They have been busy over at Mountain Equipment HQ refining their already excellent range of Gore-Tex Jackets. Developed with extensive testing from Plas-y-Brenin Mountain Centre and Mountain Guides, these are not just any waterproof jackets (don’t worry, this isn’t an M & S advert….) These jackets have been crafted to meet the expectations of professional mountain users who need all of their kit to perform to the highest standards day after day.
The top of the range jacket is the Changabang, an all mountain jacket designed for mountaineers and serious off piste Skiers. The Changabang is designed to accommodate a full active cut featuring a shorter body length and articulated sleeves for an exceptional range of movement, no matter what the predicament. Additionally the Mountain HC stealth construction hood moves easily whether a helmet is worn or not with 4 way movement giving an excellent full range of visibility even when at full stretch. Pit Zips take care of ventilation when you are working hard.
For this year The first and most significant update is to the face fabric. Mountain Equipment are now using a combination of two fabrics. They are using the new Gore-Tex Pro Shell Ascendor II fabric which features a slightly tighter weave for improved abrasion resistance. Heavy wear areas are taken care of with the use of Gore-Tex Pro Shell Tenacity fabric which provides an amazing 20% better abrasion resistance.
The next improvement is the introduction of the Stratum pocket system which provides up to 25% more storage space. The Stratum pocket system creates two huge napoleon pockets that are A4 sized. These pockets are a class above anything else we have seen and anyone who has struggled to stow maps and route cards in foul weather will appreciate the thought that has gone into the new pocket design.
Altogether, we have been seriously impressed by the new Changabang, if you are looking for a top end Mountaineering jacket (that’s British to boot) look no further.