The Mountain Equipment Lhotse/Manaslu has been a favourite jacket of mine for years, in part due to the fact that it has the essential features for hill and mountain walks. Primarily you get those all-important three big pockets on the chest, plus a zipped internal pocket. The helmet-compatible hood has a wired peak with face and rear volume adjustment, and there are pit zips. 5/5
The jacket, which comes in sizes S-XXL for men and 8-16 for women, boasts an ‘Alpine fit’, which is closer than Mountain Equipment jackets of old. It didn’t quite cover my crotch, so I’d prefer a little more length, but this is the same with most jackets these days; that said, I did like the scoop tail, which provided extra protection at the back. The hood fitted really well and moved with my head perfectly. 5/5
Being made from Gore-Tex Pro means the Mountain Equipment Lhotse/Manaslu is a durable waterproof and breathable jacket that will keep users comfortable. A mesh-lined jacket is more comfortable, but heavier, and the mesh tends to snag. Lighter jackets are softer and more flexible, but less durable. Pit zips further aid condensation control. So overall for durable mountain comfort this is ideal. 5/5
Wearing a pack, I could put a map in any of the chest pockets and whip it out without having to undo or adjust any buckles. The hood is easy to adjust, and allows great vision thanks to good movement and a wired peak. I could also do a scramble without the hem or sleeves riding up. External stormflaps may make the zips more water-resistant, but I had no problems. 5/5
Without doubt a great jacket, but only regular users may feel it’s worth the price tag. 3/5
The Mountain Equipment Lhotse/Manaslu is tried and trusted for mountain trips when wild weather demands the best performance.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine November 2014