With this lightweight waterproof you get classic Mountain Equipment features like large chest pockets and a great hood with a stiff peak that moves really well with the head. But it is perhaps the use of Gore-Tex Pro Shell that gives this jacket the edge over previous designs, as it allows a very lightweight fabric to control condensation really well compared to Gore-Paclite for example. Better still you get a stormflap over that front zip to keep rain out. None of the pockets is mesh either, so again that helps keep the rain out. The body cups the bottom nicely, while the cut allows excellent freedom of movement in the sleeves. The hood is one of the best around, with a particular good peak. Very hard to improve on. But there are lighter jackets around, and other hoods might fit your head a little better – but that will depend on your head shape! The sleeves are cut quite loosely compared to some too. Some might find the lack of a hanging loop in the collar annoying.
Outer: 3-layer Gore-Tex Pro Shell
Fabric waterproofness: extremely waterproof
Fabric breathability: extremely breathable
Sizes: S-XXL (men’s Morpheus); 10-16 (women’s Seraph)
Weight: 470g (large)
Made in Hungary
Stores in UK: 66
Verdict: Pro Shell coupled with Mountain Equipment design has produced an outstanding lightweight hill-walkers waterproof. This jacket was rated as Best in Test.