buy:

User Reviews

  • Zippered outside pockets and inside pocket provide easy and convenient access.
  • Good fit and warmth provided.
  • Moves with your body due to the use of welded baffles instead of traditional stitching.
  • Sleeves are long enough for most people.
  • Variety of color options.
  • The down is stretchy to allow for mobility.
  • Soft, but technical, material.
  • Stylish matte-fabric.

Expert Reviews

  • The unique grid stitching and stretch welded baffles allows the jacket to seal in more warmth.
  • Treated with Nikwax to help with repelling water (although not waterproof).
  • The bungee at the hem helps to cinch the jacket around your waist to seal in warmth.
  • The cuffs have the same soft fabric as the hood.
  • The outer fabric is stretchable and durable.
  • Features 3.5 ounces of 750-fill hydrophobic down for comfort and warmth.
  • Lack of stitching in the seams enhances the durability, reducing the amount of down leakage.
  • The stretch fabric and construction provides mobility for activities like climbing, hiking, and skiing.
  • Features Q.Shield treated down to protect feathers from water and to maintain insulating capabilities when damp.
  • Two internal stash pockets for storage.
  • Elastic lining on the hood helps to seal out the cold.

Reasons NOT to buy:

User Reviews

  • The jacket can be slightly restricting when moving arms overhead.
  • The material can show some wear-and-tear.
  • The fit is more boxy than previous models.

Expert Reviews

  • Not a lot of loft or down within the baffles, which prevents optimal warmth.
  • Still vulnerable to wet weather.
  • Awkward fitting, with being too tight in the upper area, boxy in the torso, and shorter arms.
  • Not very compressible.
  • The inside of the hand pockets can feel slippery.
  • The hood doesn’t move when you turn your head.
  • Some wish the waist length was longer to cover completely when the arms move.
  • Only repels light wind.
  • Not very breathable.


The Mountain Hardwear Stretchdown Hooded Down Jacket for women is a stretchy, comfortable, and stylish jacket that lacks some technical specifications to make it suited for outdoor activities. The limited warmth, windproofing, and packability makes this jacket not the best choice for intense or aerobic activities, but better suited for walking around town.


Note: User and expert rankings were reviewed across the web, including here: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.