Looking at my kit the other day, I realised that I have 5 items of Montane kit – four which I use on a regular basis. I have added to my original purchase of an Atomic DT jacket on a regular basis , with good reason because they are well made, reliable, lightweight garments – ideal for UK conditions.
This a lightweight waterproof jacket weighing only 295g and made from Entrant fabric – a waterproof material which has unique inner surface treatment so does away with a 2 layer coated fabric and lining combination or a 3 – layer laminated material making the garment considerably lighter. In use it has been very waterproof, but you can get some moisture inside the jacket, with strenuous exercise. I solve this by wearing the Montane Lite – Speed windshirt underneath.
Whilst this jacket is not going to be as breathable as an eVent product it is considerably cheaper and lighter and in reality it has not been that much of a problem.
The jacket features an adjustable roll away hood with a reinforced wired peak. It has fully taped seams and two large zipped chest pockets which helps with venting (mesh lined) when not raining too hard.
The jacket has a full length 2 way zip with an internal storm flap and velcro adjustable cuffs.
I have worn this jacket a lot over the last two and half years whilst backpacking and doing day walks and I have yet to observe wear on the shoulders. I have cleaned it and reproof it once and it’s still going strong.
Montane Lite – Speed Hooded Windshirt
This could be my favorite piece of clothing. Made from Pertex Microlight, it is extremely lightweight, versatile, windproof, has a hood, full length zip , a big chest pocket big enough for an OS map and weighs just 165g! and packs to nothing. I take it with me on every trip – just great, I don’t think I need to say any more.
Montane Flux Insulated Jacket
This is the one piece of Montane clothing I don’t wear as much as I use to. Not that it isn’t a good bit of kit, but I now own a PHD Down jacket and there is no comparison in pack size and weight. The Flux weighs 520g and the PHD 360g . The Flux has an excellent hood with a wire peak, one of the best I have seen, two excellent chest pockets and two zipped hand warmer pockets. The fleece lined collar is very comfortable. The insulation is Primaloft used at different fill rates with arms, back, top of hood, side panels, lower front panel using 60g and 40g in the sides of hood, front panel with 2 layers of 40g surrounding hand-warmer pockets.
Where I use this now is on cold rainy days or wet snow days where a down jacket might be susceptible to moisture and compromised.
What I have found is that the jacket is windproof, I remember a particularly windy day on Cross Fell wearing this jacket over my base layer and feeling toasty warm, thinking the hood offer excellent protection from the biting wind. The water repellancy is good and the length of the jacket with the extended tail cuts out draughts. All in all a good jacket, but a bit heavy compared to down, however good when cold wet and windy.
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