Mountain Hardwear Optimo/Celeste 2010

The Mountain Hardwear Optimo/Celeste weighs 412g (size M); Gore-Tex Pro Shell fabric; two large hip pockets; additional chest pocket; rolldown hood with excellent movement and large wired peak; pit zips. But price tag is high; others are lighter; access to base pockets is not ideal when wearing a rucksack belt; base pockets are mesh so they’re not watertight.

The Mountain Hardwear Optimo/Celeste has lots of good features; but weight, price and pockets could all be better.

First published in Trail magazine November 2010