This is a heavy-duty mountaineering shell that will stand up to all conditions – something that you can use to really batten down the hatches in.
Named after a Nepalese town that sits at 4,014m above sea level, the Lithang is one of Sherpa’s best sellers, a jacket that should be ideal for mountaineers and alpinists. We say this mainly because of its tough shell. Made from a very robust type of 3-layer waterproof fabric called Himaltec, it’s more than capable of withstanding rough abrasion when climbing rocks, or from rubbing from a heavy backpack, ropes or harness.
What’s most interesting about this, is that it’s got quite a surprising amount of stretch to it, so much so that the Sherpa Lithang could easily be mistaken for a softshell jacket, the main giveaway being the taped seams on the inside. We should point out that it does still ruffle like a waterproof though.
A few elements combine to make this a very comfortable jacket to wear as well. The interior lining, for instance, is very soft and smooth, and there’s a micro fleece on the chin guard. There are also long two-way pit zips for plenty of ventilation and the overall fit is athletic without being too tight, even with, say a midweight down jacket underneath.
“Named after a Nepalese town that sits at 4,014m above sea level, the Lithang is one of Sherpa’s best sellers”
Attention has clearly been paid to the hood design that has a wire stiffened peak and three adjustment points. Other nice features include the port hole for earphones in the left breast pocket, and the interior mesh pocket to stash your goggles in.
When you get heavy duty durability, more often than not, the overall weight will be high, and at 543g this definitely applies to the Lithang. This won’t matter much to anyone using this for winter mountaineering where they’ll probably wear it all day, but it would matter to anyone planning to going backpacking in summer with it. It’s not really an ideal weight to be carrying with you just-in-case it rains.