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Mountain Equipment Kinesis Insulated Jacket - Men's

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    Featherweight wind protection.

    Lightweight, windproof, and lightly insulated, the Mountain Equipment Men's Kinesis Insulated Jacket is designed for demanding alpine routes. Since the weather is almost certain to change as you make your way up big walls, pack the Kinesis into the hand pocket and attach it to your harness with the carabiner carry loop while adding only 11.5 ounces to your rack. Mountain Equipment's Helium 30 fabric weighs next to nothing and is completely windproof, and with breathable Polartec Alpha insulation in the body, you can even wear it on the approach without sweating out your baselayers. A moisture-wicking micro-grid lining in the sleeves and hood keeps you dry when you wear it on the wall, and elasticized cuffs and drawcord adjustable hem seals in heat once you top out on the cold and windy summit.

    • Helium 30 outer fabric
    • Polartec Alpha 60g insulation
    • Micro-grid moisture-wicking lining in arms and hood
    • Active fit
    • Helmet compatible, adjustable hood
    • Two-way YKK center front zip
    • Drawcord adjustable hem
    • Elasticated cuffs
    • Zippered hand pockets
    • Packs into hand pocket
    • Carabiner carry loop
    • Item #MEQ0019

    Tech Specs

    Helium 30
    [body] 60g Polartec Alpha
    [external] 2 zippered handwarmer, [internal] 1 zippered security
    Claimed Weight
    11.5 oz
    Recommended Use
    alpine & expedition, climbing
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    Mega breathable

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Medium
    • Height: 5'11"
    • Weight: 156lbs

    I've worn this for anything from backpacking, trail running, winter climbing, rock climbing, and it comes with me on almost every trip. It's lightweight, really comfortable, and works in almost any situation. It's pretty water repellent and dries faster than anything else of this weight I've ever used. If it's a fair day I can wear this as my outer layer during winter, but it'll happily go inside a layering system, and I can run in it if it's cold. Mega adaptable, a layer for any conditions.

    The pic is of me on an unclimbed peak at 5500 m in India. I wore my Kinesis for most of the trip to keep sun off, keep snow off, keep warm, keep cool, and as a pillow. The Kinesis took a hammering.

    Mega breathable

    Super-breathable lightweight insulation

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Large
    • Height: 6'1"
    • Weight: 180lbs

    The Kinesis is one of the most versatile pieces that we make and something I use year round. In summer it's the perfect thing for big rock routes and alpine climbing where the mixture of wind proofing, light insulation and excellent breathability mean you can keep going without changing layers. In winter it's the ideal jacket for the walk in to an ice route or big skin to a pass before layering perfectly under a shell or other insulation thanks to the slick Helium outer fabric. If you haven't used Polartec Alpha before it's really impressive, rapid moisture transfer and low pack size when you don't need it. The hood fits really well with or without a helmet and the whole thing packs down into its pocket so it can be clipped to your harness once the day warms up. I have a lot of jackets but this one goes on almost every trip!

    A great midlayer for being on the move

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: Runs small
    • Size Bought: XL
    • Height: 5'11"
    • Weight: 198lbs

    I'm 5'11" and weigh 198. I wear a 41R suit and have a 35 sleeve length and have a 36 waist. I purchased an XL on this jacket and in ALL my Mountain Equipment outerwear. Their sizing runs smaller than American brands like Patagonia or Mountain Hardwear.

    The Polartech Alpha is a good, solid lightweight insulation. Not nearly as warm as Primaloft One/Gold, but maybe up to about 50%. I will be wearing this while alpine trekking and I can generate a fair amount of warmth and I learned, the expensive way, that great synthetics like Primaloft, as for myself, are great for static conditions but not dynamic ones (ie, when I'm on the move). So, what Polartech Alpha loses head to head in static conditions I can generate on my own the delta.

    Nice and lightweight and packs down to nothing.

    A great spring / summer jacket...

    A completely windproof, lightweight insulated jacket. The Kinesis jacket from Mountain Equipment combines Polartec Alpha insulation in the body with a high-wicking micro-grid lining in the arms and hood

    Would this jacket be as warm as say the Patagonia r1?


    It'll be a bit hard comparing an insulated jacket to a form fitting fleece. One of the tough aspects is comparing a jacket that has more space or gaps between the body and jacket (during movement) than you'd find with a form fitting fleece.

    But I'd recommend checking out the Mountain Equipment Eclipse Half-Zip Hoodie because it's like the R1, except wayyyyy better. You've got an offset zipper on it so you don't get any irritation over your lips.

    Send me any questions about Mountain Equipment apparel and I'll gladly help you out!

    What size for a 5'11" male with a 32" waist and weighs 155 lbs?


    This will depend more on your chest measurement than anything else, but a medium should be the correct size, for you.

    I can help ensure you get the right size, and cover the costs for an exchange, if necessary. Just let me know.

    Emily Jenson

    Expert Gearhead