Montane Lite-Speed jacket review£50.00

Weatherproof and lightweight

BikeRadar score4/5

A decent packaway multisport jacket with all profits going to a great cause? Sounds like a must-have anorak to us.

The Lite-Speed is one of many reasonably breathable weatherproof and lightweight jackets on the market. The adjustable cowl hood keeps you dry when running, spectating or waiting for mates to turn up, and rolls up easily for biking.

While it flaps a bit on the road bike, the long body and sleeves mean there are no gaps to cause cold spots. The Velcro stormflap with waterproof zip keeps weather and wind out well too.

The Entrant DT fabric isn’t lined, so it can feel chilly if you get a sweat on and cool, but it breathes okay for medium exercise levels.

Long zipped chest pockets with mesh back work fine as vents, and it packs into an orange-sized stuff sack. The real hook is that over half the cost goes direct to Mountain Rescue units in England and Wales.

Guy Kesteven

Freelance Writer, UK
Guy started filling his brain with cycle stats and steaming up bike shop windows back in 1980. He worked the other side of those windows from '89 while getting a degree in “describing broken things covered in mud" (archaeology). Dug historical holes in the ground through the early '90s, then became a pro bike tester in '97. Guy has ridden thousands of bikes and even more components the world over since then and can remember them all in vivid, haunting detail. Can't remember where the car keys are, though.
  • Age: 45
  • Height: 180cm / 5' 11"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Waist: 76cm / 30in
  • Chest: 91cm / 36in
  • Discipline: Strict sadomasochist
  • Preferred Terrain: Technical off-piste singletrack and twisted back roads. Up, down, along — so long as it's faster than the last time he did it he's happy.
  • Current Bikes: An ever changing herd of test machines from Tri bikes to fat bikes and everything in between.
  • Dream Bike: His Nicolai Helius AM custom tandem
  • Beer of Choice: Theakston's Old Peculier (not Peculiar)
  • Location: Yorkshire, UK

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