Anyone any experience of the Montane Flux? I'm after a Belay jacket to replace a Torres that didn't fit. I fancy something fitted and longer and that seems to be the Flux.
I'd be especially interested to know whether the hood is insulated and what the length is like - and I guess how its 2 Tog rating compares to the Rab Belay and the Torres.
We just had a bunch delivered today. I'll unpack them tomorrow, have a look and let you know the score. I know the Rab Belay well so I can compare with that for you but I have no knowledge of the Torres.
I'll be back tomorrow, probably.
edit: cos I made a typo, at least one that I spotted.
I couldn't quite make out whether the 66g, 133g etc figures referred to by the manufacturers relate to the weight/tog value of the insulation or the actual amount in the jacket.
That is 66g fill in the right place might be almost as good as 133g fill in the wrong place (e.g. arms). I found the Torres wasted a lot of heat by being a bit of a puffball with the air whirling around inside (bit skinny you see...). I found the Rab so short that a cold behind partly negated the warm core.
I guess only peoples opinions will tell.
I've recently bought the Montbell Flatiron parka http://www.montbell.us/products/disp.php?p_id=2301324. I bought it from their Swiss shop online and it cost 230 swiss francs and 12 francs postage. About £100 and £5 postage. I love it!
It's truly great. It's tight fitting so will do for belay duties in summer and OK for winter - though maybe worth going up a size if that will be its main usage. And unlike other jackets it covers one's posterior. Arm length is ok - though for belay use could be longer.
Warmth is phenomenal. When it came out of the packet I was really disappointed as it is so thin I thought I'd made a bad purchase and it would never be warm enough - Wrong! I was breaking into a sweat all weekend with one layer underneath - shows how overspecced many belay jackets may be. I'd rather have a longer jacket giving me warmth through coverage than something too short and overstuffed.
Great wired and insulated hood with four areas of adjustment -great size for helmet usage.
Looks-wise it's a stunner - has a good lean and pro. look. This will get worn everyday this winter....
I'm currently using mine as a sole layer on top a a t-shirt when walking to a run and it's great for that as it packs so small and light.
Cheers to the bloke at Towerridge.co.uk for trying it on for me!
Well done Montane.
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