North Ridge Elbrus (2015)

Features
The North Ridge Elbrus is filled with a 650+ fill power 70/30 duck down, which is less efficient than higher-priced options, and so this jacket is not the warmest, but it is light – in part because there is also no hood. But you do get Velcro cuff adjustment and a nice brushed collar area. The outer is also quite robust too, and has a stylish matt finish. 3/5

Fit
This jacket is available for men in sizes S-XXL and for women in sizes 8-18. The fit is initially similar to most others, though I did find the hem and sleeves ride up more easily with this jacket compared to the higher-priced options. But at least there are Velcro cuff adjusters to improve the wrist fit. 3/5

Comfort
At 556g (size L) the North Ridge Elbrus is lighter than some jackets, which improves the comfort level, but as there is no hood, your comfort plummets in really cold weather. However, there is a great brushed collar area and as long as you don’t raise your arms too much the jacket doesn’t ride up, which of course would drastically reduce comfort. 3/5

In use
At 556g (size L) the North Ridge Elbrus is lighter than some jackets, which improves the comfort level, but as there is no hood, your comfort plummets in really cold weather. However, there is a great brushed collar area and as long as you don’t raise your arms too much the jacket doesn’t ride up, which of course would drastically reduce comfort. 3/5

Value
The North Ridge Elbrus is all about the price and it is only £90 with a Go Outdoors discount card, making it a real bargain. 5/5

Verdict
There are far better jackets available but if your cash is limited the North Ridge Elbrus will keep you warm as you watch the sunset or sit around a tent. 3.4/5

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Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine January 2015