Mountain Equipment Diablo/Minaret 2009

The Mountain Equipment Diablo/Minaret is a new multi-activity jacket with many of the brand’s typical features built into a slightly shorter design to improve its performance in fast multi-sport mountain activity. At 458g (men’s L) it is reasonably light, but it benefits over some of the lighter jackets by being made from Gore-Tex Pro Shell, which results in better condensation control. There are two huge chest pockets, which are easily accessed while wearing harnesses and hipbelts. The hood is typically superb, having a big wired peak for plenty of eye protection coupled with an excellent fit that allows it to move with the head even when the main zip is not done up. If needed the hood can be rolled to the collar and secured. Pit zips aid venting and there is good movement throughout to allow easy climbing. The Mountain Equipment Diablo/Minaret will be at home in a variety of mountain action scenarios where staying dry is more important than carrying less weight. But mesh pockets would be better for extra ventilation during fast and light activity when condensation control is more important than keeping rain out. There’s no stormflap over the main zip so leakage is possible here. There is no reflective piping either, so this is not ideal for night action. There are plenty of lower-priced, lighter options if the weight of your jacket is your main priority.

 

Outer Gore-Tex Pro Shell
Inner none
Fabric waterproofness extremely waterproof
Fabric breathability extremely breathable
Sizes S-XXL (men’s); 8-16 (women’s)
Weight 458g (size L)
Made in Hungary
Stores in UK 70

Verdict: The Mountain Equipment Diablo/Minaret is excellent for multi-activity outdoors, but others are better for night-time action and travelling fast and light.

 

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine November 2009