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 whether you think the extra insulation is worth the weight.
It is feature-packed, with an adjustable, helmet-compatible hood that also boasts a wired peak for keeping a good shape – though in the wind the toggles can fly about a bit, which is a bit annoying as they’re not secured. There is a draught excluder behind the main easy-to-open zip and an adjustable hem, plus Velcro-adjustable cuffs that all help keep the heat in and fit well over gloves. A comfy chinguard is provided, though it’s smaller than some of the others. The pockets are well-sized and lined with soft material for comfort.
With its warmth and helmet compatibility the Mountain Equipment Alpamayo Jacket is good for climbing and will keep you warm at camp. However there are others that offer similar features for £30 less, weigh less and are still warm enough for the average hill-walker, so it may not appeal to all.
Weight 526g (size 10)
Outer fabric Drilite Loft II
Inner fabric polyester
Insulation PrimaLoft One
Women’s sizes 8-16
Men’s sizes S-XXL (Fitzroy Jacket)
The Mountain Equipment Alpamayo Jacket is warm and feature-packed but its heavier weight and higher price might be a turn-off for some.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine March 2012