The versatile Mountain Hardwear Monkey Woman 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.
I am wearing the ultra soft, very comfortable, light weight, Mountain Hardwear Monkey Woman Grid II jacket. This is, as I said, a light weight piece that has nice, high pile fleece that is going to keep you really warm. It is going to trap in your heat. But the weight of this jacket is really low. So for light weight backpacking, climbing, traveling, every day use, this is going to be an excellent light weight piece that is going to keep you nice and toasty warm.
The body fabric of this jacket is polar tech high loft grid monkey fur, which is a long name that basically means there is a gridded pattern to this fleece. So that is going to keep the weight down. The high loft monkey fur material is just a high loft fleece. So each of these little fibers is going to trap in a lot of heat, but it keeps the weight, again, it keeps the weight down for the jacket. So this definitely feels really light weight on. It feels really airy. I can feel it warming my body, but it is not weighing me down. So as opposed to one of those, you know, thick heavy fleece jackets that are super warm, but they are kind of heavy, this one is definitely light weight. It is going to hold in your heat really well with that material.
The features of this jacket are really simple. There is a light weight, full length zipper. So easy on, easy off. You have got two hand warmer pockets on either side and they are set up a little bit higher so you can still access these pockets if you are wearing a climbing harness or if you are wearing a back pack with a hip belt.
Up here at the chest you have a really small pocket and it is a hidden zipper. So you can’t see it when you are not using it. But definitely good for storing small items in there.
Down at the hem you have a stretchy draw cord, just to one side. So you can really cinch down the bottom of this jacket to hold in your heat. At the cuffs there are thumb holes. So this is a really nice feature. Got to love the thumb holes. The jacket is long enough on the sleeves to accommodate for those ... for that extra little bit of space on your hands. So for chilly hands, really nice and comfortable, but they also work well with gloves. So the thumb hole is big enough that you can wear a pair of light weight gloves under there and not feel too bunchy.
Up at the collar you have a really nice soft collar. It feels really warm and really comfortable around your neck. And there is a chin guard behind the zipper. So if you have that zipped up, it is not going to irritate your chin.
The fit of this jacket is definitely an athletic fit. So right now I am actually wearing a medium. I normally wear smalls in most outer wear pieces and with Mountain Hardwear in general with their active fit, a feel a little bit more comfortable sizing up. This is definitely a stretchy jacket and it is meant to be worn pretty tight to your body. So if you are wearing it as a warm base layer you can definitely, you know, stay with the size you normally wear, but know that it is going to be pretty tight fitting. If you are going to wearing it as an over layer, as a stand alone piece, you may want to size up if you are trying to get layers underneath.
Overall, this is such a versatile piece. It is great for day to day, great for traveling, any outdoor activity. You are going to feel nice and toasty warm. This is the Mountain Hardwear Monkey Woman Grid II jacket.