by Ryan Jordan | 2004-08-14 03:00:00-06
One problem facing the ultralight backpacking consumer (not the mainstream lightweight backpacker) is the not the lack of available technology for ultralight apparel: it's the lack of available desire to make ultralight garments!
Fortunately, Montane has taken a hairpin turn into the ultralight fringe, an element that most larger companies have ignored. And, at the end of the road: the Montane Vapour ultralight, and windproof, gilet (that's "vest" for those of us on the left side of the big ocean).
The Vapour is utterly simple: At 1.9 oz (size large), it's may be the lightest wind-resistant torso garment available.
The ability to cut the wind - and even a temporary drizzle - slightly has tremendous benefit to a backpacker. Even wind shirts with full length arm protection are difficult to ventilate when you're moving fast while wearing a pack. This is where the vest comes in.
Imagine an ensemble consisting of your base layer, the Montane Vapour vest, and an ultralight eVENT jacket: this could be a fastpacker's dream kit for long distance hiking in wet conditions.
The Montane Vapour vest has a half-length front zip, elasticated (that's "elastic" for those of us on the left side of the big ocean) armholes and hem, and a separate pocket that morphs the Vapour into a wearable fanny pack (trail runners will like that), and Pertex Quantum (now with Shield DWR technology) fabric is going to put the Vapour on a lot of Birthday gift lists next year.
"Pertex Quantum Vest Claims to be Lightest Single Weather Protective Garment Available (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2004)," by Ryan Jordan. BackpackingLight.com (ISSN 1537-0364).
http://backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/pertex_quantum_vest_claims_lightest.html, 2004-08-14 03:00:00-06.