Hi-Tec Moonstruck Parka

Manufacturer Description

The Hi-Tec Moonstruck Parka is the one to wear for your next outdoor adventure. This women’s jacket offers waterproof protection and has an adjustable, removable storm hood that rolls up for quick storage. The polyester mesh lining wicks away moisture for breathable comfort; hand pockets and a zip sleeve pocket stash small essentials in the Hi-Tec Moonstruck Parka jacket.

Features

  • Shell Fabric – 2-Layer 75D & 150D Polyester Ripstop with Dri-Tec for full waterproofing without the weight
  • Shell Lining Fabric – 100% Polyester wicking mesh lining for breathability and comfort
  • Liner Jacket Fabric – Nylon outer fabric
  • Liner Jacket Insulation – 550 fill power down
  • Adjustable and removable storm hood rolls for quick storage
  • 2 hand warmer pockets and sleeve pocket on outer shell
  • Interior security pocket w/ headphone cord loop on outer shell
  • Single-hand drawcord for on the fly adjustment
  • 2 hand warmer pocket on inner jacket
  • Inner jacket is zip in compatible with outer shell
  • Comes in 4 colors
  • Measured size medium
    • Weight –
      • Shell – 603 g (21.3 oz)
      • Liner – 378 g (13.3 oz)
    • Pit to Pit measurement
      • Shell – 56 cm (22.0 in)
      • Liner – 55.5 cm (21.9 in)
    • Center back measurement
      • Shell – 69 cm (27.2 in)
      • Liner – 69 cm (27.2 in)
    • Sleeve length
      • Shell – 85 cm (33.5 in)
      • Liner – 85 cm (33.5 in)
  • Retail – $270

YMMV Review

This is another review by Melissa. I am trying to infuse a bit more women’s items onto the site. =) Hi-Tec sent this jacket for her to review this fall. Hi-Tec has been known for making footwear for some time and before this, I did not know they made jackets.

Shell Front

Testing

I tested this jacket hiking, snowshoeing, and around town. Being a 3-in-1 jacket, I could  try each layer separately as well as together.

Design ★★½☆☆

Appearance (15%)★★★½☆

Construction (20%)★★☆☆☆

Features (15%)★★½☆☆

Shell Back

Materials (10%)★★½☆☆

Packability (10%)★★★☆☆

Pockets (10%) – ★★½☆☆

Sustainability (10%) – ★½☆☆☆

Weight (10%) – ★★½☆☆

The Hi-Tec Moonstruck parka is a 3-in-1 jacket. The inner layer can zip into the outer layer to make one jacket, or they can be worn separately. The jackets connect in four locations: the front zipper, snaps in both sleeves and a snap up at the top of the collar.

Liner Front

The outer jacket is waterproof breathable. It is made of two different weights of polyester ripstop. They are both on the thicker side making for a really tough and durable shell. The shell has an inner liner of polyester and mesh for next to skin comfort and to protect the shell layer. There is a removable hood on the shell that can be zipped off when not needed. The hood is adjustable in three ways. There are adjustable bungees on each front side that will tighten the hood up. On the back of the hood, there is a Velcro adjustment to pull the bill back. The outer shell has three pockets: two hand warmer pockets on the outside and an inner zip pocket. The inner pocket has an audio out for headphones. At the bottom hem of the jacket, there is an adjustable bungee cord to adjust the fit.

The inner jacket is made of lightweight nylon with 550 down fill.  Down fill gives the inner jacket light and compressible warmth. The inner jacket has four total pockets: two outer hand warmer pockets and two inner

Liner Back

drop-in pockets. At the bottom hem of the jacket, there is an adjustable hem just like the outer shell. These jackets are built to interface with each other making for a comfortable combination. If you would like to know more about down insulation; click on the link to the banner below.

The Moonstruck Parka is a bit on the heavy side. What you get though is a very durable shell. The inner jacket did not seem to be made as well. The main issue with the inner liner was that it shed feathers, lots of feathers. There were days when I wore a black shirt underneath, and it would be covered with feathers when I took the jacket off. I get cold easily so I just kept the jacket on all day. =) I really liked the color of the jackets, especially the inner jacket. The system also packs down fairly small. I took it on the Demaris Lake hike, and it packed easily inside the pack.

