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The Baltoro is a warm, packable, weather-resistant down jacket featuring Mountain Equipment's new innovative dual-layer offset construction. Don't worry, we'll explain what that means later on!
The Baltoro is a warm, packable, weather-resistant down jacket featuring Mountain Equipment's new innovative dual-layer offset construction. Don't worry, we'll explain what that means later on!
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Mountain Equipment Womens Baltoro Jacket Majolica Blue

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Mountain Equipment Womens Baltoro Jacket Majolica Blue


Brand:Mountain Equipment


What is the Baltoro Jacket?

The Baltoro is a warm, packable, innovative down jacket featuring Mountain Equipment's new dual-layer offset baffle construction and heat-reflective fabrics. It's an ideal jacket for virtually any cold-weather mountain activity, from scrambling to trekking.

What is it made of?

Insulation:The stuff that’s keeping you warm inside this lovely jacket is M.E’s high-quality Pure Down with a 700 fill-power. What makes Mountain Equipment's down so special is their Down Codex programme. The waterfowl (geese and ducks) are all by-products of the food and meat industry, every supplier wishing to work with Mountain Equipment must accept the terms of their Down Codex and allow a full audit of all parts of the supply chain - that means everything from farm to factory. On top of all of that, you can even trace your down on their website right back to the source using a unique 12-digit code printed on the label inside every Mountain Equipment down product. In fact, Mountain Equipment are so proud of how ethical their down is, they’ve sewn a label to the inside telling you all about it, and there’s even a leaflet in the pocket with the full story.

As impressive as the insulation is, it's the way Mountain Equipment distribute the down that's the clever part. A normal down jacket will feature a singular layer of baffles connected together with stitching — this is simple, lightweight and easy to manufacture, but it allows heat to escape through all those stitch points. Mountain Equipment have combated this by using two layers of baffles throughout the jacket, a bit like double-glazed glass. This means they're able to place the second layer of baffles over the stitch points of the first layer, meaning less heat is lost through stitch points.

Fabrics: Surrounding all this down is a lightweight, weather-resistant Drilite Loft 20D fabric. This fabric is completely windproof and surprisingly water-resistant, protecting both you and the insulation from the elements. Please note, this does not make the jacket waterproof. It still has lots of stitching that'll eventually allow water through. As if all that wasn't enough, M.E have used a heat-reflecting inner fabric to provide additional warmth with virtually no weight penalty. Clever stuff all around!

What are its features?

Starting at the top, you have a helmet-compatible hood for all your mountain adventures, yet it features plenty of adjustment to seal it around your head when not wearing a lid. A two-way front zip allows you to easily fit the jacket over a climbing harness or ventilate when cooking up a sweat. Storage-wise, the Baltoro has two zipped hand pockets (one of which doubles as a stuffsack), a zipped chest pocket, an internal security pocket and a large internal mesh pocket; plenty of space for all your paraphernalia.Lastly, you've got some nice elasticated cuffs and dual-tether hem drawcords to seal in valuable warmth.

Where does it fit in the layering system?

The Baltoro can either be used as an outer layer in less-hostile weather conditions or as a midlayer when you need some additional protection from a shell jacket.

  • Drilite Loft 20D outer fabric
  • Heat-reflective inner fabric
  • 700 fill-power down insulation
  • Helmet-compatible hood
  • Double-layer baffle construction
  • Inner zipped security pocket
  • Two hand pockets
  • One chest pocket
  • Hand pocket doubles as stuffsack
  • Adjustable cuffs
  • Dual-tether hem drawcords
  • Two-way main zip

How to wash your down products

Having spent years talking to people about down products, whether that’s a jacket, sleeping bag or even a pair of slippers, very few have had the confidence to go ahead and wash the product on their own, especially when they have just spent an arm and a leg on it. This small guide is here to explain that it’s not as daunting and utterly terrifying as it first appears.

Step one: Before you even get near that washing machine, wipe off any excess mud or dirt that may be lingering on the surface of the jacket, as this will clog up the washing machine, eventually rendering it useless.

We recommend the use of Nikwax Down Wash Direct for down products as it’s one hundred percent environmentally friendly and will wash and re-proof the garment without the use of bleach or any other nasty chemicals. What household washing agents can (and often do) is remove the water repellent coating on the fabric of the jacket, whilst also damaging the delicate array of feathers inside.

Step two: We’ll assume in this instance that you’ve been washing other products prior to your down jacket and have used a bleach based detergent. Therefore it’s a good idea to run the washing machine for half an hour or so without anything inside to rinse it clean before adding the Nikwax or putting the jacket in. Also, don’t forget to remove the detergent drawer to give it a wash inside, outside and behind, as detergent can clog up and still enter the washing machine if not cleaned out thoroughly. This ensures that any remnants of detergent are removed and that the Nikwax products will work effectively.

Step three: Set the washing machine to a cold wash (check the garments care label, most tend to be around 30°C) and as delicate as possible. Most washing machines have a “wool” cycle which is ideal.

Step four: If using Nikwax Down Wash Direct, place 100ml in either the tray or directly into the washing machine inside a small pot/ball. If you choose to use another washing product, place the appropriate amount in the machine in the same way.

Step five: Set the washing machine to run on a slow cycle, allowing plenty of time for the jacket to soak up the cleaning/re-proofing product. Most washing machines will have a pre-set time for different washing cycles.

When the cycle has finished be prepared for a shock, your precious bit of kit will come out looking like a soggy ball of material. But don’t worry, you haven’t ruined it, it’s just that all that fluffy down insulation has become water logged and has clumped together. The trick is to now get all that down nice and dry to reinstate its superb insulating properties. Simply hanging it up in a warm place will not work that well. It will take days to properly dry and you will have to constantly break up the clumps to get it thoroughly dry. The best way is to use a tumble dryer; either a domestic one for smaller items or a commercial drier for sleeping bags.

Step six: Pop the garment into the dryer and make sure to select a low heat; a high heat runs the risk of melting seams and fabrics within the garment. It sounds weird, but shove a few tennis balls into the drier with the garment; the tennis balls will bounce around and help to break up the clumps of down. Every 20 minutes, pull the jacket out of the dryer and lie the jacket down on a table. Run your hands over the jacket until you find a 'clump' or ball of down; tease apart this down clump and spread it evenly into the baffle. Once you're confident you've pulled apart every clump to the best of your ability, stick it back in for another 20 minutes. Keep repeating this until there are no more clumps left. 

Step seven: When the cycle has finished and you are sure that you have got the garment as dry as possible, hang it up in a warm dry place, an airing cupboard is ideal, for 24 hours. This drives out the last of any dampness and allows the down to loft fully. Take it out and give it a good shake and, hey presto, it’ll be as good as new.


Technical Information
Weight: 480g
Fabrics: Drilite Loft 20D
Insulation: 148g (size 12) 700 fill-power down
Sizing Information

Click here for the manufactures size charts.

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