The Montane Sabretooth has been a Trail favourite for many years. It is made from Polartec Powershield, which is a laminated fabric where a perforated membrane is sandwiched between a stretchy, abrasion-resistant outer and a brushed, fleece-like inner. The perforated membrane does not keep heavy rain out but it is water-resistant, so light drizzle won’t get through; however its main benefits are that it is very breathable to reduce condensation and also very windproof. The effect is that you can wear this in most conditions except heavy rain, when you will need a full waterproof. The pocket design is particularly good for hill and mountain travel as you get two Napoleon chest pockets for maps and guidebooks as well as handwarmer pockets. The hood is great, too, and slightly better in this 2012 version than the 2011 version. The hood can be rolled down and secured when it is not needed. The Montane Sabretooth only comes in black with red zips, which is a slight shortcoming perhaps; but its weight, price and general performance when hill and mountain walking in the UK makes it a frequent winner in Trail’s gear tests.
Material Polartec Powershield
Weight 560g (size L)
The Montane Sabretooth is the best choice for hill and mountain use among the soft shells jackets we looked at.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine August 2012