A frequent winner of Trail tests, the Mountain Equipment Kongur is made from Gore-Tex Pro Shell fabric like many others; but what I particularly like is that you get a little extra length in the body. You can still wear a harness and climb in this jacket, but you just don’t get as wet compared to shorter options. Also the four external pocket zips and the main zip all get external stormflaps, which means they are less likely to leak compared to the more exposed zips that are the fashion these days. Those pockets are massive too, so you can stash gloves, warm your hands and carry guidebooks without having to stop. If you overheat you can use the pit zips, which are great although not an essential feature. The hood has a huge, wired peak and it moves really well with the head.
It’s hard to fault the Mountain Equipment Kongur but you can get lighter options and of course there are very good jackets that are a notch lower in price with different features. Also, sadly there’s no women’s version. So if you’re a guy, it’s a case of deciding if this jacket has the right feature set for you.
Weight 620g (size L)
Fabric 3-layer Gore-Tex Pro Shell
Sizes men’s S-XXL
External pockets 4
Wired hood yes
Side vents yes
The Mountain Equipment Kongur has an excellent set of features for mountaineering and hillwalking in typical British wet, windy, snowy and generally rotten mountain weather. It won our ‘Best in Test’ accolade.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine November 2011