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Mountain Equipment Aeon (2014)

£170.00

FeaturesThe Mountain Equipment Aeon has three main pockets, all taking an OS map, although the chest pocket is a tight squeeze. They’re all mesh-lined – great for extra ventilation and reducing weight, but not so good for staying dry. There are also pit zips for venting. The hood folds to the collar, where it can be secured, and benefits from ...

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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. ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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Mountain Equipment Bastion (2014)

£190.00

Synthetic insulation cannot compete with down in terms of keeping you warm in the coldest of conditions, but it’s ideal when you need to stay warm while being active. The Bastion uses Mountain Equipment’s own Polarloft synthetic insulation and this is combined with a Gore Windstopper shell, which provides water and wind resistance. There are stretch side panels where there’s ...

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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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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 ...

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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 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 ...

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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 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 ...

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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 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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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
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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 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 ...

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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 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 ...

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