Mammut Meron Jacket Review 2016

Features

Gore-Tex Pro rather than standard Gore-Tex is used in the Mammut Meron, and it has a 3-layer construction with an extra tough outer layer in the grey areas for more durability. Two huge pockets on the chest extend almost the whole side of the jacket. There are pit zips, and the hood gets good adjustment with a stiffened but not wired peak. Others have more pockets, but the weight is lower than some. 4/5

Fit

The men’s version comes in sizes S-XXL and the women’s is in sizes XS-L. The jacket fits a little more closely and neatly in the body and sleeves than some lower-priced jackets, while it is a little shorter than most of the lower-priced jackets here so my bum was slightly less well-protected. The hood fits well and moves well with the head, but I did get some hem and cuff movement when raising my arms. 4/5

Comfort

The neater fit of the Mammut Meron does mean it feels a little more comfortable and less obstructive when moving. As it is made with Gore-Tex Pro you get better control of condensation than with standard Gore-Tex. The pit zips aid ventilation further. There is a nice soft patch of material at the top of the zip to protect the chin, and the hood fits comfortably. A little extra length would be good for comfort however. 5/5

In use

Those two massive pockets set the Mammut Meron apart as they swallow maps, gloves and hands. But there are only two, meaning you cannot safely stash a map or GPS receiver as you warm your hands as easily as other jackets. A little less movement in the cuffs or hem would be good for scrambling and a wire in the stiffened peak may make it even better. But the weight is good. 4/5

Value

Gore-Tex Pro rather than standard Gore-Tex has pushed the price up but others also have more pockets or additional features. RRP: £340. 3/5

Verdict

The Mammut Meron is a tough jacket with huge pockets that is almost perfect, but some details may niggle. 4.0/5