DWR coating, windproof, lightweight, YKK front zip with internal wind strip
Great quality and features (elasticated hem and adjustable waist)
No pack away pocket or stuff sack
Would like to see some more reflective elements
No real ‘sustainability’ features such as recycled material
WHAT I’M LOOKING FOR
I’m looking for a lightweight and breathable shell that will give me some added protection from the elements whilst out running. Living near the South West Coastal path I’m in need of something that can stop that harsh coastal wind and also give me a bit of protection from light showers. As someone who often finds themselves being warm when out on a run I am also after something that is breathable.
Additionally it would be really beneficial if it was packable so I can stow it away when not in use. With the ever changing weather here in the UK and the high chance that you’ll be caught out in a shower, it’s great to have an extra layer that you can easily take on and off and pack away into a waist-pack or hydration vest.
it’s great to have an extra layer that you can easily take on and off and pack away into a waist-pack or hydration vest
I’ve been testing the jacket for the last few months in a variety of terrains and weather conditions. From windy coastal path trail runs to runs in my local area through country lanes and small villages.
I’ve worn it in some pretty windy and wet conditions and I was surprised at how well it held up both in terms of stopping the wind but also keeping me relatively dry. The jacket isn’t waterproof by any means but it will definitely keep you dry in a light shower and is great as an emergency layer on those changeable days.
The jacket is relatively breathable but I did find myself getting warm on some runs and either taking it off or fully unzipping it. It would definitely benefit from something to keep it together to stop it falling off your shoulders when you have it fully unzipped. Maybe a tab with a pop closure.
Another feature I’d love to see is that the jacket packed away into the chest pocket. Although not a deal breaker for me it would have just been a nice feature to see.
Overall it’s been a really welcome addition to my running wardrobe and due to how lightweight it is I often find myself packing it into my running vest and taking it even when I probably won’t need it, purely as a ‘just incase’. I’m really looking forward to wearing this jacket more as the weather gets cooler.
My initial first impression is that, firstly I love the colour. It’s a nice light green that Montane calls Alder Green (it’s also available in black and red). I’m a big fan of greens when it comes to my active and outdoor wear so it was an obvious pick for me. When you pick up the jacket it’s extremely lightweight and can easily be rolled up into a small package making it easy to stow away. Despite being so lightweight the material still feels really robust and durable, probably due to its mini-ripstop woven nylon fabric.
The fit is really nice and snug. I went for a medium and am about 5’9 with a 37 inch chest. It feels close fitting but not tight or restrictive which is exactly what I want from an active jacket like this. The rear of jacket is slightly longer which is nice and it has an adjustable waist and elasticated cuffs which add to that snug fit.
WHO IS THIS JACKET FOR?
The Montane Featherlite Windproof Jacket is for runners who want a jacket that can give some added protection from the elements, whilst being lightweight, breathable and easy to stowaway when not in use. Like previously mentioned it’s a great jacket for runners in the UK where weather can be unpredictable. It’s only a lightweight layer so wouldn’t be the best item for deep winter running, but perfect for those transitional months like Autumn and Spring.
WHAT STANDS OUT?
The design overall is great. It fits well, looks great and has some great features and nothing unnecessary.
The jacket is the usual great Montane quality with great materials and construction.
It’s really lightweight and packs down really small.
The jacket is the usual great Montane quality with great materials and construction
VALUE FOR MONEY
The RRP is £90, which while quite high compared to something like the Rab Vital Jacket which retails for £65. Despite this, the Montane jacket is high quality and does what it intends to in terms of being a lightweight and highly packable layer that protects you from the wind and a light shower. It is also 30g lighter than the Rab equivalent if you are someone that really counts their grams, it could be worth the extra cost. As with everything there are cheaper and more expensive options, but I feel like this jacket gives you a good balance of features and performance at a reasonable price point. Additionally, like most things you can find it cheaper than the RRP if you shop around.
BASE BOTTOM LINE
The Featherlite Windproof Jacket from Montane is a great lightweight and packable layer, that gives you some great added protection when out on a run in changeable conditions. Like all Montane products it is high quality and made from great materials. It offers great features for its price point and although there are few things I would personally want added, I still think it’s a great lightweight layer that does what it sets out to do.