Montane Sabretooth (2013)

A frequent winner of Trail tests, the Montane Sabretooth has everything a hillwalker, scrambler or mountaineer might need from a soft shell jacket. It is made from Polartec Powershield, a fabric that is water- and wind-resistant thanks to a membrane that is full of tiny holes. However the key benefit of this fabric is that it is not totally windproof, so it is very breathable – which means you can wear this under a waterproof jacket if needed without overheating. It also has a good level of general insulation, so it’s not overly hot in warm weather and can be easily combined with extra insulation worn underneath in colder conditions. It has a great set of pockets too, with a pair of Napoleon pockets on the chest and a pair of conventional chest pockets – and all these are easily big enough for maps. When the wind or a passing shower blasts into you it’s great to have a functional hood, and the Sabretooth’s is a fine example of this. It has a wired peak, and it fits and moves with the head really well, so you can wear it as needed with confidence. The Montane Sabretooth was only available in black in the past but now it comes in blue as well, as shown here. The only drawback is there is no women’s version, though Montane tell us to expect one in late 2014.

Material Polartec Powershield
Weight 562g (size L)
External pockets 4
Internal pockets 2
Pit zips yes
Men’s sizes S-XXL
Women’s sizes none
Website
www.montane.co.uk

Verdict
The Montane Sabretooth is the soft shell jacket that defines what is needed in the mountains, but sadly there is no women’s version. It won Trail’s ‘Best Value’ and ‘Best in Test’ accolades.

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine October 2013