The Mountain Equipment Lhotse Jacket is an all round durable jacket providing you with excellent weather protection in any season and for any mountain adventure. The Lhotse is constructed from three layer Gore-Tex Pro fabric with protective heavier weight Gore-Tex Pro reinforcements in the high wear areas. Gore-Tex Pro is the toughest and most durable waterproof fabric in the Gore-Tex range. It has been constructed for intense activity that may include frequent stops providing the high levels of breathability required by the climber, mountaineer or ski tourer.
All the features on this jacket have been designed with ME's Storm Construction protecting you from the worst of mountain weather. The hood is fully adjustable with Cohaesive cordlocks, is helmet compatible and features a seamless face panel that will enable maximum comfort for when the weather becomes challenging. All the main zips on the jacket are water resistant YKK Aquaguard, assisting with keeping the weight down, the weather out and sealing you safely inside the jacket. There are plenty of pockets on the Lhotse, so its ideal for keeping essential items close to hand. Two-way YKK reversed out coil pit zips feature on the jacket being super handy when you need to dump excess heat fast, and being polyurethane coated they provide a high level of wind and water-resistant protection as well.
The Lhotse also features ME's Alpine Fit, providing excellent wearer comfort whilst retaining a slightly closer fit with articulated pre shaped sleeves that give you a greater freedom of movement. Dual tether hem drawcords assist with keeping the jacket in place and the laminated cuffs are adjustable so they can be worn over or under your gloves, depending on the conditions.
For more information please read Gore-Tex Explained.
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I did lots of research when purchasing a new hard shell and every time this jacket came out tops by a mile. It has also been number 1 in Trail Magazine for the last 3 years so I thought I'd treat myself to one.
Although it is quite expensive once you own one and put it to the test you'd actually think you have a bargain. This jacket is bomb proof. I've used it in heavy snow, heavy rain, strong wind and it's kept me dry and warm (with layers under). Although reviews said its heavier than some hard shells I don't think it is. It packs well, feels good quality and looks good. The hood is excellent especially with a helmet on as it fits to your head /helmet. The cuffs work better for me on the Lhotse than the Morpheus (I have both). I also like the zips better on the Lhotse as they are tough and easy to use even in gloves. I don't think there is a better jacket on the market. I've used and seen used rival equivalent jackets and the Lhotse really is head and shoulders above anything else. If you want something reliable and able to cope with extreme weather then but this jacket you won't be disappointed.
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