Mountain Equipment Gasherbrum Down Jacket - Men's

A little weight and a lot of warmth.

The Mountain Equipment Men's Gasherbrum Down Jacket fends off your shivers whether you're climbing in frigid weather or just trying to survive winter's cold weather. Mountain Equipment stuffed this jacket with some of the finest, loftiest, and lightest 750-fill down available to keep you nice and toasty while you're on belay or at the bus station. Its box wall baffle construction eliminates cold spots within the jacket. The He30 shell keeps the jacket light on your body, and it remains durable to withstand tears and abrasions from rocks. And an EXL lining utilizes elasticized threads that pull the jacket and its hood close to your body without restricting your mobility or adding bulk despite its regular fit.

The Gasherbrum also features a hood that either cinches tightly across your helmet or head to boost head heat. This down jacket stuffs into an included sack so you don't have to sacrifice space for lofty warmth when you travel. Hook-and-loop cuffs and dual-tether drawcords help seal in warmth.

  • He30 shell
  • EXL lining
  • 750-fill down insulation, box wall baffle construction
  • Regular fit with drop-tail hem
  • Helmet-compatible, adjustable hood with EXL system
  • Stuff sack included
  • Hook-and-loop cuffs
  • Adjustable hem with dual-tether drawcords
  • Reviews
  • Q & A

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Superlight boxwall jacket!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

The Gasherbrum is so light for what it is...a super warm beast for cold, high camps and summit pushes. I love the construction...absolutely no cold spots and it fits well over layers and helmets. This was my choice for an attempt on Everest without oxygen. It's remarkably nimble as well. I've used the He30 fabric on a few pieces and they've all performed up to snuff.

Can anyone comment if this can handle a couple of hours of wet snow without wetting out? Thanks,

ive skiid all day with half hour rain dumps on the bottom of hill top was freezing the jacket was real dry and iwas dry and toasty possibly overkill but nicest ski jacket ever

That's great to know, thanks for the reply.


Morning after summit day, 17 camp, Denali.


stunning! Simply stunning!

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Great all around

Even by the side of the road in spring.

Great all around

Awesome except for the EXL hood

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

I had a chance to buy this for a steal of a price when I was in the UK, so I went for it. I put it through its paces almost daily for several weeks including some gnarly Eastern US Polar Vortex weather. :D This is truly about as good as it gets in warmth to weight ratios for light expedition jackets. 750FP European 93/7 Hungarian goose down is probably equivalent to almost 850FP US down. The stitching, cut, sleeves, and everything about this jacket scream quality. It feels every bit as puffy (and probably puffier) than a Marmot Greenland jacket but for some reason, it actually visually doesn't look as puffy. I'm not sure whether mine is a newer or older version, but my Gasherbrum has a thin fleece lining on the back of the neck which wraps around to the chin.

My biggest complaint is the EX-L hood with stretch baffles. There is plenty of room to accomodate a large helmet. However, the stretch baffle stitching pulls the hood back and leaves my cheeks exposed to wind rather than enveloping my entire face from the wind. The plus side is the best peripheral vision I've encountered in a puffy hood. However, when you're fighting subzero temperatures with wind gusts, you'd prefer that your cheeks stay warm. It might be a minor quibble, but a hood can make or break a technical jacket. I'd prefer a standard hood over the EXL hood. This is an otherwise AMAZING jacket.

I'm 5'8 with a 40 inch chest, and the Medium leaves me room to layer underneath.

the hood is heavenly wear goggles and way better side vision with this hood than most others the hood turns with your head itsperfect and real warm

Another view of the "Full Dome Hood"

Stiffened brim keeps snow off your nose.

Another view of the "Full Dome Hood"

Hey woody you seem to be affiliated with mountain equipment gear, ive seen your post's on the k7 jacket too. Could you tell me the differences between the gasherbrum and the k7? Whats better about the gasherbrum? More warmth? Better material? Because i know the outer on the k7 is DRILITE and this has He30? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks

Hi June,

I'm the US marketing guy, good perception. Sorry if I get too techy.

K7 vs. Gasherbrum

It's not necessarily a which is better question, but more of a what are you using it for.

Gasherbrum is designed to be an uber light down jacket for very cold, dry environments. Think fast and light ascents in the Himalaya, or any winter climbing in Rocky Mountains.

K7 was designed specifically for winter climbing in cold, damp environments. Think Norway, Alaska, Cascades Volcanos in winter, etc.

HE30 is a DWR treated woven nylon. It is downproof and windproof. It does not have a membrane. It is much much lighter than Drilite. HE30 fabric weighs 30g/a meter whereas Drilite Loft is 57g/ a meter.

Drilite Loft on the K7 does have a 2500mm h/h membrane, which makes it significantly more forgiving in wet weather. Plus the fabric is more durable. It is also downproof and windproof.

Both feature EXL, Full Dome Hood, etc. Both basically weigh the same amount -/+ a few grams. Both are extremely warm.

Both have EU 750+ fp down. (Comparable to US 850+ fp). Gasherbrum has 380g of down, and the K7 330g.

K7 is a slightly longer cut. If you are climbing on truly steep technical ground wearing a jacket the K7 is a better choice. Probably better for belay type usage in the Lower 48 as well.

If you're cruising fixed lines, headed to the arctic, or looking for a serious emergency layer, the Gasherbrum is a go to. While the amount of down is similar, for whatever reason (from my limited field testing in Washington) the Gasherbrum is much warmer.

In other words: Gasherbrum- West Buttress of Denali or trip to north pole.

K7- Cassin Ridge on Denali or some new school alpine route on Mt. Hunter, etc.

Hope that helps. Let me know if you have any other questions.



Ok Thank you very much!

I have only used the jackets in more static situations for the most part.

However, last week I was wearing a K7 around Salt Lake City during the Outdoor Retailer tradeshow. My accommodations were about 2 miles uphill from the tradeshow. Temps were in the teens (a bit on the warm side for a K7 honestly). I definitely was too warm but never "hot " and could feel the jacket breathing. I was really impressed.

Hi Woody, do your comments on the Gasherbrum and K7 still apply? I'm headed to the Norwegian Arctic for a skitour and am looking at the Gasherbrum. I'm wondering about the comment Lovewool made (above, 5th Feb 2014) about the EX-L hood. Any thoughts on this?

swell hood works perfect

"Full Dome Hood" is Helmet Compatible

Fits a head nicely too.

"Full Dome Hood" is Helmet Compatible

EXL in the hood too!

Fits your head or a helmet with no adjustment!

EXL in the hood too!

EXL - Elasticated Stretch Baffles

Interior stretch baffles that hug the body and prevent cold spots. Keep warmth in and cold out!

EXL - Elasticated Stretch Baffles

Making pancakes at -15F.

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

Mountain Equipment markets this as their big warmer for large scale alpine style climbing, and true to that, it weighs very little. Especially given that it's got as much down as a 20 degree F sleeping bag.

Hood is on point. The EXL system snugs it in to make things toasty immediately. Shell material is definitely on the light side, but it seems pretty solid. There's an interior pouch for a hydration system, and little routing options to keep the bite valve right next to your mouth in the collar. Brilliant solution for staying hydrated in camp.

This is also a very useful loaner piece for my perennially cold girlfriend.


  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

The description above says it all. What is not to want!!