Montane Superfly XT

This winter jacket is a modern classic with a good pedigree. For autumn 2007 it had a makeover with an improved hood design. The jacket is made from eVent, so it is top-notch for waterproofness and breathability. The fabric is robust too, so it’s ideal for trapping air in the worst of winter weather. The main zip gets a double stormflap, while the chest pocket and pit zips also have single stormflaps to keep the rain at bay. There are four massive pockets on the chest that are ideal for winter action with a rucksack or harness. The new hood is better than last year, with a much better peak and better movement and fit. A classic just got a whole lot better. But some jackets are a little longer while others have longer side vents for cooling off without removing the jacket. The jacket is not available in a women’s fit either, sadly. These are the main drawbacks, so not a lot to complain about


Outer: 3-layer eVent
Inner: none
Fabric waterproofness: extremely waterproof
Fabric breathability: extremely breathable
Sizes: XS-XL
Weight: 664g (size L)
Made in China
Stores in UK: 105

Verdict: A superb jacket for winter walking and mountaineering, when performance is the key requirements.