Mountain Equipment Kongur

The Kongur has won Trail’s winter jacket test for the past two years and for me it is still the best, particularly as it now comes with new Pro Shell fabric and as a consequence less weight. The jacket has a little more length than many here, making it ideal for remaining protected from a winter storm. The front zip also gets a double stormflap for the best water resistance.  Movement in the sleeves is ideal for mountaineering, while the four chest pockets allow handwarming and storage even when wearing a harness or rucksack belt. If you overheat, there are pit zips too. The hood is one of the best around, with clear vision guaranteed thanks to the wired peak, close fit and stunning movement with the head. A superb jacket for winter action. But there is no women’s version, which is a real shame. There are lower-priced and lighter jackets that work almost as well. If you don’t want all those chest pockets or pit zips then other models would be better for you.

 

Outer: 3-layer Gore-Tex Pro Shell with Micro Grid Backer
Inner: none
Fabric waterproofness: extremely waterproof
Fabric breathability: extremely breathable
Sizes: S-XXL
Weight: 564g (size L)
Made in Hungary
Stores in UK: 58

Verdict: For the third year in a row, the Kongur is a winner for winter hill-walking and mountaineering, and it was awarded Best in Test.