Expert Review: Mountain Hardwear Men's Sky Ridge™ GORE-TEX® Shell Jacket

Published on 11/30/2022 · 4 min read This review is my honest opinion of the jacket, which I purchased with my own money in December of 2021.
Rachel Puma, Snowboarding Expert
By Snowboarding Expert Rachel Puma

Just getting some powder run at Crystal Mountain Washington. Photo by Rachel Puma

About this Review: This review is my honest opinion of the jacket, which I purchased with my own money in December of 2021.

My take

The Mountain Hardwear Men's Sky Ridge™ GORE-TEX® Shell Jacket is for powder-chasing riders who venture off into the deep snow, bowls, trees, and backcountry and want to keep dry.

About the jacket I own

  • Model: 2021/2022 Mountain Hardwear Men's Sky Ridge™ GORE-TEX® Shell Jacket
  • Size: Small
  • Fit: True to size

About me

  • Height: 5’2”
  • Weight: 150lbs
  • Experience: 28 years of snowboarding and 35 years of skiing

Test conditions

  • When I bought this: December 2021
  • Days tested: 40
  • Where I’ve used it: Snowboarding, skiing, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing in Oregon, Washington, and Tahoe.
  • Conditions I’ve used it in: Snow powder days, rainy days, and laying in the snow taking photos.

How it performs


What I was looking for

I was looking for a lightweight shell GORE-TEX jacket to keep me dry on powder days and a lightweight and breathable jacket for backcountry riding and shooting winter sports photography. I also wanted simple colors and nothing too flashy.

Why I chose this gear

I chose this because it was a GORE-TEX shell. I prefer to ride in shell jackets so I can fit my layers under to keep me warm if needed. I really like the color this jacket came in. I did not look at any other jackets because the prior year I purchased a similar GORE-TEX Mountain Hardwear Ridge jacket and wanted another jacket this season.

What I love about it

  • Fit: I was looking for something that was a relaxed fit and that suited my frame. This jacket allows me to ride and hike up any type of terrain, have full motion, and move.
  • Range of Motion: I like my body to move when making turns. And this jacket gives a full range of motion when I am hiking and hitting side hits.
  • Design: Easily accessible pockets in which I can store snowboard tools, cell phone, chapstick, ID, and snacks.
  • Style: The regular fit is perfect for me because I don't like the feeling of tight or too-loose outerwear.
  • Durability: After 40 days of riding, the jacket has no wear and tear.
  • Pockets: I like the pass pocket on the sleeve for easy ticket scanning. There are four easy-access pockets in the front.
  • Waterproofing: The** **GORE-TEX is 100% dependable. I am dry all day when it's dumping snow or when I am on the ground or in deep snow shooting photos for hours in one spot.
  • Breathability: Very breathable with vents on the armpits that open up. However, I do wish there was some sort of mesh in the vent area. I am in deep snow a lot and get hot. That would help prevent snow from coming in with vents open.
  • Warmth: I prefer shell jackets, so I can layer underneath them if needed. This jacket is warm enough on a powder day with an underlayer and flannel.
  • Weight: The light weight helps when I am hiking up the mountain. I like to move quickly, and this jacket moves easily with me.

Issues I’ve encountered

  • Quality of Materials: The material used is high quality but a little stiff. It is not a soft-material shell.

Favorite moment with this gear

I explore the whole mountain in this jacket and take it out every time I'm out in the backcountry. On a powder day, one can find me floating through the trees at Mt. Hood chasing the snow.

Value for the money vs. other options

GORE-TEX technology is worth the money. I prefer to protect myself from wet conditions. I am also a photographer, so I can lie in the snow for hours and need to stay dry. Price did not factor in my purchase. I choose fit, comfort, and great quality over money. This jacket is comparable to other jackets like the Quiksilver Highline Shell Pro 3L GORE-TEX and Burton AK Hover GORE‑TEX 3L Stretch Jacket.

Final verdict

I know the quality and technology will last for years on this jacket. GORE-TEX never fails me, and I was glad to add this jacket to my jacket collection.

Rachel Puma, Snowboarding Expert
Rachel Puma
Snowboarding Expert
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