Montane Dyno Jacket

by Matt Letch 0


Tested: Three months

Price: £90.00

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.


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Comments (0)

  1. Second all of that. Got one last week. Love it already, great look, fit and form. Good blurring of bike wear and outdoor wear.

    Friends like the look too.

  2. I got one over new year. It’s ace I have to say. Ski randoneé, mountain biking, and even jogging.. not that I do that that often. I did have to wash it yesterday though as it was getting a little smelly… love it though.

  3. Matt your riding with skinny bars, what is happening man? 😉

  4. I’m not usually a brand fanboy, but I love Montane stuff.

    Works really well, is very durable and looks great.