Montane eVent Halo Stretch 2009

The Montane eVent Halo Stretch has been popular for many years with lightweight travellers. Like many Montane jackets it is made from eVent, which is top of the league for waterproofness and breathability. The weight is good, too, and there is a decent set of features. Firstly there are extra reinforcement panels on the hips and forearms for greater durability. Stretch panels are provided to allow a closer fit, without restricting movement. Then there are three large chest pockets that can all be accessed while wearing a rucksack – and they are all big enough for maps too. The front zip gets external flaps to keep the worst of the rain out too. The hood has a wired peak, close fit and great movement. The complete package is ideal for hill-walkers. But there are lighter jackets to be had at lower prices. The stretch fabric did not appear to add that much benefit. Like most lightweight jackets the Montane eVent Halo Stretch’s pockets are mesh-lined, so they won’t keep all the water out that enters the pocket. (The nearest women’s would be the eVent Angel £200)

 

Outer 3-layer eVent/Stretch Entrant
Inner none
Fabric waterproofness extremely waterproof
Fabric breathability extremely breathable
Sizes XS-XXL (men’s)
Weight 350g (size M)
Made in China
Stores in the UK 100

Verdict: The Montane eVent Halo Stretch is an excellent lightweight, waterproof jacket, and if you prefer mesh pockets it is the best in our review.

 

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine November 2009