Bring it on, cold weather.
When it gets fiercely cold outside, turn to your Mountain Equipment Men's Expedition Down Jacket. With mega-warm box baffling and 800 fill power down, this coat is sure to keep you warm when the mountains fight against it. Drilite outer fabric is windproof and water-resistant, so your adventure won't be cut short or take a miserable spin when the weather decides to stop cooperating. Keep those elements out doubly with the Expedition' drawcord hem, adjustable cuffs, and dome hood, so you can be warmer longer on your next expedition.
- A warm puffy for adventuring in cold conditions
- Windproof and water-resistant fabric keep elements at bay
- Full dome hood keeps wind out of ears and fits helmet
- Plenty of pockets hold essentials while you adventure
- Box baffle construction keeps you warm and circulates heat
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- Q & A
A worthy beast
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: XL
- Height: 6'1"
- Weight: 220lbs
The Mountain Equipment Expedition jacket was a great surprise when I saw it listed for the first time. I have a collection of down jackets and immediately knew that I had to add this to my wardrobe. As a happy owner of the ME K7 jacket, the idea of a beefier jacket of the same quality was very enticing. Due to the necessity of online ordering, I was initially unsure if the Expedition would be a significant step up from the K7. However, it did not disappoint.
The extra 140 grams of down is immediately apparent once the jacket lofts up from packing. Surprisingly, the Expedition jacket has even more down and loft than the TNF Himalayan I had (especially in the arms). I was disappointed with the large amount of synthetic in the main body of the Himalayan. There were many other aspects I didn't like about the Himalayan, which is what led me to look for a replacement in the first place. I believe the ME Expediton fits in the same niche quite well while maintaining the overall lightweight construction Mountain Equipment seems to strive for. This jacket will easily keep one warm well below zero. I've only taken it to -5F so far, but I was never cold during long stretches of low activity.
All of the qualities that make the K7 great are carried over to the Expedition. The build quality of their down jackets is as good as any top brand you can think of. I have an Arcteryx Ceres SV that provided a good comparison when critiquing well put together these jackets are. However, the price is typically much better for Mountain Equipment pieces.
The Expedition features many great features such as the elastic (EXL) hood and back lining, 30D windproof/water resistant shell, freedom of movement when lifting my arms overhead, and zippers that don't catch.
ME continues to refine their hood design. With some slight differences from the k7, the coverage continues to be complete, while offering unimpeded peripheral vision. The hood is versatile and fits very well without a helmet. The two pull cords effectively bring the face opening close around my face to seal out the elements. This hood stays on in high winds and the shell material repels snow with no problem. The down insulation produces significant loft so I have never felt the cold creeping through.
Some upgrades from the K7 include more heavy duty zippers of the same great quality, three more pockets, obvious increase in arm and torso loft, and a new twin inner draft tube system. The two chest pockets are massive, then there ate two front zip pockets, and two hand warmer pockets low on the sides. Inside there is the usual water bottle pouch and glive pocket.
The draft tubes in the Expedition are interesting because they are a continuation of the main body baffles instead of a separate flap. I haven't had the zipper catch on the Expedition or the K7 yet. The two inner tubes overlap and have a snap and the top and bottom, which makes for great wind protection. One other change I will note is the back of the Expedition comes down a little more than the K7 and covers virtually my whole back side.
I was initially afraid the Expedition would not fit because I had to size up to XXL for the K7 and Backcountry doesn't carry the Expedition in XXL. However, the Expedition fits great in XL so I was pleasantly surprised! I purchased the Barbados red color which looks strong and vibrant. The interior is a silky nylon of a more subdued grey color.
If you're looking for a great fitting jacket that is built to last and can keep you warm in sub zero conditions, the Mountain Equipment Expedition is a top option in my opinion. These are a steal even at full retail.
What is the weight of this jacket? Neither the mountaintain equipment website nor backcountry lists it.