Montane Micro Flux (2014)

There is no hood on the Micro Flux, which for me is a major drawback, although Montane does have plenty of hooded options available, so choose one of them if you love hoods. There are two map-sized pockets and they’re placed high enough to allow access even when wearing a rucksack hipbelt. The cuffs are elasticated and they fitted me fine, but it’s always worth checking this for yourself before buying.

Sizes are limited, as while the Montane Micro Flux available in S-XXL for men, there is no women’s option. However, the jacket suited me fine: it was not too baggy or tight or overly shaped, unlike some others.

This wasn’t the lightest model on test at 395g (size M), even without a hood, and the Pertex Classic Eco outer wasn’t as thin as other options. So while this was a comfortable jacket it was slightly bulkier than lighter and softer options with higher price tags. You also don’t get the soft brushed area around the chin offered elsewhere.

Primaloft Silver Insulation Eco provides the insulation and is made from recycled fibres. This offers an ideal level of warmth for year-round backup, or to use with other layers in the depths of winter.  

Even taking into account the fact that there is no hood, £100 is a great price.

Environmentally friendly materials, a great price and good pockets make the Montane Micro Flux ideal for use all year round. It’s great during winter with other layers, if you can live without a hood.

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine October 2014