Mountain Equipment was founded in the early 60′s when a couple of guys saw a gap in the market for the design and production of technical clothing and equipment, specifically climbing and high altitude gear. This was fuelled by the boom of air travel and accessibility of mountain ranges further and higher than the Alps. Today M.E. have a great collection of waterproof jackets, down clothing, gloves, hats and accessories. Here I’m going to talk about two products perfect for this time of year. The Himal Jacket and the Supercell Jacket.
The Mountain Equipment Himal Jacket comes from the down collection of jackets which stems from the expedition level down jackets to super-lightweight body warming gilets. The Himal weights in at 860g which is lightweight considering the warmth and features achieved. It’s insulated by 675+ fill power down meaning that it’s not quite up there with the 800+ jackets for warmth and weight but it means that it’s cheaper to buy and ME can stuff more down into the jacket to achieve great heat retention. The down is kept in check by a Drilite Loft II outer, this is totally windproof, highly water resistant and lightweight which is ideal to allow the down to loft up and trap heat, thus keeping you warm.
The construction of the Himal is a combination of box wall and stitched through so you get the best of both worlds with the ease of movement in the arms and superior heat retaining properties of box wall over the main body and hood. There are also lovely features like the EXL system which Mountain Equipment have integrated into the helmet compatible hood and the back of the Himal. This is a series of lightly hugging elastic cords that make the jacket hug your body so reducing cold spots and adding to the comfort. Other stand out features include and internal mesh pocket for a water bottle, exterior Napoleon chest pocket and 2 hand warming pockets.
The Himal Jacket ticks all the right boxes for a winter jacket to be used in British and Alpine adventures. Highly water resistant, windproof, supremely warm, helmet compatible hood and lightweight for the punch. If you like the sound of this then you’ll love the fact that we have the Black and Neptune colours in stock now with 40% off at £143.99. While stocks last so hurry.
Next on the list is the Mountain Equipment Supercell Jacket. This is a fully featured, Gore-Tex Active Shell, waterproof jacket perfect for mountain use, trekking and backpacking. The use of Gore-Tex Active Shell makes the Supercell incredibly breathable so for those who like to stomp around, working up a sweat, this jacket is for you. ME have given it a longer cut so it’s more like the walking jackets of old, the longer cut gives greater protection from wind, rain and snow.
The Supercell Jacket benefits from the quality of the Mountain Equipment design along with the legendary Gore-Tex warranty which combine to create an amazing waterproof which works beautifully well through wet and wild weather. The Active Shell means that while you’re working up a sweat your jacket is allowing all the moist air to escape to create a comfortable and dry environment. Dress the Supercell up or down depending on the weather, I’d recommend buying a micro baffle down vest, smock or jacket to go under the Supercell in the winter and in the summer you’ll be comfy just wearing a technical tee or baselayer while the Supercell keeps the rain off in the warmer months.
If you’re interested in the Supercell then to make the deal a little more appealing we’ve managed to find some stock of the black at 40% off making it and absolute bargain at £131.99.