Mountain Equipment Trojan Hooded Jacket (2013)

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 and more stretchy feel as well as a closer fit. This fit means it won’t easily go over extra insulation layers worn underneath, so it is less flexible than other jackets. There are pit zips though in case you overheat. The two main pockets are slightly lower on the body than some jackets, but you can still access them reasonably easily and they are OS map-sized. There is a small chest pocket that would be fine for a GPS receiver too. The hood gets a rear drawcord and face drawcords and this allows it to fit closely and move easily with the head. There is a wired peak on the hood, although it is almost too small to be of real benefit. Overall the Mountain Equipment Trojan Hooded Jacket feels great for climbing and mountaineering as well as travelling light and fast, as long as you can wear it over appropriate base layers to provide insulation, but that close fit does limit its ability to be worn over extra insulation.

Material Gore Windstopper X Fast 230
Weight 551g (size L)
External pockets 3
Internal pockets 1
Pit zips yes
Men’s sizes S-XL
Women’s sizes 8-16
Website
www.mountain-equipment.co.uk 

Verdict
The Mountain Equipment Trojan Hooded Jacket is a close-fitting soft shell for fast and light action in the mountains, but in colder conditions you won’t be able to wear much underneath. It won Trail’s ‘Best for Women’ award.

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine October 2013