Montane Air (2012)

The Montane Air is made from 3-layer eVent fabric, which is a well-proven favourite among hillwalkers and it feels far more durable than the Gore-Tex Active Shell fabric for example but is also stiffer and therefore a little less comfortable. The Air weighs in at a very respectable 317g (men’s size L) due to its minimalist design, as there is just one chest pocket, and as this is very large and easily takes a map it is very useful. The hood fits and moves with the hood very well and also has a wired peak so it is easily shaped to protect the face no matter how badly you packed it in your rucksack or how windy it is. Better still the hood can be easily rolled to the collar and secured with a Velcro tab, so between showers it does not flap about in the wind. Like most jackets the front zip does not get an external stormflap to keep rain out, but there is an internal flap to act as a gutter to allow water to drain away. The only niggles with this jacket are that the fabric is stiff and rustly, and the price is creeping up.

Weight 317g (men’s L)
Fabric eVent
Lining none
Men’s sizes XS-XXL
Women’s sizes n/a
External pockets 1
Roll down hood yes
Side/pit vents no
Website www.montane.co.uk

 

Verdict
The Montane Air is virtually the perfect jacket for wide range of fast and light activities from running and biking to fast hiking and light backpacking, except for the price and stiff fabric. It received the ‘Best in Test’ accolade.

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine September 2012