Mountain Equipment Lhotse Jacket – £330 / 530g
Where the Lhotse really shines, is in the fit. The gist of it is that the brand spent two years working with elite Swiss pattern cutters to optimise the fit of their shell jackets – the aim was to eliminate loose fabric, but still create a cut that works for more people and doesn’t limit mobility.
There are two versions: a closer-fitting Alpine Fit and a more generous Mountain Fit to allow for extra layers. We couldn’t try the fit before as ME’s sample size is ‘large’, but our Lhotse is a medium and uses the alpine version of the cut and it’s immediately and obviously a brilliant fit and as good as anything else we’ve seen full stop.
It’s sleek and slim in the torso and hips, hugs the curve of our lower back and should work well with pack and harness with minimal billowing. It’s also wide enough for broad, climber-ish shoulders and has long, climbing-friendly sleeves that also roll up for extra cooling if you need it.
The clever bit about it all is that it does all that, fits closely with it, but when you reach out or up there’s not only no restriction on your movement, it all happens without loose, billowing extra fabric because it’s simply been cut really well. Those Swiss guys clearly know what they’re doing.
If all that sounds unlikely, we’d suggest you simply go and try one of for size and see what you think. It’s medium long as well rather than being a sawn-off dedicated climbing jacket, which promises to make it a cracking mountain all-rounder.
More info: www.mountain-equipment.co.uk.
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