Mountain Hardwear Desna Grid Jacket

Mountain Hardwear Desna Grid Jacket Review

The Mountain Hardwear Desna Grid Jacket is my new favorite lightweight fleece, dethroning the Arc’teryx Delta LT Jacket from best technical pajamas piece. Seriously, I loved the Delta LT, but I love this even more. Mountain Hardwear took things up a notch.

Mountain Hardwear Desna Grid Jacket Review

Made of Polartec® Power Dry® High Efficiency™ grid fleece, this trim-fit jacket is non-bulky, lightweight and incredibly breathable. It functions well as an outer layer or as a mid-layer underneath a technical shell without looking bulky. External elastic on the wrist cuffs ensure that your warmth is sealed in, and it makes it easy to roll your sleeves up. Two zippered hand pockets are harness and pack compatible so you can still reach your candy while you adventure. Contrary to what the description on the Mountain Hardwear website says, this does not have thumb loops, though I really wish it did!

Mountain Hardwear Desna Grid Jacket Review

I wear this while hiking, biking, climbing and commuting and it functions flawlessly from one activity to the other. It doesn’t look too technical to wear to work, either. It is synthetic though, so don’t expect it to smell like roses after a few days of sweating profusely in it. I found that this doesn’t block wind very well, especially for biking along the San Francisco waterfront. However, this is easily remedied by tossing on a lightweight shell, like the Mountain Hardwear Stretch Ozonic Jacket.

If you’re looking for a lightweight, synthetic fleece mid-layer, this is a solid bet. Prefer hoods like me? It comes in a hooded version too. Buy through Mountain Hardwear or Amazon for $150.

This was sent to me for review.