Montane Atomic Jacket Review 2016

Features

The Montane Atomic is made with Pertex Shield, which has a waterproof, breathable coating applied to the material rather than using the more durable laminated construction of Pertex Shield Plus. The material is 2.5-layer rather than 3-layer so condensation control is not ideal. The jacket has two large mesh-lined pockets and a hood with a wired peak. It weighs in at a very good 319g (size L), which is appealing. 3/5

Fit

Men’s sizes are S-XXL and women’s 8-16. The body is a little shorter than others so your bum is less protected. The fit is quite close, though, and there isn’t any movement in the cuffs or hem when raising the arms. The hood fit is very good and easily adjusted. This is virtually perfect, but others are slightly longer and offer very slightly better movement. 5/5

Comfort

This 2.5-layer garment does feel a little clammy compared to 3-layer jackets; also jackets using Pertex Shield Plus feel more comfortable against the skin. But this is stiffer than others, meaning it does not feel as cold in the wind, so in winter the Montane Atomic is a better option for hill-goers. The fabric does not stretch, but it does not restrict movement either. 4/5 

In use

You can warm your hands in the two chest pockets or stash a map for access on the go. The pockets are mesh-lined, though, so they can allow water to pass through into the jacket if you are not careful in a downpour. The hood is great, as is the sleeve movement, and I like the fact that this is a little stiffer for windier conditions. But I’d ideally like some more length and a third pocket. 3/5

Value

For just £120 you get a very lightweight jacket that competes well with higher-priced options so this is great value for money. RRP £120. 5/5

Verdict

The Montane Atomic is a very good jacket for its price if walking in milder conditions, but it’s worth paying more for better protection. It wins Trail’s ‘approved’ accolade. 4.0/5