Mountain Hardwear Kor Strata Hoody – Breathable Active Insulation

Mountain Hardwear Kor Strata

The new for Fall 2019 Kor Strata Hoody from Mountain Hardwear features Primaloft Gold Active insulation and a new stretchy and breathable shell material. I put it through the Engearment testing process this spring and was pleasantly surprised.

Comfort

The combination of Primaloft Gold Active insulation and fuzzy fleece made for a very comfortable jacket. Through in the stretchy Pertex Air material and you have a versatile hoody.  It was easy to wear this jacket throughout the day, whether casual use or active outdoor adventures.

Mountain Hardwear Kor Strata stretch

Active Insulation

It might seem counterintuitive, but this is actually a great idea. This is not a super warm down puffy.  Nor is a wind jacket.  This segment of outerwear is growing for a reason.  It works! For those of you who are active in cool to cold temps, this kind of kit is for you.  Think backcountry skiers, splitboarders, fat bikers, etc. The Gold Active insulation in the body does a great job of providing just the right amount of warmth while dumping extra heat.

Mountain Hardwear Kor Strata hood

Functional Fit

The XL that Mountain Hardwear sent over fit my 6’1″ 205 frame well.  The sleeves are long enough for full coverage and the hem is long enough to keep snow and wind out of the backside.  The hand pockets, although small, are placed high enough to be used with a backpack. The hood fits over a hat for touring or over my head, just fine.

Mountain Hardwear Kor Strata hand pockets

Bare bones

There are not a lot of features with the Kor Strata Hoody.  And that is ok.  You get two hand pockets, a hood, and a functional fit.  It does its job of providing wind resistance, slight warmth, and breathability and does so very well.  I found this to be a great jacket for backcountry touring in temps of 20-40 degrees.

Available Fall 2019

I have been testing the Kor Strata Hoody for 3 months at the time of this review.  There is a version out currently for $220 (or less)  The version used in this review will be out in the Fall of 2019.  If you are an active outdoors person that likes to get busy in the fall or winter, this could be the jacket for you!

 

See also –

Mountain Hardwear Kor PreShell Jacket – Your New Must Have

 

Patagonia Nano-Air​ – Best Mid-layer Jacket Ever?

Even More Breathability with the Patagonia Nano Air Light Hoody

 

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