Mountain Equipment Lumin (2015)

Features
This jacket uses water-resistant 675+ fill power 90/10 down, production of which is audited via Mountain Equipment’s Down Codex scheme to ensure it does not include live plucking. The outer is a lightweight ripstop nylon. The hood gets a wired peak, volume adjuster and face drawcords, and it can be rolled down and secured at the collar. 5/5

Fit
The Mountain Equipment Lumin comes in men’s sizes S-XXL and women’s sizes 8-16. The fit is good with a slightly longer back protecting the bum and reasonable movement in the sleeves to prevent the cuffs or hem riding up. The hood allows good vision, although it didn’t turn with the head as well as the best jackets. The cuffs have no tab adjusters to refine their fit. 4/5

Comfort
This jacket feels great on, with the insulation gently hugging the body and providing great temperature control for average winter conditions, meaning it’s a good general jacket for hillwalkers camping or spending nights in a bothy. The weight of 534g (size L) makes it comfortable to wear and to carry in pack. 5/5

In Use
If it gets damp that comfort is maintained thanks to the water-resistant down. The pockets are nice and large, and the hood – while not perfect – protects the head pretty well. Some jackets are slightly warmer than this, although this is warmer than the lighter options. It is great for summer Alpine use and winter valley use in the UK. 4/5

Value
Very good performance for the price as it’s a great all-rounder that will suit the needs of most walkers and campers. 4/5

Verdict
The Mountain Equipment Lumin is a great general down jacket, ideal for anyone who can’t afford the best but wants more than budget options can muster. 4.4/5

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Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine January 2015