Montane Micro Flux (2014)

Features
There is no hood on the Micro Flux, which for me is a major drawback, although Montane does have plenty of hooded options available, so choose one of them if you love hoods. There are two map-sized pockets and they’re placed high enough to allow access even when wearing a rucksack hipbelt. The cuffs are elasticated and they fitted me fine, but it’s always worth checking this for yourself before buying.
3/5

Fit
Sizes are limited, as while the Montane Micro Flux available in S-XXL for men, there is no women’s option. However, the jacket suited me fine: it was not too baggy or tight or overly shaped, unlike some others.
4/5

Comfort
This wasn’t the lightest model on test at 395g (size M), even without a hood, and the Pertex Classic Eco outer wasn’t as thin as other options. So while this was a comfortable jacket it was slightly bulkier than lighter and softer options with higher price tags. You also don’t get the soft brushed area around the chin offered elsewhere.
3/5

Insulation
Primaloft Silver Insulation Eco provides the insulation and is made from recycled fibres. This offers an ideal level of warmth for year-round backup, or to use with other layers in the depths of winter.  
4/5

Value
Even taking into account the fact that there is no hood, £100 is a great price.
4/5

Verdict
Environmentally friendly materials, a great price and good pockets make the Montane Micro Flux ideal for use all year round. It’s great during winter with other layers, if you can live without a hood.
3.6/5

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine October 2014