I can vouch for how crappy Mountain Hardware has become. I bought my wife a MH down coat in 2000, and bought her another in 2009. The one from 2000 is stained, looks used, but still gets the job done. The 2009 model has seems like it lost chunks of fill and is a much colder coat. It also has cheaper zippers, less reinforcements, and less fill to begin with. Both are 650 fill.
Durf used to be a devout MH user, and he thinks their stuff has turned to junk also.
Maybe this downgrading is why Kong gear seems to be getting better in quality.