Chris Townsend examines the some of hillwalking’s most useful garments. On test the Mammut Broad Peak Gilet

The Broad Peak is a comfortable warm gilet filled with top quality down and with a windproof and shower resistant Pertex shell. There are warm lower pockets with reversed zips, a filled baffle behind the main zip, a high warm collar and fleece chin guards. My only dislike is for the armhole elastication which isn’t stretchy enough. Mammut says it has a ‘regular fit’ but the Large size tested was on the small side. The fabrics are Bluesign approved and so environmentally friendly. The Broad Peak can be stuffed into its left-hand pocket for carrying (there’s a zip puller inside the pocket).

Reviewed in February 2015 Issue


  • Overall: 4 out of 5

Pros: warm, lightweight, Bluesign approved

Cons: poor armhole elastication

  • Price: £130
  • Weight: 298g (large)
  • Fill: 70g 750 fill power goose down
  • Shell: Pertex Microlight
  • Hood: no
  • Armholes: Elasticated
  • Hem: Drawcord
  • Pockets: 2 hem
  • Sizes: men S-XXL, women XS-XL (Miva Vest)
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