Mountain Equipment Classic Lightline 2011

The Mountain Equipment Classic Lightline is only a tenner more than in 2007 when it was Trail’s ‘Best in Test’. Put it on and it is very cosily warm and ideal for sitting on summits in winter or making a brew outside a tent. The hood is well-insulated and has a wired peak so you get excellent protection in a cold wind. In fairer weather you can remove the hood too. Unlike some jackets you get Velcro-adjustable cuffs, which not only help lock out the wind, but also on warmer days allow valuable cooling airflow here to prevent overheating. Like others there are two zipped pockets on the outside, but you also get a cavernous internal mesh pocket. The front zip also has a good anti-snag strip on the inside to ensure the zip runs smoothly and to keep draughts out. Nice touches includes a brushed polyester collar and chinguard for added comfort. But I’d prefer a volume adjuster on the Mountain Equipment Classic Lightline’s hood to improve the fit and movement. This may be warm but it is also heavy at 798g, so it is only of use if you are going to be out in the cold as otherwise lighter but less well insulated duvets will suffice. The sleeves are not as close-fitting as others.

Outer Driloft nylon
Inner nylon
Insulation 316g of 675 fill power 90/10 down
Sizes S-XXL (men’s); 8-16 (women’s)
Weight 798g (size men’s L)
Made in China
Stores in the UK 185


The Mountain Equipment Classic Lightline is a superb price for the performance and ideal for cold winter days on the hill, by the tent or walking to the pub. It deservedly won ‘Best in Test’.

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine February 2011