Mountain Equipment have the most advanced ethical policy on down. The company’s Down Codex Project, introduced in 2009, allows you to trace the down in your jacket by entering barcode information. It was the first brand to look deeply into the animal welfare throughout the long, and often oblique, down sourcing and supply chain. It also makes very good jackets.

The Arete is tight-fitting, as it should be, but it needs trying on. If it does fit, then it’s certainly worth considering. The jacket has a chest pocket and the hood is good. There’s practically no lift in the hem, such is the quality of the tailoring. It’s not one of the lightest jackets, nor is it one of the warmest, but it is of good quality. It’s a jacket I find myself reaching for all the time.

First published: February 2014


  • Overall: 4-5 out of 5

Pros: down policy, tailoring

Cons: lower down fill

  • Details: PRICE Ј170 FABRIC He30 INSULATION 675 fill down SIZES S-XXL (women's 8-16) WEIGHT 417g DOWN POLICY traceable down, no live plucking or force-fed birds
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