Montane Alpine Endurance (2013)

The Montane Alpine Endurance is designed for alpine-style mountaineering, where a climber is belaying his mate one minute and then taking the lead. It is made from a good version of eVent, so it has proven waterproofness and breathability performance, but it’s also sturdy enough not to buckle in a breeze or tear when rubbing shoulders with rock. The length is typically short, but the rear is extended so your bum gets some extra protection. If you raise your arms over your head the cuffs and hem don’t budge, which is essential. A nice detail is the cuff adjustment, which is neat while allowing the cuff to be worn inside or over gloves. The front zip is a chunky design, so it is better able than some to resist snow and grit from impeding its action. There is no external stormflap, which is not ideal, although there is a good internal flap to act as a gutter to funnel any water away. There are four chest pockets and all are ideally designed with large zip pulls, and a nice addition is a small mesh vent at the top of the inner lining of the pocket to allow a little airflow. There are also pit zips for extra venting. The hood is helmet-compatible but it also fits the head superbly well, even when the face drawcords and front zip are not adjusted properly. But the Montane Alpine Endurance’s weight (642g, size M) is a drawback.

Weight 642g (size men’s M)

Fabric 3-layer eVent

Lining none

Men’s sizes S-XXL

Women’s sizes none

External pockets 4

Can hood be rolled down? yes

Side/pit vents yes

Website www.montane.co.uk

Verdict

The Montane Alpine Endurance is a superb jacket for mountaineering but the weight is a drawback.

Review by Graham Thompson

First published in Trail magazine November 2013

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