Mammut Kento Jacket: £175 / 420g (medium)
Mammut’s tag-line is ‘Absolute Alpine’, but ‘alpine’ can mean walking and hiking as well as full-on mountaineering and the latest version of Mammut’s medium-weight, 2.5-layer waterproof jacket is aimed squarely at walkers rather than climbers.
Generally 2.5-layer jackets are focussed on light weight, but we’d say the Kento at a real life 420g for a medium is more of a light-middleweight by contemporary standards. The fabric is something called DRYtech Premium™ and features a tough-feeling Polyamide face fabric and a PU membrane.
The lab stats are 20,000mm hydrostatic head, which is respectably waterproof. And 15,000 [g/m²/24h], which is adequate, though statistics don’t always tell the full performance story. At any rate, the fabric feels reassuringly tough and has a little bit of stretch to it.
Not enough to worry a bungee cord in the elastication stakes, but not a bad thing given that even Mammut’s ‘regular’ fit is pretty trim compared to most. For perspective we found we didn’t actually need the classic shock-corded hem adjusters, the fit was snug enough already.