Thanks to its climbing-specific construction and articulated arms, the Mountain Equipment Men's Echo Hooded Jacket offers rest-assured performance as you navigate chossy gneiss and glorious granite slabs alike. The Echo features a double-weave softshell fabric called Exolite, which assures ample protection in the face of grabby rock, yet remains breathable and stretchy for unencumbered comfort and dexterity. An elastic-bound hood seals out gusty winds, while the adjustable drawcord hem provides a tailored, personalized fit. The two zippered hand pockets offer necessary respite for chilly digits when you need it.
- A technical softshell built for climbing
- Minimalist design won't get in the way of your ascent
- Stretchy softshell fabric is durable and breathable
- Zippered hand pockets keep necessities secure
- Drawcord hem offers a personalized fit
- Item #MEQ005Z
- Q & A
Great Material, Restrictive in the Arms
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Fit: Runs small
- Size Bought: Medium
- Height: 5'9"
- Weight: 165lbs
I received this jacket as a gift, and overall I am mostly pleased with its performance. I really like the material it is made out of, it is very breathable and light. I've taken it climbing a few times and it does a good job of keeping the wind out and keeping me slightly warmer than just wearing a shirt.
However, the fit of it is pretty different compared to similar jackets from other brands. I am a solid medium across the board for jackets, but the echo fitted snug to my body and was a tad short for my liking. The tightest region was in the arms. There is a bit of stretch to the material, but when I bent my arms it would constrict around my elbows to the point of being uncomfortable. I have pretty normal sized arms and have never stumbled into this problem before, so this observation was new to me. I was surprised that a jacket aiming for climbers would be so tight in that area. This was the first Mountain Equipment product I've used, and I would definitely consider sizing up if you want complete range of motion, especially while climbing. If that is taken into consideration, it is a great piece to add to the quiver.