The Montane North Star is quite an unusual design. It is longer than most down jackets so you get far better protection around your bum. At 574g it is surprisingly lightweight for its features though as this is a pretty warm duvet. There is a hood too with good insulation, a volume adjuster and a massive wired peak so it retains its shape even after being stored in a rucksack during most of the walk. There are two zipped pockets, like most jackets, but these are higher on the body, so you can use them in the unlikely event that you are wearing this while carrying a rucksack. A large area of brushed polyester around the collar adds comfort. This is a very practical jacket for the hill and it’s warmer than its weight suggests. But although the Montane North Star’s hood is very good it does not move with the head as well as some and it cannot be removed. Annoyingly the sleeves tend to ride up more easily than others. While this is warmer than many lightweight jackets here it is not quite as warm as the heavier options.
Outer Freeflow Ultralight nylon
Insulation 200g of 800 fill power 93/7 down
Sizes XS-XXL (men’s); 8-16 (women’s)
Weight 574g (men’s L)
Made in China
Stores in the UK 80
A good blend of features make the Montane North Star very practical on the hill in all but the coldest of winter conditions.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine February 2011