Montane Superfly 2009

An extremely popular waterproof jacket, the Montane Superfly manages to capture the requirements of a wide variety of outdoor activities. It is made from eVent waterproof and breathable fabric, and it’s very lightweight. Couple that with a host of practical features and it will come as no surprise that this has been a Trail favourite for years.

Design
The Superfly is a practical, no-frills design. You get a relatively short body length for scrambling and biking use, coupled with three large chest pockets so you can access them while wearing a rucksack with hipbelts. The front zip has a double stormflap, while the pockets have a single stormflap to keep the worst of the weather out. The hood can be rolled to the collar and secured or worn on the head where its wired peak and volume adjusters should enhance performance. A small patch of brushed polyester at the top of the zip and the front of the collar adds a little extra comfort. There is a hem drawcord and also one at the waist that is accessed through the chest pockets, so draughts are well and truly locked out. Unlike any other jackets here there is also reflective trim on the pockets, sleeves and hood, and a scooped tail for night action. With a list of awards that a pedigree dog would be proud of, the Superfly appears to be a true all-round mountain jacket.

On the hill
After wearing the longer jackets here, this was a shock to put on as it offers so little protection. In the wet weather of November and the cold days of early December in the Lakes, this was not my favourite jacket. But at least the inside is well-protected from the rain, as there are no mesh pockets to leak. When scrambling, the Superfly came into its own as it allowed far more freedom of movement than longer jackets. Better still, when the sun came out I didn’t mind carrying it in my pack because it’s so light. I could also use it when biking, and that extra reflective tape ensured I could be seen, which sets it apart from others here. The hood fitted over a helmet and was excellent when worn on the head thanks to a great peak and adjustment.
 
In the lab
The hood leaked around the face and water migrated to the shoulders. Further leakage at the main zip bar-tacked gutter seams created a V-shaped damp area inside the jacket. The map pocket also leaked.

Outer eVent
Inner none
Fabric waterproofness extremely waterproof
Fabric breathability extremely breathable
Sizes XS-XXL (men’s); 8-18 (women’s)
Weight 490g (L)
Made in China
Stores in the UK 100
Stockist details – tel. (01670) 522300; www.montane.co.uk
Verdict
The Montane Superfly is a great mountain jacket that excels at lot of activities. The lab tests suggested problems with water resistance and a longer jacket might be better for walkers.

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine March 2009