Gear Review: Mountain Equipment Eclipse Hooded Zip Tee
Mountain Equipment Eclipse Hooded Zip Tee:
Mountain Equipment, a favourite brand of mine, have been around for some time and have been involved in many pioneering expeditions, thus they have a great deal of experience and expertise when it comes to producing functional kit. This piece is a testament to that and one that I prefer to reach for in the majority of situations in some context or another.
Take the hood/collar design for example, the zip is offset and guarded, so as to not abrade the user’s face. The collar extends to the bridge of the nose at the front and the hood extends from the top of the collar, (thus can be folded down/away if desired), and the whole thing results in a balaclava-style covering for the head and face when zipped up. Very versatile, due to the number of different ways that the hood/collar combination can be used, and though it might sound gimmicky, it actually works well and makes life somewhat easier, (like only the best tech can!).
Aside from that, it uses a lightweight Italian micro-grid fleece construction, (Pontetorto Technostretch), with body-mapped panels of differing fleece weight. This maximises durability, warmth-to-weight ratio, comfort, moisture evaporation and breathability, and also has a silver-ion treatment to minimise smells, (it does take a while to start smelling off-putting, maybe 3-4 days of use). There are no drawcords or chunky zips and everything is low-profile so it works well as a layering piece and under pack straps. It has lengthy arms with thumb loops, a low profile, packs down well, and is reasonably warm too. Very good stuff. Could be very useful if used as a cold-weather baselayer also.