Boasting a wealth of features, the Montane Flux Jacket is quite simply great value for money. Made from Eco-PrimaLoft – where at least 50 per cent of the insulating material is recycled fibre – it will keep you warm enough for summit stops and short lunch breaks for a reasonably low weight (420g, size 10).
Its outer shell is water-resistant and windproof, and its adjustable hem allows a close fit. The zippable pockets will accommodate hands comfortably. You won’t have to worry about cold air getting in via the front zip as there is a draught excluder behind it, and at the top there’s a soft chinguard that is long and very comfortable.
The wrist cuffs are adjustable via a Velcro tab, which helps them fit closely, but there isn’t a lot of room for manoeuvre. They’re fairly tight, which could be an issue if you’re trying to get them on over a pair of gloves.
Most impressive is the Montane Flux Jacket’s hood, which not only has a wired peak for easy reshaping (allowing good vision in the wind) but also rolls away when not in use. It’s also fully adjustable and will even accommodate a helmet – making it a good option if you want to wear this on a winter skills course and/or when doing climbs.
Weight 420g (size 10)
Outer fabric Pertex Microlight
Inner fabric polyester
Insulation PrimaLoft Eco
Women’s sizes 8-10
Men’s sizes S-XXL
Impressive features, a good level of warmth at a reasonable weight and insulation that is partly recycled make the Montane Flux a great jacket for the price. It won the ‘Best Value’ accolade in our test.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine March 2012