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Dress up: Montane Velocity DT weatherproof jacket

5 Comments 19 September 2010

The only pockets are in the front, two of them. Velcro and reflection all around!

One part in my realization of cooling weather was the fact that my back was freezing. None of the local shops had either good enough or big enough top layers for me to buy, so I had to order them online. Lucky for me, there were plenty of discounts available and I went with outdoor experts Montane. I had actually never heard of the company, but I’ve learned that they are based in the United Kingdom and they seem to have a pretty good selection.

My aim was to get a jacket that was warm and dry enough to get me by, but breathable and not too thick to cause my hot-blooded body to overheat. I’m the kind of person who’d rather be a little cold than a little hot. By showing a little bit of trust towards marketing words, I ended up with Montane’s Velocity DT – a simple jacket that weighs only 255 grams and fits in a same room as an apple, which they prove nicely by delivering all their lighter gear in an included sack.

The front pockets are lined with a mesh that you can use for ventilation.

Although the jacket is very light in every sense, the zippers and velcro pads seem sturdy, but only time will show how they will last the test of time. The design in itself is very common for cycling jackets: Long sleeves, long drop tail and more reflective bits than a disco ball. There are a few caveats, which I think Montane changed in the next version of the Velocity DT: The jacket is missing rear pockets, the two existing front pockets are huge and cavernous, not really giving a good place for holding your stuff like keys or a phone.

The jacket comes in several sizes and three colors: black, red and police officer neon yellow and it retails for around 150 euros.

Our verdict: ★★★½☆

The next version of this jacket (if this indeed is the older version) will be even more awesome, but if you do find a Velocity DT on discount, I suggest you grab it with you.

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  • Montane make top quality gear aimed particularly at the lightweight market. For some bizarre reason they are also really fashionable in Japan so sell a lot to hipsters there!?! I will be interesting to hear if you get sweaty in it or not. I’ve not found any type of waterproof – breathable material that is breathable enough for me when biking. Pertex is the best material I’ve found. Shower-proof, windproof, but very breathable.

  • So far I’ve gotten sweaty in it, but the weather has been a bit warm still at around 15 degrees. Then again, I do run extremely hot always. Since the clothes don’t have lining in them, wearing them without a long base layer feels annoying and clammy. Might have to go organic again.

  • Yeah, if you warm up easily – I’m just the same – you are probably going to find any waterproof material not breathable enough if riding hard, even top of the range Goretex or Event. I tend to wear a base layer, a full zip cycling jersey and then a windproof vest (or gillets as people seem to call them these days!). This is windproof, but not fully waterproof, and has a mesh back meaning the sweat gets out there very easily. That tends to keep me happy until its snowy. Then I might go for a a fully windproof jacket, but still one that is breathable and not waterproof. Best of all, windproofs are much cheaper than even cheap full waterproof and lighter. Probably very little help now you’ve bought that one, but I’d think about something like: http://www.montane.co.uk/products/men/windproof/featherlite-velo-jacket/104 More thoughts on windproofs at: http://lightfromthenorth.blogspot.com/2009/12/marmot-ion-windshirt-review.html

  • Thanks Toby, these comments of yours are just what I need and that blog post was something I should’ve read before ordering anything based on a hunch. To be honest, I don’t really even care if I get a bit wet as long as I’m not hot and or sweaty.

    With the Montane I have already witnessed the moisture condensing within into droplets, so that’s what makes my base layers extra slimy. Ugh. Need to fix it.

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