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Mountain Equipment Vulcan (2014)

£200.00

There’s something retro about this new jacket from Mountain Equipment. With its chunky zips and vintage colour, from a distance it’s easy to mistake the Vulcan for the old-style fleece jacket that in a way it spiritually replaces. Thick and soft, it has the feel of a drysuit and the Gore Windstopper’s impressive DWR (durable water repellent) continues this illusion. ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Mountain Equipment Aeon (2014)

£160.00

The Mountain Equipment Aeon boasts a wealth of hill-orientated features. Firstly the Drilite fabric features top-end waterproofness and breathability, while the ‘dry-touch’ inner treatment helps to manage condensation – although higher-priced fabrics may be even better. The fabric also feels a little softer than some options, which gives the impression of being less durable, but I think it will be ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Mountain Equipment Vector (2014)

£150.00

What sets the Mountain Equipment Vector apart from many of its lower-priced lightweight counterparts is that here you’re getting a much higher-spec fabric, which means it should remain waterproof for longer while also being more breathable. It’s only a 2.5-layer fabric, though, and 3-layer fabrics and jackets with mesh lining will control condensation better, although there are vent holes under ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Mountain Equipment Firefox (2013)

£200.00

The Firefox is very light at a mere 250g, but still has all the features you’ll need for a day in the hills. The Gore-Tex Active fabric is waterproof and very breathable, and has waterproof zips to prevent any leaks. It’s also got a really decent hood – it won’t envelop you, but the stiffened peak keeps drips off your ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Mountain Equipment Morpheus (2012)

£240.00

The Gore-Tex Pro Shell fabric on this is superbly breathable and as tough as nails; and it boasts a great hood, with a stiffened and wired peak. The pockets are excellent (although they don’t vent at all) – the cavernous chest pocket simply swallows maps and guidebooks. The hem has drawcord adjustment and there's a helpful waist adjuster, too. The ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Mountain Equipment Firefox (2012)

£200.00

The Mountain Equipment Firefox is made from Gore-Tex Active Shell, a fabric that is designed to be lightweight while controlling condensation well and keeping rain out, but it is not as durable as other Gore-Tex fabrics such as Pro Shell or Performance Shell. However having a jacket that weighs in at just 329g (size men’s L) is ideal for many ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Mountain Equipment Firefox (2012)

£200.00

The Mountain Equipment Firefox is a well-established jacket that is made from Gore-Tex Active Shell, an extremely breathable and waterproof fabric. Unlike some other jackets the Firefox does not get extra reinforcement on the shoulders, but the benefit is a lighter weight (329g, men's size L). The jacket also features pit zips for extra venting when it is wet but ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Mountain Equipment Xero 350 (2012)

£280.00

The Mountain Equipment Xero 350 is an interesting mix of traditional progressive features. The bag has an EXL lining, which means that the inner seams are elastic and hug your body to help eliminate cold spots in the bag. These seams feel quite pronounced if you run a hand over them, but in use I quickly got accustomed to them ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Mountain Equipment Firefox (2012)

£200.00

The long-established Mountain Equipment Firefox should be vying for the crown in this test, and performance-wise it’s up there with the best. Moisture build-up is extremely low, leaving you cool and dry even while working hard. Likewise, it is as likely to keep you protected from the rain as any other jacket on test. It’s also extremely supple and quiet ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Mountain Equipment Alpamayo Jacket (2012)

£160.00

Designed primarily as a belay jacket to go over other layers, the Mountain Equipment Alpamayo is, as expected, generously sized as well as water- and wind-resistant. It’s very warm too – second warmest on test after the Páramo jacket – but then with extra warmth comes extra weight (526g, size 10 – third heaviest here) so it really depends on ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Mountain Equipment Astron Hooded 2011

£160.00

The Mountain Equipment Astron Hooded is an extremely popular jacket that has in the past been Trail’s ‘Best in Test’. It’s made of Polartec Powershield, which has a perforated membrane to make it very windproof yet breathable. There’s also a brushed lining that gives it just about the right amount of insulation for winter walks, with the addition of a ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Mountain Equipment Morpheus 2011

£220.00

The Mountain Equipment Morpheus is designed as a mountain jacket for walkers and climbers who prefer a shorter length for less restriction of movement and less weight. It uses Gore-Tex Pro Shell, the most recent addition to the Gore-Tex range of waterproof breathable fabrics, which boasts top-quality performance in the lab and proven performance on the hill.  DesignPro Shell emerged ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 0
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Mountain Equipment Firefox 2010

