Montane Venture 2010

The Montane Venture general-purpose jacket has been popular over recent years, and for this winter it has an improved hood and a change of fabric panels to create some small changes to the performance. The jacket is still made from eVent fabric, which is a proven top performer. The body has a main front zip that now has an internal stormflap. There are two chest pockets and these are both sealed so that the wearer won’t get wet if they leak. The sleeves offer very good freedom of movement and the style feels great for scrambling. The new hood design is better than in the past, and it now fits well and moves well with the head. The wired peak allows better vision in the wind and rain while allowing the peak to be reshaped as required. A great set of features for general walking, and the weight of only 424g (men’s size M) means you won’t mind carrying it in a rucksack either. But the Montane Venture has a shorter body than is ideal for general walking so some people may prefer other jackets. There is no external stormflap on the main zip so it can potentially leak more easily in extreme weather conditions. There are only two external chest pockets, while other jackets have more, so it’s not ideal if you like lots of pockets.

Outer 3-layer eVent
Inner none
Fabric waterproofness extremely waterproof
Fabric breathability extremely breathable
Sizes XS-XXL (men’s); 6-16 (women’s)
Weight 424g (M)
Made in China
Stores in the UK 50

The Montane Venture is a good general walking jacket, but the shorter body length may not be ideal for everyone.

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine November 2010