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Mountain Equipment Lhotse Jacket review

Overview

A durable and tough workhorse that will protect you in all weathers. The Mountain Equipment Lhotse jacket feels tough, perfect for climbing and mountaineering.

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Features and benefits

  • 3-layer GORE-TEX® Pro 40D fabric
  • 3-layer GORE-TEX® Pro 80D fabric reinforcements
  • Mountain HC Hood is fully adjustable
  • Alpine fit with articulated and pre-shaped sleeves
  • Storm Construction techniques used throughout
  • Stratum Storage; 2 large pockets and 1 Napoleon pocket with moulded AquaGuard® zips
  • 2-way YKK® moulded AquaGuard® centre front zip
  • 2-way YKK® WR underarm pit zips with laminated and bonded entry
  • Adjustable laminated cuffs and dual tether hem drawcords
  • Weight: 530g/18.7oz

A well thought out design with the benefit of Gore-Tex® Pro used throughout.  A 3 layer system providing the user with reliable protection from all weathers.  The shoulders, the elbows and most of the arms, areas which are more likely to wear, have been reinforced.  Its design providing durability, and withstanding abrasion in rugged environments, an ideal jacket for climbing, mountaineering and ski-touring.

Gore-Tex® says “The fabric’s construction keeps your body dry by reducing the accumulation of sweat, so you remain cool during aerobic activities and warm during cool-down.”

You can feel its quality as soon as you pick it up.  The Mountain Equipment Lhotse jacket comprises of zips large enough to use with gloves comfortably.  Meaning they do not get stuck halfway, having to undo it like the smaller water resistant equivalent, that most other manufacturers still use for the pockets.

Pros

  • Cool looking jacket
  • Easy to use big zips
  • Reinforced in the right places
  • Two-way YKK Water Resistance zips under the arm for ventilation
  • 3 large pockets
  • Easy to use adjustable draw cords on the hood and waist
  • Robust adjustable Velcro straps on the cuffs
  • A helmet compatible hood

 

Cons

  • Would like to see more colour choice

 

I am really struggling to come up with anything negative to say about this jacket.  I can’t fault it, not even the price.  As I think it is reasonably priced comparatively to other jackets on the market.

Conclusion

Having walked, climbed and dug snow holes with the Lhotse jacket, and been out in all weathers Scotland could throw at it, it has kept me dry.  Its durability combined with the easy to use design of its features, make it an excellent choice of jacket.  Mountain Equipment have set the bar high.  A durable, versatile, and well-designed jacket of high quality.