£200.00

The Mountain Equipment Firefox multi-activity jacket is made from Gore-Tex Pro Shell, so it may not be as light and packable as Gore-Tex Paclite jackets, but it does control condensation much better. The jacket is sealed from the elements pretty well too as there is just one pocket and this is not mesh-lined. The front zip has internal stormflap to ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Mountain Equipment Morpheus/Seraph 2010

£200.00

The Mountain Equipment Morpheus/Seraph general-purpose jacket is made from Gore-Tex Pro Shell, so you get excellent levels of condensation control and waterproofness. There is a double stormflap over the main front zip and the pockets are sealed so the wearer does not get wet even if water enters the pockets. The three pockets on the chest all easily swallow a ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Mountain Equipment Xero 550 2010

£270.00

The Xero range comprises Mountain Equipment’s lightest sub-zero sleeping bags. Comfort at minimum weight is the hallmark of the range. The EXL stretch baffle system ensures the bag hugs the body, so that the top quality down can keep you warm. For 2010 this bag gets even better down. DesignThe Xero range is made to be lightweight, so the latest ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 0
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Mountain Equipment Diablo/Minaret 2009

£200.00

The Mountain Equipment Diablo/Minaret is a new multi-activity jacket with many of the brand’s typical features built into a slightly shorter design to improve its performance in fast multi-sport mountain activity. At 458g (men’s L) it is reasonably light, but it benefits over some of the lighter jackets by being made from Gore-Tex Pro Shell, which results in better condensation ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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MOUNTAIN EQUIPMENT OGRE

£240.00

Review: The brilliantly named Ogre has good-length sleeves and hem and an easily adjustable hood. The fabric is quite soft so it’s a comfy and quiet jacket. It’s a light jacket so packs down very small, but still proved totally waterproof and the hood was a godsend on one very bad day in North Wales. The pockets are perfect, with ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 3.5
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Mountain Equipment Pro Lite 2008

£180.00

The Mountain Equipment Pro Lite is a new jacket that looks set to become very popular as it has a great set of features and makes use of the latest Gore-Tex Pro Shell fabric, so it has excellent water and condensation control. The jacket is a simple design with a main front zip that benefits from an external stormflap. There ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 5
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Mountain Equipment Morpheus 2008

£200.00

In the Mountain Equipment Morpheus (the women’s version is the Seraph) you get classic Mountain Equipment features like large chest pockets and a great hood with a stiff peak that moves really well with the head. It’s made from Gore-Tex Pro Shell, so you get excellent condensation control too. Better still you get a stormflap over that front zip to ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 4.5
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Mountain Equipment AR Ultralight II tent (2008)

£200.00

ReviewThis is a very light tent, and you can save a further 156g by ditching the pole set and using a pair of trekking poles instead. It pitches outer-first with two vertical poles supporting the outer, and then the inner is suspended from inside. The wedge-shaped design creates a reasonable amount of space to sit up under the ridge and ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 4
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Mountain Equipment AR Ultralight II

£200.00

This 2-person tent is very light, and you can save a further 156g by ditching the pole set and using a pair of trekking poles instead. It pitches outer-first with two vertical poles supporting the outer, and then the inner is suspended from the inside. The wedge-shaped ridge design creates a reasonable amount of space to sit up in under ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Mountain Equipment AR Ultralight II

£200.00

This is a very light 2-person sub-2kg tent and you can save a further 156g by ditching the pole set and using a pair of trekking poles instead. It pitches outer-first with two vertical poles supporting the outer and then the inner is suspended from inside. The wedge-shaped ridge design creates a reasonable amount of space to sit up in ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 4
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Mountain Equipment Firefly/Firebird

£160.00

This multi-activity jacket has been a Trail favourite for many years, and for winter 2007 it is down from £200 to just £160. The Firefly weighs in at 360g (men’s size L). It is made from extremely waterproof and extremely breathable Paclite fabric. The jacket is a good length for most activities with a slightly scooped tail, and benefits from ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Mountain Equipment Dragonfly

£290.00

This two-person tent from Mountain Equipment is as easy to pitch as any you’ll find, taking less than 10 minutes to erect. It’s big, but also very light, so is perfect for summer backpacking. The double-door design is great for keeping the wind out. Perhaps a little narrow at the foot for longer trips.

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 4.5

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