Montane Mens Ground Control Jacket RRP £190
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Another factor that can be a great indication of product quality is the brand. Brands like Montane are of course extremely well known, especially for Breathable. In addition to the elasticated hem, there’s a small press stub that’s handy if you’re trying to close the zip in high winds.
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The Quantum Eco shell does a great job of repelling a moderate amount rain, but no more. A downpour will (and did for me) soak through the Pertex and leave you feeling a little damp. I feel grateful my body was engineered with its own waterproof shell layer!It is primarily going to be used as an outer layer for belaying/general warmth, however thanks to the relatively trim fit, you're able to slip a shell over the top without an issue if the weather turns foul. It can also be used as an over-layer when stopping to have lunch, coffee etc.
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How comfortable is the garment, and are the features live up to the promise made by the manufacturers? The front zipper is one way only. Even if you are happy pulling the hood over your climbing helmet and lumbering around shouting, ‘The bells! The bell!’ it still won’t make a good belay option. To give that price some context we then looked at all of the products available from Go Outdoors in the Breathable category. We found 24 items in total. What’s the price of Breathable?We want to find out how well the insulation performs in a mixture of conditions and how well it copes with moisture - both precipitation and perspiration. That got us thinking though, that we’re looking at every possible item from Montane so it would be good to narrow our search down even further and only look at Montane branded products within the Breathable category. The cost of Montane Breathable Breathability: This is strongly related to insulation type. Synthetic insulation that mimics down is less breathable than the thinner panel insulation. It's also important to consider shell and lining material too. Pure nylon fabrics are not as breathable as those that use stretch and fleece-type fabrics.
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Sustainability is an important consideration for us too, which is why we have our Tread Lightly award for contenders that do well in this space. With sustainability, it's not just about using recycled materials, it's about eliminating the use of PFC/PFAs and harmful chemicals, ethical labour standards, actively lowering emissions, and other important aspects such as repairability.
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What I do like is that the montane Icarus is an incredibly windproof piece of gear. I’ve worn it on the hills in some very windy weather and did an awesome job of keeping me warm no matter how hard the wind hammered me. The material the product is made from is often a sign of the quality for Breathable. Take a look at the product details over at Go Outdoors to get a feel for this. Many people switch from down to synthetic out of animal welfare concerns and cost reasons. While turning to synthetic does indeed negate the need for down, there are other challenges that loom large in its place.