The Mountain Equipment Kongur is made from Gore-Tex Pro Shell like most jackets here, so it is top of the league on performance. What I like about this jacket compared with most is that it is a little longer in the body, so it offers more protection. But the cut still allows this jacket to be worn comfortably with a harness. There are four chest pockets too, and again these are easily accessed while wearing a harness or rucksack belt. They are bigger pockets than most jackets have and are ideal for warming hands or stashing a map, GPS receiver, hat or gloves on the move. The zips all get a single external stormflap to keep the worst of the rain off. If you do overheat there are pit zips, which is useful when mountaineering with a harness for example. The hood is particularly good as it goes over a helmet and fits close to the head with excellent movement. But there are lighter jackets around and lower-priced options than the Mountain Equipment Kongur too, while some may prefer a shorter jacket with fewer pockets. Do you really need pit zips (if you don’t there may be better options)? There is also no women’s version, which is obviously a frustration. But as a jacket it’s hard to fault for winter walking and mountaineering in a mix of conditions at home or abroad.
Outer 3-layer Gore-Tex Pro Shell Ascendor II with Micro Grid Backer
Fabric waterproofness extremely waterproof
Fabric breathability extremely breathable
Weight 626g (L)
Made in Hungary
Stores in the UK 95
The Mountain Equipment Kongur is a frequent winner of the winter waterproofs test in Trail, and for me it remains a winning combination. It gets the ‘Best in Test’ award.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine November 2010