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