Montane Featherlite (2015)

Features

The Montane Featherlite uses a lightweight eVent fabric called DV Storm with a 3-layer construction but a slightly different outer face fabric than the Rab Muztag, leading to a slightly lighter jacket at only 296g (size L). The fabric is 20 per cent more breathable than standard eVent and you get two good chest pockets with a wired peak on the hood. It looks outstanding on paper. 5/5

Size

This is only available in men’s sizes S-XXL. It is designed for alpine climbing so the fit is neat and precise, and closer than some others, particularly around the armpit. I noticed some movement in the cuffs and hem when raising my arms though. But the hood fit is superb and it moves really easily with the head. 4/5

Comfort

The underarm area seems slightly too close and some larger folk may find it uncomfortable. But the fabric is great in terms of condensation control, though as it is quite thin and a close-fitting design it can’t trap warm air inside so well, thus the Montane Featherlite isn’t the warmest option. The pockets aren’t mesh so they keep you dry. 4/5

In use

Used for hillwalking, this jacket feels superb. At just 296g it can easily be stashed in a pack. The two large pockets take maps or warm hands very easily while wearing a pack, and while a third would be good that would increase weight. The hood is outstanding. 5/5

Value

The price is higher than some other jackets at similar weights and designs so it isn’t the ultimate in value, but it’s still acceptable. 3/5

Verdict

The Montane Featherlite is not absolutely perfect, but the weight combined with what you do get is a great option for hillwalking and backpacking. It wins Trail’s ‘approved’ accolade. 4.2/5

Review by Graham Thompson

First published in Trail magazine July 2015

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