Mountain Equipment FireFox (2013)

The Mountain Equipment FireFox is well-established, and is now made from Gore-Tex Active fabric to keep its weight down to just 335g (size L), despite having pit zips and chest pockets. It’s about 3cm longer at the hem than some similar-looking jackets. The jacket has an exposed front zip with an internal stormflap that’s about half the width of some other internal flaps. The two chest pockets are higher on the body than some others, so they’re much easier to access when wearing a rucksack with a hipbelt and they’re also very large, ideal for maps or other items. The pockets are mesh-lined, though, so they’re great for ventilation – but not so good at keeping water out once it enters the pocket. Unlike most jackets in this weight category the Mountain Equipment FireFox has pit zips for extra venting, which seems a little over the top considering that the Gore-Tex Active fabric isn’t overly warm anyway. The hood doesn’t get a wired peak, but the peak is stiffened and when adjusted with the volume and face drawcords it works very well. A great offering for £200.

Fabric Gore-Tex Active
Lining none
Men’s sizes S-XXL
Women’s sizes 8-16
External pockets 2
Stowable hood yes
Side/pit zips yes
Weight 335g (size L)
Website www.mountainequipment.co.uk

 

Verdict

The mesh-lined pockets mean the Mountain Equipment FireFox is not quite so good for the wettest of conditions, but it is longer than some and has great pockets, pit zips and hood for hillwalkers. It won Trail’s ‘Best Value’ award.

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine July 2013