Montane Winter 2010/11

Once again I got my passport stamped at the border and followed a trail of breadcrumbs to the secret Montane bunker in the Lakes. What was in there in glorious 3D Technicolour was the winter 2010/11 winter kit, including a bunch of all-new stuff. 

The eVent Evolution above that usurped the Super-Fly has been tweaked and stays in the range, and as you can see it sports the revised Montane logo and branding. It’s now embroidered and looks much better than the current printed version that does look a bit like a free temporary tattoo.
eVent is strong in the range, so scaremongering regarding its imminent demise should be read with a raised eyebrow for the time being.

Below we have the much revised and much improved Super-Fly XT. The old version had a great hood, nice big pockets, but I though it was a bit heavy and baggy unless you were layered up in abundance underneath it. This version is much cleaner, it feels smooth, uncluttered and lighter too, at 580g for the sample. It feels a little more “alpine”, and I don’t know if this is the influence of the new ex-Mountain Equipment designer, or just the result of tidying up the jacket, but it’s a good move I think.

Above we have the azure and steel versions of the new ladies eVent Venture shell, and below my mate Stuart Smith from Adventure in Mind who came along for the ride, sporting the new mens version in black.
I know the Venture has a lot of fans, but I have to say that while the fabric can’t be faulted, it does look helluva clunky. The new version is cleaner, lighter, has the same Hurricane 3-Layer eVent with the microtaped seams that Montane are using throughout the range, same two big chest pockets and now with a face you can take home to your mother. Unlike myself who is wearing the Moroccan Blue with orange zips version a bit further down.

Paul (who regular listeners will know as Montane’s man-in-a-hat) and Stuart are wondering how some pastry icing got onto the MRT version of the Super-Fly XT, and it wasn’t me I can tell you. It’s in Alpine Red with extra reflective detailing. I like reflecto on my gear, at camp and at night hikes it soon becomes vital (never mind how much it’s needed on MRT kit), and a recent conversation with a day-only person who saw no need for it at all reminded me about how many features are either lost in translation or misunderstood. “I don’t use/like that, so it’s rubbish” No, no, no.

Below is the eVent Angel jacket, the ladies cut of the Evolution and in a fine set of colours too. There’s a steel as well, but well, you know me.
It’s nice and long, and I like the hood. Montane’s hoods really are much improved these days. Try wearing one of the current, or even recent shells in a storm, then go back to a first generation Super-Fly in the same weather. You’ll cry.
Anyway, 375g for a jacket well able to fend off winter with three chest pockets is bloody good.

We all know of the imminent and inexplicable demise of Haglöfs LIM Barrier pullover, but  we also know that everyone and their donkey has produced their own model to try and fill the void. Most of them are very close on features and materials, Pertex or Pertex-a-like and Primaloft, so it may come down to fit and price. Montane go a little further though, still Pertex (Quantum Ripstop and Quantum Core), but the Primaloft is 40g ECO recycled and there’s no pocket at all. So the 240g Fireball Smock really is about as minimal as you’re going to get, a little lighter and a little smaller packing that the others, but just as warm.
It’ll be interesting to see the forum debates about “Do I need a pocket?” when all the new models hit the street later this year. I like it, it’s proper fast and light, stowable insulation with no penalties to endure when it’s in your pack. Double ended zip too for venting and getting at pockets without losing heat.

Above is the new Anti-Freeze down jacket. The sample is 410g and is filled with 170g of 93/7 Ukranian goose down, 800+ fill (US). The fabric is Freeflow Ultralite which has a decent water repellency.
There’s a Napoleon pocket on the left chest, drop tail, adjustable cuffs, neck and hem.
Below is the all-new North Star XT, the “Mountain Enforcer” version of the current and very successful North Star, which also stays in the range (ladies version in purple below).
The down and fabric details are the same as the Anti-Freeze above, but the XT adds Entrant V waterproof reinforcements to the shoulders, hips and forearms. Also as the Anti-Freeze it comes with a waterproof stuffsack, but adds water resistant zips.
It’s a bit beefier than the North Star at 685g, but the extra protection and less worry that it brings will probably prove popular. The good news is that it comes with that cracking black outer/red inner combo as well.

