Mani Rimdo Jacket Review

This winter I have been using Sherpa’s Mani Rimdo Jacket. When looking through the Sherpa range of winter jackets I was keen to try a light-weight synthetic jacket which was insulated and also waterproof. The Mani Rimdo looked like it could offer what I was after.
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Mani Rimdo 1 In December I spent 2 weeks in Chamonix, powder skiing and touring, and I ended up using the jacket every day, and it soon become my most warn piece of kit and a favourite. The first (and possible the most important!) thing I noticed was the striking colours available. I chose the Gokyo Lake (blue), which stands out well in the mountains and makes for great pictures. It also comes in Suntala (orange) and black.

When I put the jacket on for the first time, the comfort was great. The lining is a smooth 100% nylon, which glides over any under layers you are wearing. The Mani Rimdo features a 2-layer waterproof hard-shell (100% polyester), and is filled with PrimaLoft® One (40 gsm) which offers a nice amount of insulation, without being too warm. Mani Rimdo 2 My first days’ skiing was an epic powder day at the Grand Montets. Not knowing how warm I’d be with the Mani Rimdo, I wore an Icebreaker long-sleeved thermal along with a Polartec 100 fleece jacket. With the mountain temperatures being around -10c this was a good setup, with only the chair lifts being a bit on the chilly side.

The jacket closed down well, preventing snow from getting in for the deep powder days, and is really well cut to allow freedom of movement. The insulated collar was the feature I was most unsure about when first looking at the Mani Rimdo, but this feature makes for a comfy and warm addition and prevents any rub on your chin in cold weather. Mani Rimdo 4

In January I had several good mountain days at home in Snowdonia, and also done a handful of winter routes too, and used the Mani Rimdo on each of these occasions. The stretchy material does make a big difference when winter climbing, and moves well without being restrictive. The insulation is the perfect amount for weight to warm ratio. Some of the days were very wet, and generally I found myself wearing the Mani Rimdo over the top of my Sherpa Lithang jacket, which gives that extra protection in keeping the damp out, and makes for a more effective way of layering up in harsh weather.

There are 4 pockets on the front, and all of which have water resistant zips with decent zip-pulls on them which feel robust. The 2 smaller pockets on the chest are prefect size for phone, lift pass, lip cream, sun cream and snacks, and the 2 bigger hand-warmer pockets and well sized for stashing gloves etc. Inside the jacket are 2 netted stash pockets, which are great for storing gloves and hat during après ski!

Features:

  • 2-layer waterproof, breathable shell (10K-rated protection)
  • Sewn-in liner
  • Velcro® cuff tabs
  • Colours, Gokyo Lake (blue), Suntala (Orange) and black.
  • 2 chest pockets with water resistant zips
  • 2-way pit-zips with strong flap cover
  • Insulated fleece lined collar
  • Stretchy shell material
  • Detachable, articulated, hood
  • Weight: 730g


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Improvements:

The detachable hood is a nice idea, but in reality is too small to fit over helmets. I have used the Mani Rimdo with ski helmets and climbing helmets and feel it should be a bit bigger to fit over these properly. When winter climbing I relied on the hood on my main shell layer (Sherpa Lithang jacket) to provide the protection needed from spindrift to keep me sheltered.

The collar is a bit snug when wearing a fleece layer (with a high neck) underneath, and is too short to pull up when things get cold. It would be great if the hood and collar could offer more all-round face protection from the elements. It’s this feature alone which would prevent me from using the jacket in gnarly Scottish winter conditions. Mani Rimdo 5 The cuffs on the sleeves could do with being slightly bigger to allow the sleeve to easily be pulled over winter climbing gloves.

Summary:

This supremely versatile Sherpa Adventure Gear, Mani Rimdo jacket offers everything you need in one convenient package, and is one of my most used jackets. It’s smart enough for general day-to-day use and performs well in the winter environment.

My overall rating:

4 out of 5 stars is my rating. If the above improvements could be added, then we’ll have a real winner!

Bryn Williams Executive Officer for Mountain Training Cymru

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