Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Montane featherlite marathon jacket review

Here's an early first few impressions of a jacket I recently bought.  To be honest I'm a little disappointed in the jacket and in myself for buying it.  I bought it on impulse: something I only very rarely do.  I was after a lightweight dual purpose jacket I could use for running and use on the bike.

Plus points:

  • really bright day-glow yellow, with a reflective trim
  • just £45 (and perhaps this is where the problem lies)
  • complete with a really useful stuff sack which is well made and has a useful Velcro strap
  • nice slim fit but as it is not cycle specific the tail doesn't come down too far
  • the elasticated sleeves are long enough for cycling
  • very light; the label says <150g / 5oz for the medium size

So what am I about to whine about?  Well, it doesn't seem very breathable.  One day I rode to work and worked hard keeping up a brisk pace and I was wearing a cotton polo shirt underneath.  The sweat was "significant" and once again I'm thankful to have an office for myself.  On thinking the polo short caused the problem, I wore a couple of thin wicking layers and the problem persisted, although less so.  Perhaps I'm asking too much of a basic jacket? On a practical note, there's not one pocket.

These are my first impressions and I haven't even used it for running so I might need to update it later.  I'm not impressed, I wish I'd done some research and got something better.

My cycling in the rain guide


  1. What do expect for 45 quid and you probably paid over the internet price.

  2. Okay I know. As I said, bit of an impulse buy which I don't normally do. Fair point....

  3. £45 isn't that cheap, it depends how much you have to spend. I bought one for £39.99!! Haven't worn it yet but I'm happy with it. It looks the business.

  4. I've now used it a few more times on the bike and I like the close fit. I still get a bit sweaty if I'm pushing hard, so not brilliant. It is still amazingly light though.

    BTW have you worn yours yet Anonymous?