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 ...