Vango Flux 30 rucksack (2008)

Montane makes a huge range of functional, lightweight jackets that are excellent for hill-walkers – and the event Halo Stretch is typical of their pedigree. The weight is good and so is the use of eVent waterproof and breathable fabric. There are additional reinforcement panels on the hips and forearms for greater durability. But the big difference is the addition of stretch panels down the sides and across the shoulders, which in theory add a little extra movement while allowing a closer cut that would otherwise restrict movement. There are three large chest pockets and the full-length front zip gets external flaps to keep the worst of the rain out. The hood is excellent thanks to its wired peak, close fit and great movement. But others are slightly lighter than the Montane eVent Halo Stretch or available at a lower price without any real differences in features. The stretch fabric did not appear to add much extra movement as far as I could tell, so I’m not sure it is worth the extra price. Nothing major wrong though.

Outer 3-layer eVent
Inner none
Fabric waterproofness extremely waterproof
Fabric breathability extremely breathable
Sizes XS-XXL
Weight 412g (L)
Made in China
Stores in the UK 100
Verdict
The Montane eVent Halo Stretch is an excellent lightweight jacket, although the stretch element is not as impressive as hoped.

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine November 2008