I’m a huge fan of supporting local companies any chance I get and that’s why I was extremely excited to discover Mountain Standard, a Boulder, Colorado based apparel company that makes high-quality outerwear for men and women. That makes Mountain Standard a great alternative to brands like Patagonia, Columbia, The North Face, Kuhl, Arc’teryx, Mountain Hardwear and Marmot.
While I love the looks of every item I see available for sale in the Men’s section of Mountain Standard’s website, I have only been able to test one item thus far: the MS010 Packable Wind Jacket. And if the level of quality found in this capable and handy wind breaker also exists in the other items offered by Mountain Standard, I may have just found my new favorite outerwear brand.
The MS010 is light and waterproof but above all it is highly packable. Conveniently, and ingeniously, the jacket packs into it’s own pocket which makes it a no-brainer to bring along with you anywhere you go. It stores compactly enough that it can fit in a backpack and leave you plenty of room for other essentials like camera gear, hydration, etc. It’s small footprint while packed also makes it ideal for leaving in your car so that you’re literally always prepared for a storm or other unforeseen weather.
It may indeed ...