Mountain Equipment Kongur 2008

The Mountain Equipment Kongur has been around for a few years now, and it regularly wins Trail’s winter jackets test as no-one has come up with anything better (come on, guys!). I still think it is the best jacket here for winter walkers. It’s made from Gore-Tex Pro Shell so it gets top marks for waterproofness and condensation control. It has a little more length than other jackets, so it protects your bum more effectively than most. The front zip gets a double stormflap, unlike many others here, making it more water-resistant when it really matters. Movement in the sleeves is ideal for mountaineering, while the four chest pockets allow hand-warming and storage even with a harness or rucksack belt. There are pit zips too in case you overheat. 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. Superb for winter action. But there is no women’s version of the Mountain Equipment Kongur. Also, there are lower-priced jackets and lighter jackets that work almost as well, depending on your priorities. If you don’t want all those chest pockets or pit zips then other options 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 (L)
Made in: Hungary
Stores in the UK: 65

Verdict: Seeing as no other brand has yet come up with anything better, the Mountain Equipment Kongur is still my favourite jacket for walking and mountaineering in wet and windy winter weather. That’s why it won ‘Best in Test’.

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine November 2008