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Manticore Jacket

Manticore Jacket

Page Type: Gear Review

Object Title: Manticore Jacket

Manufacturer: Mountian Hardwear

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 - 4 Votes


Page By: DBaker

Created/Edited: Jan 26, 2007 / Jan 26, 2007

Object ID: 2224

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Product Description

The Manticore offers the comfort and flexibility of the best softshells, and is completely waterproof at the same time. If you're hanging from your tools in the shape of a pretzel, trying to rest a bit before you finish off that inconceivably gymnastic mixed route, you don't want a constricting shell cramping your guns. The jacket is composed of a super waterproof 3-layer conduit on the front of the outer shell, then coupled with syncro-softshell fabric for extra stretch and comfort. It's all taped together into one kick-ass waterproof shell. The Ergo hood with laminate brim keeps the storm from messing up your ‘do while you belay.


*Conduit Softshell constructed from a unique membrane made of interconnected hydrophilic and hydrophobic molecules that actively work to draw moisture and vapor away from the body
*High tenacity Recon Ripstop shell fabric is lightweight, very durable, and treated with a DWR (durable water repellent) finish for additional protection.
*Exterior taped, water-resistant seams keep moisture from seeping in and add some high-tech styling.
*Welded construction increases weather-proofness and cuts down on weight and bulk to deliver a supple, comfortable fit.
*Welded hand pockets and chest pockets feature water-resistant zips to protect your pockets' contents and the interior zip pocket is perfect for stowing valuables.
*One-handed hood and hem drawcords allow you to easily seal yourself against encroaching weather.
*A micro-chamois lined chin and collar offers a soft alternative to abrasive hardshell neck collars.


Weight: 1 lb 6 oz
Waterproofing: Conduit Softshell
Face fabric: 3.54 ounce / square yard 40-denier nylon ripstop
Secondary fabric: 100% nylon
Liner fabric: 100% polyester



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DBakerAlpine Armor

Voted 5/5

When my last hardshell died after years of abuse, I was apprehensive to buy a clone of my previous one. I was similarly apprehensive to trust a full softshell as my go-to alpine outer layer. The Manticore represented an optimal compromise, and one that I'm very happy about. So far nothing has soaked through, not 2 hours of pelting rain nor an entire day of pouring snow in the north cascades. The hybrid construction gives it a feeling of substantialness that I find comforting, while remaining quite light and easily packable. Its softshell qualities make it very breathable, so I rarely remove it once I don it. I like to think of it as kind of like my suit of armor for mountaineering- so far it's deflected everything mother nature has thrown at me, aside from a couple of falling rocks (which while bruising me, didn't harm my manticore in the least).
Posted Jan 26, 2007 3:43 pm

PHenryGreat jacket

Voted 5/5

An excellent hybrid; tough as nails,wind & water proof, and very breathable. I am pretty big and tend to run hot when working hard. Never noticed any moisture build-up. The cut is geared to climbing, i.e long in the sleeves. I found it to be just right on WI4 at 3 degrees f. I would not hesitate to recommend it to anyone looking for a jacket for serious conditions.
Posted Feb 7, 2008 11:39 pm

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