Vern Nelson Jr.wrote a review of Mountain Equipment Citadel Insulated Jacket - Men's on December 14, 2014
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.