Overview: Slipping quietly into the heavyweight division of down insulation, the Mens Himal Jacket from Mountain Equipment certainly packs a punch for its size and weight. The Himal Jacket combines box-wall construction for warmth where most required, alongside a durable stitch-through construction for lightness and mobility - all laced up in a Drilite Loft II outer. Being totally windproof and highly waterproof, the Himal Jacket is lovingly stuffed with 90/10 pure down and offers a tremendous amount of warmth and a raft of expedition-proven and usable design features for colder climes.
What we think: Bigger and tougher elder sibling to the Classic Lightline Jacket, the Himal down jacket is designed to battle the coldest of weathers. We love the box wall construction of the jacket body; this is beautifully engineered and helps keep the bulk of the jacket to a minimum. Don’t wait for the next ice age – wrap up warm in a Himal Jacket.
Verdict: The fact that there are so many welcome and sensible features to the Himal Jacket is testament to the designers and research and developement department at Mountain Equipment. The Himal is a fully featured expedition down jacket that packs a huge punch above its weight – we love you, big brother.