Page Type Gear Review
Object Title Alchemy
Manufacturer Mountain Hardwear
Page By Martin Cash
Page Type Feb 17, 2003 / Feb 17, 2003
Object ID 668
Hits 3078
Alchemy--comfortable, flexible, tough and weather-shedding--is perfect for the demands of rigorous activities like ice climbing.
  • Gore Windstopper® Trango® combines durable wind protection and high breathability to keep you warm and comfortable with fewer layers
  • Polartec® PowerShield™ under the arms and at the side panels delivers four-way stretch and offers a high level of breathability
  • Two handwarmer pockets are positioned so they won't interfere with pack straps; also features a welded chest pocket
  • Tall stand-up collar with drawcord, Polartec Power Stretch® hidden cuffs and two-sided, one-handed drawcord hem seal in warmth
  • Drop tail hem offers increased coverage in back
  • Soft microfleece lines the collar and chin guard
  • Front zipper is backed by an inner wind flap
  • Polatec PowerShield panels are: 56% nylon, 24% polyester, 20% spandex



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Martin Cash - Feb 17, 2003 9:09 am - Voted 3/5

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For winter mountaineering where it stays cold and windy, this thing rocks. I had no sweat buildup on my back under the pack. I didn't sweat much at all, it really kept me at an ideal body temperature. The thing breathes soo much better than Gore-Tex.

It is also a good garment to have at camp, since it's warm and windproof. The good wind performance, abrasion resistance, and moderate insulation work well for ice climbing too.

I would not even think about wearing this for summer climbing. It would be way to warm, like other insulated soft shells.

The styling on this garment is really nice, love that bright orange. However, I think it is way overpriced.

There is serious design flaw with this jacket, though. It is not long enough. Cold air easily gets underneath it or on your back while bending your torso. The extra large was too bulky for me, and the large I found out after using it was too short. Another thing I don't like is the neck. It is too big, and allows falling ice and water to get in though your neck; a very unpleasant experience.

woodsxc - Oct 1, 2008 1:24 pm - Voted 5/5

Great jacket
Paid $140 for mine and it has been well worth it. The insulation is great and it really does a great job of blocking wind and keeping it out thanks to the hem and collar draw cords and powerstretch cuffs. The two chest pockets are great for keeping stuff at hand but out of the way.

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