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If you're looking for the next revolutionary mountain shell, then look no further than the Montane Spektr Smock. This hardshell features all the functions of its heavier brethren without all that excess weight. By removing the zipper and replacing it with the 'Tornado' roll closure system, the Spektr weighs in at under eight ounces.

  • eVent fabric is lightweight, has ample abrasion-resistant durability, and produces a waterproof barrier that breathes as well as a cotton T-shirt
  • Zip-free 'Tornado' roll closure replaces the front zip without compromising water resistance
  • No-peak hood is designed to be worn with a waterproof hat (it includes hat storage in the hood)
  • Elasticized drawcords at the hem and hood mean easy, single-hand fit adjustments, even with gloves on
  • Articulated arms and Lycra cuffs and hems hold the Spektr in place when you're climbing or when the wind picks up
  • Micro-taped seams save weight over traditional seam-taping while still fully securing shell weatherproofing
  • Comes with a lightweight stuff sack for easy packing
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Lightweight protection

  • Familiarity:I returned this product before using it
  • Fit:Runs small

Good weather protection in a featherweight package. Montane maintains it's very athletic cut with this jacket using smartly placed elastic built into the hem, cuffs and the small of the back. These are not adjustable but fit well so it's a true no hassle solution. I especially liked the small of the back elastic feature as it gives it a truly tailored fit but adapts to layers as needed. The front closure is done via a Velcro strip that runs the full length of the opening and then the whole strip folds/rolls over and latches via the bungee straps you see in the photo. This appears to be a very weather resistant solution to the standard zipper but leaves me wondering why not just go with a standard waterproof, lightweight zipper to avoid the extra fuss. It can't cost that much weight compared to a full strip of velcro and the latches and would be less fuss. The hood is close fitting and works fine over a helmet or hat with a visor. No pockets. I'm 6", 180#, 33" waist, 42"suit jacket size and I generally wear a large in most american jackets and a medium in a few. This jacket feels great over a base layer in size L and over more layers in XL. The elastic tightens up the fabric enough that an XL does not impede my ability to see my harness and gear.

Spektr is a keeper

    I got the Spektr to experiment with one that can do it all.

    Weight - with the current state of the market, it seems unnecessary to get a rain jacket over 11oz these days. This jacket cut 5oz off my previous jacket.

    Fit - tailored for the fell running and mountain marathon crowd, the fit is pure endorphin. Its cut is athletic, so there is no flapping while riding or running. Love this. Its probably the best fit I've ever had in a jacket.

    Anorak - I wanted a jacket that offered full protection for heavy rain and packrafting.

    eVent - I wanted to experiment with this WPB, a 3-layer with a relatively high MVTR.

    The rubs are pretty obvious; the tornado closure is somewhat fidgety. To save weight, the hood is to be used with an eVent cap (not included)...the theory being you need a separate cap anyways, why put it in the jacket too? Well, it might keep the drips out. In the end, these were bold designs, but may not be worth the weight savings.

    I live in the alpine desert and even when I'm in the Cascades, I keep my WPB in my pack 90% of the time. I carry it almost as an emergency. So for me its a great all arounder and a keeper.