Mountain Hardwear B’Layman Jacket Review

February 9, 2013
Mountain Hardwear B’Layman Jacket
GEAR INSTITUTE RATINGS
79
Fit
7
Warmth
7
Compressibility
5
Weight
4
Features
9
Value
7

The Good

  • Good value for warmth and features
  • Fits well over climbing gear
  • Two way zipper for harness access
  • Sheds water well

The Bad

  • Not very compressible
  • Cuffs felt restrictive and exposed wrists on reaches
THE VERDICT

If you’re looking for a dependably warm, synthetic fill jacket, this a good choice. It was one of the warmest synthetic puffies we've tried and proved its ability to shuck weather. It’s a great choice for coastal places where precip doesn't always fall as snow.

ITEM DESCRIPTION

This is a full, winter-weight, hooded belay jacket with a water resistant nylon shell and 200 grams of synthetic fill.

FULL REVIEW

Warmth
The Mountain Hardwear B’Layman Jacket is not as toasty as the Marmot Greenland or Mojave, but the B’Layman’s 200 grams of Thermic Micro (a proprietary synthetic fill) kept us warm down to 25-degrees Fahrenheit, standing around with just a T-shirt underneath.

Fit
Check the arm length—my medium feels just a touch small. The jacket itself is cut roomy for easy layering, but that leaves extra space that needs to be heated for long term warmth.

Compressibility
Synthetic fill is never as compressible as down. That said, the Thermo Micro packs relatively small for the warmth it provides, about the size of a kids soccer ball—about the same as the Helly Hansen Odin Belay, but several degrees warmer.

Weight
At 28 ounces, the B’Layman is a mid-weight compared to other down jackets we tested. It scores extra points for making that weight with weather shedding shoulders and hood.

Features
On the shoulders and hood, Mountain Hardwear added Air Shield Elite, a water-resistant, wind-proof nylon, to keep drips and soggy precip from soaking in, making this the most weatherproof of the jackets in this test. A two-way front-zip allows easy adjustments when wearing a harness, which is perfect for climbers. The inside pockets are ideal for safely storing essentials and one is roomy enough for keeping a water bottle handy and ice free.

Value
Loaded with features and that weather-shedding exterior, the B’Layman is an above average value, despite its middle of the road price.

 


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MSRP
$300.00
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