Rating: 5 / 5
Seems to be designed for runners/bikers, but should lend itself to backpackers quite well. Especially those that are spending more time hiking and not on rocks/alpinism.
Craftsmanship: Second to none. Seams are sealed effeciently and meticulously. Very finished for an UL mimimalist garment.
Materials: Fabric is an UL ripstop nylon with a med-grey colored coating on the inside. Seems very durable for weight. Zipper is tried and true YKK, but not waterproof. 1" flap with 6 small velcro's cover the opening.
Fit (Size Large): I am 6', 170 pounds. The arms give length for reach with no sense of excess when resting. I was able to wear a Montbell UL Thermawrap jacket underneath and not feel restricted. I would say that above average upper-body mass might make the shoulders and arms fit tight. Drop tail is great.
Value: With shipping from UK, it was a cool $100. I am sure too much for a lot of folks. I would hope, if this fabric delivers, and continued production is persued that Montane would offer the consumer the ability to get both jacket and pants for closer to $140. If a set weighed in at around 8 ounces or less, and was WATERPROOF and more BREATHABLE than a GoLite or Montbell product, then they may infact have created the best available rainsuit for a thru-hiker.
Negative: The fabric claims to have a DWR coating. It advises to use Nikwax TX to re-proof. It also claims that you cannot use a dryer in the process. Doesn't Nikwax require the use of a dryer to melt and spread the waterproof coating as part of the process?
I will further update the review once I have been able to use it actively, but wanted to offer an early survey to anyone interested in the jacket.