Outdoor Research Mentor 2010

The Outdoor Research Mentor weighs 486g (size L); Gore-Tex Pro Shell; two big chest pockets plus a third smaller chest pocket; pit zips extend to hem for incredible venting; good hood fit and movement. But waterproof pockets may be a better choice than these mesh-lined ones; front zip has internal rather than external baffles; long side zip has no stormflap so may leak; a stiffer hood peak would be better.

The Outdoor Research Mentor is a good mountaineering jacket, but others have benefits for wet British weather.

First published in Trail magazine November 2010