Above and below are the Bionic long sleeves baselayers. These come with a 62% polyester/ 38% merino mix fabric. I’ve used this fabric plenty and it works very well, and the long sleeve is an existing model in nice new colours, but the zip neck below is all-new.
The zip’s a good length for venting, the cuffs have reflective flashes for evening runners, and it’s a nice looking bit of kit. The ladies colourways are just doon below a wee bit.

The Dragonfly below continues as a good heavy base or light mid layer, or is that still “Expedition Baselayer” in common parlance? Whatever, an orange jumper is always worth a mention, and the other new colourways are neat.

Below is the ladies version, the Mayfly. As always we see the best colours of their side of the fence.

I’ve been wearing an Extreme Smock (which has changed my mind about several things), which I’ll review properly when winter’s done, and Montane has added more to the range for next year, with further plans for beyond I believe…

Above Stuart is confused by the heat generated inside the new Resolute Smock. The proper fixed hood. cordura reinforcements, weatherproof EPIC fabric and water resistant zips make this a step-up from the other Extreme kit. It’s Arctic expedition kit this, and whether or not you have a use for it you kinda feel like you want one. Just in case it goes all “The Day After Tomorrow”.
Below is the wummins version of the Extreme jacket. There are colour options across the range, the obvious black and olive sits with red, moroccan blue and the berry below. Demand such choice from your local emporium.

You can also have Extreme legs. The new Pants are above, big long double-ended leg zips for venting and easy on-off in the tent, multiple pockets and mighty reinforcement.
The Salopettes are below, the add full length side zips and handy chest pockets.
I can see why pro’s wear this stuff, if you’re hanging about watching a bunch of folk practising ice axe arrest or abseiling day after day, the toughness and warmth at rest is right on the money.

Also part of the Exreme range, there’s a welcome return of the Krypton name to the Montane line-up. This is a 375g Pertex outer/Dryactive inner mountain softshell. Think Vapour Rise.
Proper hood, chest pockets, wee sleeve pocket, adjustable cuffs and all-day wearability and comfort. There’s black and the red you can see on the table. This is going to be another “Is the Krypton better than…” on the forums when it comes out.

The Flux gets a new colour for the men, that dark green colour above, but the new woman’s Flux gets some cracking colours, the Red above and the two seen below. But girls don’t get the napoleon pockets. I’m assuming they’re seeing a conflict between biology and storage options here. It does bring the weight down to 450g though, 70g lighter than the mens.
The outer is an interesting mix of Pertex Microlight Mini Rip-Stop and Toray KUDOS XR, and I don’t know if I’ve seen the two manufacturers mixed on the same bit of kit before? The fill is Primaloft ECO 60g and 40g which I’ve found warm enough at rest, but also wearable on the move through winter on the colder days. And nights!
I’ve had a current season one on test for a while, it’s been well used and I’ll have an update soon. Great kit.


Above is the Chukchi Shirt for the girls. It’s a dead simple Polartec mircofleece pull-on. Great colours, 175g and altogether much nicer than the blokes version.
Below is the lovely berry coloured wummins Vixen Jacket. It’s in Polartec Thermal Pro High Void (the purple furry bit) and Dryacriv Stretch. It’s got a nicely fitted cut and it looks great. Aye, it’s still technical, but it’s nice to see something that makes you grin because its fun as well.

What the hell is that on my head? That’s the new Featherlite Mountain Cap, a Pertex Microlight Shell with a 40g Primaloft ECO fill, all quilted to keep the insulation neat and in place.
It’s got a proper peak, drawcord at the rear, neck loop, reflective detailing and weighs 45g. Yeah, I want one too.

Those boys below are the Extreme Glove. Pertex 6, Dyactiv 2000 pile inner and Primaloft on the back of your hand.
Dexterity and fit is very good indeed, and the features include all the details you look for, nose-wipe, security/hang loops, adjustment,grip.
Not waterproof, at the temperatutres you’ll be wearing the they don’t need to be, and they’ll be much more breathable for it.

The Extreme Mitt above follows the Extreme Glove in terms of materials and design, but as a mitt it’s be toasty and great for well, extreme conditions. 130g a pair too.

