‘Micro baffle’ down jackets have become very popular recently. These narrow horizontal baffles contain small quantities of insulation that are adequate for milder winter conditions, and as they are relatively light and pack down small they are also ideal for spring and autumn use. The Montane Featherlite Down Jacket is an example of the genre that is quite well-designed and it benefits from a fixed hood with a stiffened peak and a volume adjuster at the back. The hood does fit very well and there is a nice patch of brushed polyester at the top of the zip to protect the chin. The sleeves are a close and comfy fit but the cuffs are only elasticated, so do check they provide a snug fit to prevent draughts. The body of the Montane Featherlite Down Jacket is slightly longer at the back, which helps to keep the kidneys warm. You get two hip pockets plus a chest pocket on the outside, a feature that is less common but useful. The shell fabric is Pertex Quantum so it is not as water-resistant as other fabrics, but it does benefit from being lightweight. You can get warmer jackets at this price for winter, although the Montane Featherlite Down Jacket is good for milder conditions.
Outer Pertex Quantum ripstop
Insulation 140g of 650+ fill power 93/7 down
Weight 452g (size L)
Men’s sizes S-XXL
Women’s sizes 8-16
The Montane Featherlite Down Jacket is a lightweight down jacket that’s suitable for spring and autumn conditions, but others are warmer for the same price.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine February 2013