Mountain Equipment Firefox (2012)

The Mountain Equipment Firefox is made from Gore-Tex Active Shell, a fabric that is designed to be lightweight while controlling condensation well and keeping rain out, but it is not as durable as other Gore-Tex fabrics such as Pro Shell or Performance Shell. However having a jacket that weighs in at just 329g (size men’s L) is ideal for many walkers, and personally speaking I have been using Gore-Tex Active Shell jackets for general walking for over a year and to date they are still working well. The design of the Mountain Equipment Firefox is relatively short, as are most jackets these days, but it does benefit from large chest pockets that are ideal for guidebooks and maps. These pockets are mesh-lined to save weight and increase venting but, again, for general walking, sealed pockets may be a better option. There are also pit zips for extra venting. The hood is good for general use although it’s not quite as good as some other hoods as it lacks a wired peak; but on the plus side it fits and moves well. The hood can also be neatly rolled down and secured at the collar to prevent it flapping about.

Weight 329g (L)
Fabric Gore-Tex Active Shell
Lining none
Men’s sizes S-XL
Women’s sizes 8-16
External pockets 2
Can hood be rolled down? Yes
Side/pit vents yes
Website www.mountain-equipment.co.uk

 

Verdict

The Mountain Equipment Firefox is more of a lightweight multi-activity jacket than a general hillwalking jacket, but for many its weight and design will be deemed ideal for fast and light hillwalking and mountain backpacking.

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine November 2012