GoLite triggered the move towards superlight gear when the brand first appeared in the UK back in 2000, and the Malpais Trinity is its lightest ever 3-layer jacket. GoLite is also one of a small group of brands that’s leading the move towards more eco-friendly gear, and the Malpais is made from recycled and recyclable materials, while GoLite’s Take-Back Program means you can give the jacket back to them for recycling if and when you no longer need it.
The jacket is made from GoLite’s own Trinity fabric, which in the lab does not perform quite as well as other materials; but on the hill, that 3-layer construction means condensation is easily controlled.
What I also liked was that the jacket was longer than any others here, so it provided much better protection when walking in rain. There are two OS map-sized pockets and while access to them is okay, it would be so much better if they were placed higher on the body. These pockets are mesh-lined too, which is great for increasing breathability but not so clever for keeping rain out.
Like many other lightweight jackets, the front zip of the GoLite Malpais Trinity is of the water-resistant variety without an external stormflap, but with a small internal flap to keep zip leaks under control.
The hood is a bit of a let-down, though. The peak is not stiffened, so when adjusted to fit it can develop into a pointy peak, and furthermore the hood does not turn well with your head. GoLite may have fuelled the move towards lighter and more ethical gear, but the design of this jacket is not the best for hill-walkers.
Weight 216g (men’s L)
Fabric 3-layer Trinity
Men’s sizes S-XXL
Women’s sizes none
External pockets 2
Wired hood no
Contact 0800 917 5642; www.golite.com
The GoLite Malpais Trinity Jacket is good value and has decent condensation control thanks to the 3-layer fabric, but the hood’s peak and compromised visibility let it down.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine September 2011