The UK’s Montane is a pioneer in the fast-and-light movement, and was one of the first manufacturers to work with the game-changing Pertex ultralight fabric several years ago. Now 18 years old, Montane continues to make inroads into the U.S. apparel and equipment market as well as in design, style and versatile functionality. They support sustainable manufacturing and humane down sourcing and are committed to giving back to mountain rescue through various non-profits. Montane goes the extra mile in every circumstance to reduce weight and bulk while maintaining the highest durability and quality.
This spring they introduced quite a few new packs for backpacking, all the way through vests for trail running, as well as six new sleeping bags. They have also added several new shells, a softshell climbing jacket, and windproof trail shirt and jacket. These pieces make great cross-overs for Southeastern fowl weather hiking, unpredictable spring weather and winter squalls. Here’s a look at two standouts.
Trailblazer Stretch Shell
A bi-component waterproof laminate fabric (AquaPro Dynamic) with hydrophobic and hydrophilic membrane and taped seams offers four-way stretch and a highly sophisticated vapor/liquid perspiration management system for year-round mountain trail use from backpacking to trail running. True to its European roots, a tailored fit adds to full body protection during movement. It features a fully adjustable, stow-away Trail hood with a durable visor (single-hand adjustable face aperture with floating cordlocks improves simplicity and functionality). A full-length center YKK matte Aqua Guard front zip with side stretch panels and internal storm flap allows greater torso movement. Weight: 12.7oz / 359.4g (Size M); Sizes: S – XXL (MSRP $259)
Aero eVent Pullover
Anorak-style pullovers are trending for SS14, and the Aero is no exception, featuring lightweight eVent 3-layer construction. It features a technical hood with asymmetric YKK Aqua Guard zipper to maximize venting and enhance comfort. This stylish piece is designed for mountain walking, fast alpine ascents, trail running and mountain marathons. The Aero also features Montane seam taping, engineered tailoring, and the Trail Hood. A rear back vent adds breathability and a roomy front pocket is mesh lined for even more ventilation. Weight: 278.7g / 9.8oz (Size M); Sizes: S – XXL (MSRP $379)