For a toasty belay.
The Men's Citadel Insulated Jacket is Mountain Equipment's warmest jacket for belayers, alpinists, and climbers. PrimaLoft Gold is considered the benchmark in performance out of all synthetic insulations, with a high warmth-to-weight ratio, superior softness, compact packability, and comfortable breathability. Mountain Equipment wrapped up this innovative insulation with a DriLite Loft shell for durable water-resistance and complete windproof protection.
Mountain Equipment's EXL system pulls the Citadel's back and hood close to your body in order to retain more heat. A mountain fit gives the Citadel plenty of room for layers and mobility. This jacket also features a 3-way adjustable helmet-compatible hood with a wired visor that stays out of eyesight during belays, and hook-and-loop cuffs keep cold drafts out of the sleeves.
- DriLite Loft shell
- PrimaLoft Gold insulation
- Mountain fit with articulated sleeves
- Super Alpine HC hood with wired visor
- EXL system at hood and back of jacket
- Hook-and-loop cuffs
- Item #MEQ000P
- Q & A
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
- Fit: Runs small
- Size Bought: XL
The Moutain Equipment Citadel is not only a truly definitive belay jacket but also a great security blanket for those really cold conditions during static moments of little to no movement to generate body warmth.
Definitely too heavy for an everyday jacket, but the 200 weight Primaloft Gold gives you the extra warmth you need when you're not moving or at base camp.
Mountain Equipment runs a bit on the small size like many European brands, so buy a size up. I wear a Large in Patagonia, Mountain Hardwear and TNF, but in brands like ME, Millet, Montane and Mountain Equipment, I need to go to an XL. You'll find that if you get a Large, it certainly won't fit the equivalent in ME and will be tight in the armpits.
Dave MacLeod's Project Fear
In the summer of 2014, Mountain Equipment athlete Dave MacLeod set his sights on opening a hard new route on Cima Ovest in the Italian Dolomites. A bold objective for anyone at any time. For Dave though, this project brought with it some of the greatest challenges he has ever faced.
Wanted to hate it.
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Fit: True to size
I am picky when it comes to gear, so when I picked up this piece I really wanted to hate it, its heavy (compared to my down jacket, which is expected) and just not a piece I thought I would use all that often. I love my ME K7 and thought this was a piece that would stay on my wall, maybe I would let my girlfriend use it to run errands around town. It has these funky thumb loops that seemed silly on such a big jacket (I get it on base layers but not on an insulated jacket), I felt a bit like the Pillsbury Dough Boy when I would wear it.
BUT MAN WAS I WRONG.
This has actually been my go to jacket for anything with a short-med approach (still will pick my K7 due to weight concerns on long outings). This jacket is warm, hood fits very well over a helmet and it has held up really well and is really burley. Im not easy on anything so this is saying quite a bit. The thumb loops have ended up being something that I use all the time and ad an extra bit of warmth by sealing off out elements that much more. The insulation seems to have kind of molded to my body (if that makes sense). I can and have comfortably climbed rock and ice in this jacket. For belays its pretty awesome you throw on the jacket, put your thumbs through the loops, throw the hood on, zip it up and your warm.
I didn't think that I would but I highly recommend this product. I have had the product for over a year and used it on countless climbs, craging trips and trips around town and it is still holding up very well. Im finding it hard to not recommend anything from ME.