that are easy to locate. for toilet access. My gripe with this is that you are then forced in to either putting your mitt over the sleeve and maybe compressing the down in the suit, or if you have a snuggish low volume mitt that won’t go over you will need to put it up the inside the sleeve where the mitt may get squeezed by the cuff. In comparison, a down suit is cumbersome, heavy and will fill up most of your pack, when the only day it will be of any real use is on summit day. The internal pockets were situated nice and high to avoid bottles dropping down within the suit and meant that access involved not too much unzipping of the front to get access. There are 4 outer pockets but I’m afraid that, like the Mountain Equipment jacket (see below), the 2 pockets with simple Velcro fastening on the chest really cause me concern. On top of the world. As a first effort at a GCSE in design it is only just ok, and hopefully ME will build on this suit and bring it in to line with the others. As soon as you put this on one great feature is the powerstretch elasticated thumb loop / knuckle warmer (they call it a hobo mitt) at the end of each sleeve and the sleeves also feature Velcro wrist adjustment. A great robust feel and a lot of attention to detail. As it is impossible to put on just for a 5-minute rest, a separate down jacket must also be carried. 2 pulls on the rear of the hood where one would suffice (& be easier to manage). A slightly oversized wrist, with a Velcro tab means I can decide according to my suit / mitt combination. Expedition Suit. Mountain Equipment Redline Suit – 2140g (L) – No longer being made! The total weight of each suit averages 2.7 kg. without Velcro adjuster on the wrist. The zipper has been extended up the torso to allow for crapping but this means the gap is then too big when venting the thigh and leaves the torso completely exposed – that is if you can actually get the side opened when you are wearing a rucksack and a harness, and down mitts, which is very doubtful. But 2020 is still providing drama on the world’s highest peak. And the rainbow seat gives excellent toilet access. The other drawback about not having a front baffle protecting the zipper is that all the condensation that drips from the front of an oxygen mask starts to freeze the zip so it will be stuck closed. So whilst there is no ‘standard’ suit what I can say is that the suit I saw was incredibly well made and packed with features. Not a situation you’d want to find yourself in but then at least in this suit you’re more likely to be getting help. step through them. Do not accept that you only have the choice of the two in the shop that you visit. So whilst there is no ‘standard’ suit what I can say is that the suit I saw was incredibly well made and packed with features. They don’t sell them in retail outlets so you can’t try before you buy but they compensate for this by having a website that allows you to decide what features you would like. It is a potential problem with all suits when they are opened because even those with a zip baffle will then have the teeth exposed and they’ll get iced up – but it is also a problem with the Rab when zipped. Climb Everest with 6 times Everest summiteer Tim Mosedale, Climb Mount Everest By The South Col Route. Very poor helmet adjustment. The buckle for keeping the hood closed worst conditions. Price will be negotiated by its weight . It is not without its drawbacks but it has superb ventilation and loads of external pockets which means that you can be self sufficient for snacks, water and spares whilst remaining comfortable on the go, even in changeable conditions. Some suits vent better than others. The baffle on Even though it has now been discontinued there are still some retailers who have stock … I’ll say again DO NOT BUY this suit. With the pocket being quite voluminous I would be very worried that items will inadvertently end up tumbling down the mountain – it’s only a matter of time so don’t say I didn’t warn you. There’s a 2 way zipper on leg would allowing for ventilation options of the thigh area but it would be slightly better if it went a tad higher and had a 3 or, even better, 4 way zipper. Everest Millet Boots & Expedition Down Suit Combo- Special Price. Another great feature is access to the inside the suit from the outer pocket on the right side which allows for great versatility – so no need to be opening the front of the suit for a water bottle (and losing all that well earned warmth) when you can get it through the smaller pocket access. Pockets and Adjusters . PHD Xero Down Suit – 1,700g – rrp £783 (up from £725). There are only 2 outer pockets (although these were zippered, slanted hand warmer style chest pockets and readily accessible) and they have opted for 4 internal pockets. They use a very chunky zip which would be better with a 3 or 4 way option but at least it has a baffle. There is no ‘standard’ Built to suit ANY fridge and ANY vehicle (as possible) – each unit is custom made for every customer so what you … Also you can’t vent off easily when wearing a harness. This is not its Personally I’d shelve that in favour of better features elsewhere. With a bit of extra attention to the top of the front zipper / face guard area (which, whilst roomy enough to accommodate a mask, was far too voluminous without one) this will be a great suit. Recommended Down Suits for Everest Expedition Double Suit (-35°C) If they sort the braces and it will be pegging 1st equal. Available in various colours. The internal mesh pockets are zipped. An excellent neck toggle allows for There’s a 3 way front zipper of the ‘up and under’ variety to allow for toilet (pooh) access and allows for a bit of venting. Everest. Absolutely rubbish suspenders. The chest pockets are They let themselves down by not having a Velcro adjustable wrist though, having gone for the elasticated option instead. That’s probably why they don’t need to be selling retail. Millet One Sport Everest Boot. If you get a cold hand then, with vaso constriction at the wrist and compromised circulation due to lack of oxygen, you will struggle to reinvigorate the circulation and you may well just end up insulating a cold hand.