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Mountain Equipment Mens Switch Vest Black

Mountain Equipment Mens Switch Vest Black

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The Switch hybrid vest combines highly breathable and quick drying Polartec Alpha insulation with Pontetorto Tecnopile fleece to give a wind resistant, warm and lightweight vest perfect for fast paced mountain activities.

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Code : 002348-01004

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What is the Switch Jacket?

Mountain Equipment have come up with the perfect insulated vest for fast paced mountain activities. The Switch vest uses super lightweight and breathable Polartec Alpha insulation in the chest area to provide core body warmth and Pontetorto Tecnopile fleece across the back and down the sides to maximise movement and breathability and minimise bulk. It's the perfect piece for everything form chilly summer alpine ascents to dog walking in the spring or chucking on under a shell jacket. It really does suit just about every activity.

What is the Switch made of?

Polartec Alpha is a woven insulation fabric; think of it like a fluffy string vest, and is much more stable and durable than other synthetic insulation. Because of its more open weave it allows air to flow much more easily, rapidly drawing moisture away from the body creating comfortable breathable insulation for active use in in cold conditions.  Tecnopile is about the best wicking stretch fleece fabric available, it actively pulls moisture from your skin and dries exceptionally quickly.

Lightweight Helium fabric is used to protect the Alpha insulation over the chest providing lightweight wind and weather protection and to keep the weight of the Switch Vest to an absolute minimum.

What are the features?

A durable and quality YKK zip is used for the centre zip and you get two zipped hand pockets and a zipped chest pocket.

How does the Switch Vest fit?

M.E have designed the Switch with an Active Fit so it works best over just a base layer or lightweight fleece.

Where does the Switch fit in the layering system?

The switch it an incredibly versatile piece - it can be used as a stand alone gilet on still, cool days or as a midlayer under an insulated or shell jacket on cold, damp days. The Switch vest is perfect for those needing vital body core warmth with minimal bulk and maximum breathability, so if you are thrashing your way up a snow filled gulley, putting in the miles on a long distance trek or enjoying a winter run this is the perfect vest for you.

  • Helium 30 outer on front of body is exceptionally lightweight and windproof
  • POLARTEC Alpha insulation [40g front of body]
  • POLARTEC Power Dry 225 fleece [back and side panels]
  • Active fit
  • Flatlocked seams for next-to-skin comfort
  • YKK centre front zip
  • 2 zipped hand warmer pockets
  • 1 Napoleon chest pocket
  • Lycra bound hem and armholes


Technical Information

Weight: 200g

Content: 100% polyamide outer/inner / 100% polyester fill / inserts 92% polyester, 8% elastane

Sizing Information

Click here for the manufactures size charts.

  • 5

    Reviewed by Harvs,  On 12/03/2018 17:46:17

    This was exactly what I wanted, something thin, fitted to keep my core warm.... and this is amazing .... actually best piece of kit Ive bought in ages..... Not sure how something so thin can give such warmth. Love it!
    YES Harvs would recommend this item
  • 4

    Reviewed by Steve,  On 13/03/2018 17:13:19

    Haven’t yet worn the vest in anger (hence 4 stars) yet but I like what I see. Snug fit but - phew - not unflattering. Great to have three pockets. Very light but feels well constructed. I bought specifically to go under a TNF lightweight and snug fitting stretchy soft shell jacket to add warmth. I can feel it’ll add that bit of comfort and coziness the jacket doesn’t quite manage on its own, and the vest is small enough to pack away if it gets too warm. I did consider the Switch jacket but I think the sleeveless vest will work easier as part of layering up or down quickly. In short, seems like a good product to give an extra dimension to a layering system.
    YES Steve would recommend this item
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