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post #31 of 34
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Any updates on field use of the compulsion? Are you guys happy?

 

I'm at about 30 days this season and have now used the jacket in all conditions. I'm very happy with the performance from a waterproof perspective. I've skied down to the village through rain several times and the inside remains dry while the outer fabric has not become saturated (although it does not fully bead off in a real downpour, after a few minutes out of the rain the outer is fully dry). Breathability is impressive, I've kept it on while skinning in moderate temps and the inner fabric does not saturate (although my base layer was slightly damp, just means the jacket should have come off).

 

Durability is great, done a decent amount of bushwacking with no visible damage to the outer fabric.

 

Only complaint is the bottom of the front zipper sometimes ices up on big powder days, making it hard to fully unzip.

post #32 of 34

*Recent update. Bad product. DryQ fabric delaminated (bubbled) on  the Compulsion 3L. No quality control in their Chinese factories, obviously. Sent back under warranty and replaced with Seraction.  Seraction is lighter weight with fewer pockets but so far no issues with it. Still have yet to test in the field for waterproofness and breathability under strain. Recommend Arcteryx products made in Canada if you can afford the price difference. Still the warranty people at Mountainhardwear were first class. 

post #33 of 34

I had a MH tent where the glued seams failed due to a bad adhesive. They offered a replacement--the tent I wanted was more expensive and I was willing to pay the difference. It was a new model and not yet in stock--no problem as I didn't need it right away. When they sent the tent a few months later they didn't charge me the difference because I had to wait. So yes, their customer service is excellent--friendly, intelligent, easily accessed. It also seems like they have some problems dealing with their suppliers.

Dry Q Elite apparently uses a film which is purchased from GE (same film as eVent) and sent to Japan for lamination to cloth, which is then sent to the factory that sews the garments. So blaming the Chinese is probably inappropriate.

 

http://www.rockcreek.com/mountain-hardwear-dry-q.rco

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I had a MH tent where the glued seams failed due to a bad adhesive. They offered a replacement--the tent I wanted was more expensive and I was willing to pay the difference. It was a new model and not yet in stock--no problem as I didn't need it right away. When they sent the tent a few months later they didn't charge me the difference because I had to wait. So yes, their customer service is excellent--friendly, intelligent, easily accessed. It also seems like they have some problems dealing with their suppliers.

Dry Q Elite apparently uses a film which is purchased from GE (same film as eVent) and sent to Japan for lamination to cloth, which is then sent to the factory that sews the garments. So blaming the Chinese is probably inappropriate.

 

http://www.rockcreek.com/mountain-hardwear-dry-q.rco

Ok let's blame the Japanese then! Delamination has happened to me twice with MH products and I can provide glaringly obvious photographic evidence of the bubbles. That's twice as often as I would like with a highly expensive product. Now I'm even suspicious it may happen to the replacement of my replacement! Still crossing my fingers!

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