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Montbell UL Windshirt (2007)

in Clothing - Wind & Soft Shell

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4.67 / 5 (3 reviews)


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Nathan Moody
( atomick )

Locale:
San Francisco Bay Area
Montbell UL Windshirt (2007) on 08/14/2007 22:46:29 MDT Report Post Print

Rating: 5 / 5

A massive rainstorm drove me from a day hike in Rocky Mountain National Park and down to Boulder, CO, and the Montbell America store. I picked up their UL Windshirt and have been pretty thrilled with it. It shed sprinkles with its well-regarded Polkadex DWR coating, cut the wind, and as far as breathability, it was better than most windshirts I've tried, but I have no data for comparison with other manufacturers. I'll update this review with how it fares in real rain once I encounter such conditions.



The piece looks really nice, though, and is incredibly comfortable, and clocks in at the advertised 2.6 ounces (74g). The new shoulder pocket is of extremely limited utility, however, and in my opinion is unnecessary (despite its aesthetic value) unless I decide to use an energy bar to make my arms look all buff. :-) Its full zip is the best feature, providing excellent venting. The cut is trim across the abdomen but is really quite accomodating across the shoulders; the arms have generous length, the elastic wrist holes aren't too tight, and the neck hole is plenty big. Even the zippers' recurved shapes make them easier to grip...those little details are an elegant touch.

It's a solid winner as a microweight wind layer (I intend to use it over a Patagonia R1 Hoody in cold conditions) or as an adjunct piece to a poncho/tarp worn as rain gear.

Edited by atomick on 08/14/2007 22:49:29 MDT.

Price comparison from GearBuyer:
Patagonia R1 Hoody - Men's priced at: $109.71 - $159.00
Patagonia R1 Hoody - Women's priced at: $149.00 - $189.00
Johann Burkard
( johannb )

Locale:
Europe
Lightweight and rather expensive on 09/01/2008 07:00:08 MDT Report Post Print

Rating: 4 / 5

This is a review of the same MontBell Ultra Light Wind Jacket that Nathan reviewed.

Features: 4

The Montane Featherlite Smock has zero pockets and a half zip, this one has a full zip and a tiny pocket that is good for a pair of keys and a credit card or so.

Water-Resistance: 5

For a Pertex-based jacket that is marketed as being resistant to "light precipitation," it's better than one would think. Half an hour of drizzling rain is no problem. I believe the MontBell DWR has a slightly better water-resistance than the the Featherlite Smock.

Wind-Proofness: 3

The material is thinner than the Featherlite Smock. For wind in warm weather, this is ok and sufficient but if the temperature drops, it's not very helpful. I consider eVent and similar hard shell fabrics to be "5" here.

Weight: 5

Weighs close to nothing at all.

Price: 3

Don't know. One €/g? Hm...

Durability: 3

I have a bunch of other lightweight windshirts, some using different fabrics. The standard Pertex Microlight is surprisingly solid, this one feels a little bit more experimental.

Cut is not boxy and not too athletic. L was a bit too large for me but not as large as Haglöfs' Intense Series L.

Price comparison from GearBuyer: Montane Featherlite Smock - Men's priced at: $79.00
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Barnett Childress
( Barnett_Childress - M )

Locale:
New England
Effective on 07/20/2009 20:01:59 MDT Report Post Print

Rating: 5 / 5

Great all around wind shirt. Light weight, full zip. Excellent Montbell quality. Has kept me dry without having to don my ID silcoat cape in light rain. Good wind protection and does add a good bit of warmth when layering. No hood but I knew that when I purchased it. It does what it does. No complaints.

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