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Men's ThunderShadow™ Rain Jacket


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The ThunderShadow™ Jacket redefines what a rain shell can be. Mechanical stretch combined with VaporDry™ means superior comfort, excellent mobility, and waterproof-breathable performance. The unique backer quality makes it uncommonly comfortable among rain shells. The ThunderShadow™ Jacket handles wet-weather outdoor pursuits with ease.
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Features & Specs

  • Breathable - -
  • Waterproof Technology - -
  • Weight: - 11.9 oz / 338 g -
  • Reviewers rated this product: - Fits Slightly Small -
  • Good For: - Backpacking / Hiking -


The ThunderShadow™ Jacket redefines what a rain shell can be. Mechanical stretch combined with VaporDry™ means superior comfort, excellent mobility, and waterproof-breathable performance. The unique backer quality makes it uncommonly comfortable among rain shells. The ThunderShadow™ Jacket handles wet-weather outdoor pursuits with ease.



  • Fabric Body: VaporDry™ 40D 2.5L Stretch Ripstop (100% Tactel Nylon)


  • Center Back Length: 29 in / 74 cm
  • Apparel Fit: Standard
  • Weight: 11.9 oz / 338 g


  • VaporDry™ offers unmatched interior comfort and exceptional waterproof-breathable performance
  • 40D mechanical-stretch ripstop fabric is light, packable, and durable
  • Covered, zippered handwarmer pockets plus two harness and pack compatible water-resistant PU zippered chest pockets
  • Pit zips expel heat where and when you need it
  • Fully-featured adjustable hood
  • Stows in pocket for efficient packing


