When we make a waterproof jacket, we make it right. Over fifty years in the world’s highest mountains has proved that this is no place for compromise

Launching Drilite® our new and exclusive waterproof, breathable and durable fabric is not something we take lightly. It is all we have learned about protection, distilled into one cutting-edge fabric. A monolithic membrane provides all the protection you need yet measures a minuscule fifteen microns thick. It allows us to make jackets light enough for fell runners, packable enough for alpine hikers and tough enough for serious mountain routes. Another first from Mountain Equipment. 

The latest generation of Drilite® is constructed from a hydrophilic, Monolithic Polyurethane Membrane that is both waterproof, breathable and durable.

Waterproof: Drilite® has a 20,000mm hydrostatic head to keep you dry. A benchmark minimum standard of waterproof performance necessary for all-day, all-weather protection.

Breathable: Drilite® uses a Polyurethane Membrane to offer a high level of breathability (20,000g/sqm/24h) and ensure you stay comfortable, even when working hard in the mountains.

Durable: Drilite® fabrics have been carefully developed to be both durably waterproof and windproof whilst offering performance characteristics (such as weight and stretch) that are specific to end-use. 

Monolithic Membrane Technology

Using a pore-free construction that is highly breathable, the Monolithic Membrane actively transports water vapour through its molecular structure whilst at the same time forming an impenetrable barrier to water and dirt from the outside. Formed from a single solid-state layer, just 13 to 15 microns in thickness, this clear and elastic membrane is then laminated to a number of outer face-fabrics, each chosen for particular performance characteristics. On the inside a pigment print is then applied, combined with a permanent Silica coating to aid moisture absorption and create its dry-touch feel. 



Stretch Drilite®

40D fabric with 70D reinforced weave With texturised 70 denier reinforcing yarns and the extra benefit of stretch this harder wearing 40 denier waterproof fabric remains low in weight and thrives on more technical and demanding mountain use.

This fabric is available in 2.5 and 3 layer versions 

40d / 70d – 105g

This fabric is used in

Gryphon Jacket

A fully specified mountain shell that provides crucial defence against the worst weather.

Drilite® fabric is combined with a highly protective design and three large pockets to give a superbly functional shell for mountain use. Our Alpine fit ensures mobility for the steepest routes and a lack of excess fabric that’s keenly appreciated when traversing wind blasted summits.    

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Ultra-light Drilite®

12D fabric with 50D reinforced weave Engineered specifically for those who move fast in the mountains and who favour low-weight over toughness. The incredibly fine 12 denier yarns are interwoven with high tenacity 50 denier reinforcing yarns to ensure longterm performance for serious minimalist users.

12d / 50d – 50g

This fabric is used in 

Lattice Jacket

A super-light shell with a tiny packsize that’s perfect for those travelling through the mountains at speed.

Using our lightest Drilite® fabric in conjunction with our Active fit and proven Mountain Hood the Lattice is a reliable choice for those seeking minimalist protection. Whether running in the high mountains or walking through lower hills this is an ideal super-lightweight shell. 

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Micron Jacket 

A ultra-light and ultra-minimalist shell custom built for mountain running and adventure racing in all conditions.

With minimalist construction and our Active fit the Micron Jacket has been designed specifically for the most weight conscious mountain athletes. Offering close yet unrestrictive waterproof performance it vanishes into even the smallest pack when not required.
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40D fabric A lightweight, packable waterproof fabric developed for those who want reliable all-day protection and comfort. Balancing bulk against toughness, its 40 denier texturised yarns create a fabric robust enough for mountain use yet packable for longer journeys.

40d – 85g

This fabric is used in

Aeon Jacket

A highly specified general-purpose mountain jacket that provides essential protection for high peaks and valley treks. 

With our Drilite® fabric, Alpine fit and practical three pocket design the Aeon is a perfect choice for regular use in the hills and mountains. Pit zips allow for regulated venting during strenuous ascents in difficult weather and our highly protective Mountain Hood easily folds down into the collar when not required.
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Vector Jacket

This simple and well ventilated shell combines protection and mobility in a benchmark lightweight design.

Our Alpine fit works with dependable Drilite® fabric to provide a weather beating shell that won’t hold you back. Integrated underarm and pocket venting combine with our proven Mountain Hood so that you can continue to operate effectively even on rapid ascents.

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