I'm on the lookout for a decent Polartec Micro classic or 100 weight pullover and have been looking at the Rab pullover and MHW Micro chill. Both very nice but I see Montane have their Pulse pullover available, anyone had a chance to try these out ?. I am a big fan of Montane so will be very tempted if they are rated. Next question would be sizing, I'm a small / Medium so tempted to go with the Medium.
Many thanks for your help in advance ! (Great forum by the way !)
i like the pulse a lot. the thinner fleece in the sides and arms reduces the bulk when under a jacket. comfy and the mesh lined chest pocket is a useful size. get your normal montane size.
I have one and very impressed with it. The warmth to weight ratio is excellent and it has a very good map pocket and a very handy zip which goes right up to the neck to keep warmth in.
In reference to sizing I am an XL and their XL fit me (although a bit snug). I would say their clothing tends to be slightly on the small size so a medium would probably fit you fine.
I am a tad confused about some of Montane's stuff. There is the Pulse, which seems a nice midlayer, but then there are things like the Oryx and Kinetic. Montane's website has a load of technobable about them, but I am unclear as to the functional significance of the differences. I sort of get the impression that you could use the Oryx as a midlayer but also a baselayer when its very cold, where is would wick better than the Pulse. But maybe its not as warm?
Is there anyone out there who understands this and could explain?
If only there were more days in the week so I could spend more time out there.
I got myself the Montane Pulse pullover, very pleased with it, nice fit a Medium (not too baggy or slim fitting either), will be great as a thick pullover/baselayer or mid layer.....excellent quality too with no loose threads, nice flatlock seams etc.....handy big pocket for my ale credits too, result.
I agree, I saw them in the Sauciehall St, Glasgow TK Maxx last week and they looked v good value for money.
A bit late, Raffy as you now have a Pulse shirt but here goes.
I have both the Pulse and a Kinetic shirt and I have to say that I prefer the Kinetic. It is a bit less warm than the Pulse but, being smooth, it moves really well under top layers. It also seems to move with you better than the Pulse, being more flexible. I prefer the cuffs on the Kinetic as they are closer-fitting; the only thing that bugs me about the Pulse is the flappy cuffs. I keep meaning to bung some elastic in the cuff seams.
So, both good products but for different purposes.
Welcome to the Montane club. Great clothing but it's seriously addictive!
Cheers Jake, I agree with you with regards Montane gear, I have a Dynamo and Superfly Xt jacket and rate them both, top quality and functional kit that you can get for a good price...especially if you visit the factory shop in Ashington near Newcastle......!
With regards the Kinetic, I've actually odered one from Sportshoes.com....they have them in medium for £25 !
Now to sneak them all past the wife.....
Raffy, you clearly have not yet developed the cunning of the hardened Montane addict.
Order online after she's gone to bed; get it delivered to your work address. All packaging goes into the bin at work. Smuggle items into your house in your gym bag and work on the slightly-raised eyebrows and suprised response of "Oh, you mean you haven't seen this old thing before?" to the inevitable question which will eventually get asked.
I have 2 Featherlight windshirts, a Prism jacket, a Superfly rain shell, a Verso jacket, a Dynamo softshell, a Kinetic shirt, a Pulse fleece and the fantastic Extreme smock. I haven't even got around to trying the trousers yet...
Welcome to the Montane club
Strange isn't it. For me it's the fit, an XL top and L trousers just fit perfectly and make you feel like getting out and doing something.
Cunning plan Jake, always a worrying time when you put a new jacket or top on for the first time and her that must be obeys gives you 'the look'....
My Bro in law has a pair of Montane Terra trousers and loves them....uh oh...must resist just popping into the shop for a 'browse'...
Same here, Michael. I'm a short-arse and a bit lardy to boot - hardly the kind of physique that outdoor clothing manufacturers have in mind when designing garments - yet Montane's medium-sized upper-body clothes seem almost tailor-made for me. They're not too long in the arms, a good fit across the chest and have just enough allowance to accommodate my (ahem) ample waist.
Even the Extreme smock (must stop going on about it, I know) which is not very stretchy is a good, if snug, fit. Just pulling it on in the car park before walks on Dartmoor a couple of weeks ago made me want to stay out all day. Good kit makes me work harder, just to see if it works under harsher conditions.
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