Mountain Equipment Aeon (2015)

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Features

There are lots of similar jackets to the Mountain Equipment Aeon, but I liked the combination of features here. It is reasonably lightweight at 362g (size L) with three pockets that can be easily accessed while wearing a rucksack and a hood with a wired peak to improve vision in wet and windy weather. The downside is mesh pockets and a short body. 4/5

Fit

This is available in size S-XXL for men and 8 to 16 for women. The body is of average length at the front with a scooped tail for better protection of the bottom. The cuff area of the sleeves is a little baggy but can be tidied up with the Velcro adjusters. The cuffs and hem don’t ride up when raising your arms, and the hood fits and moves with the head well. 5/5

Comfort

The Mountain Equipment Aeon uses a 2.5-layer Drilite material, which boasts top-quality waterproofness and breathability. But like all 2.5-layer materials it is clammier than 3-layer or mesh-lined products. It is very thin too, which means it does not shed wind so well as thicker and heavier materials. Also, the pockets are mesh-lined, allowing water ingress if not carefully managed. 3/5

In use

For a lightweight jacket the Mountain Equipment Aeon is superb in many ways. The pit zips can improve comfort, while the two main pockets take maps easily. The third chest pocket is not big enough for maps, but it is useful for compass or GPS. The hood and sleeve movement are excellent, the main niggles being mesh pockets and a material that is not great in the worst weather. 4/5

Value

There are a lot of similar jackets to this at the same price, but this has the edge on them, so its price is good in comparison. 4/5

Verdict

The Mountain Equipment Aeon is the best lightweight jacket we saw in our test under £170. While it’s not perfect, I suspect many walkers will find it more than capable. 4.0/5

Review by Graham Thompson

First published in Trail magazine Spring 2015

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