Long a stalwart of good kit and prices, Montane’s Prism is another example of kit purpose-built for the UK. Insulation is Primaloft Eco, which – while not as soft or thick as Premium Primaloft One – uses 50 per cent recycled fibres. It’s still good, warm and adds a pleasing earthy tick, and a weather-resistant Pertex Microlight outer offers further value. Two high-set pockets take an OS map and also serve as a pack-pouch, while other features include Scotchguard reflective decals, an excellent hood with a wired peak and a chinguard, and a robust stormflap behind the zip. A few elements let the Prism slip: the cuffs are of the chafey elasticated variety, so they can be pushed up the arms to aid venting, but they are aggressively elasticated (I found them too tight) and aren’t adjustable. The pocket zips have tabs to pull on, but the main zip tab is small and difficult to wrangle with gloves. Fit balances baggy and slim nicely, which means it works as either an over layer or a mid layer; but those tight sleeves are also quite short, which restricted my movement a little. But if the Montane Prism fits and is comfortable, it offers unbeatable value.
Weight 392g (size S)
Outer fabric Pertex Microlight mini ripstop
Insulation 40-80gsm Primaloft Eco (100% polyester)
Stuffsack/packable? packs into pocket
Adjustable hood? Yes
Men’s sizes XS-XXL
Women’s sizes 8-16
The Montane Prism is a purposeful, versatile insulated jacket at an unbeatable price. Indeed, it won Trail’s ‘Best Value’ award.
Review by Simon Ingram
First published in Trail magazine March 2013