MEC Alpine Refuge Jacket - Women's 5040-135

MEC Alpine Refuge Jacket - Women's


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Show Description

For high-mountain adventures where efficiency and speed are worked into the plan. This ultra-light, minimalist shell is moderately waterproof and great as an emergency piece, yet its extreme breathability suits alpine pushes, booting up gullies, and skyline ridge scrambles. The versatility is down to industry leading Polartec NeoShell waterproof-breathable fabric. The 3-layer technology accommodates vigorous activity in inclement weather and keeps you comfortably dry throughout. Stacked with the thoughtful features you expect from a pinnacle piece: helmet compatible hood, fleece chin guard, taped seams, well-placed pockets – it hits the right balance of breathability and storm protection to keep you moving when conditions close in.

  • 3-layer nylon uses a Polartec NeoShell microporous polyurethane laminate with a nylon tricot lining and a Durable Water Repellent finish. Incredibly breathable and moderately waterproof, the fabric is ideal for alpine, but not the best option for everyday wear.
  • Fully taped seams keep out wetness.
  • Adjustable helmet compatible hood with stiffened brim and Schoeller® soft shell panels to cover the drawcords.
  • Aquaguard zipper is topped with a fleece chin guard.
  • Interior hanger loop in back of neck.
  • No underarm zips needed due to the breathability of the fabric.
  • 2 hand pockets have Uretek-coated, water-resistant zippers and moulded zipper garages, pockets sit above harness at mid-chest for ease of access.
  • 1 interior chest pocket made of stretch Schoeller soft shell.
  • Die cut Velcro cuffs adjustments.
  • Adjustable drawcord hem is accessible from pockets.

Tech specs

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Ideal for
  • Alpine climbing and mountaineering
  • Alpine touring
Type Waterproof-breathable
Technology Polartec NeoShell
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.

  • 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.

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