The women’s Seraction™ jacket and insulated pants by Mountain Hardwear provides elite-level performance when it comes to mixed rock and ice-climbing. The Seraction jacket and Seraction insulated pants were designed in collaboration with Mountain Hardwear top alpine athletes that included Dawn Glanc. With waterproof breathable technologies combined with maximum mobility, the women’s Seraction jacket and pants will be your best friend for the ultimate climb.
The Seraction jacket and pants have Mountain Hardwear’s Dry.Q™ Elite waterproof technology. Dry.Q Elite isn’t like your traditional waterproof breathable fabrics where humidity is required to trigger its breathability. The Seraction’s Dry.Q Elite starts expelling excess heat and vapor immediately for instant breathability. You’ll be dry inside and out the moment you put on the Seraction jacket and Seraction insulated pants.
The Seraction jacket has stretch paneling at the forearms and shoulders as well as across the back and hood to allow for maximum mobility. The hood is adjustable in four different ways, and the jacket is harness compatible. It’s also backpack compatible with chest pockets and inner stow pockets.
The Seraction insulated pants have Thermal.Q™ Elite insulation which is the warmest synthetic insulation ever made. The pants have a stretch seat and articulated knee for enhanced movement. The unique design offers extra protection, and the pants are water resistant, harness compatible and have zip thigh pockets with thigh venting for comfort.
The women’s Seraction jacket is extremely eye catching and the feel is very durable. The stretch in the forearms, shoulder and back was fantastic during ice climbing. I didn’t feel restricted whatsoever when there was a long reach from ice to rock when on mixed climbs and tricky areas on just the ice. There was no problem with bunching up with a harness on, and it was actually the perfect outer shell with the Ghost Whisperer jacket as a mid-layer. The hood fit nicely over my helmet when it was needed and stayed in place. The minor details, such as location of pockets, that Mountain Hardwear put into the Seraction jacket didn’t go unnoticed. It was nice having the chest pockets for easier access to things while having a backpack on. The jacket definitely kept me warm and kept the moisture from sweat, ice and water out.
The women’s Seraction insulated pants are some of the most comfortable ice climbing pants I’ve ever worn. They are lightweight with plenty of stretch for maximum versatility when on the ice and mixed routes. The insulation is incredibly warm, and I didn’t realize how chilly it was out climbing until it was time to change. The insulated pants kept me very comfortable during the whole duration of the few days we were out ice climbing. They were very resilient even when I caught my crampon spikes on them a couple of times. They came out unscathed with no holes or tears.
The Mountain Hardwear women’s Seraction jacket and insulated pant are highly recommended for those ice and mixed routes as well as venturing out for a carefully planned trip of alpinism. With the wind and water proof qualities as well as the breathability and attention to detail, you’ll be glad you have this duo on your adventure in the cold.
The Seraction jacket and insulated pants run on the higher end of pricing with the jacket retailing at $575, and the insulated pants at $400, but the quality and elite-performance of each piece will speak for itself. You can find each item at www.mountainhardwear.com, REI, and the Sandy Scheels.
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