The Montane Superfly is the only jacket on test to use eVent waterproof fabric, which has a well-proven high level of waterproofness and breathability, although some people find it needs to be looked after more carefully to maintain its performance. Highly breathable, it is great for moving fast through the mountains, and at 442g (size UK12) it is light given the huge amount of excellent features it packs in. These include easily adjustable cuffs, zip pulls easily grabbed while wearing gloves, a double-stormflapped two-way main zip, stormflapped two-way zipped Napoleon chest map pocket, two water-resistant zipped side pockets high enough not to be obscured by a hipbelt, and an internal mesh pocket for valuables (although you’d be wise to waterproof any gadgets kept in this). The Montane Superfly’s hood is fantastic – very well-fitting, easily adjustable, helmet-compatible and with a wired peak. When fully battened down, the brushed cotton stormflap is comfortable against the chin, and when not raining you can roll the hood down and Velcro it away out of the wind. The arms come up a bit short on me – though they might suit others – and are fully articulated to allow a wide range of movement for scrambling. There are no pit zips, which saves weight but also reduces venting.
Weight 442g (size UK12)
Material eVent lightweight 3 layer
Women’s sizes UK8-16
Men’s sizes S-XXL
Pit zips no
Wired hood peak yes
Stowable hood yes
The Montane Superfly is well-specified for mountain walking, scrambling and mountaineering at a great price (indeed, it won Trail’s ‘Best Value’ award).
Review by Claire Maxted
First published in Trail magazine November 2012