User Review: Mountain Equipment Annapurna Jacket
Fill: Goose down
Price Paid: £100
I bought mine secondhand ten years ago to take on a Himalayan climbing expedition. We did a first ascent of an easy but remote 20,000' mountain near Himachel Pradesh.
The jacket performed brilliantly and I summitted out in it, having bivvied out at over 18,000 feet before the final climb. I have NEVER been cold in it.
Since then I have worn the jacket many times in the European Alps, on Mount Rainier and plenty of times in Scotland in winter. The hand warmer pockets are silky smooth and totally toasty and the hood can be adjusted to completely encase the head in a thick soft case of goose down. I use it for bird watching in Britain during cold snaps and wandering around French and Italian ski resorts in January and February, often wearing only a T shirt underneath!
I have even washed it a couple of times. Apart from need in several hours in the tumble drier it seems to have suffered no ill effects. An absolute classic garment.