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Mountain Hardwear Kepler Jacket - Men's

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The Mountain Hardwear Kepler is a must-have for backcountry adventures. This soft-shell jacket has sonically welded seams and is totally waterproof.

  • Dry.Q Elite fabric's air-permeable membrane allows air—not just moisture—to pass outward through the fabric, so you stay dry on the inside as well as the outside
  • The always-on airflow doesn't wait for you to heat up before beginning to breathe; breathability and comfort start the minute you put on the jacket
  • Dry.Q fabric prevents clamminess and helps keep you cool and dry
  • Helmet-compatible hood with single-pull adjustment system features an extra beefy brim
  • Windflap backs front zipper; Micro-Chamois™-lined chin guard eliminates zipper chafe
  • 2-way pit zippers provide fast venting options
  • Water-tight zips seal out moisture
  • Hem drawcord and rip-and-stick cuff tabs; soft butter jersey internal cuffs wick moisture for warm comfort
  • Zip hand and chest pockets and an internal security pocket
  • Mountain Hardwear Kepler jacket has a slim, alpine fit for efficient performance


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Mountain Hardwear Kepler Jacket - Men's Specs
Best use
Polyester / polyester blend
56% polyester twill/44% ripstop nylon
Brushed polyester backer
Dry.Q Elite 3-layer waterproof breathable laminate
29 inches
1 lb. 9 oz.
Fabric type
Shell fabric
Shell lining fabric
Type of waterproofing
Back length
Back length (in.)
Average weight

Mountain Hardwear Kepler Jacket - Men's

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Mountain Hardwear Kepler Jacket - Men'sis rated4.5out of5by2.
Rated5out of5byfromGreat JacketThis is a great Jacket. I have had mine in everything from high alpine conditions to heavy down pours. It is very comfortable. I like that it is pretty stretchy. I can even fit my down jacket comfortably under it. It breaths pretty well. I even was able to put it this jacket to the ulimate test when I found myself on fire in it. It does burn but it actually protected the layer I had on underneath.
Date published: 2013-01-09
Rated4out of5byfromPretty awesome compromise!Ok, there is a lot of misinformation / subjective reviews regarding this jacket floating around the internet, but what I have found is that very few people actually own one, or understand what they purchased before they started complaining about it. So, here is my unbiased, objective review of the Kepler. Pros: A perfect frankenstein hybrid of a softshell/hardshell; rugged, durably constructed, flexible, extremely well built, very versatile, absolutely waterproof, super breathable (I am a HEAVY sweater), has a nice hand, the inner fabric is great against the skin, but does not cling to layers, great hood adjustment system, plenty of pockets. Cons: on the heavy side (think softshell weight >20oz.), oddly cut - long arms /short boxy torso, on the pricey side, no Ri-Ri zippers, HUGE hood, odd pocket placement, bold colors look a little "faded" in person. Overall, if you are looking for a closet clearer (too many black jackets...), well built, ultra versatile, waterproof, breathable hybrid shell, and are willing to put up with a heavier boxy cut jacket for the sake of some seriously innovative garment technology, then look no further. For reference, I am 5'10.5, 180, 42.5 chest / 33 waist, and a large fits me well, albeit the boxy-ness is apparent around my midsection, as the cut seems to be meant to be more physiologically "forgiving" as opposed to other alpine cut shells. I personally would have preferred a bit more of a longer, sleeker cut, but the features in the end won me over.
Date published: 2012-09-19

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