Mountain Equipment Ogre/Nanga Parbat

A frequent winner of Trail reviews, this general-purpose waterproof jacket gets a facelift in winter 2007 with the introduction of Pro Shell fabric. This shaves around 40g off the weight, and gives it a softer feel while retaining excellent condensation control. You get just a little more length than many modern jackets, so that the hem just cups the bottom and protects it from the wet. The sleeves allow incredible freedom of movement, so the hem and cuffs never ride up when scrambling over stiles or up crags. You get three cavernous chest pockets that are ideal for hands and maps, and allow superb access even while wearing a rucksack. The hood is a rolldown design with a deep stiffened peak and excellent movement. The Ogre is still perfect after all these years and a notch better with the new fabric. But you don’t get pit zips, which some may miss. Also other jackets are even longer and have base pockets rather than chest pockets for the hands. You may also prefer the extra comfort of a mesh lining. Having said that I suspect most hill-walkers will love this jacket just as it is.

 

Outer: 3-layer Gore-Tex Pro Shell
Inner: none
Fabric waterproofness: extremely waterproof
Fabric breathability: extremely breathable
Sizes: S-XXL (men’s); 10-16 (women’s)
Weight: 542g (size L)
Made in Hungary
Stores in UK: 62

Verdict: A modern classic with a makeover that ensures its remains ideal for general hill-walking. It was rated Best in Test.