The Montane Aero eVent Pullover Jacket was designed for hiking and trail running but truly can go on just about any mountain adventure including splitboarding and hunting. I’m willing to bet you have heard of Gore-Tex, but how about eVent, don’t be fooled that Gore is the only name in the waterproof outerwear laminate world guaranteed to keep you dry in the mountains.
Before I dive into this Montane review I want to give a little more background on eVent without getting too technical, by explaining how it’s actually very similar and yet uniquely different to Gore-Tex. First of all these two materials are the best for keeping rain off your body, where they differ is Gore-Tex actually has a water attracting membrane (hydrophilic monolithic) and eVent does the opposite with a water resisting membrane (hydrophobic microporous). So think about that for a second, both are the trusted leaders for keeping rain off your body, now do you want a fabric that is actively repelling water or absorbing it?
Montane eVent vs Gore-Tex
According to Steve Nagode, of REI’s Quality Assurance Lab, eVent utilities a “secret sauce” which helps to “transfer vapor quicker than other waterproof/breathables, active users have discovered that sweat evaporates faster. So wearing eVent in cold weather for the first few times can chill users accustomed to less breathable materials. The solution: Wear another layer or a heavier layer of insulation with eVent shells.”
I can attest to this as the first time I toured in this shell I had a billow of steam coming off me once I peaked out. That being said, if you are looking for a jacket for the Pacific Northwest or other humid locals stick with Gore-Tex.
Along with exceptional air flow and moisture management what makes the Montane Aero eVent Pullover Jacket even better is just how tough and durable the material truly is. I spent a few months this fall hunting in the Tangerine colored Aero eVent and aside from some dirt there isn’t a single scratch on the jacket. For anyone that prefers spending their time in the mountains bushwacking as opposed to walking on a trail the eVent Aero from Montane is a solid choice.
Pros: The main zipper is off set to the right of your chin, so you wont have to worry about chafing on the way up, this can also easily be unzipped with one hand if you use your teeth to hold the collar in place, which is nice when touring uphill and not wanting to stop for a break.
The center pocket zipper works well on the montane aero event pullover for holding a radio, avi notebook, keys, snacks you name it. And is really easy to access when wearing a backpack.
Cons: Montane is a UK brand, so there is a weird cut on the back, the material is for some reason bunched together to make me look slimmer? At 145 lbs I don’t really need help there. My only other complaint, even though this jacket is breathable I sweat a ton, and wish it came with traditional pit zips on the sleeve or torso as I run these open about 90% of the time I am touring even in cold conditions. This has been my method for going in and out of the mountains for years, open pit zips….
I guess that’s something were all going to have to get used to with eVent, the fabric is so breathable it doesn’t require pit zips. Say that a few times so some of your touring buddies and see how many dirty looks you get. Over time this information will surely get out and perceptions will start to change.
Now the Aero eVent does have rear vents on the along the shoulder blades which are unique, however when used with a backpack can limit there effectiveness. The interesting thing about breatahability ratings is there are No universally accepted standard for fabric breathability in the world, when you see ratings its more of a marketing thing, hmm interesting… So comparing say a TNF jacket with a 20,000mm rating to a Patagonia one with a 20,000mm rating will not be the same as both brands tested these on their own.
Your best bet is to read consumer reviews, (like the ones found on the Mountain Weekly News) look for photos to see how this gear performs in action, in the mountains, as opposed to solely relying on a manufactures rating aka marketing propaganda.
Be sure to keep Montane on your radar, this brand is making some of my favorite outerwear as of late! Don’t be fooled this underdog, aka eVent is here to stay!