Mountain Equipment Pro Lite 2008

The Mountain Equipment Pro Lite is a new jacket that looks set to become very popular as it has a great set of features and makes use of the latest Gore-Tex Pro Shell fabric, so it has excellent water and condensation control. The jacket is a simple design with a main front zip that benefits from an external stormflap. There are two large chest pockets that are sealed rather than mesh-lined, and also these can be easily accessed while wearing a rucksack. The hood can be rolled down and has a stiffened peak to protect the eyes in wet and windy weather. Fit and movement of the hood are superb. Use this for lightweight backpacking, general hill-walking and Alpine trips, and it should be ideal. For what you get the price is great too. But the Mountain Equipment Pro Lite is a little too short for me when walking and others are indeed a couple of centimetres longer, which makes a difference. Others jackets are available with a third chest pocket too, which is useful for a map and compass. Other jackets are lighter if weight is your priority, while some are lower in price if you are short on cash.

Outer Gore-Tex Pro Shell
Inner none
Fabric waterproofness extremely waterproof
Fabric breathability extremely breathable
Sizes S-XXL (men’s); 8-16 (women’s)
Weight 408g (men‘s L)
Made in Hungary
Stores in the UK 75
Verdict
The Mountain Equipment Pro Lite is an excellent jacket for hill-walkers and backpackers, but it is a little shorter than some of its competitors.

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine November 2008