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Stay warm and dry when you're moving in the alpine.
Climbing in the alpine doesn't always allow the possibility for quick layering changes, so you need to be ready for changing conditions, which is what the Montane Hi-Q Luxe Men's Hooded Insulated Jacket is all about. It foregoes down in favor of Primaloft Gold Luxe synthetic insulation, which isn't quite as lofty or lightweight, but stays warm even if gets wet, so getting caught in a shower or squall won't spell soggy disaster. Montane also stitched the shell from Pertex Quantum, a water-resistant and seriously tough fabric, and finished it with a DWR coating to repel water and help you stay even dryer and warmer.
Peaq Down lining slides easily over your baseleyers for smooth movement and wicks moisture to prevent sweat from accumulating, and the Hi-Q's articulated arms are designed to be raised without lifting them hem of the jacket, so you can reach for holds without exposing any skin. Montane engineered the insulated hood to be low-profile, so it fits easily under a helmet, and it topped the Hi-Q off with hem and cuff adjustments to keep your body heat in and freezing drafts out.
- Pertex Quantum nylon ripstop shell with DWR coating
- Micro-baffle construction
- Peaq Down lining
- Primaloft Gold Luxe synthetic insulation
- Insulated, elastic, stowable, and helmet-compatible hood
- Hand and chest pockets
- Elastic cuffs
- Adjustable hem
- Q & A
Loved it, but it fell apart
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Fit: True to size
I really liked this jacket. Unfortunately, the exposed baffle stitching started falling apart after just a month of use. I returned it because I knew it was just going to get worse.
If it weren't for the stitching issue, I would give this jacket 5 stars and recommend it to everyone I know. I'm really hoping Montane fixes this issue in the next round.
I found it quite warm for it's weight. It's just a tad heavier than the La Sportiva Pegasus 2.0 (http://www.backcountry.com/la-sportiva-pegasus-2.0-primaloft-jacket-mens) (18.6 oz versus 20oz) but I found the Montane Hi-Q much warmer. The Pegasus is 100% primaloft gold (previously known as primaloft one). The Montane Hi-Q is the new Gold Luxe insulation (which as of now only exists in Montane jackets) and I'm guessing the warmth to weight of Gold Luxe is better than "normal" primaloft gold (which until now was generally considered among the warmest synthetic filler available).
Good DWR and warmth when wet--I was a bit skeptical that the "down-like" Gold Luxe filling might not be as good when wet as other synthetics, but it seemed to live up to the primaloft name. Although I never got this completely soaked through, I did wear it in some pretty heavy rain and was satisfied with how warm I stayed. The combination of DWR and outer fabric did a good job of initially keeping water out of the filler, and when it did soak in the insulation didn't start clumping up like down.
Tight cuffs drive me crazy. I don't know whose idea it was to start manufacturing elastic into puffy cuffs, but it's annoying if you're wearing a watch. Or if you're wearing gloves. Or if you're typing on a computer. Fortunately, Montane got this right. No elastic, no constriction. Simple cuffs that work with even the largest watches (ie suunto ambit).
interior: Peaq Down lining was comfortable against the skin and slides well over other materials. Bonus, the baffles aren't sewn all the way through the peak down lining, so the continuous interior lining helps alleviate "cold spots" that come with non-boxed baffles.
Hood: Seemed legitimately helmet compatible (some manufacturers claim this and then you find that putting the hood up stretches the jacket weirdly).
Sexy: the shadow was a bit reflective and looked really cool. You gotta look good to climb good, right?
Why does the stitching tear out out so easily?! Tearing like this hasn't occured on my other baffled jackets (MH ghost whisperer, montbell mirage parka). The thread they used for the baffles looked like normal thread--thick, but not particularly strong. I'm not the only person to have this issue (see reviews on the Montane site: https://www.montane.co.uk/en/men/clothing/synthetic/hi-q-luxe-jacket)
Really hoping they'll fix this issue in the next round.