Kathmandu Monrovia (2012)

Put on a Kathmandu jacket and people may assume you’ve just come back from New Zealand, because down under everyone’s wearing this popular Kiwi/Aussie brand. Well, it’s now in the UK! The Monrovia is designed to be lightweight and easy to pack when walking or travelling. The jacket is made from a 2.5-layer fabric with a print on the inside, so it feels a bit more clammy than 3-layer jackets or 2-layer jackets with a mesh lining. You get two large pockets on the hips, but when a rucksack is also worn access to these is severely restricted by a big hipbelt. The hood has drawcord adjustment at the face, but no volume adjustment; and when on the peak is a floppy, misshapen mess that does little to protect the face. The hood does move with the head surprisingly well though and at least this jacket is slightly longer than some options. At around 500g the Kathmandu Monrovia is quite light, though better jackets are available if you are prepared to pay more cash. It packs down small too, thanks to the minimalist design.

Weight 504g (men’s L)

Fabric 2.5 layer NGX

Lining none

Men’s sizes S-XL

Women’s sizes 8-16

External pockets 2

Wired hood no

Side/pit vents no

Website www.kathmandu.co.uk

 

Verdict

The Kathmandu Monrovia reasonably light and packable jacket; but while it is okay for hillwalkers, it doesn’t offer anything more than you would expect at the price.

Review by Graham Thompson

First published in Trail magazine Spring 2012