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Montane 180 Waterproof/Breathable Shirt SPOTLITE REVIEW

Rain shirt? Jacket? Who cares: It's 7 oz and has the ability to disappear in a corner of your pack.

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by Will Rietveld | 2005-07-05 03:00:00-06

Montane 180 Waterproof/Breathable Shirt SPOTLITE REVIEW

Overview

Montane calls it “the world's lightest weight fully waterproof and breathable outdoor shirt”. Is it really a shirt? At a claimed weight of just 6 ounces (size large), the Montane 180 is similar to the Patagonia Specter Pullover (at 6.5 ounces, size medium), and a close contender for the coveted title of lightest woven fabric hooded rain jacket. Both jackets use a polyurethane-only waterproof/breathable membrane, and have similar features.

In our upcoming review of the Montane 180 I will take a hard look at its features and performance compared to the Patagonia Specter Pullover that we recently reviewed. How do they compare for performance, weight, and value?

Features and Specifications

  • Water-resistant chest and pocket zips
  • Active cut with dropped tail
  • Roll-away adjustable hood with wired peak
  • Fleece lined collar
  • Zippered security pocket
  • 13.5 in (34 cm) zippered chest vent
  • Elastic drawcord hem, elastic cuffs
  • Shell Fabric: FREEFLOW® Lite, 1.7 oz/yd2 (57 g/m2), 20d x 20d ripstop nylon face fabric; Gelanots GX-PR waterproof/breathable coating on the inside, Teflon DWR finish on the outside
  • Measured weight 7.1 oz (201 g) size L; manufacturer’s specification 6 oz (180 g)
  • MSRP $166.50 US

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"Montane 180 Waterproof/Breathable Shirt SPOTLITE REVIEW ," by Will Rietveld. BackpackingLight.com (ISSN 1537-0364).
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