Mountain Hardwear Caraballo 2009

The Mountain Hardwear Caraballo is definitely one of the best here if you prefer a slightly shorter design. The jacket is made from Gore-Tex Pro Shell fabric, so it benefits from top-of-the-league performance. At 538g the weight is very good and the features are equally attractive. Firstly the main zip gets a double stormflap on the outside to keep the rain out, and the chest pockets are all sealed so water cannot migrate through them. Those pockets are all easily accessed while wearing a rucksack too. There are pit zips to aid ventilation as well. The hood can be rolled to the collar and secured if needed. On the head it benefits from a good fit and excellent movement as well as a large stiffened peak to protect the face. A great jacket for hill-walking and scrambling. The women’s version is the Bernina. But there are lower-priced options than the Mountain Hardwear Caraballo out there, with similar performance. Some people may prefer a mesh-lined jacket for general use but that would come with a weight penalty. The jacket is quite short, so again not to everyone’s liking perhaps. A wired peak would allow it to be reformed as needed.


Outer 3-layer Gore-Tex Pro Shell
Inner none
Fabric waterproofness extremely waterproof
Fabric breathability extremely breathable
Sizes S- XXL (men’s); XS-XL (women’s)
Weight 538g  (men’s L)
Made in China
Stores in the UK 3

Verdict: If you prefer shorter designs the Mountain Hardwear Caraballo is an ideal jacket for hill-walking and scrambling.


Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine November 2009