Montane Venture 2011

The Montane Venture has been a popular multi-activity and hillwalking jacket for many years. It is a relatively stripped-down design, which means it is lightweight at 452g (men’s L). The low weight is due in part to this jacket only having two chest pockets, rather than three or more. Also it is quite short compared to others, and all this helps shave a few grams off the weight – but of course it means the Venture offers less protection to the user.
The zips are exposed on this jacket, so the front zip may leak more readily than those that have an external stormflap to keep rain at bay. But the jacket does have easy access to the large chest pockets and the hood has a wired peak, which helps it provide good protection in wet and windy weather. For extra durability there is some tough fabric on the shoulders and hem, two areas that normally wear more rapidly than the body of a jacket.
The Montane Venture is a lightweight option with good basic features, but you may want more from your jacket. It comes in a men’s and a women’s version.

Price £220
Weight 452g (size L)
Fabric eVent
Lining none
Sizes men’s XS-XXL; women’s 8-16
External pockets 2
Wired hood yes
Side vents no

Features 4
Design 4
Comfort 5
Performance 4
Value 4
Overall 4

The Montane Venture is ideal for hillwalkers who prefer a lighter design with minimal but well-designed features and don’t mind that the body is relatively short.

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine November 2011