M Montane Superfly Jacket REVIEW (2004)
by the Product Review Staff
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Article Summary:The Montane Superfly Jacket uses a two-layer polyurethane-coated ripstop nylon (30 denier) face fabric in what is one of the lightest fully waterproof rain shells on the market: our sample (size L) was 8.6 oz (243 g). The hood fits well over a small volume climbing helmet like the Kong Scarab or Every Sky Helmet, but the fit will be tight with standard helmets like the Petzl Elderid. The brim is not stiffened and the hood has no rear “volume adjustment drawcord” but it fits well and remains “moldable” around the face when cinched tight, providing excellent protection in heavy rain. Torso articulation is sufficient for climbing, and the cut is suitable for layering over a reasonable amount of insulation, making it an ideal backpacking jacket. A mid-length hem covers the waistline and provides partial-to-total butt protection. Large torso pockets ride above the hip belt and are backed with waterproof fabric. Lack of pit zips or pocket ventilation mean that the jacket is best suited for storm protection rather than sustained active use. However, remarkably light weight, good breathability, room for layering, and outstanding storm protection make the Montane Superfly Jacket a terrific choice for stuffing in your pack and forgetting about it until a squall comes along – and then – its performance is superb.
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