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5.0 out of 5 stars A superb ultra lite weight waterproof jacket, 2 Sep 2010
This review is from: Montane Lady Lite-Speed H2o Jacket (Apparel)
A jacket in the same Montane philosophy of packing extremely litely for those in a hurry and do not want heavy gear to slow you down.

This is the womans version of the same jacket and unusually there is little difference in cut between male or female jackets meaning a woman could borrow a mans version and find it equally comfortable.

The little yellow and lime coloured stuff sac that accompanies the jacket looks impossibly small even by Montane standards but the jacket goes in a treat (eventually) and is slightly larger than your average Golden Delicious apple in size.

I regularly venture out into Snowdonia and the Lakes with a bum bag that weighs a little less than 400Gms around my waste.

Not that i am looking for inclement weather to catch me offguard but simply because i dislike carrying a rucsac full of gear that 90% of the time never gets used.

In that bumbag i have a pair of Montane fully waterproof overtrousers, a hooded Pertex jacket and this superb Lite- Speed H2O jacket aswell as a pair of Skins Compression tights to keep me warm even if i am soaked to the skin.

During the fairly warm summer months this is all you really need to carry bar the vital food and liquid.

The average walker wouldnot dare venture into the mountains with so little kit but as i am a fell runner and occasional Long distance walker i have become used to travelling with the smallest amount of equipment knowing that as long as you keep your core temperature constant you can be soaked to the skin and remain in controll of the situation.

As with all Pertex equipment it is incredibly windproof and when the rain does eventually stop will dry remarkably quickly.

Do not be misled into believing that this jacket is only slightly waterproof because i have worn mine in some very heavy rain and wind whilst approaching the summit of Carnedd Llewelyn from Gerlan and with the taped seams it has not allowed any water through but it still takes some getting used to in its minamalist weight and feel on ones body.

Try and imagine what it would be like in wearing a bin bag, it really is that minimalist but unlike a bin bag this jacket breaths and is waterproof.

You know that you are wearing a very liteweight garment due to the way it clings to your body like a Pertex windproof but apart from the slight condensation like all jackets due to bodyheat generation no rain or moisture is allowed through and its windproof properties are without question quite superb.

It weighs a little under 140Gms which by your average waterproof standards is tissue paper thin but the quality of manufacture and overall fit is magnificent.

Weighing a little under 140 Gms this is currently the litest waterproof currently available and if worn on top of a windproof Pertex jacket should be all you need for general Summer use.

My only real complaint is that the zip fastener is tricky to get hold of whilst wearing gloves as it is concealed under the storm flap and is very small.

The problem was solved by attaching a small piece of cord purchased in a climbing shop and then you can release the zip to operate it.

Its not especially cheap at [] odd pounds or so but for those who have an issue with travelling as lite as humanly possible and still keeping the elements at bay it represents good value.

As with all Montane products it is beautifully made especially with the stitching which has been applied with care and everything has been carefully thought out around the walker or runner.

The hood especially is beautifully designed and very comfortable and being fully adjustable at all times and is a snug fit yet allowing complete movement of the head.

A lovely piece of kit that during those summer months could easily be used instead of your heavy GoreTex or similar jacket.

It is wise to see the jacket before purchase because it is a no frills waterproof with not a single pocket in sight and no mesh lining like most waterproof jackets in this category so really it is not designed for the walker who may require a map pocket but if you can do without those features which after all are the first places to leak in heavy rain then its a lovely item to wear.

Its an extremely lite weight step up from your standard Pertex windproof which even in torrential rain will keep most of the rain away from your inner garments.

Along with a pair of Montanes Lite Speed Trousers this surely must represent the ultimate fell runners kit, super liteweight and extremely effective and packed away in its provided stuff sac it can almost fit inside a coat pocket without being noticed.

Available in both black and Yellow it looks a quality jacket just like the stunning Berhaus Trango Extrem when that was released all those years ago.

Wearing this jacket will get you noticed especially in the vibrant Flourecent Yellow that i chose.

It is such a nice item that i dislike creasing it by stuffing it into its fist sized stuff sac but if looked after it will last many years due to the use of the high quality Rip Stop Pertex material.

Another design to say this is a runners jacket is the use of the reflective silver scotchlite material used in high visibility clothing all the way down the zip.

It has been applied considerately so as not to be overpowering but is very handy when the light fades.

Shop around for a keen price because this jacket is a specialist item that few walkers would buy due to its lack of any creature comfort such as a pocket or two and due to this fact will not sell in huge quantities.

I paid [] for mine so ownership of the worlds litest waterproof does not have to cost the earth.
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Initial post: 27 Feb 2011 13:57:10 GMT
You are reviewing the Montane LADY Light jacket, MR Lewis (my capitals - but they are important)? Apart from perhaps winning the prize for the longest (and most bizarrely-paragraphed) review on the Amazon web site, are you sure you've got the right product? Or, are you just 'slightly' built?

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Mar 2011 16:24:01 GMT
Last edited by the author on 29 Apr 2011 15:54:49 BDT
No i am reviewing the same jacket be it styled for a man or woman.
Actually i have tried on both jackets ie the one designed for a man and the other for a woman and there is hardly any difference in the cut or styling which is surprising considering womens jackets are designed differently.

All i can say is that the jacket for its weight and cut is remarkaly waterproof and in the warmer summer months is a great alternative to a Goretex or other similar waterproof and it weighs not much more than a binbag.
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