The Mountain Equipment Firefox multi-activity jacket is made from Gore-Tex Pro Shell, so it may not be as light and packable as Gore-Tex Paclite jackets, but it does control condensation much better. The jacket is sealed from the elements pretty well too as there is just one pocket and this is not mesh-lined. The front zip has internal stormflap to funnel water downwards. The single pocket is very large and easily takes an OS map for example and as it is on the chest, it is easy to access too. The hood can be rolled down and secured at the collar when biking, for example. But on the head it has an excellent fit and movement plus a good wired peak. Movement in the sleeves is great too and so this is pretty much ideal for climbing and biking. But the Mountain Equipment Firefox has only one pocket, and others do have more for warming hands. Also as the pocket is not mesh-lined you cannot get any extra venting from it if you’re overheating such as when moving fast. More reflective tabs would be good for night-time action. The price tag may be a turn-off as there are lots of good lower-priced options.
Outer Gore-Tex Pro Shell
Fabric waterproofness extremely waterproof
Fabric breathability extremely breathable
Weight 300g (L)
Made in Hungary
Stores in UK 80
The Mountain Equipment Firefox is an excellent multi-activity jacket if you only need one pocket and don’t want venting pockets for extra ventilation.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine November 2010