Review of Moonstone Chagga Jacket
By Matt Smith

If I had only one phrase to describe the Moonstone Chagga Jacket, I would say "supremely comfortable". The Polartec(TM) WindPro Fleece(TM) is so soft and comfortable against the skin, it is almost like snuggling up in a blanket next to the fire. The mock neck is unrestrictive and comfortable, even when zipped all the way up to the chin.

Many people I have talked to think the sleeves are a little long for the size. I would agree that the sleeves are a little longer than most for any given size, but I consider that a plus, because my arms are a little long for my torso size. I was able to move through my full range of motion without the sleeve riding up on my wrist.

Unlike so many multi-function pieces (insulation and barrier layers), the Chagga jacket has lined hand warmer pockets on the sides, as well as a Napolean pocket. This small detail almost goes to waste when the jacket is layered; however, when you strip off your outer layer, it is nice to have a place to warm your hands while belaying, taking a breather on the trail, or sitting around camp.

I found the Chagga Jacket to be slightly less wind resistant than the Mountain Hardwear Windstopper Tech Jacket, but also more comfortable when layered. Other barrier fleece pieces I compared it to through personal use are the Mountain Hardwear Windstopper Flex Jacket, the Jagged Edge Mountain Gear Cold Mountain Jacket, and the Outdoor Research Ceres Jacket.

The Chagga is stylish, functional, and casual enough to be worn around town, on the slopes, or in your unfinished basement while cleaning mud of a hastily packed tent.

Summary: The Chagga Jacket weighs just 1 pound. It can be found for about $150. It is extremely comfortable, and is a great multi-function piece. It has moderate wind resistance, high breatheability, and the hand warmer pockets are a nice bonus.

For more information contact:
Moonstone Mountain Equipment
1700 Westlake Avenue North
Suite 200
Seattle, Washington 98109

Matt Smith is the canyoneering specialist at GearReview.com, and spends a too much time floating in stinky, stagnant pools.

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