The fabric is less rubbery and less stretchy than some and there’s no fleecy lining. It’s also very thin, so it’s pleasingly lightweight. It’s not fully windproof, but general wind-resistance is good and breathability excellent. The tighter fit, coupled with this fabric construction, makes this one of the best jackets for removing moisture close to the skin. Adjustment is very good, with a wire-reinforced hood peak and triple-drawcord adjustment. Lycra cuff inserts also really help to keep the wind out and the heat in. A DWR treatment keeps light rain at bay.
Fabric: Pertex Equilibrium Eco
Women’s version: Yes
Contact: 0161 522 300; www.montane.co.uk
*Published in Country Walking magazine, Spring 12