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 be winter now, but that’s probably the one and only season when the MS010 will be out of commission (at least here in Colorado). For parts of spring, all of summer and parts of fall this wind breaker will be a life saver.
I mentioned earlier how high-quality this jacket is and that’s no joke. There’s a reinforced utility loop you can use to clip the packed-up jacket onto the outside of your pack (which is so useful). There’s laser-cut venting under the arms to allow your body to breathe a bit and keep things from getting grungy or uncomfortable. The opening of the sleeves is a bit stretchy but won’t tear or degrade easily.
But there’s one thing that always lets me know a company really believes in it’s products: subtle branding. And that’s exactly what you get with the Mountain Standard MS010 jacket; a small logo on the sleeve. Unlike one particular brand who I won’t shame here, Mountain Standard doesn’t slap a giant logo on the chest. What that tells me is that they are counting on the product being so good that customers will tell their friends about it — they aren’t relying on turning customers into a walking, hiking, kayaking, climbing billboard. And I appreciate and respect that.
The MS010 is comfortable to wear. You barely notice it. And it doesn’t crinkle or sound to plasticky. The hood adjust is easy to use and works well. The zipper zips nicely and feels like it will work well for years to come.
If there’s one thing you need to know before you purchase this product it’s that the jacket will unpack quite wrinkled once it’s been in pocket mode. No big deal if you’re out on the mountain, but something to keep in mind if you’re heading into the office.
Guys, if you’re looking for the best wind breaker or wind jacket, allow me to recommend the Mountain Standard MS010. I love mine and I can’t think of a single reason why you wouldn’t either. I can’t wait to get my hands on other Mountain Standard products.
Plus, our partner and one of my favorite retailers, Huckberry, is currently carrying the Mountain Standard 1/4 Zip Fleece; and if it’s on Huckberry, you know it’s good.