With winter rapidly approaching, it’s essential to have a decent warm layer whether you’ll be camping out or just stopping for a bit to eat. It’s even better when that layer packs down to almost nothing and doesn’t weigh you down. The Montane Nitro Jacket ticks all those boxes, weighing in at 450g and packing down reasonably small.
Whilst not the lightest option out there, it strikes a balance between weight and performance, so you’ll be able to rely on this to keep you warmer than a lighter jacket considering the high quality 800+ fill power down. Unfortunately, you don’t get an insulated hood on the Nitro, which would have been a real bonus (that’s not the Nitro’s hood sticking out the back on the images below!)
The Nitro has a close fit which means that you lose less heat than you would from a looser fit and that it’s suited for using on the move, though how you’d cope with sweat and a pack in those conditions isn’t clear. The outer also has a water resistant coating, so you should be OK in showers with this jacket.
You’ve also got the usual hand-warming pockets, as well as a secure internal pocket for any goodies you want to keep safe.
What I find useful about these lightweight down jackets is that you can use them all year round. They weigh less than a fleece, take up less space and are much warmer. What better way to keep warm on a cool spring evening on a high wildcamp? Much better than having to spend the evening in your sleeping bag, that’s for sure.
Summary: It may be a tad on the expensive side, but so is any decent down jacket. For the price you get a quality garment that should last you a good few years, and keep you toasty on those cool mountain days.
What the Manufacturer Says:
Fabric: FREEFLOW® Titanium
Filling: 150g (Size Medium) of 93/7 goose down at 800+ fill (USA)
Lining: Ultra soft PEAQ® Down
Colours: Tangerine / Steel lining / Steel zips, Steel / Vivid green lining / Vivid green zips, Black / Graphite lining / Black zips, Moroccan blue / Burnt orange lining / Moroccan blue zips.