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Mountain Equipment Xero 550 (2014)

£375.00

The Mountain Equipment Xero 550 has a slightly lower temperature rating than some bags here, being comfortable down to -8 deg C for an average man. It is also a good size, with 79cm of shoulder width and 213cm of length, but the result is that it’s slightly heavier than some bags at 1041g without the stuffsack. Inside you’re getting ...

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Mountain Equipment Shroud (2014)

£90.00

The Mountain Equipment Shroud is a jacket that I’ve been wearing regularly for four years and amazingly its price hasn’t changed in that time. It’s built around Polartec 100 fleece fabric, which for me provides just the right degree of insulation to wear year-round in the UK over a base layer or under a waterproof jacket. The fabric also offers ...

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Mountain Equipment Lhotse/Manaslu (2013)

£300.00

The Mountain Equipment Lhotse (men’s version) has previously been a firm favourite of mine and it’s regularly done well in Trail gear reviews. For 2013 this classic gets a few design tweaks as well as the new Gore-Tex Pro fabric, which boasts increased breathability over its predecessors. The jacket now has an ‘Alpine fit’, meaning it is closer-fitting than before, ...

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Mountain Equipment Saltoro (2103)

£220.00

Here’s a new jacket from Mountain Equipment that appears to compete directly with the better-established Rab Bergen. The Saltoro is made from 3-layer Gore-Tex so its waterproof and breathability standards are well-established. You get just two chest pockets, and these are huge so they easily provide room for cold hands, maps or guidebooks. They are easily accessed no matter what ...

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Mountain Equipment Trojan Hooded Jacket (2013)

£160.00

Not all Gore Windstopper fabric is the same, and the version used in the Mountain Equipment Trojan Hooded Jacket is a lighter weight without added insulation inside – and the result is a more general-purpose garment that is slightly lighter in weight than some options. The Trojan offers the wind- and water-resistant qualities of other jackets, but has a softer ...

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Mountain Equipment Borealis Bivi (2013)

£190.00

A traditional style of bivvy bag made largely from Gore-Tex Starlite – hence the price – the Mountain Equipment Borealis Bivi offers high levels of waterproofing and breathability in a compact package that can be washed (in pure soap) to keep its performance high. It’s pretty much even stevens on the weight and pack size stakes with the Rab Storm ...

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First test: Mountain Equipment Lhotse (2013)

£300.00

Gore-Tex Pro is the latest waterproof, breathable fabric from WL Gore. It promises increased breathability and is intended for the hill and mountain walker in need of durable performance. One of the first jackets to feature this fabric is Mountain Equipment’s Lhotse. I first used the new Gore-Tex Pro fabric on a press trip in November 2012 during a wet ...

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Mountain Equipment Xero 300 (2013)

£300.00

An impressive product from the ever-impressive Mountain Equipment, the Xero range has been redesigned for 2013 and now comes badged up with branded credentials, including a Down Codex stamp assuring that the 850+ Ukranian goose down within has been ethically sourced (as opposed to live-plucked) and features a breathable He30 shell and DC7 hood. This is all very impressive-sounding, but ...

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Mountain Equipment FireFox (2013)

£200.00

The Mountain Equipment FireFox is well-established, and is now made from Gore-Tex Active fabric to keep its weight down to just 335g (size L), despite having pit zips and chest pockets. It’s about 3cm longer at the hem than some similar-looking jackets. The jacket has an exposed front zip with an internal stormflap that’s about half the width of some ...

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Mountain Equipment Bastion (2013)

£180.00

Slim and close-cut for activity, the Mountain Equipment Bastion, a new jacket, is very well-featured. Gore Windstopper Active Shell makes up the outer, cutting wind chill and increasing water resistance while retaining breathability. Mountain Equipment has catered closely for the British walker: the company’s own weather-resistant Polarloft fill looks after insulation; soft-shell cuffs make the fit around the wrists both ...

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Mountain Equipment Lightline (2013)

£170.00

Mountain Equipment’s Classic Lightline, a frequent winner of Trail ‘Best in Test’ awards, is now renamed the Lightline, although it remains otherwise unchanged this year. There is a good amount of quality down used so it feels genuinely warm, thus you can feel safe in the knowledge that it’ll beat the chill. The outer is Drilite fabric, which is waterproof ...

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Mountain Equipment Diamir (2012)

£280.00

The Mountain Equipment Diamir makes you feel completely protected in the worst of British weather. Though slightly on the heavy side at 530g (size UK12), it is very stormproof and amazingly durable, with Gore-Tex Pro Shell Tenacity reinforcements over the shoulders, upper back and upper arms. The rest of the jacket uses highly breathable Gore-Tex Pro Shell Ascendor II fabric, ...

