Mountain Equipment Cirrus Jacket
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Lightweight and warm Polarloft filling. Durable diamond ripstop nylon outer. 1 internal security pocket and 2 handwarmer pockets. Neck drawcord for comfort.
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Mountain Equipment Cirrus Jacket Reviews
Reviewed by Tomthumb (Orrible London) on 2006-02-15:
General comments: This is one of my newest purchases as I wanted a cheap insulated jacket I could keep in the bottom of my rucksack during my winter walks - basically an emergency piece of kit. I opted for the Mountain Equipment Cirrus as I felt getting a down jacket was a little extravagant and as it was going to be packed away for most of its life, the down would be wrecked. The price was fantastic and for that you get an excellent cut, my size large just covers the top of my bum, there is a draw cord on the neck for sealing out those winter winds and two of the basic hand warmer pocket which have good placement above my rucksack belt. The insulation is polarloft which compresses very well and offers a high degree of warmth (I have only tried it out in the Peaks and it does work well). Also, the rip stop nylon outer looks like it will put up with a fair amount of abuse. You get another zipped pocket inside for stashing stuff and the front zip enables you to attach it to other interactive jackets! The Cirrus is a fantastic piece of kit for the money and, like a 2 man bothy, essential in the winter hills for safety.
Pros: Fantastic price, packability and warm when wet ability.
Cons: None at this price.
Reviewed by Phil Stevens (Canterbury) on 2006-03-07:
General comments: I got fed up with having to keep down dry all the time in countries like Wales and Scotland, so thought I'd give one of these a go. Small pack size, so as the previous reviewer says its good for emergency kit, good features, but most importantly it's REALLY WARM for it's size and weight. At -10 ambient air temperature when wild bivvying, this is my jacket of choice. My mates always knock its dodgy 'Nightclub Bouncer' bomber-jacket styling, but when it starts raining or the mist comes down heavily, they have to run for cover with their precious down whereas I can just amble!
Would be nice if it had a hood, but at this price, who's complaining? Plus it would just be another bit to carry, making the jacket less suitable for going in the rucksack - which is where it will need to be because if you try and move quickly in it, regardless of conditions, you will find it TOO WARM!
As a bonus you can often find this jacket reduced at the moment - got mine for 40quid somewhere in ambleside (but cant remember where sorry).
Pros: Weight, pack size, REALLY WARM, no hood?, less fuss than down, price
Cons: no hood?, don't try and wear it when you're moving cos you'll get heat exhaustion.
Reviewed by Dave (Leeds) on 2007-04-14:
General comments: I bought this to 'complement' by Down jacket, I was getting fed up of being worried as soon as it started raining and so bought a synthentic one as that would not be affected as much as down if it were to get wet.
I picked mine up very cheaply in a sale for £30 and for this price, it is an absolute bargain! A simple, warm jacket that is ideal for throwing on over the top as a belay jacket.
It packs down pretty small into its own stuffsack and is ideal for taking out 'just in case' as it weighs less than a typical down jacket.
The jacket would be even better if it were to have a hood, but that would probably put the price up a fair amount. Also, the sizing is fairly generous, but this makes it ideal for putting over layers when stopping for food or on belays. The pockets are a generous size that can hold a guide book or similar.
I do however find the zip very annoying as it is the only zip I have that zips in this odd style that's very hard to explain - maybe it is a second and that is why it's cheap?
Other than that it is perfect for the price!
Pros: Cheap, warm, good design
Cons: no hood, odd zip
Reviewed by Sundance (Belfast) on 2012-01-16:
General comments: i was looking for something similar to a Patagonia micropuff jacket and came across this little number. it was cheap (as i bought second hand) but at full retail, its still worth the money. Where i go mountaineering it rains a 'lot' therefore an insulated hjacket which i could get wet was a must. the sizing is generous, which is perfect for those luch stops as it can go over my outer shell jacket comfortably. it provides good insulation for the weight and size. looks wise, it probably wont turn heads but for me functionality comes first. Great jacket to keep in your winter rucksack, for windy belaying or to throw on if going out to the shop. i have walked with this jacket but probably lost 2 pints in sweat and produced enough heat to cook a breakfast therefore not recommended.
Pros: cheap, versatile, packable, practical sizing
Cons: The provided stuff sack is on the small size and is difficult to pack away with cold hands.