This is an independent review of the Montane Men’s Gravity Gore-Tex Jacket, following numerous walks covering more than 150 miles on fells, mountains, scree, peat bogs and fields, with walks from 6 to 24 miles.
A versatile shell jacket with Gore-Tex waterproof technology.
This perfect do-it-all waterproof shell uses 75 Denier GORE-TEX technology throughout and is finished with a DWR coating for additional weatherproof protection, making it ideal as a reliable outer layer for long days in the mountains.
The criteria covered within the review, and the findings, are outlined below:
The drop tail of this jacket is very practical with a day pack or without. The length is good and there is very little upward creep when you are walking.
The hood mixed with the high collar gives good protection when in heavy rain conditions. There is plenty of adjustment for the hood and collar, allowing for individual fitting. I have used this with different head gear/hats, and have found the adjustment can be made to fit all the situations.
There are no pit zips in this jacket. The jacket may well benefit from these, although I have not found this to be an issue.
If this is a major concern for you, it would be worth looking at another product.
There are two hip pockets and one breast pocket. The hip pockets are large enough to use for OS maps.
The zips are YKK AQUAGUARD® zip, and these have not leaked at all during field conditions.
When wearing a back pack, and the hip belt is in place, access to the two hip pockets is restricted.
All of the seams have a full polyester construction, and these have not failed in poor conditions, in the field.
The storm flap on this jacket is relatively small in size, this said, with the jacket using YKK AQUAGUARD® zip technology, there is no need for a larger storm flap, as the zip properties restrict rain and/or wind egress.
At the time of writing this review, the jacket had been used for over 200 miles walking and the Velcro cuffs have been used frequently. The Velcro is standing up well to use, with very little wear being noticed.
Living with the jacket
The jacket has been used extensively whilst walking, and overall it has performed well in many varying conditions and terrains. The fors and against are outlined below:
The jacket has performed well in many different conditions/terrain, and has not failed to perform as expected.
If considering a replacement jacket at any point, I would not have any concerns at looking at this product again.
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