Mountain Equipment Kongur 2010

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
Inner none
Fabric waterproofness extremely waterproof
Fabric breathability extremely breathable
Sizes S-XXL
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