Mountain Equipment Lhotse Jacket Review 2016

Features

The Mountain Equipment Lhotse is made with 3-layer Gore-Tex Pro fabric for durable levels of waterproofness and breathability. You get three big pockets on the chest, which can be easily accessed while wearing a rucksack belt. There is also a zipped internal pocket. The helmet-compatible hood has a wired peak with face and rear volume adjustment. Pit zips add extra ventilation. 5/5

Fit

The Lhotse comes in men’s sizes S-XXL. For women the Manaslu comes in sizes 8-16. The fit is described as ‘Alpine Fit’ by the manufacturer, and it has a slightly closer fit than older Mountain Equipment jackets. It is not the longest model available and my bum is not fully protected, but this is the same with many other jackets. The hood fits superbly. 5/5

Comfort

Three-layer Gore-Tex Pro fabric is used here. It feels slightly stiffer than other versions, so it does not buckle as easily in the wind as softer fabrics, and thus it’s comfier in the wind. The pit zips aid condensation control if needed without removing the jacket, while the hood very comfortably moves with the head and protects the eyes. The slightly short length is a niggle but many jackets have this problem. 5/5

In use

Those massive chest pockets easily take a map or hat and gloves. Access is easily maintained when wearing a rucksack with hipbelts, as they are nice and high with long zips. The hood peak is stiffened and can be reshaped if it gets distorted, and the hood moves well with the head so you can easily see when scrambling. Movement in the sleeves is also great for scrambling. 5/5

Value

The Mountain Equipment Lhotse’s price is lower than many other top-end jackets, but it is still a considered purchase despite offering better value than some. RRP: £330. 4/5

Verdict

A great combination of features makes the Mountain Equipment Lhotse ideal for heading onto tougher mountain terrain. It won Trail’s ‘Best in Test’ accolade. 4.8/5