MEC Light Degree Hoodie Review

Even when our late Fall hikes turned into a full blown wintry adventure at -12 degrees, it always felt like I was being caressed by warm air in my MEC Light Degree Hoodie. When we spent 30 minutes taking in the “above the clouds” views on Mt Frosty that November afternoon, I never felt the chill of the cold mountain air reach through my jacket. I even wore it for the trip back and found it very comfortable. I am looking forward to doing some proper mountaineering in this jacket and see how it holds up mobility wise.

Here is a quick run through the pros and cons of this jacket.

Why I like this jacket:

  • It’s super lightweight and with an 800 fill count it’s very compressible.
  • Very warm for the weight as it comes in at only 334g
  • It has a nice snug fit, meaning it’s not boxy at all and fits well around the hips. But it is not too fitted so it does not ride up when moving around.
  • I am someone with long arms wide shoulders and found the arm length perfect. With elasticized cuffs it prevents cold air rushing up the sleeves when you move around.
  • The super deep internal pockets are going to come in very useful for gloves, skins etc.
  • Color options are great. I went with Purple Rain and love the purple/green contrast. As someone who is a firm believer in bright colors in the backcountry I am glad they offer these color options.
  • Good price point. At $195 I feel it is good value for money as some of the other brand name down sweaters come in at a much higher price tag.

Why I don’t like this jacket:

  • The hood is described as low profile and they weren’t kidding. With elasticized binding around the hood it comes to a very snug fit. I am not crazy about the way the hood makes you look. But it is warm.
  • I have only worn it a couple times but find a few feathers bleeding each time I wear it. So not too happy with that.
Have a look at it for yourself at:
4 / 5 stars      

Author: Spring McClurg

I moved to B.C. with my husband in 2010 after spending 6 years living abroad in Ireland. Originally from a small town in Alberta that was minutes away from the Rockies, I always knew I would return to the mountains one day. I love spending as much time as I can in the mountains, whether it be mountaineering, rock climbing or simply running on the backcountry trails. I love to challenge myself and seek out new experiences.

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