The Mountain Hardware Exposure 2 is an alpine-oriented waterproof jacket done well, says David Lintern.
Mountain Hardwear does alpine-orientated gear extremely well, and this is no exception. The fabric of the Mountain Hardware Exposure 2 waterproof jacket is 3-layer, bluesign-approved Gore-Tex Pro, which is very effective at keeping wet out, and moving sweat out too.
The outer face fabric is 100% recycled. The hood has only a single adjuster and a stiffened (not wired) peak, but it still works well when cinched down.
The hem is adjustable with two simple cinch lock ring pulls, and the cut is A-shaped and roomy, but not baggy.
There are two big, well-placed Napoleon pockets, and two ribcage handwarmers, all with big-glove-friendly pulls.
Inside, there’s an open mesh pocket and a zipped phone-sized pocket. The main zip is one-way and has a stormguard, as are the two handwarmer pockets. The pit zips are (happily!) two-way.
Using the Exposure last winter on low-grade climbs, I found it to be a great mix of protection, weight and features in that context – as it should be, given the hefty price.