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Montane Featherlite Smock | Review

Montane’s classic Featherlite Smock in back in a modern design

Why We Chose It: Designed for lightweight adventures, made from 100% recycled Pertex Quantum Eco, great breathability

The Extreme Smock, a bombproof layer that could happily take on Arctic expeditions and Scottish winters, was created by Montane over 25 years ago.  Shortly, after they released the Featherlite Smock – which sat on the ultralight end of the spectrum. Now, for 2021, Montane has brought back this lightweight layer with new and updated fabrics.

Photo Credit: Chris Johnson

Who Is The Montane Featherlite Smock For?

This smock is designed for fast and light adventures; the materials, features and design have all been produced for those who look to shave off as much weight as possible from their pack weight.


Made from 100% recycled Pertex Quantum Eco, the Montane Featherlite Smock is able to remain lightweight, packable and extremely breathable at a shockingly low weight.

Photo Credit: Chris Johnson

For those unaware, Pertex Quantum makes use of tightly woven fine yarns to provide an extremely thin and lightweight fabric that’s able to provide an impressive amount of wind resistance along with fantastic breathability. This fabric can then be treated with a water repellent treatment, such as Nikwax, to help it fight off light showers.

Not only does Quantum block out wind while keeping breathability to a maximum, it also gives the fabric a soft touch and a great next to skin feeling for when it’s used as a layer over, say, a t-shirt. Quantum also has a four-way stretch built into it, meaning the jacket will stretch and adapt to your movements.


Photo Credit: Chris Johnson

This use of Pertex Quantum means that the Featherlite Smock is able to pack down to a very, very small size. So much so that it’s able to stuff into its own chest pocket, leaving you with a jacket that barely takes up any room in the palm of your hand and will barely make a dent in your overall pack size.

Although the jacket makes for a great emergency windproof layer that lives in the bottom of your hiking pack, its breathability, stretch and weather resistance make it a great choice as a standalone piece for fast-paced activities in the mountains. That put-on-and-leave-on approach is shown by the use of a 1/3rd length two-way zip which doubles up as a vent.

Photo Credit: Chris Johnstone

Other features include a zipped chest pocket (the same one that doubles as a stuff sack), toggled hem adjustment and low profile elasticated cuffs. A pretty minimal feature set, but that’s what we’d expect from a jacket as featherlight as this.

Montane Featherlite Smock


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