Mammut has launched two new Gore-Tex jackets, the Kira for women and the Convey for men.
They are described as lightweight hard shells that are perfect for summer hillwalking.
The jackets have Gore-Tex 2.5 fabric (in the chest and back areas) and three-layer fabric (on the arm and shoulder areas).
They can be easily packed away and Mammut call them “incredibly lightweight” at 390g (female) and 460g. I am not sure I agree with this because I have tested lighter weight waterproof jackets that work very well in summer mountains but I agree the jackets are lightweight, rather than “incredibly lightweight”.
- Gore-Tex with 28,000mm water column
- Hood with three-point adjustment and can be secured when not in use with a small hook
- Chin protector
- Spray-proof two-way front zip
- Two waterproof front pockets
- Two-way underarm zips for ventilation
- Pre-shaped sleeves with Velcro cuffs
- Adjustable hem with drawstring
- Packs away
- Sizes: Convey: S-XXL; Kira: XS-XL
This is meant to be a summer walking jacket as it is lighter and more packable than a Gore-Tex winter waterproof jacket. Saying that, it still feels very durable and does seem quite heavy weight compared to other “summer” walking jackets that I have tested.
You could be sure that if you were out in the mountains of Scotland in summer, or even in spring and autumn, that this jacket would keep out the wind and rain.
The fit is regular. I personally prefer a slim and athletic fit but many women will prefer the regular style. What I do like about the roomier fit is the wider sleeves. So many women’s jackets have narrow sleeves and this means that you can’t fit a decent pair of gloves underneath them. I find in that situation that the rain drips off the sleeve ends and into the gloves. A wider sleeve is very welcome for this reason.
The hood is also a great size. Too many jackets have huge hoods, apparently so they can fit a climbing helmet but not many people buy walking jackets for climbing in. It is great to have a hood in a sensible size and one that is easily adjustable to be snug when the wind is blowing hard.
The jacket is really great to wear and has everything you need in a hard-working waterproof product. It copes well in the wind and rain, even when the Scottish summer weather throws a wobbly at you!
The jacket also looks good and the colour choice is fab.
The SRP is £250, which is quite pricey, but Mammut has a great reputation for clothing and footwear so it is likely to be a good buy and a long-lasting item.
Stockist info: www.mammut.ch