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The Lhotse is a serious shell capable of handling the toughest mountaineering conditions. Whether you're battling blizzards or a heavy downpour on a long walk, this jacket is built to handle it all. 
The Lhotse is a serious shell capable of handling the toughest mountaineering conditions. Whether you're battling blizzards or a heavy downpour on a long walk, this jacket is built to handle it all. 
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Mountain Equipment Mens Lhotse Jacket Imperial Red/Crimson

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Mountain Equipment Mens Lhotse Jacket Imperial Red/Crimson

Season:2021W C OFFER

Brand:Mountain Equipment


What is the Lhotse Jacket?

The Lhotse is probably one of the best UK mountain jackets available today. Designed specifically for the worst conditions and made using the best Gore-Tex Pro fabrics, this tough and reliable jacket will shrug off the worst of the weather and handle the rigours of the gnarliest mountaineering adventures.

What is it made of?

Made using 3 Layer Gore-Tex Pro 40D in the main body and hood, then the super burly 3 Layer Gore-Tex Pro 80D in the high wear areas such as shoulders and arms means this jacket was designed to take a beating from the weather and general mountaineering abuse. Mountain Equipment use the most breathable variant of Gore-Tex Pro (Gore-Tex Pro Most Breathable!) to keep you dry from both the inside and outside.

What are the features?

The guys at M.E. have used all of their Storm Construction techniques during the design and build of the jacket. Everything from seam construction, placements and taping, which face fabrics to use, bar tack reinforcement and storm guarded YKK Aquaguard front and pit zips. The velcro on the laminated cuffs doesn't allow water to freeze in it, meaning they'll stay tight in the coldest conditions. The inner pocket is also laminated and laser cut to further reduce stitching and weight. The face panel is also seamless for added comfort. The helmet-compatible hood has Cohaesive cordlocks (little buttons beneath the fabric); this means they're easier to use with big bulky gloves but also mean you won't have pieces of elastic flying around and hitting you in the face. The Dual Tether Hem Drawcord allows for greater fit customisation whilst also eliminating the risk of snagging things like ice axes and crampons. M.E have engineered all the pockets on the front of the jacket in accordance with their Stratum Storage System Construction which increases the internal pocket size by as much as 25%; so there's stacks of room for maps, gloves, hats and whatever else you like to store in your pockets. These pockets are cleverly placed above the harness-line for seamless use when climbing.

How does the Lhotse fit?

It is built around Mountain Equipment’s “Alpine fit” block so it has a closer fit but with enough room to allow for other layers. The sleeves are pre-shaped and articulated to allow for more natural unrestricted movement, while the shoulders are roomier than previous generations of this jacket for greater comfort and freedom of movement while climbing.
  • 3-layer GORE-TEX Pro Most Breathable 40D fabric
  • 3-layer GORE-TEX Pro 80D Most Breathable fabric reinforcements
  • Mountain HC Hood is fully adjustable with Cohaesive Cordlocks
  • Alpine fit with articulated and pre-shaped sleeves
  • Storm Construction techniques used throughout
  • 2-way YKK moulded AquaGuard centre front zip
  • Stratum Storage; 2 large pockets and 1 Napoleon pocket with YKK moulded Aquaguard zips
  • 2-way YKK WR underarm pit zips with laminated and bonded entry
  • Adjustable laminated cuffs and dual tether hem drawcords
  • Laminated and laser cut inner pocket with YKK zip

Care and maintenance

To keep your outdoor clothing and equipment in tip top condition and performing to its maximum we recommend the use of Nikwax products. We have been using Nikwax products since day one (26th March 1986) and have found them to be totally reliable, dependable and effective. Today’s Nikwax treatments contain environmentally friendly elastic water-repellent polymers that bond to fabric fibres, leaving the spaces between open and breathable. These stretchy polymers are able to stretch and move with the fabric so they stay put for longer and work better.

Nikwax treatments will not change the look or feel of the fabric and they are all water based, environmentally safe, non-flammable and contain no nasty Fluorocarbons. Nikwax products can be used to clean, re-proof and revitalise all your outdoor technical clothing and equipment.

Waterproof breathable clothing has a durable water-repellent (DWR) finish applied to the face fabric during the manufacturing process. The DWR forces water to bead up and roll off the surface therefore preventing the fabric from absorbing moisture. If the outside of your jacket is soaked in a layer of cold water, the warm damp air within can’t escape and will condense on the inside. This makes the jacket feel cold clammy and can make you think that it’s leaking. The DWR finish is not permanent and needs to be maintained and revitalised to optimise performance.

This three layer waterproof jacket should be cleaned regularly with Nikwax Tech Wash; I wash my jacket about once a month, or more often if it gets really filthy. Regular washing with Tech Wash will maintain the DWR for longer and remove salts and oils that can contaminate the fabric, and it will keep your lovely jacket clean and smelling fresh. Washing can be done in a machine according to the manufacturers care guidelines (on the internal label). First clean out any detergent and conditioner residue from the machine dispenser and then add the required amount of Tech Wash and away you go. Hand washing is also suitable but be sure to rinse the garment well.

When you notice that rain/water is no longer beading up and rolling off it’s time to re-proof. Nikwax TX Direct will re-instate a long lasting DWR to completely rejuvenate your jacket. Re-proofing can also be done in the machine once a garment has been washed. Just add the TX-Direct and use the same programme you used for washing. You can also use the spray-on product on a damp garment that has just been washed.

You wouldn’t buy a Ferrari and never have it serviced, so make sure you regularly wash and re-proof your quality kit.

Technical Information

Weight: 500g

Fabrics: 3-Layer Gore-Tex Pro 40D / 80D reinforcements

Sizing Information

Click here for the manufactures size charts.

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  • Mountain Equipment Mens Lhotse Jacket Imperial Red/Crimson review by Robin Taggart, on 12/02/2021 12:25:24

    Bomb-proof mountain jacket which rightly sits at the pinnacle of Mountain Equipments superb range. The Swiss-designed active cut works perfectly and the jacket fits and moves with you noticeably better than other designs and brands. The Gore-Tex ProShell material has that protective stand-off feeling - bouncing bad weather away from you and providing another layer of insulation - yet simultaneously manages to avoid that detached, crisp packet feel that starchy shells often provide. The asymmetric layered pocket system is more useable than MEs more expensive Changabang model. The single right-hand pocket has much more capacity and is better for bulky winter gloves, maps, etc, while the two smaller pockets on the LHS provide some organisational space for smaller items. The overall cut, performance and style of the Lhotse gives you a jacket that is equally at home on the street, on the hill or at sporting events, so as an investment it pays back in spades in that respect. Simply put, if you are looking for a winter jacket as a useable piece of equipment, plus a really reliable shelter for when the weather gets really bad, this jacket is the one-stop solution you want. Look after it by washing regularly with Nikwax Tech Wash & TX Direct (and then give the surface an ironing to tighten up the fibres) and it should last you for years. A worthy investment.
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