The Mountain Hardwear Super Chockstone Jacket is a versatile, lightweight & wind-resistant softshell aimed towards alpine and rock climbing. The lightweight and stretchy UPF50 double weave fabric is abrasion resistant and form fitting, we’ve been testing the Super Chockstone in a multitude of environments, from running to climbing, to see how it performed.
Comfort & Fit
The Super Chockstone features a ‘true-fit’ cut which contours the body and is exceptionally comfortable. The jacket itself is very light and stretchy, it includes some nice additions such as a elastic cuffs, flat seams and good length in the torso – all of which add to the comfort and fit of this garment. The Chockstone is probably the best fitting softshell we’ve ever tested, the only negative we can find is that the hard wearing (no pun intended) fabric is slightly course on the skin.
When the going gets sweaty, the Chockstone Doubleweave Softshell fabric breathes very well – allowing for quick dispersal of moisture, keeping you dry as you move. The fabric wicks well enough directly on the skin, so can be worn with a t-shirt or a long sleeved baselayer adding to its versatility.
Wind & Water Resistance
Although the Chockstone breathes very well, the wind resistance isn’t compromised. It somehow stops the worst of the wind penetrating it’s shell helping to keep you warm in cooler conditions. Being a softshell, the jacket isn’t waterproof but it will hold off a shower with it’s DWR treatment, however persistent rain will eventually overcome it.
The body and sleeve length were about perfect in Medium for 186cm/6’1
The Chockstone does not have any insulation so is more suited to active pursuits, it’s main barrier to keep you warm is it’s wind resistance and moisture wicking properties. However, it’s temperature suitably can be quite versatile when worn with the correct baselayer. With a heavyweight layer, the jacket is a perfect compliment to spring and low altitude alpine activities, lighter baselayers allow the jacket to be used in milder conditions & cooler evening.
The stretchy fabric allows for a fantastic range of movement. From running to climbing, the Chockstone moves with you without irritation or constriction. When climbing, the elastic cuffs keep the sleeves where you want them – rolled up or down, they stay put. The Chockstone is also very comfortable when worn under a harness further showing it’s Alpine pedigree.
The stretchy fabric moves well for climbing and active pursuits
Aside from the DWR finish and stretch fabric that we’ve already mentioned – the Super Chockstone features a low-profile elasticated hood, adjustable hem, breast pocket, hand pockets, full length zip (with wind protection) and chin guard. The UPF50 Chockstone Doubleweave Softshell fabric featured a abrasion-resistant 91% nylon 9% elastane blend, with a weight of approximately 13.1 oz. / 371 g for the whole garment.
With an RRP of around £80 (officially $135), the Super Chockstone is unbelievable value. It’s features and performance match softshells of twice it’s price, and the bonus is you won’t cry every time you scrape it against the rock face. So it’s a jacket that’ll actually get used!
The Super Chockstone jacket is an excellent ‘go-to’ jacket for active pursuits, useful in almost any situation. It performed very well in a variety of environments, excelling in particularly climbing (for which it was designed). If you’re looking for a comfortable, well designed and exceptionally well fitting softshell – the Super Chockstone is an excellent option, plus it’s fantastic value.
The Rab Vapour Rise Lite Alpine Jacket (no, not because it’s also green), shares many of the qualities of the Super Chockstone Jacket.
We think the Rab excels for hiking and touring applications (due to it’s slightly softer brushed inner and slightly better insulation), where as the Chockstone seems better suited to climbing (due to its stretchy fabric).