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Montane Women’s Phoenix Lite Jacket

£130 www.montane.com

While this jacket is lightweight at only 314g, the PrimaLoft® Silver ThermoPlume® lining provides some serious warmth and you will notice the heat as soon as you put it on. Since the filling is synthetic you don’t have to worry as much about it getting wet. The hood is snug around your face, so it doesn’t require adjusting and fits easily under a helmet. All the zip pulls are easy to use with gloves. It packs away into the pocket, making it both small and light, so it is easy to store in your bag until you need it. Despite being designed for women it didn’t fit over my hips, so it rode up badly when I moved. The hem is elastic in an effort to reduce heat loss so I’m not sure why it couldn’t be a little stretchier to suit the female shape. Going up a size to allow for the tight hem would mean the rest of the jacket would be far too big and baggy. A real shame because otherwise it is warm and cosy.

Review by Jen Roberts @jenroberts70