Montane Alpine Endurance (2014)

Features
Designed for alpine-style mountain trips, the Montane Alpine Endurance comes with four large pockets on the chest, an internal zipped pocket, an internal stretch pocket and pit zips. The hood is designed to be helmet-compatible, and benefits from a wired peak as well as a rear volume adjuster and a collar drawcord. There’s also a sleeve pocket and extremely robust cuff adjustment tabs. 5/5

Fit
Sizes are XS-XXL for men and 8-16 for women. A waist drawcord meant this fitted slightly better than some. The body just about covered my crotch, so this is the same length as most other jackets we looked at. The scooped tail adds protection. Cuff adjusters mean you can easily ensure a great fit around the wrists, while four adjustment options allowed the hood to fit very easily while maintaining great vision if I moved my head. 5/5

Comfort
eVent 3-layer fabric is used in the Montane Alpine Endurance, and it’s a proven performer in terms of waterproofness and breathability. A 2-layer jacket with mesh is more comfortable, however, and so is a lighter jacket, but when you want durable comfort then this is as good as it gets – making this an ideal option for mountain travel in wild weather. 5/5

In use
You can access all those chest pockets easily while wearing a rucksack, and the hem and cuffs don’t ride up when scrambling. The sleeves provide great movement, and that hood fits and moves well with the head so you can see where you are going. The jacket is a little heavier than similar models at this price being 658g, but you do get all those pockets.  5/5

Value
Great for regular hill trips in bad weather but casual users will find the price hard to justify. 3/5

Verdict
Hard to fault, ideal for regular foul-weather trips – but not everyone will want to pay the price.
4.6/5

www.montane.co.uk

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine November 2014