Montane Verso Jacket

This insulated jacket weighs 448g, so it is ideal for carrying year-round, and like many others of its type it makes use of Primaloft insulation and Pertex fabric to keep the weight down. It stuffs into the chest pocket, saving the weight of a stuffsack. To keep draughts out the front zip has a baffle on the inside and the hem has a drawcord adjuster, while the cuffs are elasticated. You get a zipped chest pocket plus zipped, map-sized hip pockets. The jacket fits comfortably close while the fleece lining in the collar is a welcome bonus for chilly weather. There is a hood provided that rolls into the collar, but this is not insulated, so it is only good enough to keep the wind off. This makes the Verso ideal for hill-walkers who need something to throw on when the temperature drops on the summit of a hill. But the cuffs and collar are not adjustable, so make sure they fit closely enough to keep draughts out. I don’t think that hood is a lot of use, as you really want an insulated hood if you need any extra headwear at all in winter. The main niggle though is that this was a tight fit into the chest pocket – not something I would like to attempt with cold or damp hands. Like other lightweights it does not feel as durable as heavier garments.

 

Outer: Pertex Quantum
Inner: Peaq wicking nylon
Insulation: Primaloft
Colours: black/black, electric  blue/black, black/black
Sizes: S-XL
Weight: 448g (size L)
Made in China
Stores in UK: England 40; Wales 10; Scotland 20; Ireland 5

Verdict: buy it if you want a low-weight insulating layer to throw on when the temperature drops while camping or sitting on the summit of a hill.