MEC Alpine Refuge Jacket - Women's 5029-903

MEC Alpine Refuge Jacket - Women's

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For high-mountain adventures where efficiency and speed are worked into the plan. This ultra-light storm shell has been stripped-back to essentials. With a design that's compact enough to ride unnoticed on your harness or in a corner your pack, it offers storm-proof protection if the sky cracks open your contingency plans are called into effect. The stretch fabric provides both generous mobility and exceptional breathability, with an inner hydrophilic membrane that pulls moisture outward and allows you to drop the hammer and keep moving yet stay dry for the duration.

  • 3-layer Toray Dermizax NX stretch nylon uses an outer DWR coating and fully taped seams for extreme wet-weather protection. The inner hydrophilic membrane effectively moves moisture outward during high-output climbing, skiing and hiking.
  • Adjustable helmet compatible hood.
  • Fleece chin guard on interior of collar prevents chafing.
  • Uretek coated zippers for are fully weatherproof.
  • Minimalist design with two hand pockets and 1 interior chest pocket.
  • Chest pocket functions as a stuff sack and has a loop that allows it to be clipped on with a carabiner.
  • Adjustable draw cord hem and Velcro® cuffs keep water out.
  • Length is below hip to fit smoothly under a harness or pack.

Tech specs

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Ideal for
  • Alpine climbing and mountaineering
  • Alpine touring
Type Waterproof-breathable
Technology Toray Dermizax NX
Construction 3-layer
Face fabric
  • Nylon
  • Polyurethane
Lining/backer Nylon
Fabric waterproof rating

The standard test for waterproof fabrics uses a standing column filled with water. The figures given are the water column height. A rating of 3,500mm or higher can be considered waterproof. The higher the rating, the more durable the waterproof fabric will be over time.


Waterproof garments use waterproof-breathable technologies and are fully seam-taped. Water-resistant garments use waterproof-breathable technologies but their seams are not taped. Water-resistant garments repel water and protect against wind but are not made of waterproof fabric.

Waterproof with fully taped seams
Fabric active breathability

The rate at which a waterproof breathable fabric expels moisture when the inner surface is moist from perspiration. Values under 8,000g/m2/24h provide low performance, 20,000g/m2/24h provide moderate performance and values over 30,000g/m2/24h provide high performance.

Venting Mesh-lined pockets
  • 2 handwarmer
  • 1 internal zippered

A windproof garment does not allow any air to permeate the fabric. A garment with windproof panels has panels of fabric that are totally windproof, but the rest of the garment may not be windproof. A wind-resistant garment resists some wind, but not as much as a garment that is windproof.

Length Below hip
Durable water repellency

Usually referred to as DWR. A treatment made to fabrics that causes water to bead and run off instead of soaking through.

Additional feature(s) Stuffs in own pocket
Made in China