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Mountain Hardwear Excursion Trifecta Jacket review
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Excursion TrifectaNeapolitan flavored ice cream molds together vanilla, chocolate and strawberry. The three-in-one combination is a flavor overdose for your sweet tooth.

Not as scrumptious as Neapolitan ice cream, a 3-in-1 jacket can help topple an endless afternoon of tasty turns. Mountain Hardwear introduced their 3-in-1, the Excursion Trifecta, this year.

 The Excursion Trifecta outer shell and zip-in liner is made with Mountain Hardwear's proprietary fabric – Dry.Q. The fabric is touted as being waterproof and breathable. Mountain Hardwear's parent company, Columbia Sportswear, gave Gore-Tex the boot from their product lines in 2009. The Dry.Q fabric is its answer and it boasts its ability to wick out moisture without humidity build up in the jacket's interior.

Mountain Hardwear chalked the jacket with quintessential features. The shell and liner have a gaggle of pockets including one dedicated for your MP3 or smartphone. For added breathability, the Excursion Trifecta is flanked with pit zips. A brimmed hood keeps the rain off your face and goggles.

One of the times I took the Mountain Hardwear Excursion Trifecta out to test was a day of rain drenched inbound skiing. The rain didn't let up for the four-plus hours that I was at Seven Springs Mountain Resort. The Dry.Q fabric didn't let up either to the pounding rain. The hood is just roomy enough to house your snowsports helmet and, the hard-edged brim kept the downpour from hitting my face.

The weather during the 2011/12 ski season has been unfortunately warm. The 3-in-1 provides versatility for warmer mountain days. When it's too warm even with the pits zipped open, just don the shell.

Mountain Hardwear logoThe waterproofing ability of the Excursion Trifecta met my expectations. The next test was the jacket's breathability. On several vigorous five to ten-mile hikes, the jacket succeeded in regulating my ramped up body temperature. A few times, I had to open the pit zips to cool things off.

The Mountain Hardwear Excursion Trifecta held up to my testing on and off the mountain. It'll quench the gear appetite for any hadcore gearhead. And then celebrate your purchase with a few scoops of Neapolitan ice cream. (MSRP $350)

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Jason Elliot

JElliotJason Elliot is the Editor and Publisher of Elliot has established a respected following with the top industry professionals and gearheads for his nonbiased reviews of outdoor gear and apparel. Elliot is a regular contributor to, and other publications on top of his editorial and writing role with

Elliot left a successful fifteen-plus year management career that he worked at Fortune 500 and S&P 500 companies to pursue his passion for writing about the outdoors. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Clarion University of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree from La Roche College.

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