Mountain Equipment Firebird

This lightweight waterproof jacket from Mountain Equipment is a loose fit, although the drawcord at the waist helps pull it in. It’s let down by a loose, flimsy collar which, without a fleece chin guard, feels quite scratchy against the skin. The hood is a good size and adjusts easily, although the peak obstructs your vision. However, with no pit zips or venting pockets, it gets quite hot on the hill.

Verdict: A lightweight, breathable jacket with large pockets and a good hood. The light weight comes at a price though – the Paclite fabric rustles a lot and, with no venting, you may get quite warm.

Colours: Storm/storm, moon blue/ash blue and heather/wine

Sizes: 10-16

Fabric: Gore-Tex Paclite

Key features: Stealth construction hood, two taped external pocket behind narrow water resistant zips, stuffsack

Weight: 330g

Men’s version: Firefly

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