The long-established Mountain Equipment Firefox should be vying for the crown in this test, and performance-wise it’s up there with the best. Moisture build-up is extremely low, leaving you cool and dry even while working hard. Likewise, it is as likely to keep you protected from the rain as any other jacket on test. It’s also extremely supple and quiet too, which adds to its high ‘performance’ rating. Unfortunately, small design touches limit its appeal. The pit zips, dual hem adjusters, hood and neck adjusters (complete with tidy) are all well-placed, but the designs are smaller and thinner than most on test, and would be difficult to use with gloved hands. The hood itself is perfectly acceptable, with a semi-rigid peak that functions perfectly well without topping the tables of this test for comfort or freedom of movement. The two averagely sized front pockets will both accommodate an OS map too, but there is no internal option. If function is key, the Mountain Equipment Firefox will appeal to you and will do an excellent job. If comfort and styling are important too, there are jackets in this test that will meet your needs while offering comparable levels of impressive weather protection.
Weight 320g (size M)
Fabric Gore-Tex Active Shell
Men’s sizes S-XL
Women’s sizes 8-16
The Mountain Equipment Firefox offers excellent levels of performance, but doesn’t equal the best on test for ease of use.
Review by Dan Aspel
First published in Trail magazine June 2012