Montane Venture 2008

The Montane Venture won Best Value general-purpose jacket in 2007 and it is still a superb option for the price. It’s made with eVent waterproof breathable fabric, which sits comfortably at the top of the league table of fabrics. For extra durability there are reinforced areas on the shoulders. Put it on and the scooped tail is immediately evident, as it protects your bottom well. A double stormflap protects the front zip from leaks, while a pair of chest-mounted pockets provide ample handwarming or storage for maps. The rolldown hood gets a wired peak and a reasonable fit and movement. Sleeve movement is also excellent. It was £150 in 2007 and even with a price increase to £160 for 2008 it is still superb value.  But the Montane Venture’s hood fit and movement are not ideal, and higher-priced jackets are definitely better in this department. You only get those two chest pockets, too, so if you want a dedicated map pocket then look elsewhere. The jackets with mesh linings are more comfortable to wear as well.
So not quite perfect in all areas.

Outer 3-layer eVent, Entrant reinforcement
Inner none
Fabric waterproofness extremely waterproof
Fabric breathability extremely breathable
Sizes XS-XXL (men’s); 8-18 (women’s)
Weight 486g (men’s L)
Made in China
Stores in the UK 100Verdict: The Montane Venture’s hood lets down an otherwise superbly simple jacket that is generally very good for hill and mountain walkers, scramblers and backpackers. It won ‘Best Value’ in this review.

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine November 2008