The Mountain Equipment Squall Hooded Jacket is light, tough and protective; the three attributes a climber looks for in a jacket, and with it's close cut and excellent helmet compatible hood the Squall is ideal for climbing big walls, sea cliffs, or for those cooler days on Gritstone edges.
Exolite 125 is a stretch softshell fabric with high wind resistance, ideal for summer mountain use as it will resist wind and allow for excellent freedom of movement. The YKK zip runs offset from the centre of the hem to the side of the hood, this allows for a pleated face panel to create a great seal from cold wind. The Napoleon chest pocket is a handy place to keep a topo sheet or an energy bar. The hem drawcord keeps a tight seal at the base and has a clean finish for a climbing harness.
Mountain Equipment Squall Hooded Jacket Features
- Exolite 125 stretch double weave softshell
- Mountain Helmet compatible hood
- Articulated sleeves
- Over-locked stitched
- 2-way YKK offset front zip
- Napoleon zipped chest pocket
- Elasticated cuffs
- Adjustable hem and dual tether hem drawcord
- Stows into own pocket with twin krab loop
- Acid or Cosmos
Customer Reviews of Mountain Equipment Squall Hooded Jacket (Summer 19)
I do a lot of walking in the alps and I wanted something very light for those warm days in the peaks when you don't need full hard shell but need some protection form a shower or cooling breeze.The Squall jacket is Ideal for the purpose I had in mind. Well made and a good fit, It will shed a shower and keep out an average breeze but it won't keep you warm.Quite expensive for what it is but if it's like the rest of the ME products I own it will last a very long time and give exceptional service.
This is a great, simple jacket. It's a trim fit, no excess around the waist, but still long enough in the arms. I'm 6'7 with a 33 waist, 46 chest and the XL is a good snug fit - enough room for a thick baselayer, or thin base + midlayer (just).
The material is very stretchy, more so than most softshells, so the trim fit is not at all restrictive. The hood is excellent for such a low-cost jacket and fits over a large-volume climbing helmet.
I thought the offset front zip might create an annoying flap of fabric at the top but this doesn't seem to happen. I like that the chest pocket is small - this means that a camera, gel, GPS, phone or similar size/weight things do not flop around and end up on your stomach like happens in jackets with huge 'OS map' sized pockets.
The fabric not exactly burly but should be fine for most climbing and is tougher than nylon-type windproofs such as Houdini/Squamish etc.