The women’s Montane Pac Plus XT is lightweight but substantial as an all-season waterproof, says Lucy Wallace.

The women’s Montane Pac Plus XT is one of the lightest waterproof jackets that I have tried, and I had some doubts as to whether it could be classed as an all-season waterproof; but having had it on extended test all through the winter season, I’m happy to report that it is more than substantial and waterproof enough for the job.

Made from 100% recycled Gore-Tex Paclite Plus, it’s tough and packable, whilst being fairly breathable. 

The hood is shaped well and large enough to fit over a helmet or ponytail, and the cut is an active shape that allows for good freedom of movement during activity.

Despite the low weight – just 350g for a size 12 – it includes underarm zips and the Montane Women’s Pac Plus XT also has a nice brushed fleece chin guard. 

Annoyingly, the pockets do detract from an otherwise great jacket. Not only are the zips a bit on the small side (I can’t squeeze a laminated map into them), there is also a mesh lining and they open into the body of the jacket.

This is great for additional venting but it’s also a source of water ingress if the zips are left even slightly undone. Montane claims that this is a jacket for all seasons, and I’d mostly agree – but only if you are fastidious about zipping your pockets up. 

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