The Mountain Equipment Lightline Jacket is the iconic down jacket from the Mountain Equipment line up of duvets. Its technical cut has a longer body length compared to a lot of other down jackets which allows good movement and better weather protection.
The Drilite Loft outer has a highly water resistant finish and is totally windproof and because it's light it allows the down to loft fully. Inside, 700 fill power Down ensures that the Lightline will keep you warm in all conditions. With stitch through construction throughout it ensures an even spread of down for maximum insulation and minimum weight. The hood is made up of three panels and is adjustable providing an exceptional fit without compromising protection and can be removed if required. The YKK moulded front zip is two-way and features a rear insulated baffle protecting your core from any cold spots. The Lightline has two external zipped pockets and one internal zipped security pocket for keeping close to hand items in. The cuffs are adjustable and with dual tether hem drawcords it ensures that you can prevent any draughts from getting inside.
This is the perfect technical down jacket for Scottish winter and alpine summer use as well as for high altitude exploration in the marine climates of the Americas. The ME Lightline jackets are their best selling down garments, and have been so for many years.
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I've worn this jacket pretty much every day since receiving it (5 weeks ago) and am very happy with it. It hasn't been tested in extreme temperatures but has been worn in anything from +8C to -3C. The insulation is top notch - I've never been too hot or too cold, always just right. The jacket is windproof and the hood is also fantastic when it is particularly windy. The hood is removable which is another plus point and removes some of the bulk when not required. It is close fitting, which is what I wanted and my initial concerns about the blue being too bright were soon put to rest - the colour is great and I also love the contrasting orange interior.
My only criticism mirrors that of others - for a premium jacket, the zip is of relatively poor quality. This doesn't detract from the fact that this jacket is now always my first choice for dry, cold and breezy conditions.
The Mountain Equipment Lightline Down Jacket has the potential to become my favorite winter jacket. I actually bought it as a souvenir. I had rented the exact same jacket on a climb on Mount Kilimanjaro. The jacket worked well and looked good. Thus the idea to buy one. I figured the jacket would be too warm for everyday use. Turns out it adapts well to varying temperatures. I wear it with or without a sweater underneath. I can keep it on when I enter a store.
I like the cuddly inner collar, the removable hood, the warm pockets and the colorful of the lining. The Navy color is not as dark as in the photos. Comparing my own Kilimanjaro photos to photos of the Navy and Cobalt jackets, I was not sure which color I had rented. I bought the Navy one and it is the exact color I had.
Thumbs up to Facewest for a painless ordering process and fast shipping. I chose shipping via postal service and appreciate that I was given a choice and that Facewest named the carriers they are using.
The jacket fit is great for slimmer people as it hugs the body nicely and reduces the effect of that puffy/fat look that many down jackets have. Although not my warmest (it is still quite warm) it has become my favourite and go to jacket for the city on cold days due to the fit and comfort. It is a pity it does not have a chest pocket as that would be useful for travel. The hand warmer pockets are very warm though. I would definitely recommend the jacket, although there are warmer jackets available if that is your primary need.
I've always been a fan of layering, and, however misguidedly, have always been wary of these large duvet style down jackets. I was worried about how they would hold up in damp or wet conditions, and I was worried that they may also prove to be too hot in all but the most extreme UK temps. I also didn't want to look like the michelin man...
But the ME Lightline answered all my questions. The DWR coating sheds light precip brilliantly, meaning I don't need to take out a shell at the slightest sign of water. It's also slim fitting (for a down jacket), meaning putting a shell over the top isn't an issue when the heavens do open.
I've also not found it to be too warm around town, and its warmth is extremely appreciated in the hills. The front opening, and ability to remove the hood, mean you can actually regulate your temperature a fair bit. Packs down small and the warmth to weight ratio is fantastic.
Couldn't be happier.
First ME jacket I have purchased - definitely a notch up from my previous insulated jackets. Love the cosy feel & the slightly longer fitted look. Just used for general winter use but specifically didn't want a jacket that was too light in weight & this is perfect. The detachable hood is handy whilst the pockets are really snug. Also does a fine job in wet conditions due to the water resistant fabric. An outside pocket for iPhone would have been a nice addition but all in all a top quality purchase.
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