Mountain Equipment Aeon (2014)

The Mountain Equipment Aeon boasts a wealth of hill-orientated features. Firstly the Drilite fabric features top-end waterproofness and breathability, while the ‘dry-touch’ inner treatment helps to manage condensation – although higher-priced fabrics may be even better. The fabric also feels a little softer than some options, which gives the impression of being less durable, but I think it will be durable enough for most hillwalkers. The jacket has a water-resistant front zip with a soft internal flap to block wind and water, but this flap on other jackets has a gutter design and is stiffer, which may help to funnel water away from the wearer. The two main pockets easily take a map while being accessible when wearing rucksack belts. The third chest pocket is smaller but still useful for a guidebook, compass, phone or GPS receiver. The two main pockets are mesh-lined, so water could make its way through the jacket via these pockets. In warm weather those mesh linings add ventilation, and there are pit zips for further ventilation control. The hood can be rolled away and secured in the collar during calmer conditions, while in the foulest of weather the hood’s stiffened and wired peak along with drawcords ensure good protection. Not all is perfect with the Mountain Equipment Aeon, though, as the cuff adjusters are annoyingly narrow and faffy while the forearm of the sleeve is a little baggy.

Specifications:

Fabric Drilite

Lining none

Men’s sizes S-XXL

Women’s sizes 8-16

External pockets 3

Stowable hood? yes

Side/pit zips? no

Weight 350g (men’s size L)

Website www.mountain-equipment.co.uk

Verdict

The Mountain Equipment Aeon is well-priced with a very high-performance fabric and generally great features for the hillwalker. Paying more may bring more durable fabrics and better condensation control.

Review by Graham Thompson

First published in Trail magazine July 2014

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