Montane Venture

Montane has a knack of simply designing great outdoor kit and this general-purpose waterproof jacket is another pot of gold from this manufacturer’s mine of sensible design. It’s built around a no-nonsense eVent waterproof breathable fabric, which sits comfortably at the top of the league table of fabrics. For extra durability there are reinforced areas on the shoulders, and a scooped tail protects your bottom well. A double stormflap adds protects the front zip from leaks, while a pair of chest-mounted pockets provide ample handwarming or storage for maps. The rolldown hood gets a wired peak and a reasonable fit and movement.  Sleeve movement is also excellent which adds up to a lot of plus points for a jacket costing £150. But the hood could be a little better, and certainly if you splash a little extra cash you’ll get a better hood. The design is frill-free, so you do only get those two pockets, therefore if you want a dedicated map pocket then you should look elsewhere. Those jackets with mesh linings feel a little more comfy for the casual user too.

 

Outer: 3-layer eVent, Freeflow reinforcement
Inner: none
Fabric waterproofness: extremely waterproof
Fabric breathability: extremely breathable
Sizes: XS-XXL
Weight: 502g (large)
Made in China
Stores in UK: 105

Verdict: An incredibly good hill-walking jacket for the price, with great fabric, great pockets and a reasonable hood. It won ‘BestValue’ in our test.