Millet Mera Peak 2008

The Mera Peak is a new general-purpose jacket from Millet that looks ideal for anyone heading into the hills. It has a reasonable weight and is made from Gore-Tex Performance Shell, which is very good in terms of being waterproof and breathable. The design has a main zip with external stormflaps to keep the worst of the weather out. There are two main chest pockets and these can be accessed while wearing a rucksack, while a third chest pocket higher in the chest is useful for small items such as a compass or GPS receiver. Inside the jacket is a full lining, which really adds a high level of comfort as well as a brushed polyester lining in the collar. The hood is removable and it has a wired peak to protect the eyes. Pit zips are also provided so you can vent the jacket without removing it.  But the Millet Mera Peak’s third chest pocket is very small, which – while still useful – is annoying if you have a map or pair of gloves to stash. The hood is also very small and lacks protection. As with most lower-priced options the fabric is not as breathable as Gore Pro Shell or similar high-priced options. It’s a little heavy too.

Outer Gore-Tex Performance Shell
Inner polyamide
Fabric waterproofness extremely waterproof
Fabric breathability very breathable
Sizes S-XXL (men’s); XS-XL (women’s)
Weight 674g (men‘s L)
Made in China
Stores in the UK 50Verdict: The Millet Mera Peak is a reasonable general-purpose hill and mountain jacket but some alternatives have larger pockets, a better hood and better breathability.

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine November 2008