Mountain Equipment Vector (2014)

What sets the Mountain Equipment Vector apart from many of its lower-priced lightweight counterparts is that here you’re getting a much higher-spec fabric, which means it should remain waterproof for longer while also being more breathable. It’s only a 2.5-layer fabric, though, and 3-layer fabrics and jackets with mesh lining will control condensation better, although there are vent holes under the arms to improve airflow. The Vector also only weighs 291g (size L) and it can be worn over a fleece or other mid layer without feeling restrictive. The design is typically short, but it’s not as short as some others, which considering the weight is a remarkable achievement. The front zip is exposed but it’s a water-resistant type, which again not all the lower-priced lightweight jackets can offer. There’s a flap on the inside to trap leaks as well. The two pockets are well-placed to allow easy access to their contents while wearing a rucksack hipbelt and they are large enough for maps, but they are mesh-lined, so they are not the most waterproof design. The sleeves are outstandingly good and allow more movement without riding up at the cuffs than any jacket here. The hood is very good too, thanks to a close fit and good movement with the head, while a wired peak provides good protection.

Weight 291 (size L)

Fabric 2.5-layer Drilite

Lining none

Men’s sizes S-XXL

Women’s sizes 8-16

External pockets 2

Can hood be rolled down? no

Side/pit vents no

Website www.mountain-equipment.co.uk

Verdict

The Mountain Equipment Vector carries a higher price than some other lightweight jackets, but you’re getting a better fabric and some details of design that make it more suitable for hillwalking.

Review by Graham Thompson

First published in Trail magazine Spring 2014

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