We popped over to see the nice people at Mountain Equipment the
other week – bumped into their sponsored climber John Dunne, who was
just off to Vietnam on some hush, hush mission – and sneaked a look a
their new kit for the 2002 autum/winter season.
We also managed a quick look at something ME has up its sleeve for
2003, but right now we’re not sure whether we can tell you about it.
Let’s just say it’s a very neat modern take of an idea that’s been
tried before and we reckon it’ll make a big splash come bed time.
Watch this space for more details…
Anyway, back to autumn/winter…
Manaslu Jacket –
New for this year and aimed squarely at outdoor women who
Looks classy in a neat, understated sort of way and it’s
Cirrus Jacket – £150
Another new arrival, the Cirrus uses ME’s effective
Women’s Dewline Jacket – £100
Another neat design aimed specifically at women. As
That means ME’s 90 per-cent down filling with 600+ fill
And it comes as a vest as well –
And the rest…
On top of all that – okay if you’re a girl we reckon – there are a
few other new developments. The Microtherm synthetically-insulated
lightweight fleece alternative in jacket or pull-on form gets a new,
tougher rip-stop face fabric. The jacket – weight 520 grammes – has
zip-off sleeves for instant vest conversion scenarios – ‘Help, I’ve
been converted to a vest…’ and large, venting pockets. The idea is
better insulation than fleece in a ligher, more compact and more
Talking of which, there’s also a new addition to ME’s longstanding
Aquafleece range in the form of the new Aquafleece Alpine jacket, a
highly water-resistant and windproof fleece top. The Alpine looks
like the existing Guide jacket, but uses a warmer Gore Windstopper
Glacier fleece for the main body together with lighter weight
Windstopper Monsoon in the arms where insulation is less crucial and
mobility matters. It’s also slightly longer in the body than other
Aquafleece jackets and should work well in extreme winter conditions.
Price is around £120.
And that’s it except for that 2003 innovation… Nope, can’t tell