- October 24 2011
the lightest fleece
I loved this fleece sweater, it is very light and ultra packable. It fits nicely under my soft shell jacket. I am 5'3" and normally need to wear petite XS and glad the fit is very good.
- March 14 2011
Best All Around Lighter Weight Jacket
I purchased one of these last year and got so many compliments. This one is a bit different and they have made some great improvements! The fact that the material is more solid around the arms and wear and tear places makes it that much better. This is the best lighter weight warm jacket that there is! A must try for those that like to be outdoors!
- January 16 2011
I love this jacket!
This Mountain Hardwear Monkey Woman Lite Jacket is great. It is soft, generously cut and stretches beautifully. It fits "loosely" without being loose. By that, I mean it fits true-to-size. It is a close cut, but because of the stretch panels, it doesn't bind at all. I have complete range of motion through the arms and shoulders.The hood provides an excellent field of vision while keeping me warm. The long sleeves, with thumb holes, are soft and create fingerless gloves in a pinch, but they can be pushed up without losing circulation in your arms and hands if you want them out of the way. A winner!
- October 25 2011
Got this fleece for my girlfriend, and had to return it because it runs a size smaller than usual MHW. I had the exact same experience with the men's version - had to exchange mine for a size larger as well. Altrec was out of stock in the larger size for hers though, so it'll have to wait untill next season. As for quality - it looks just like the men's version - and I absolutely LOVE mine. One of the best mid-layer fleeces out there. Fit and finish are outstanding - just buy it one size up from your usual. the hood fits nicely under a climbing helmet, or hood. Super warm under a shell. No wind protection whatsoever though. Just wear a vest or shell over it. Almost too warm if you are really moving. High-loft fleece is a great idea. MHW finishing on pockets, zippers, etc... is some of the best in the industry. Details matter.
- September 29 2011
I bought the Monkey Lite after owning the original Monkey jacket for years. It's made of fleece soooooo soft that everyone who saw the jacket wanted to touch it and not let go :-) It's extremely warm, yet it's got power stretch side panels that makes it perfect under a ski jacket. The lower portion of the arms are also made of non-bulky power stretch fleece, makes it easy to layer. Mountain Hardwear really paid a lot of attention in designing this jacket. The only thing I would change is to make the jacket 2 inches longer, like the original Monkey. If you go to MH's website, it actually tells you the center back lengths of their tops, very useful when it comes to ordering. Highly recommend this jacket.