Montane Atomic (2014)

The Montane Atomic has two great map-sized main pockets that are mesh-lined for extra venting and to reduce weight, but you don’t get a third pocket or pit zips. The result is a good low weight of just 328g (size L), which is ideal for lightweight hillwalking and backpacking. The hood gets a wired peak along with good rear and face drawcord adjustment. 4/5

The Atomic comes in men’s sizes S-XXL with women’s sizes 8-16. The fit is slightly closer and shorter than the Mountain Equipment Aeon, which some will prefer. Sleeve movement isn’t quite as good either, though the cuffs and hem barely moved. The hood fit is excellent, with its wired peak allowing great vision, so worth trying on to be sure this is perfect for you. 4/5

The fabric is Pertex Shield, which offers great breathability and waterproofness. But as a 2.5-layer fabric it is a little clammier than some 3-layer options. However, it is very light and supple, making the Montane Atomic really comfy when stashed in your rucksack or when worn in summer. It has mesh pockets so in really wet weather they could leak, and also it’s so thin and supple it can feel chilly in battering winter gales. 4/5

In use
This is a good jacket thanks to its features working really well. You can easily stuff maps in the main pockets and you can easily see where you are going with the hood up. It’s compact enough to stash in a pack too. I’d prefer sealed pockets for wild weather, but used in the right situation the performance is great. 4/5

Competes well with other lightweight jackets and while not perfect at £110 it’s a bargain. 5/5

The Montane Atomic is a superb jacket in terms of weight and price.

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine November 2014