Mountaineering Essential Kit Guide
A helmet will only offer enough protection if it fits. Your head should be held securely by the helmet and not slip around. Different helmets suit different head shapes, so it’s worth visiting us in-store to try some on for size.
A hot head is uncomfortable and can reduce your performance. Make sure your helmet is breathable enough to keep your head cool, but can fit a buff or balaclava underneath for extra warmth when you need it.
You want to be able to wear your helmet all day without thinking about it, so getting one that’s comfortable is really important.
Your outer jacket is potentially the most important piece of kit you will invest in as this will be your protective layer against the elements. It will keep you comfortable whilst keeping the rain, snow and wind out. When mountaineering, quality fabric is the first thing you should consider. It should be highly waterproof, breathable and durable, without being too heavy. Look for a jacket with a waterproof rating of 20,000mm or up for protection all day in extreme weather. GORE-TEX Pro fabric, used by many brands, is an example of a fabric that offers an excellent combination of durability and performance. Check out our Waterproof Buying Guide for more info.
A quality mid-layer is an essential part of the layering system. It can either be down, synthetic or fleece, but its principle role is to offer you additional insulation where you need it most while still being lightweight and of minimal bulk. Have a read of our guide on How To Choose An Insulated Jacket for more info. Carry a spare layer or two,