The other thing to mention on the jacket is that to my knowledge it is not made of green or recyclable

Inner Cuff and Connection Point

materials apart from the down insulation. While I could be wrong here, I could not find any information to lead me to believe otherwise.

Comfort ★★★☆☆

Adjustability (15%)★★½☆☆

Arm Length (20%)★★★☆☆

Next to Skin Comfort (15%)★★★☆☆

Ease of Movement (20%)★★★½☆

Hood (10%)★★★☆☆

Detachable Hood and Velcro Adjustment

Torso Sizing (20%)★★★☆☆

I really liked the how the Hi-Tec Moonstruck Parka fit. The inner down jacket has been my go to jacket all fall. The fit is comfortable, and the inner jacket is very soft. Together the jackets interface well. The cut on the parka is truly a good fit for a women’s body. Together I felt like the torso and shoulders interface well. The forearms were a bit on the tight side while wearing them connecting the jackets.

The outer shell jacket is a bit on the looser side when worn by itself. This is due to it being cut slightly larger to accommodate an inner jacket. For the most part, I liked the fit of the outer jacket. The only thing I did not like was the hooks inside the sleeves that are used for attaching the down jacket. Those snaps felt uncomfortable against my wrists when wearing the outer jacket alone. Apart from that all the other aspects of the jacket were good. I only used the hood a little bit, and it performed well.

As I mentioned above the inner down jacket has been my go to jacket this season. I really like the soft feel, color, and fit. The arms are long enough, and the fit through the torso is flattering and not too tight. Between the two jackets, I have been a bigger fan of this one than the outer shell. Being in Bend, we do not get much precipitation so the down jacket has been great for the cold dry season we have been having thus far.

Double Zippers for Inner Jacket

Performance ★★★½☆

Breathability (15%) – ★★☆☆☆

Versatility (25%) – ★★★½☆

Warmth (20%) – ★★★★☆

Water Resistance (20%) – ★★★★☆

Wind Resistance (20%) – ★★★★☆

The Moonstruck parka has performed well thus far. 3-in-1 jackets are sometimes hit and miss due to trying to make each layer interface together and be good on their own. The outer shell has had no problem blocking the little rain and snow I have put it through. I even wore it while snowshoeing and was surprised that I did not get clammy inside. Since the shell does not have any venting options other than the front zip, I do imagine that breathability can be an issue in certain cases. One thing that makes this parka so versatile is the 3-in-1 system. It allows the jacket to be used in many different ways depending on the conditions. The outer shell is waterproof and windproof and longer than the inner shell making it better when conditions are stormy. The inner shell is great for keeping you warm, and if you need extra warmth or more protection from the elements you can wear these together.

Action Shot Snowshoeing

The main drawbacks I had with the parka have been with the pockets on the shell. The outer hand warmer pockets are really small. I do not have big hands, and I still feel like the pockets are barely large enough to get my hand into. I am not sure what Hi-Tec was thinking with these pockets because much of the rest of the jacket seems carefully thought out. Someone missed the boat here. The inner jacket has been good except for the construction issues I mentioned above. I am still amazed by how many feathers one jacket can lose. Even with these small issues I still have been a fan of the Moonstruck Parka.

Overall ★★★☆☆

I think the Hi-Tec Moonstruck Parka rates a little above average. The jacket has a nice feminine cut, and the appearance is flattering. The jacket has even performed well when hiking, snowshoeing, and around town. I do wish that the inner liner did not shed as much down as it definitely limits when I can wear the jacket. Working in a professional environment, there are only so many feathers I can have all over my clothes without looking sloppy. I still would recommend this parka, especially as a good around the town jacket that you can use on occasional adventures. It will perform well out in the wilderness, but I do think there are some better technical options available. The Moonstruck Parka retails for $270 but can often be found on sale, which makes it a good value. As always, your mileage may vary.

Pros [field name=iFrame]

  • Soft and warm inner jacket
  • Good feminine fit
  • Very versatile as a 3-in-1 jacket

Cons

  • Down layer looses lots of feathers
  • Very small outer pockets on shell
  • Bit bulky in the outer shell

Adventures

About the author

I am an avid runner, cyclist, swimmer, hiker, climber, skier and many other activities that would make this list too long. I started Your Mileage May Vary Reviews in Early 2011 to combine two of my passions: sports and gear.

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