Mountain Equipment Aeon (2014)

Features

The Mountain Equipment Aeon has three main pockets, all taking an OS map, although the chest pocket is a tight squeeze. They’re all mesh-lined – great for extra ventilation and reducing weight, but not so good for staying dry. There are also pit zips for venting. The hood folds to the collar, where it can be secured, and benefits from a wired peak with rear volume and face drawcords. 5/5

Fit

Sizes XS-XXL for men and 8-16 for women utilise the ‘Alpine fit’ of this jacket. The body covered my crotch and was slightly loose at the waist but not as baggy as some. The sleeve fit was slightly loose but allowed exceptionally good movement without the cuffs or hem moving. Like most ME hoods this fits closely and moves effortlessly with the head. 5/5

Comfort

The body is made from Drilite, for top-end performance in terms of waterproofness and breathability (but it does feel slightly clammier than other 3-layer options). The advantage is the weight of just 357g (size L) coupled with the fabric’s softness, which really boosts comfort. In heavy rain I’d like a stiffer 3-layer fabric to trap more air inside. If water gets in the mesh-lined pockets you may feel damp too. 4/5

In use

On the hill in mild weather the Mountain Equipment Aeon is great, thanks to that low weight and the fabric softness and breathability. You can easily access all pockets while wearing a rucksack and stow maps in the bottom pockets, but a map only just fits in the chest pocket. The pit zips are useful for venting, and hood and arm movement are superb. 4/5

Value

This is decent value as you get top-end features and performance with only tiny niggles. 4/5

Verdict

The Mountain Equipment Aeon is a great jacket for mild-weather mountain trips. It was awarded a ‘Trail approved’ accolade.

4.4/5

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Review by Graham Thompson

First published in Trail magazine November 2014

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