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Montane Anti-Freeze Jacket Review

Montane Anti-Freeze Jacket review

The Montane Anti-Freeze Jacket is a mid-weight insulated down jacket (available for both men and women) that can be worn as a mid-layer in really cold conditions or as a stand-alone jacket. It’s insulated with 750 fill power Hyperdry RDS-certified down with a fully adjustable hood. A two-way YKK front zipper, four pockets, elasticated cuffs,  and a cinchable drawcord hem round out the functionality on this incredibly warm, stylish, and comfortable jacket.

Montane Anti-Freeze Jacket

Warmth
Weight
Compressibility
Hood Adjustemnt
Features

Top Pick

The Montane Anti-Freeze Down Jacket only weighs 16 oz, but is packed with warmth and features including a fully adjustable hood, a wind-resistant Pertex Quantum shell, and a stylish quilted design.

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Specs at a Glance

  • Gender: Men’s and Women’s
  • Shell: Pertex Quantum 20 nylon ripstop with a DWR coating
  • Liner: Featherlite Mini ripstop nylon
  • Insulation: 750+ fill power duck HyperDRY down, PFC-free, RDS certified
  • Fill weight:  7.42 oz / 210 g
  • Jacket Weight: [men’s 18.1 oz / 512 g] , [women’s 16 oz / 452 g]

Jacket Construction

The Anti-Freeze Jacket has a Pertex Quantum shell finished with a DWR coating with sewn-through baffles. It’s insulated with 750 fill power water-resistant duck down and has 4 pockets: two side pockets, a chest pocket, and an internal mesh pocket that is handy for things you might want to keep warmer like snacks or gloves. The external pockets are lined with fleece for extra warmth and feel great if you’re not wearing gloves.

The jacket has a two-way, bi-directional zipper which helps with venting if you feel too warm or need more freedom of movement around your hips and legs. The zipper has a placket or flap behind it to block cold drafts, while a zipper garage at the top protects your face and other clothing from getting caught in it.

The cuffs are elasticized and do a good job at sealing out cold drafts
The cuffs are elasticized and do a good job at sealing out cold drafts

The wrist cuffs are elasticized and are sufficiently snug so cold air won’t blow up your arms. There’s also a drawcord hem that can be cinched to seal out drafts from below.

Fully Adjustable Hood

But the best feature of the Anti-Freeze jacket is undoubtedly the hood, which is fully adjustable, and something that’s increasingly rare to find on jackets in this price and weight range. It zips up to cover your chin and neck and has a stiff bill to help shield your eyes from sun and snow.  The hood has a drawcord in the back so that you can adjust it to be the proper size to fit your head with cinch cords so that you can tighten it around your face to keep out drafts.  The cinch cords can be pulled in from the inside of the jacket to eliminate excess bungee cords sticking up in your face.

The hood has a rear volume control in addition to cinchable cords at the neck
The hood has a rear volume control in addition to cinchable cords at the neck

The hood has a roll away feature for those times when you don’t want a hood. However, the thickness of the hood makes it a little bulky when rolled up behind your neck.

The quilted construction is flattering as well as functional.
The quilted construction is flattering as well as functional.

Recommendation

The Montane Anti-Freeze Jacket is loaded with features and I find it to be very warm. While it’s not as light as my lightweight Ghost Whisperer Jacket, I have a lot more confidence in the durability of its Pertex Quantum shell and feel comfortable wearing it as an external layer. I really like the fully adjustable hood, which seals out drafts quite well, even in cold and windy conditions above treeline.

Disclosure: Montane provided the author with a jacket for this review.

About the Author

Wanda Rice has been backpacking since the late 1980’s. She has climbed the New Hampshire 48, the New Hampshire 48 in winter, the New England 67 and is working on the New England Hundred Highest and the Four-Season 48. Wanda also teaches for the Appalachian Mountain Club’s (AMC) Mountain Leadership School, the AMC New Hampshire Chapter Spring and Winter Schools as well as the AMC NH Winter Hiking Series. She leads day and overnight trips for AMC NH year-round and loves mentoring new leaders. She is a gear junkie, a self-proclaimed Queen of Gear Hacks and loves sharing her tips and tricks with others. Wanda lives in southern NH and is looking forward to moving closer to the mountains in the next few years.

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