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ME Waterproof Jackets: The Good, the Better and the Best

Words by Taunton Leisure

on 28/01/2021 15:37:34

Mountain Equipment Waterproof Jackets: The Good, the Better and the Best

With such unpredictable weather, a waterproof jacket really is essential in the UK. Our most beautiful outdoor spaces such as the British national parks, peaks, and coastlines are at the top of this list as often some of the most alterable environments. We’re not the sort to let a little soggy weather prevent us from getting out on the hill and trail and firmly believe that the right jacket for you and your intended activities can turn even the most torrential days into some of the very best. Unfortunately during this time with our stores closed, it is very difficult to get an idea of the key differences within our range so we are going to take some time this week to discuss the waterproof jackets within some of our most popular brands, today we will be highlighting Mountain Equipment. Well known for their intrepid ultra reliable gear, this British outdoor gear specialist are well known for their superbly made mountain and alpine gear, their name is as literal as you can get.
Amongst our varied assortment of ME gear, you will find some very hard working pieces designed to make you comfortable in some of the world’s harshest conditions at the very highest of altitudes. We’re talking items built for optimum durability and performance in high mountain ranges and epic treks through rocky terrains.
In truth, despite the title, there is no absolute good, better, or best for every chosen activity. What we’re looking to accomplish is to help you make your mind up on what is best for your needs. If you are looking for a new waterproof coat, think carefully about where you’ll be taking it and what you’ll be doing in it. An ultra-lightweight and packable jacket may not stand up well to many years climbing mountains but similarly, an alpine optimised high denier technical jacket may prove unnecessary and perhaps even cumbersome when faced with daily strolls along woodland pathways or up the local footpath with the jolly Labrador in tow.

Good: The Mountain Equipment Rupal Jacket

What an outstanding jumping off point, this is a really solid jacket which you can trust to perform superbly for many years use if tough conditions and terrains.

The Mountain Equipment Rupal is a tough and reliable waterproof jacket that will handle all the mountains will throw at it. Ideal for backpackers and mountaineers heading out in all weathers, it's equally well suited to more technical climbs.This jacket is constructed with a tough 75D 3-layer GORE-TEX fabric for durable waterproof, windproof, yet breathable protection that keeps you comfortable as you work hard. The Mountain Helmet Compatible hood is fully adjustable and easily accommodates a helmet so you don't have to compromise on protection. Two large pockets with YKK water resistant zips are easily accessible with use with a backpack and a laminated and laser cut inner pocket with YKK zip keeps your belongings close. Two-way water resistant underarm pit zips provide much needed ventilation and the two-way YKK moulded AquaGuard centre front zip minimises water entry. Tailored to be close-fitting yet still able to accommodate layers, the Alpine fit focuses its shaping between the waist and shoulders to help eradicate 'bagging' when leant over, but effectively distribute the fabric between the front chest, rear shoulder and bicep to provide comfort and wide range of movement. Pre-shaped sleeves accommodates full range of movement and adjustable laminated cuffs and dual tether hem drawcord keeps the weather out.

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Better: The Mountain Equipment Shivling Jacket

We’re about to take things up a notch, imagine everything the Rupal can do, but its much lighter and more packable. How is this possible? GORE-TEX PRO!

The Mountain Equipment Shivling is a simple and super protective shell for any mountain. Its low weight and bulk means it can easily be carried just in case in less severe conditions.
The 3-layer GORE-TEX Pro 40D fabric waterproof membrane utilises a revolutionary multi-layer ePTFE-based membrane system which combines high performance face textiles with patented Micro Grid Backer technology to deliver ruggedness, breathability and comfort in the most extreme conditions.
The Women's Alpine Fit has been tailored to eradicate unnecessary bulk and weight whilst keeping you protected through a range of motions. It is designed for those who prefer a slightly closer fitting Hardshell, still be able to accommodate mid layers underneath, and to eradicate 'bagging' when bent over. The shoulder block re-balances the distribution of fabric between the front chest, rear shoulder and bicep while and the pre-shaped arms accommodates natural movements.
The Mountain Helmet Compatible Hood is engineered with a laminated and wired visor designed to retain its form and function in difficult conditions, and all the adjusters are positions so that they are intuitive to find and easy to adjust, even while wearing gloves.
Features include two large pockets with YKK Water Resistant zips and a laminated, and laser cut inner pocket with YKK zip to help keep your belongings close.
YKK Water Resistant underarm pit zips provide ventilation without the compromise and adjustable laminated cuffs, and dual tether hem drawcords offers the perfect fit.

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Best: The ME Lhotse for men and ME Manaslu for women

Given separate names depending on its intended wearer, these two jackets carry near identical features besides form and fit dependant on whether you are male or female. They both carry a superb reputation as industry leading mountaineering jackets.

These multi award winning jackets have been evolved to represent the best possible blend of function, weight and durability.
Whatever the weather, the Lhotse or Manaslu provide unstinting protection. The Polyamide outer is paired with a 40D 3L GORE-TEX pro membrane system with a unique micro-structure to provide comfort and reliable weather protection, even during extended activities in extreme weather. This construction also keeps your body dry by reducing the accumulation of sweat, keeping you cool during fast moving activities and warm when cooling down. With added durable 80D reinforcement panels, this jacket will withstand abrasion and prolong the life on the garment.
Tailored to be close-fitting yet still able to accommodate layers, the Alpine fit focuses its shaping between the waist and shoulders to help eradicate 'bagging' when lent over, but effectively distribute the fabric between the front chest, rear shoulder and bicep to provide comfort and wide range of movement.
Storm construction throughout the garment all work together to keep you protected in extreme environments. Location of each and every seam is thought out in advance to remove them from key points of wear and abrasion, where this is not possible an additional 22mm, compared to 13mm, tape reinforcement is used.
The fully adjustable Mountain HC hood features Cohesive cord-locks and easily accommodates a helmet so you don't have to compromise on protection. Laminated and bonded 2-way YKK water-resistant underarm pit zips allow you to cool down when working hard, even when it is raining.
The Stratum Storage System allows the front Napoleon pocket be 25% larger to accommodate maps, gloves or accessories. Additional, two large hand pockets with YKK AquaGuard zips are placed for use with a harness and a laminated, laser cut inner zipped pocket keeps your belongings safe.
Two-way YKK moulded AquaGuard front zip enables you to climb and belay, and the fully adjustable, laminated cuffs and dual tether hem drawcords keep out the weather while providing you with the perfect fit.

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