Dynafit's Mezzalama jacket gets analysed by our outerwear expert, Alf Alderson

Dynafit Mezzalama Polartec Alpha £195

This is very much one for the minimalists out there, ski tourers in particular since it’s very light and packable. This means that you don’t get the kind of insulation that will keep you warm when sitting on a slow chair in a blizzard, but that’s not what the Mezzalama is designed for.

It’s designed to provide on-the-go warmth via the Polartec Alpha insulation along with high breathability; it’s also water repellent and abrasion resistant. The features are pretty limited, as you’d expect in a jacket designed to be as light as possible, and consist of a non-adjustable hood, small zipped chest pocket and elasticated hem and cuffs with thumb-holes on the latter. The Mezzalama is also Polygiene treated, which means you can use it for days at a time without it picking up body odours.

Despite its minimal features the Mezzalama looks pretty good and performs well in its intended role, so it’s definitely one for the backcountry brigade to look out for; and I’d also be happy to use it for summer hikes and the like, adding to its versatility.

FOR Light, packable and versatile

AGAINST Utilitarian design won’t suit all skiers.

Dynafit say:

The lightweight Elevation Polartec® Alpha® Jacket offers insulation for maximum achievements up to 2,000 meters. Its hybrid construction places Polartec® Alpha® insulation on the jacket body and allows high breathability on limbs and at underarms. In addition, this water- and wind-resistant Elevation insulating jacket shines when it comes to stretch to ensure a high degree of freedom of movement. Additional features include thumbholes, large side zip pockets, as well as a zip interior pocket for smartphones transform this 269-gram lightweight hybrid into a true highlight.