A nicely designed and perfectly functional winter mountain jacket, there aren’t too many extra bells and whistles here but that keeps things simple, and the weight and bulk down – useful for when it might stay in my pack, not on my back. The fabric is 3L Gore-tex, very waterproof and breathable, and underarm vents are two-way in case you need to let off more steam. There’s some nice attention to detail, with seams placed to avoid abrasion areas on the shoulder and sleeves. Sleeves are gusseted and a good length for more general hill going duties, although not extra long for climbing. There’s a large inner pocket and a smaller, lift pass style sleeve pocket. The huge map compatible side pockets are sited above a harness and the hood is not wired but is very much helmet compatible, with three-way adjusters. Sadly, without a helmet it struggles to stay in place even on my big head, tending to slip over the eyes. Otherwise, this has proved very protective and waterproof on trips where a full on suit of armour is not required. Weight 455g.
VERDICT: A low bulk, technical mountaineering jacket.
BEST FOR: Winter hill walking and easier grade mountaineering.
Review by David Lintern @