Montane Superfly XT 2010

The Montane Superfly XT is a classic hill jacket and for this winter it has had a facelift. It now weighs in at just 574g (size M), which is very light for its features. There are new colours and new panel configurations as well as additional reflective tape. The fabric used is the same well-proven eVent, which is as good as it gets. Essentially you still have the four large chest pockets too and these are ideal for warming the hands and stashing gear on the move. But now the zips have lost their external stormflaps, and instead there is an internal flap with a gutter to prevent too much leakage. The hood is still excellent with a great stiffened peak, plus superb fit and movement. Movement in the sleeves is excellent too, making this ideal for scrambling and mountaineering. The jacket is shorter than some at the front, which some users may prefer, but there is a scooped tail to protect the bum. But I’d prefer the old version of the Montane Superfly XT with the external stormflaps for the worst weather, but the water-resistant zips with internal stormflap work pretty well and are good enough for many situations. The shorter length does mean overtrousers are needed more than with longer jackets. There is no women’s version, but the nearest option is the new Angel at £240, which has mesh pockets and no pit zips.

Outer 3-layer eVent
Inner none
Fabric waterproofness extremely waterproof
Fabric breathability extremely breathable
Sizes XS-XXL
Weight 574g (M)
Made in China
Stores in the UK 50

The Montane Superfly XT is a new version of a classic with more exposed zips and less weight that’s still a great winter mountaineering jacket if you prefer shorter designs.

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine November 2010