by Matt Letch
January 26, 2011
Matt tests a different kind of softshell jacket that's friendly to user as well as the environment
From: – Montane
Tested: Three months
Okay, I’m not going to beat about the bush here. I love this jacket. I know I love it because it’s perpetually dirty and smells pretty bad most of the time – always a sign of winner.
The Montane Dyno Jacket is part of Montane’s soft shell range. It’s made from Pertex Equilibrium ECO which is a really closely knitted fabric – so closely knitted that its incredibly wind proof without the need for a laminate or a membrane.
On top of that Equilibrium ECO is 100% post consumer recycled polyester and is fully recyclable once it comes to the end of it’s usable life.
The description of this garment as a softshell is a bit of misnomer in my opinion. Yes, the jacket has a softer more natural feel than your average windproof/waterproof but it doesn’t have any static insulation built into – it’s definitely a shell and if you want insulation you’ll need to layer some under it.
It’s cut in the now classic modern mountain jacket style – slightly longer on the back – slim cut – two chest pockets – a stiffened peaked hood with volume adjuster. Cuffs are simple elasticised affairs with no velcro or adjusters.
In use the thing that I really liked about the Dyno is the balance of breathability to weather protection. It would cope admirably with quite heavy rain , but due to the lack of membrane or coating it was incredibly breathable. It comes with a DWR (Durable Water Repellency) using wash in Nixwax TX 10 as a proofer – when the jacket does stop beading up, you can just chuck it in the wash (if you take it off for long enough) with some more Nixwax and you have a very weather resistant jacket again.
Overall: Simply cut, good on the bike and pretty handy for most other outdoor activites. If you buy a Dyno it’ll quickly become one of your favourite outdoor garments, just wash it occasionally.