Mountain Equipment Lhotse/Manaslu (2015)

Features

One of the most well-established mountain jackets there is, the Mountain Equipment Lhotse/Manaslu uses tough 3-layer Gore-Tex Pro fabric for durable levels of waterproofness and breathability. There are three big pockets on the chest, plus a zipped internal pocket. The helmet-compatible hood benefits from a wired peak with face and rear volume adjustment, while pit zips add ventilation. 5/5

Fit

The men’s Lhotse comes in sizes S-XXL and the women’s Manaslu comes in sizes 8-16. It has an ‘Alpine Fit’, according to the manufacturer, meaning it fits a bit closer than older ME jackets. It was a little short for me, as my bum was not fully protected, but this is the same with many jackets these days. The hood fit is superb though and really sets this jacket apart. 5/5

Comfort

The 3-layer Gore-Tex Pro fabric is stiffer than some others but that also means it does not buckle in a breeze and so it feels more comfortable to me because of that. The pit zips further aid condensation control and that hood comfortably protects the eyes and face. The Mountain Equipment Lhotse/Manaslu is a little short for my liking but that is the only niggle that comes to mind. 5/5

In use

You can get a map in all three of those chest pockets, and wearing a rucksack with a big hipbelt does not impede access to them. The hood drawcords are easy to adjust while the wire in the peak allows it to be reshaped as preferred for maximum protection. Movement in the sleeves is great with no riding up of the cuffs or hem when scrambling. 5/5

Value

The Mountain Equipment Lhotse/Manaslu’s price offers better value for money than many top-end jackets, but it still makes me wince. 4/5

Verdict

The Mountain Equipment Lhotse/Manaslu is a proven mountain workhorse that provides durable protection for the hills with a great set of pockets, a great hood and a great fabric. It won Trail’s ‘Best in Test’ accolade. 4.8/5

Review by Graham Thompson

First published in Trail magazine November 2015

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