The Montane Sabretooth has been a Trail favourite for a couple of years; it still offers an excellent range of features. The Polartec Powershield fabric has a membrane with tiny holes, which makes it very windproof while being pretty breathable. The fabric offers the right degree of insulation, so it feels reasonably warm and can be combined with a thinner mid layer if needed.
Apart from the fabric, I really like the design of this jacket. It has four pockets on the chest: two Napoleon pockets for a GPS receiver or a guidebook, compass and map, plus two more for warming the hands when walking head down into the wind.
Talking of wind, the Montane Sabretooth also gets a hood with a wired peak, so you really can protect yourself in all but the worst weather before needing to don a waterproof hard shell. The hood fits well and turns with the head. The Sabretooth sadly only comes in black, so it tends to feel a bit hot in the sun and can look dull in summit photos! But despite the colour, the performance and features for the price are outstanding. The nearest women’s equivalent is the Minx Jacket, which costs £125.
Material Polartec Powershield
Weight 562g (size men’s L)
External pockets 4
Internal pockets 2
Pit zips no
Men’s sizes XS-XXL
Women’s sizes none
The Montane Sabretooth has exceptionally good features combined with an exceptionally competitive price. It won Trail’s ‘Best Value’ and Best in Test’ accolades.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine October 2011