The use of Entrant fabric keeps the price of the Montane Atomic DT 2.0 down, yet it still offers very good waterproof and breathable performance. The jacket is a typically performance-orientated design from Montane, so you get a relatively close and short style but it still maintains good freedom of movement. There are two chest pockets, and these can be easily accessed while wearing a rucksack. They are mesh-lined for weight reduction and extra venting to the body. The front zip gets an internal stormflap that is Velcroed in place, and this is much larger than most internal stormflaps, so it should keep the wearer drier than most. The hood fit is stunning as the rear volume adjustment allows it to really ‘vacuum-pack’ itself to you, leading to great movement with the head. There is a wired peak too, to protect the eyes. The Montane Atomic DT 2.0 is a great lightweight jacket at an impressive price. But paying a higher price does bring improved fabric performance. For walking I’d prefer to have sealed rather than mesh-lined pockets too, so that once they leak I can stay dry inside the jacket rather than have water, which has entered the pockets, make me wet. As with most lightweights I would prefer an external stormflap over the main zip to make it more water-resistant. The fit is perhaps a little closer than I would like, so try it on for size before buying.
Fabric waterproofness very waterproof
Fabric breathability very breathable
Weight 326g (L)
Made in China
Stores in the UK 50
The Montane Atomic DT 2.0 is a very good jacket for travelling light if you prefer mesh pockets for walking.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine November 2010