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Mountain Hardwear Type 2 Fun 3/4 Zip Hoody Review

An incredible layer that strikes a perfect balance between warmth and breathability for active pursuits
Mountain Hardwear Type 2 Fun 3/4 Zip Hoody
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Price:  $125 List
Pros:  Lightweight, long zipper, chest pocket, thumb loops
Cons:  Less breathable
Manufacturer:   Mountain Hardwear
By Adam Paashaus ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Nov 4, 2019
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RANKED
#4 of 10
  • Warmth - 20% 6
  • Comfort - 20% 9
  • Breathability - 20% 8
  • Layering Ability - 15% 10
  • Weather resistance - 10% 6
  • Weight - 15% 8

Our Verdict

The Type 2 Fun is a fantastic new fleece pullover from Mountain Hardwear that puts the Patagonia R1 in its sights. While not as breathable or lightweight, it does serve the same purpose, for a much lower price point. We love the super-long zipper that reaches down below the belly-button to shed heat quickly. The hood fits well under a helmet, and the thumb loops, though not our favorite design, do a decent job of keeping your sleeves down when layering up. The grid fleece is more durable and slightly more wind resistant than a few of the other similar products. While it didn't overtake the top contender, it did make our testers think twice.

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Pros Lightweight, long zipper, chest pocket, thumb loopsCozy, athletic fit, breathable, lightweightBreathable, lightweight, inexpensive, comfortable for athleticsPerfect fit for most active uses, ideal weight for many conditions, great hood designGreat hood, handwarmer pockets, wind resistant
Cons Less breathablePoor weather resistance, no thumb loopsNot incredibly warm, poor weather resistanceNot as warm for its weight as some high-loft modelsZipper prone to sticking, not as breathable as jackets with gridded fleece
Bottom Line This fleece makes a great layering option for active days in the mountainsA warmer and more comfortable version of the classic R1It is hard to beat the value of this high performing and cost effective fleeceAn ideal fleece for almost anything you can think of, you'll never want to take it offChock full of useful features, it's well-designed, complete with a handy balaclava
Rating Categories Type 2 Fun 3/4 Zip Hoody Patagonia R1 Air Vigor Full Zip Patagonia R1 Hoody Arc'teryx Fortrez Hoody
Warmth (20%)
6
8
8
7
8
Comfort (20%)
9
9
8
8
8
Breathability (20%)
8
9
9
9
6
Layering Ability (15%)
10
9
9
9
8
Weather Resistance (10%)
6
7
7
6
8
Weight (15%)
8
9
9
9
8
Specs Type 2 Fun 3/4 Zip... Patagonia R1 Air Vigor Full Zip Patagonia R1 Hoody Arc'teryx Fortrez...
Type Lightweight Lightweight Lightweight Lightweight Midweight
Weight 11.7 oz 9.7 oz 12 oz 11.1 oz 13.2 oz
Main Material 55% polypropylene, 45% polyester 100% recycled polyester Grid-back fleece: 94% polyester, 6% spandex 6.9-oz polartec power grid 93% recycled polyester 7% spandex with Polygiene permanent odor control Polartec power stretch with hardface technology - 88% polyester, 12% elastane, 230 g/m²
# of Pockets 1 1 3 1 3
Unique Features Helmet-compatible hood Hollow-core fabric is highly breathable for high-output activities
offset shoulder seams
Balaclava style hood, thumb loops, Balaclava style hood, thumb loops, Polygiene permanent odor control, longer length to stay tucked under a harness Integrated neck gaiter doubles as balaclava, streamlined hood fits udner climbing helmets, gusseted underarms for unrestricted movement
Hood Option Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

Our Analysis and Test Results

Mountain Hardwear is going for a slice of the Patagonia R1 market with the Type II Fun Hoody. This style top has become a favorite and an indispensable layer for casual weekend warriors and big mountain alpinists alike. This fleece has a few key attributes that impressed our testers.

Performance Comparison


The Type 2 Fun was one of our favorite fleeces despite not winning...
The Type 2 Fun was one of our favorite fleeces despite not winning an award.
Photo: Elizabeth Paashaus

Warmth


The Type II Fun is a lightweight fleece that doesn't have a ton of loft, and as such, doesn't trap much warm air. However, a fleece of this type isn't intended to be super warm. This fleece is made to breathe well and be a warm layer for cool weather activity. Any warmer, and this would be to thick for moving in the mountains.

Comfort


Our testers absolutely loved the fit of this layer. Some of our testers found it to have a better overall fit than the long-standing leaders in this category. The fleece is soft, but not overly so, and the exterior has a smooth, almost oily touch. The hood fits and feels great under a helmet or by itself.

The Type 2 Fun fit great under a helmet.
The Type 2 Fun fit great under a helmet.
Photo: Elizabeth Paashaus

Breathability


We found that the fleece had a fairly tight-knit. This keeps warm air close to the body and doesn't allow a light breeze to rob you of it. However, the breathability is only marginally worse than other performance half zip style layers in our test, and we think it's just about a toss-up.

If the grid fleece doesn't breathe well enough, the looooooong front...
If the grid fleece doesn't breathe well enough, the looooooong front zip makes venting a "breeze".
Photo: Elizabeth Paashaus

Laying Ability


This jacket layers just as well as any fleece in this test. The thumb loops assist in keeping your sleeves down when layering up, and the fit is trim so it won't bunch up under a shell. There are no handwarmer pockets to get in the way of a harness or waistbelt of a pack.

This fleece layers great under anything. Harness, rain shell, or...
This fleece layers great under anything. Harness, rain shell, or down puffy, this works great with no discomfort.
Photo: Elizabeth Paashaus

Weather Resistance


The Type II Fun strikes a balance between ultimate breathability and weather resistance. The slightly tighter knit makes it a little harder for the wind to penetrate, but it still breathes quite well. On cold, windy days, however, you will definitely want to have your favorite wind shell nearby.

Weight


At 11.5 ounces, this is just about the lightest fleece in our selection. The shorter hemline and lightweight fabric make that possible.

One of the lighter fleeces in the test, this is a great option for...
One of the lighter fleeces in the test, this is a great option for going fast and light in the mountains regardless of how big the expedition.
Photo: Elizabeth Paashaus

With just one type of fabric and a relatively low key logo, the Type...
With just one type of fabric and a relatively low key logo, the Type 2 Fun works just fine for after sesh meals.
Photo: Elizabeth Paashaus

Value


The tight-knit face fabric on this fleece jacket adds a level of durability that is unmatched in this category. After weeks on the trail, there was no pilling or any loose stitches to be found. We thought hard about this piece. With its relatively low price and high functionality, we debated giving it the Best Buy Award. We also think that it competes well against the top lightweight models; with that said, we give this high ranks for value.

Conclusion


We had very few issues with this jacket, and even our gripes felt nit-picky. We loved the performance this brings to the table. We were impressed by the design and execution, and any serious outdoor enthusiast should at least consider this for your layering collection.

Adam Paashaus