Why We Chose The Montane Podium Pull On:
At just 110g, Montane’s Podium Pull On jacket is an exceptionally lightweight waterproof jacket. It’s one of those options that’s designed to be barely noticeable in a pack (or when clipped onto your harness) while also being well capable of doing the job you need it to when it’s called upon.
Who Is The Montane Podium Pull On For?
As the name suggests, this thing has been made with mountain athletes in mind. If you’d signed up for something like The OMM, the Berghaus Dragon’s Back or Montane’s own event, the Lakeland 100, this is one of those jackets that’ll be light enough to give you a competitive edge and it’ll still be certain to pass muster in any health and safety kit checks made by the race organisers. In other words, because the fabric is waterproof and the seams are sealed by waterproof tape, it’s deemed as appropriate equipment… but don’t expect it to be decked out with features and tech.
The waterproof material Montane have opted for with the podium is a micro fabric called Aqua Pro Lite. It’s super, super thin. So thin it’s actually slightly transparent. Don’t worry, it’s not as fickle as it might sound. It actually feels slightly tougher than some similar jackets in its category. The face fabric is light ripstop nylon, then there’s the membrane and underneath that they’ve sprayed on a PU laminate to act as a backer. In other words it’s a 2.5 layer jacket.
On paper, the figures for waterproofness and breathability aren’t anything to write home about. The hydrostatic head measures 15,000mm and the moisture vapour transmission rate is 15,000g/m2/24hrs MVTR. For comparison, the Berghaus Hyper 100, a similar type of jacket, has a 20,000mm hydrostatic head and supposedly a 50,000 MVTR. Still, in testing, the Montane Podium did feel breathable, and with the tab on the sternum buttoned and the bottom half of the ½ length zip opened up, you can actually get a heck of a lot of airflow.
As you’d expect with a jacket that weighs just 110g and that scrunches up to about the size of an apple, this thing is light on features. You get a hood that’s semi-elasticated around its rim, the hem is elasticated as well and so are the cuffs (slightly though). Then there’s that quarter-length zip which is made from water resistant YKK Aquaguard with a protective storm flap on the inside. There aren’t any pockets, which some might see as a little drawback, but then you don’t see many super lightweight jackets with them. A little mesh stuff sack comes with it.