The Mountain Equipment Citadel Jacket is possibly the warmest belay jacket on the market. Twice as warm as the Fitzroy Jacket, its PrimaLoft Gold insulation and Drilite Loft outer will keep you warm and dry no matter what the weather is doing or how long you're on the belay.
The Drilite Loft outer is totally windproof and highly water resistant, making it the perfect jacket to deal with spindrift and windy conditions. This fabric is also used on the inner hem and the hood lining, as these areas are more prone to wetting out. The PrimaLoft Gold ultra-fine microfibre insulation is exceptionally lightweight and warm, even if it gets wet. The ultra-fine fibres form tiny air pockets that mimic the compressibility of goose down, trap body heat and are breathable, allowing moisture vapor to be transported through and away from the skin.
The Citadel features in the back of the jacket and the hood, ME's EXL system. This is an elastic baffle system that hugs the jacket into your body to maximise warmth whilst minimising weight and bulk. The Super Alpine hood is helmet compatible and features a wired brim, being fully adjustable so it will seal out even the most howling gale. With the Shoulder Shield construction there are no seams over the shoulder and arm areas, this is beneficial as it minimises heat loss and water entry. There is no shortage of storage options with four front pockets to both keep essential items close to hand and also to keep your hands warm. Inside the jacket there is an internal mesh pocket, that is perfect for pre warming your gloves in and a water bottle holder. The Citadel also features ME's Mountain Fit, this allows your layering system to move with you and gives you a greater freedom of movement.
Mountain Equipment Citadel Jacket Features
- 30D Drilite Loft outer
- 30D Drilite Loft inner hem and hood lining
- PrimaLoft Gold insulation (200g body, 170g arms/hood)
- 100% Polyamide outer/inner, Polyester fill
- Shoulder Shield construction
- EXL system in hood and back of jacket
- Super Alpine helmet compatible hood with wired visor
- 2-way YKK moulded front zip with insulated rear baffle
- 2 zipped hand pockets
- 2 zipped Napoleon chest pockets
- 1 internal mesh pocket and 1 water bottle holder
- Adjustable cuffs
- Dual tether hem drawcords
Customer Reviews of Mountain Equipment Citadel Jacket
The Mountain Equipment Citadel Jacket is perfect for the Swedish winter! It feels warm as soon as you put it on and holds that warmth well. The pockets are well placed and are a useful size. The hood protects the head from the biting wind and has great adjustability. I'm most impressed with the warmth of the sleeves and how well the cuffs cover the back of the wrist. The body of the jacket hugs your torso so you don't look like the Michelin Man, and the material isn't noisy when walking. I've never over heated while on a jaunt and It's quickly become my favourite jacket if all time. Get one if you are going to be in the real cold and don't want to layer so much!