Mountain Equipment Shroud (2014)

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 medium levels of air permeability, so there are more windproof options as well as more open-weave options, but for me this fabric is about right for most hillwalking situations. The hood, underarm and sides of the jacket are made from Polartec Powerstretch, which is more elastic and helps to improve the fit. As there is no adjustment the Shroud’s hood either fits or it doesn’t, which is a drawback, although for me it does fit fine – but if this doesn’t work for you then another fleece jacket may be better. The two main pockets are large enough for maps and they’re ideally placed for easy access when wearing a rucksack. The cuffs get thumb loops, which are useful in winter. A worthwhile addition to the latest version is a flap inside the front zip to keep draughts at bay when the Mountain Equipment Shroud is worn without a waterproof over the top to block the wind.

Specifications:

Material Polartec Classic 100 Micro, Polartec Powerstretch
Men’s/unisex sizes S-XL
Women’s sizes 8-16
Weight 376g (size L)
Hood yes
External pockets 2
Website www.mountain-equipment.co.uk

 

Verdict

An excellent blend of fabrics and design make the Mountain Equipment Shroud ideal for a wide variety of outdoor activity, but check the hood fit as there’s no adjustment provided. It won Trail’s ‘Best in Test’ accolade.

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine March 2014