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Mountain Equipment Mens Citadel Jacket Azure Blue

Mountain Equipment Mens Citadel Jacket Azure Blue

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Mountain Equipment Mens Citadel Jacket Azure Blue

The Citadel jacket from Mountain Equipment offers uncompromising protection in the most challenging conditions, making it a contender for the warmest full function belay jacket on Earth.

 

Description

Season : 2020W R

Code : 004464-01537-

Weight : 0KG

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What is the Citadel Jacket?

The Citadel Jacket is a synthetically filled beast of an insulated jacket. Designed for use in the worst, most challenging conditions, it is ideally suited to belaying when out in the elements. Combining the warmth of Primaloft Gold insulation with the water resistance and windproofing of a Drilite 30D outer, the Citadel will cope with pretty much anything mother nature can throw at you when out on a winter climb/belay.

What is the Citadel Jacket made from?

Drilite Loft 30D outer fabric offers good abrasion resistance, as well as wind proofing and high water-resistance, especially when combined with the factory DWR coating to further help repel water.

The insulation comes in the form of Primaloft Gold synthetic insulation. Primaloft Gold is one of the finest synthetic insulations available, offering incredible warmth for it’s weight as well as a good pack-size.. It also performs consistently in wet conditions, making it a perfect belay layer. The Citadel has 200g in the body and 170g in the arms/hood, providing huge levels of warmth. Mountain Equipment themselves claim it to be twice as warm as their legendary Fitzroy Jacket.

What are its features?

The Citadel Jacket is feature packed, but manages to keep its styling minimal and considered, meaning there is less to get in the way when out in the mountains using it.

Starting from the top, the hood is both insulated and helmet compatible, ideal for throwing on when belaying. The hood features an adjustable wired visor to help maintain vision. The sleeves are pre-shaped for full freedom of movement. A 2-way YKK centre front zip with an insulated rear baffle to eliminate cold spots is front and centre on the Citadel, meaning it is fully harness compatible. Two zipped handwarmer pockets and 2 napoleon chest pockets take care of storage, plenty of space for spare gloves, hats and the all-important snacks.

The Citadel Jacket is constructed with the EXL system from Mountain Equipment. First introduced by Mountain Equipment in 1989 EXL® technology was designed to provide Extra warmth and Extra loft, it was a simple but ground-breaking innovation to make sleeping bags and clothing as thermally efficient as possible. Elasticated stitching in the lining of a product adds no weight but minimises dead airspace around the body and pulls fabric away from the down allowing it to loft to full effect. EXL® remains as relevant to improving insulation in high performance sleeping bags today as it was nearly 30 years ago.

How does the Citadel Jacket fit?

The Citadel Jacket has been designed as a belay jacket, designed to be thrown over the top of all your other layers to keep the worst of the weather out and crucial warmth in. Because of this it is a larger cut than some other insulated jackets, but the EXL system helps keep the Citadel close, eliminating dead space and keeping jacket snugger.

Where does it fit in the layering system?

The Citadel is your throw over everything piece.

  • DRILITE® Loft 30D outer fabric; totally windproof and highly water resistant
  • PrimaLoft® GOLD insulation (200g body and 170g arms/hood)
  • Super Alpine HC insulated hood with wired visor
  • Mountain fit with articulated and pre-shaped sleeves
  • Shoulder Shield construction
  • 2-way YKK® moulded centre front zip with insulated rear baffle
  • 2 zipped hand warmer pockets and 2 Napoleon chest pockets
  • EXL® system incorporated into hood and back of jacket
  • Two internal mesh pockets
  • DRILITE® Loft 30D inner hem and hood lining
  • Adjustable cuffs and dual tether hem drawcords
  • Weight : 890g  (Size Large)
Care & Advice

How Should Your Insulated Jacket Fit?

Insulated jackets are pedantic little things. Too tight and you'll compress the insulation and limit the warmth capabilities of your brand new jacket, too loose and you'll spend hours warming up the dead space inside the jacket. Getting the correct fit isn't just about aesthetics, it will determine how warm you are. 

The Incorrect Fit

Too loose: A jacket which is too loose will keep you relatively warm, however it will take far longer to do so and will waste large amounts of your precious energy. An insulated jacket works by trapping the natural heat that your body gives off in the fibres of the insulation; this creates a micro-climate inside your jacket, keeping you warm and toasty. If your jacket is too loose, heat will be able to escape through the hem, the sleeves and the neck of the jacket; it's a little like sticking the heating on in your car with the windows cracked open - it will heat up, just incredibly slowly.   

Too tight: A jacket which is too tight is arguably worse than one that is too loose. If your jacket is far too tight, the baffles can compress to a point where the insulation can't loft effectively, limiting the amount of warmth it can trap. Essentially, it won't work! 

The Correct Fit
It's a tricky one to explain, but it's somewhere in the middle. You've first got to consider how many layers you'll tend to wear underneath; will you have just a t-shirt then the jacket, or possibly a baselayer, midlayer and then the jacket? When you've figured out your layers and you've popped your insulated jacket over the top, you shouldn't have any dead space inside. The cuffs and hem should be comfortably sealed around your waist and wrists with room to move. You should be able to lift an arm up above your head without the hem of the jacket lifting more than an inch or so, and the sleeves should be long enough that when carrying out the same motion, they aren't mid-way up your forearm. Your shoulders and chest area should have enough room so that your hands can touch behind your back without feeling restricted. 

Additional Information
Lastly, consider which activites you'll primarily be carrying out while wearing the jacket. Are you primarily using it as a winter climbing piece, or an everyday/dog walking jacket? You'll find that technical climbing jackets tend to feature a shorter cut, while urban and casual jackets feature a longer cut to offer additional warmth with less mobility.

To see examples of what a badly fitting and correctly fitting jacket looks like, click here.

Technical Information
  • DRILITE® Loft 30D outer fabric; totally windproof and highly water resistant
  • PrimaLoft® GOLD insulation (200g body and 170g arms/hood)
  • Weight : 890g  (Size Large)
Sizing Information

Click here for the manufactures size charts.

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Excellent customer service. Really detailed easy to understand product descriptions on the Trekitt website, and gear reviews on the Trekitt YouTube channel made it so easy to choose the right backpack for me.
Emily - May 2020
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Amazing service! Very helpful in regards sizing and what most matched my needs, despite this being done over the internet. YouTube videos of products being examined are very useful also. Would definitely use again, very fast and efficient delivery. Brilliant! Highly recommended!
David R - April 2020
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Highly recommend. I usually go to the shop in Hereford as staff are alwasy very helpful and knowledgeable. So this was the first time I have purchased online and the service was just as good as the shop.
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