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Mountain King Super Trekker (2012)

£60.00

A lightweight pair of poles with great padding. Although strong, there is a bit of flex in the shaft when fully extended. The anti-shock system is one of the most pleasant to use, with little noise when compressed and a firm, smooth action when weight is applied. The twist-lock mechanism works well enough without slipping, even in wet conditions. The ...

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Mountain Equipment Seraph

£240.00

A really technical-looking jacket with all the features of a top-quality waterproof. It’s comfortable to wear, with adjustment at the cuffs, waist and hem to fine-tune the fit, and soft fabric at the chin to prevent chafing. The hood is fantastic – deep enough for the biggest heads of hair, with adjustment side and back to lock it down tightly ...

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Mountain Equipment Kongur 2011

£290.00

A frequent winner of Trail tests, the Mountain Equipment Kongur is made from Gore-Tex Pro Shell fabric like many others; but what I particularly like is that you get a little extra length in the body. You can still wear a harness and climb in this jacket, but you just don’t get as wet compared to shorter options. Also the ...

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Mountain Equipment Morpheus/Seraph 2011

£240.00

A well-proven jacket that has frequently been highly rated in Trail tests. The Mountain Equipment Morpheus for men and Seraph for women boast a great set of features that Mountain Equipment is well-known for providing. So you get three large chest pockets that can be easily accessed while wearing a rucksack hipbelt. The pockets are not mesh-lined, so they don’t ...

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Mountain Equipment Firefox Gore Active Shell Jacket 2011

£200.00

There are many waterproof and breathable fabrics out there, and for autumn 2011 there is a new kid on the block: Gore-Tex Active Shell. This new addition to the Gore stable is billed as their ‘most breathable waterproof fabric ever’, so if you are tired of getting wet in the hills from condensation could this be the fabric you have ...

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Mountain Equipment Arete

£120.00

The Arete is noticeably very warm, making it suitable both for the coldest days and less strenuous winter walks. It’s pitched as a mid-layer replacement for your fleece, but it will need to be a fairly icy day for you to avoid being too warm if you’re wrapped in the Arete under a waterproof shell layer. The jacket feels well ...

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Mountain Equipment Classic Lightline 2011

£160.00

The Mountain Equipment Classic Lightline is only a tenner more than in 2007 when it was Trail’s ‘Best in Test’. Put it on and it is very cosily warm and ideal for sitting on summits in winter or making a brew outside a tent. The hood is well-insulated and has a wired peak so you get excellent protection in a ...

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Mountain Equipment Kongur 2010

£290.00

The Mountain Equipment Kongur is made from Gore-Tex Pro Shell like most jackets here, so it is top of the league on performance. What I like about this jacket compared with most is that it is a little longer in the body, so it offers more protection. But the cut still allows this jacket to be worn comfortably with a ...

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Mountain Equipment Morpheus/Seraph 2009

£200.00

A well-proven jacket, the Mountain Equipment Morpheus (the women’s version is the Seraph) boasts all the essentials for a hill-walker wanting to travel reasonably light. It is made from Gore-Tex Pro Shell, so you get excellent condensation control. Better still you get a stormflap over that front zip to keep rain out in a downpour. Also the pockets are not ...

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Mountain Equipment Ogre/Nanga Parbat 2009

£250.00

The Mountain Equipment Ogre/Nanga Parbat is definitely one of my favourite jackets of recent years, and the benchmark general-purpose hill-walking jacket in my view. There are no changes from previous years and as this was ‘Best in Test’ last year it is up to the other brands to come up with something better to shift it from the top slot. ...

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Mountain Equipment Combin 2009

£100.00

Mountain Equipment has a long-standing reputation for highly versatile, quality outdoor wear – and their Combin trousers are no exception. I especially like the attention to detail on the features, which makes them a great choice for the hills all year round. The pockets are slightly offset so the zips avoid your hip bones (you soon know about this if ...

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Mountain Equipment Mountain Stretch

£80.00

The fleece-lined waist band lacks elastic, but they come with an integral webbing belt which holds them up just fine. The Stretchlite Mountain fabric is light and stretchy and felt soft against the skin, while the articulated knees made them a delight to move in. They also come in regular and long leg lengths – a big bonus for getting ...

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Mountain Equipment Windstopper Guide

£100.00

To make a jacket in this colour and send it for testing, you have to be very confident of your product! Luckily, the Windstopper Guide delivers in spades. And actually the sunset yellow colour isn’t too bad after all! A lot lighter than some with a good generous cut and stretchy underarm and back panels for ease of movement and ...

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