The versatile Mountain Hardwear Monkey Man Grid II Jacket gets its name from its hi-loft, gridded fleece fabric that reduces bulk while still providing seriously plush warmth as a layering piece or stand-alone jacket.
The Mountain Hardwear Monkey Man Grid II jacket gets its name from its high loft gridded fleece fabric. That fabric reduces bulk while delivering seriously plush warmth whether you are wearing the jacket as a mid layer or as a stand alone cool weather jacket. Let’s take a closer look at its fit and its features.
First place to start in talking about this jacket is certainly in the fabric. It is polar tech’s high loft grid monkey fur fabric. That blend gives it a rather unique look, a rather classic look for Mountain Hardwear at this point. That fabric has a gridded backing to it. So a little bit of spacing. You can even see on it that waffling look here on the fabric itself, a great place for heat to be trapped on the interior which bolsters that warmth, a nice hand as far as far as the exterior is concerned. Again, it makes it a fashionable piece as well.
It gives you that warmth. If you look at the side panels here, there is some hard face fabrics there. That gives us a little bit of stretch, a little better mobility in this jacket, because of that being there, so some hybrid construction in play on this jacket.
In expectation that this often being worn as a mid layer, it does have a fairly trim fit. You can certainly wear low profile base layers, shirts, t-shirts underneath it as I am doing today and definitely you can wear other layers over top of it.
As far as the cuffs are concerned, a little bit of stretch here. Also integrated thumb holes and a really nice treatment on the thumb holes here. Always like seeing that on mid layer piece, bolsters warmth by bringing that fabric out over the top of the hand. If you are wearing gloves, it does away with that gap that can occur between a glove and a sleeve, which allows cold air to slip in.
A little bit of stretch also at the hem as well as a single pull adjustment cord to cinch in the fit there.
A couple of different pocket treatments here on the Monkey Man jacket. Two hand warmer pockets down below. Set fairly high so if you were wearing... you had a pack on or a climbing harness, you could still get in to those pockets. I always like to see those placed slightly higher than all the way down at the bottom.
There is also a smaller zippered pocket high on the chest, kind of a Napoleon style pocket to keep essentials, phone, what have you, a little bit closer at hand.
The Mountain Hardwear Monkey Man Grid II jacket, something I can see myself wearing fall and then all winter long as well. It is not so warm that you couldn’t wear it in spring and summer, especially on evenings as a, again, a stand alone piece.