Our review of the Montane Women’s Pac Plus XT

The Montane Women’s Pac Plus XT is one of the lightest jackets that I have tried, and I had some doubts as to whether it could be classed as an all-season waterproof; but having had it on extended test all through the winter season, I’m happy that it is more than substantial and waterproof enough for the job.

Made from 100% recycled Gore-Tex Paclite Plus, it’s tough and packable, whilst being fairly breathable. 

The hood is well shaped and large enough to fit over a helmet or ponytail, and the cut is an active shape that allows good freedom of movement.

Despite the low weight it includes underarm zips, and has a nice brushed fleece chinguard. 

Annoyingly, the pockets detract from an otherwise great jacket. Not only are the zips a bit on the small side (I can’t squeeze a laminated map in), there’s a mesh lining and they open into the body of the jacket.

This is great for additional venting but it’s also a source of water ingress if the zips are left even slightly undone. Montane claims that this is a jacket for all seasons, and I’d mostly agree – but only if you are fastidious about zipping your pockets up. 

To see more waterproof jackets check out our comparative review for them here