The Mountain Equipment Ogre/Nanga Parbat general-purpose jacket is a frequent winner of Trail reviews, and last year it was improved with the addition of Gore-Tex Pro Shell fabric. This shaved around 40g off the weight and gave the jacket a soft feel. No changes this year, so you still get a little extra length compared with the average jacket, meaning that the hem protects the bum. The sleeves allow incredible freedom of movement, so the hem and cuffs never ride up when scrambling over stiles or up crags. You get three cavernous chest pockets that are ideal for hands and maps, and allow superb access even while wearing a rucksack. The hood is a rolldown design with a deep stiffened peak and excellent movement. The Ogre is still perfect after all these years and in my view no-one else has come up with anything better for regular hill and mountain travel. But other jackets are even longer than the Mountain Equipment Ogre/Nanga Parbat and have base pockets rather than chest pockets for the hands, which some may prefer. A mesh lining would be a more comfortable alternative to the 3-layer fabric used here. Those wearing a climbing harness may miss the pack of pit zips for extra venting.
Outer 3-layer Gore-Tex Pro Shell
Fabric waterproofness extremely waterproof
Fabric breathability extremely breathable
Sizes S-XXL (men’s); 10-16 (women’s)
Weight 550 (men’s L)
Made in Hungary
Stores in the UK 62Verdict: The Mountain Equipment Ogre/Nanga Parbat is a frequent winner of Trail tests and is still one of the best hill and mountain jackets on the planet for walkers, scramblers and mountaineers. It won ‘Best in Test’ in this review.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine November 2008