A standout winner from Montane this time, the Endurance Pro is a technical, winter weight mountaineering jacket made from two thicknesses of Goretex Pro: Hi wear areas get 70 denier, low wear gets 40 denier… and as you’d hope at this price point, the jacket is 100% waterproof (so far at least) and in my experience this fabric is about as breathable as a hardshell can be, whilst also being very durable. Next up, features: the hood is superbly adjustable, stays where it’s put and has a wired peak, and alongside the pocket placement the jacket is fully helmet and harness compatible. Sleeves are gusseted, on the long side for climbing and equipped with Velcro adjusters that can be grabbed easily with a beefy glove on. I also love the small details that add to functionality – gusseted chest pockets, internal electronics pockets (made from mesh and suspended to drain any water ingress) two-way zips on under arm vents and at the front, as well as a press stud at the hem to stop the zip slipping up under a harness. It’s bulky, stiff and on the expensive side, but this is the suit of armour I’ll be reaching for when the chips are down this winter. Weight 532g.
VERDICT: Durable fabric and great design make this best in test.
BEST FOR: Fully-fledged alpine/winter mountaineering hardshell. Complete overkill for anything less!
Review by David Lintern @