Montane Ice Guide Jacket
- Outer fabric pertex® microlight stretch; windproof, showerproof, fast drying and features an exceptional durable water repellency
- Dual density zoned primaloft® silver eco insulation with internal baffle anchors
- Pertex® microlight mini rip-stop forearm reinforcement for extra protection against rock abrasion
- Articulated arms for reach high movement and tailored specifically to reduce hem lift
- Fully adjustable helmet compatible hood with three point adjustment and wired peak
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An anatomical design and PRIMALOFT® SILVER ECO Insulation enable the Montane Ice Guide Jacket to adhere to the contours of the wearer's body and retain their core body heat, respectively. A highly durable PERTEX® Microlight Stretch outer membrane offers complete stormproof protection, shielding the wearer from the harshest environments. The technical nature of both PERTEX® Microlight Stretch and PRIMALOFT® SILVER ECO allow the Montane Ice Guide Jacket to be worn for sustained periods of high exertion in cold conditions, whilst also providing essential warmth when stationary. Smart engineering and design have yielded a wealth of practical features in the Montane Ice Guide Jacket, that ensure nothing impedes the performance of the jacket. Technical tailoring prevents the raising of the arm to lift the lower hem, eliminating potential exposure the elements and spindrift. The slightly larger chest and bicep measurements along with the athletic body fit, accommodate for winter layering systems for the ultimate in micro-climate creation. A wealth of pockets provide secure storage for essential items and easy access. Two deep A-lined hand warmer pockets are positioned clear of a backpack or climbing harness belt, ensuring easy access and providing welcome respite for cold hands. All external zips feature shaped zip garages to prevent possible weather entry, ensuring what is stored is safe from the environment. With the addition of U shaped pulls for use with gloves and mitts.
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If you are not familiar with Montane, they are a high quality outerwear company from England. I have owned many technical jackets from Patagonia, Outdoor Research, The North Face, Marmot and others, but the 2 Montane jackets I own are equal to (or better than) any jacket I have ever worn.
The Ice Guide Jacket can be worn as a stand alone jacket or as a mid-layer under a shell. The jacket has an amazing hood with a 3-way adjustment system that hugs your head while also being helmet compatible if needed. There is a wire around the brim of the visor so it can be shaped to fit your needs. There is an elastic drawcord at the waist and a second at the bottom hem.
The jacket has 2 napoleon pockets in the chest and two very warm hand-warmer pockets at the waist. The cuffs have both a velcro adjustment and elastic which is the best of both worlds for fit and convenience. The front zipper and hand-warmer pockets use YKK Vision Zippers (the best) for long life and trouble-free operation. The napoleon pockets use smaller more flexible zippers which are better suited to their location on the jacket.
As far as looks go, this is the best looking "puffy" jacket I have ever worn. It is form-fitting and looks great.
I highly recommend this jacket and this company. There is nothing I would change about either of the Montane jackets I own. By the way, the other Montane Jacket I own is the Further Faster Neoshell jacket which is by far the best shell I have ever owned hands-down.
Overall fit is trim. I am 6ft, 1in. In large, I did not feel comfortable with more than a medium weight knit shirt as baselayer--too confining. And, not needed: the jacket is plenty warm with just a light undershirt. In practice, I needed to unzip after 30 minutes in the cold, to release pent-up body heat. The cuffs are cut small; if you have gloves with thick cuffs, you will struggle to get the gloves inside the sleeves. And raising your arms will pull the sleeves up and away.
The hood is well-designed, with a bit of a beak on it. I wore a wool cap underneath, which proved to be overkill--I was plenty warm in temps around 0F.
It is fine to drive in, except for the sleeve length issue.
Looks good. I hate the Michelin Man super-quilty look. In the Ice Guide, the quilting is on the inside. The nylon exterior shell is nice and smooth.
Zippers are OK. They may hold up fine; time will tell. One pocket zip had a plastic tooth out of place which obstructed the slider; I just pressed it back in, problem solved. The main zipper is Euro-style (slider on the left), takes a momentary mental effort for North Americans to accommodate to. Pockets in general are compact affairs, suitable for gloves, goggles, phones; not so good for bulky things like tools, camera lenses, etc.. But my Micro 4/3rds camera with pancake lens fit just fine.
Conclusion: the jacket works fine as cold weather protection during light to moderate exertion. Based upon my tests, I would feel comfortable venturing out in cold to very cold weather, say, -10F, in this jacket, with a light shirt as baselayer. For all-day outdoor sessions, I would bring along extra shirts, in case one gets sweated up. For extreme cold outings, or those requiring long sedentary stretches in the cold (such as astronomy, or nature photography), I'd look into the "Denali Expedition" parkas that are out there. On the other hand, if you are moving about in temps above freezing, you will overheat if wearing the Ice Guide.
A few caveats: it is a jacket, not a full-length parka. A pair of wind pants is needed, if you are going to tackle really cold weather in this. Winds greater than 20mph will penetrate the jacket's layered fabrics, cooling you quickly. I did not expose the jacket to rain or sleet conditions. Miserable hiking weather, to be sure; you may want to have a rainshell with you just in case. Usual practice in winter jackets is to shield the front zipper with a flap of cloth, and fix it down with snaps or velcro. But the Ice Guide puts the flap behind the zipper. Same effect, but exposes the zipper to whatever freezing rain and blowing snow you happen to encounter. And the jacket's nylon outer fabric seems delicate, could be vulnerable to tearing on branches, thorns, rockwalls, etc..