Mountain Equipment Earthrise Jacket
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Mountain Equipment was established in the U.K. in 1961 and boasts partnerships with the venerable Plas y Brenin national mountaineering center and the Scottish Avalanche Information Center, which knows its cold weather.
“We all had early duvets,” says the brilliant Himalayan climber Doug Scott in “50 Years in the Mountains” (and that was seven years ago), a retrospective film the company produced using current interviews and its own archives. He recalls exciting early days of exploration and hitchhiking and dossing any old where, including—in Martin Boysen’s case for months—a former chicken coop that was ME’s first office. It was a world of horizons expanding—to the Alps, the Greater Ranges—and early big walls in Yosemite. Or Patagonia. Later in the film we see footage of Heink Zak’s second-ever solo of Yosemite’s famous Separate Reality, in 2005, and the bold Dave MacLeod talks about instants of decision.
New in the long Mountain Equipment line (now distributed in the USA) is the Earthrise jacket, the first 100 percent recycled down jacket in the collection. Its filling of “reclaimed” duck and goose down is removed and cleaned from post-consumer waste from a company in France, with recycling occurring in a solar-powered facility in Hungary. The lining and outer shell are also fully recycled, according to the manufacturer.
The Earthrise is a nice, solid, light jacket—only 320 grams/11.3 ounces, with a narrow baffle construction. Very stowable, the jacket packs into its own pocket, which has a loop for hanging on a harness.
I wore the women’s model, and like the Rampart (310 grams / 10.9 ounces, $135) from Mountain Equipment, this one is trim and fitted, with a tapered waist rather than straight sides. It is exceedingly comfortable and a warm layer for a whole variety of mountain sports: cold weather hiking, ski touring and winter belaying. This tester is usually a medium / 10, but with these jackets a size 12 is perfect, equaling the American 10. In contrast to the Rampart, the Earthrise has no hood, which is fine by me and even preferable since I layer a lot, but I do miss the handy interior pocket in the Rampart.
Comes in four colors including a rich purple aptly called Opulence and my own fave, the misty green Moorland Slate.
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