Men's ThunderShadow™ Rain Jacket is rated 3.8 out of 5 by 13.
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Interior lining holds perspiration I bought this because I had a heavier M.H. jacket which I really love. This was purchased for walking long distances while on vacation and proved to be an extraordinary disappointment. I found the slick and non breathable nature of the inner lining to hold every drop of moisture against my skin like a plastic bag. Additionally, the lining is printed with what appears to be round perforations. These make the lining appear to be of a breathable material when in reality it is completely non permeable - hence the previously mentioned problems with a buildup of sweat in the jacket. The layout of the "hand" pockets is angled such that it is difficult to place items in the pockets and uncomfortable to rest your hands in the pockets to keep them away from wind.
Date published: 2018-03-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Lightweight Shell I was looking for a lightweight shell to round out my layering system. I tested this shell with a full day that started with a 4 mile sunrise ski tour and ended with a day lapping the resort in blasting winds and heavy, wet snow that never stopped. This shell performed extremely well at keeping the wind out and my other layers dry. The pit zips were extremely welcome during my morning tour that included breaking trail without sweating out. At the resort, this shell excelled in keeping my MH Ghost Whisperer dry and well lofted when the temps dropped to the low teens (Fahrenheit). As an added bonus, this shell packs down into its own pocket which will come in handy come hiking season when I can toss it into the bottom of my pack for those rainstorms that come out of nowhere. Overall, I was pleased with this shell and look forward to more time in the backcountry.
Date published: 2018-02-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thunder Shadow Review This jacket works well for my needs. Its light and waterproof, folds into a small space. The pockets on the chest are key to holding a phone with out it banging around like it would in a side pocket. I normally wear a L. In this jacket I was an XL.
Date published: 2018-02-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great performance, great feel. The Thundershadow rain jacket performs exactly as it should and is incredibly comfortable, besides. I purchased this jacket after returning my previous one (different brand) that required a lot of upkeep in order to maintain its waterproofing technology. The Thundershadow is a great fit, and I can't wait to use it more! I haven't had too much opportunity to use the jacket as of yet, but I hope to put it to the test on some hiking and backpacking trips soon. I have no doubt it will hold up to the challenge. Thanks Mountain Hardwear for a great product!
Date published: 2018-02-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best light weight rain jacket! Couldn’t have asked for a better rain jacket. The rip stop is really soft and yet feels durable. The jacket doesn’t feel like plastic and yet it held up to 4 hours of heavy cold rain last weekend with no problem.
Date published: 2018-02-01
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Thundershadow not water resistant Good lightweight jacket but does not keep the water out over time. After an hour or so of rain exposure, the material starts to allow moisture to sneak through. The jacket then becomes heavy and wet and you will be wet underneath. Material needs to be thicker to prevent soak through.
Date published: 2017-10-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from ThunderShadow Jacket I was looking for a lightweight, waterproof, breathable shell that was packable with lots of pockets. The ThunderShadow fits the bill quite well. It's very comfortable and the medium fits my frame (5'10" 155#) nicely. It does not constrict my range of motion, which is important for my outdoor work as a field biologist. All in all a solid jacket.
Date published: 2017-10-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good, basic shell This shell has a lot of functions I like far better than my other Alpen shell. The double chest pockets and pit zips in particular. That said, it's a pretty basic shell jacket, which is what I was looking for. I'm not a huge fan of the cuffs...those could have been done better and can make wearing over other layers difficult on/off and the arms seem to fit small to me. It packs small and is light-weight...we'll see how durable it is in the long run. The materials feel good, just thin. I've had it out in a few rains and it did what it was supposed to...kept me dry without sweating to death.
Date published: 2017-07-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good jacket. Decent features for a jacket in this price range. Fabric seems thin. I question durability issues long term. When cargo is added to pockets jacket doesn't support the weight and sags. But it is water proof and will stop wind in their tracks.
Date published: 2017-06-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Fabric and Design - Try On First I chose to buy the Thundershadow after I had an issue with a defective MH Versteeg jacket that I had for a few years. Now I’ve never had any other issues with MH products and I have several MH items that I love. I have to say, Mountain Hardwear’s customer service is amazing – so I was very satisfied when I was granted support for a 3yr old jacket. As a result, I was looking for a sub $200 rain jacket that I could use to hike/backpack with as well as something I could wear casually with business attire like I did with the Versteeg. One of the things that I liked about the Versteeg was its ability to pack down to such a small size. I travel often for work and I am in and out of the weather and airports constantly. So being able to flat back a windproof/rainproof jacket down to the size of a folder and slip it into my briefcase was ideal. Another thing that was important to me was fit and finish, since I often wear multiple layers both camping and for work (shirt/tie/sweater). The Versteeg was a standard fit jacket with plenty of room, pit zips to breathe, and not too much “flare” to look like a walking billboard. Taking those three factors into consideration ($$$, fit, weight/packability) I chose the Mountain Hardwear Thundershadow for my next +5 year jacket. Once I received the Mountain Hardwear Thundershadow, I was excited to see the color and texture of the 40D mechanical-stretch ripstop fabric. Its gorgeous. Its light, packable, and durable. The fabric is smooth and soft to your touch (inside and out) – it looks great. No high sheen or stiff material here – nope, very nice fabric indeed! I was skeptical of the stretch material due to some other fabric that I’ve encountered with a MH competitor – but this fabric is amazing to feel and look. The Thundershadow has zippered hand warmer pockets plus two Napoleon pockets on the chest. I love the chest pockets – perfect for quick access to your phone and small wallet/passport. The handwarmer pockets are perfectly aligned and are quite large. The zippers are waterproof and have a light shine where they were welded to the 40D. Overall, the general appearance, weight, and compact pack meets everything that I was looking for in my next performance jacket. Now onto where I feel the Thundershadow begins to fall short for my expectations – the fit. MH offers several different fits in their jackets (Alpine, Active, Standard, relaxed etc). The Thundershadow is considered a Standard Fit item – so was the Versteeg. I read a review that suggested that the individual was disappointed with the fit and size running small. As a result, I chose to go one size up ( 6’2/250 athletic build) to a XXL vs the Versteeg XL. Even at the XXL this jacket fits snug in the arms, pits, shoulders, chest, and waist. My standard measurements are (18/35 with a 38” waist). I'm shocked - this jacket barely fits me! I haven’t even layered up with it yet, but I’m concerned that if I wear my MH MonkeyMan or wool sweater under --- it’s going to be a “no go” and one will have to stow. I can’t comment on the other sizes, but the XXL fits smaller than expected – which is very disappointing, considering the HM Versteeg XL jacket that was one size smaller and fit me perfectly. Honestly, it fits like what I would consider an "alpine" fit and not a "standard". Mountain Hardwear has definitely changed its sizing compared to what it was just 3yrs ago. So other than fit, this jacket does everything that I want and need it to. It very waterproof from my experience. The VaporDry™ 40D 2.5L Stretch Ripstop Tactel Nylon, is very nice. I live in STL and travel all around the mid-west regularly and so far --- I haven’t been disappointed with the breathability either. A few weeks ago, St. Louis received 11in of rain in 4 days – I was out in my MH Thundershadow two of the four days and didn’t even feel the rain. Literally – not a drop of water on my shirt. Somehow I didn’t overheat or feel the chill – like I was expecting from past experiences with rainproof materials. So I’ve been very satisfied with its capabilities so far. In conclusion, if you’re in the market for a sub $200 jacket – The MH Thundershadow should fit the bill. Its versatile, great looking, feels amazing and supported by the best customer service around!! Just be sure you try one on and find the right size for you. We are heading to Ireland in a few weeks and I am excited to see how it fares as a daily wearer while we are there for two weeks.
Date published: 2017-05-26
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