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Mountain Equipment Vega Jacket

rated 3.5 of 5 stars
photo: Mountain Equipment Vega Jacket down insulated jacket

Decent alpine ascending jacket, but not very warm when sitting in camp.


  • Well designed and made
  • Comfortable to wear
  • Provides good protection from wind and highly water-resistance


  • Seems less down as they stated 235g in the jacket, although mine is size small
  • Not very warm
  • Alpine cut and I can't layer much

This is my first serious down jacket and I have no experience prior to that. I'm expecting a very warm jacket and I feel it's kind of thin when I receive it in mail.

The fit is snug on me. I'm 5'6" and 140 lbs; size small is about the right size for me. Sleeve length is a bit long but the velcro cuffs work well. The hood is huge and it's helmet compatible, I just wish it's smaller. Total windproof and you feel full protection from snow and wind when fully zipped up. I did once wear it in light rain and the DRILITE fabric did a decent job. It didn't soak up the water and the fabric is pretty tough. I do not need to babysit it.

I think this jacket is designed to be worn during ascending for the fast and light approach. I had been using this jacket overnight on Mt. Fuji and trekking in Nepal for ACT and ABC (mainly overnight in lodges). I found this to be not warm enough for inactive use (sitting in camp).

This jacket is in alpine cut, which I could only layer with a thick fleece beneath it.

I mainly use this jacket for city, travel, or winter fast ascents (no camping).


Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $275

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