Below is the Resolute Mitt. It’s a combo set-up with an eVent waterproof outer, Hypalon grip surfaces, nose wipe, cuff and wrist adjustment.
The inner is a Pertex 6/Dryactiv 2000 pile “lobster” mitt with an elasticated wrist. Modular systems for your hands are ideal so you’re not faffing around changing gloves, and this slightly different take looks like a good one. 250g for the whole set up.
The eVent outers aren’t down for being available separately, but I think they probably should be…

Stuart and I both tried to steal these, Powerdry Gloves. Simple Polartec liners with well shaped fingers and great articulation. The grips on the fingertips are little Montane logos and there’s reflecto on the back too.

 The Pace Cap above is an eVent baseball cap with reflective trim, elastic drawcord adjustment, inner fleece headband and a weight of 45g.
The Knitted Beanie’s below are a 50/50 wool/acrylic blend and have a neat six-seam crown for smoothness in looks and under a hood too.
Nice, it’ll make a change from seeing the usual suspects logos on folks nappers on the hill. Or at the Tiso cafe.

That’s the new Mantra Jacket above. It’s in Polartec Powershield with three pockets, velcro cuffs, reversed zips for smoothness and adjustable hem and collar.
I like the mantra’s subtle grey zips, it contrasts well with the new sexed-up Sabretooth below. The new Sabretooth’s Powershield fabric feels tougher with slightly less stretch, not a problem as the articulation is already good. the hood’s had a tweak with a wired peak and volume adjustment now present and correct. It feels more like an outer layer now, rather than a midlayer that punches above its weight.
It also looks a bit like Gary Numan’s Telekon outfit, so it’s a win/win.

That’s the girls Mantra jacket above which i think looks brilliant. The contrasting stitching brings out the shape of the jacket and it’s just dead classy I think. Again Polartec Powershield, and all the same adjustments.
The weight is 430g which is fine for a softshell.

Last word goes to a classic, a legend you might say. The Terra Pant.
There’s been a lot of subtle changes to these over the years, detailing more than anything, but the belt not being trapped in that full length waist-channel was the best upgrade ever.
The guys get the two-tone midnight blue above, and the girls get chocolate and gray below. My initial reaction to the girls colours were that they were Star Wars uniforms, possible Hoth and Endor. I was assured this was not the case. I still have my doubts though. 

I can see a change running through the range. there is a new direction in there, albeit subtle. There’s also a confidence evident, from the range of accessories, to the use of alternative fabrics to the norm, to the colours and the “our way” attitude. Even things like the fit of the clothing, slimmer, less compromise.
It’ll be interesting to see where Montane are heading over the next couple of years.

126 thoughts on “Montane Winter 2010/11”

  1. I sooo want a new superfly xt in orange, some of those gloves, the cap and a beanie!

    nice to see the terra’s in a new colour, although id love to see the converts in brown or grey.

  2. I’ve said before that the Montane kit previews on here usually leave me appreciating the range but not actually wanting any of it! Unless I ever decide I want to try eVent, and in something less minimal than the Rab Demand…

    But this time I find myself well taken with some of those gloves and headwear bits ‘n bobs, good to see some well designed alternatives to the usual suspects. Shame we’ll have to wait to get our hands (and heads) on them.

    And I know what you mean about the Extreme stuff – I wish I had the right niche for it but it just doesn’t do a job I need.
    Wheras that Fireball pull-on on the other hand… :)

  3. Phew! OK in one of the busiest weeks at work in the year for me (students are back!), I’ve just spent a good half hour skimming over the words and oohing at the kit pictures.

    Cup of tea and Kit Kat in hand I can now digest in more detail. First, yay for the girls stuff. Although Berry really isn’t my colour. Also you say ex ME designer, it’s funny because that Mantra jacket in black with contrast pink stitching looks nearly the same as my ME softshell jacket, powershield and all.

    Here’s a woman observation: I really quite like the grey terra pants BUT are these designed by a man? because all women know that light colours (white, biege, cream, worn-out denim) can make even the slighliest curvy woman feel and look fat! And if you feel fat, you ain’t gonna be wearing these. I’m not sure about the chocolate, you’d need a jacket to match (black, cream, brown and there’s not much of those around, brown trousers and a red jacket is a clash but not in a good way).

    Hallelujah to the womens FLUX!! I’ve always liked the look of these and in that RED one will be mine. The dark green men’s is also very nice.

    I like all the little details like the contrasting inner linings, the different coloured zips, and the sewed on logos. These wee things are a nice touch.

    The Chukchi shirt(?) fleece is also nice – in red. The fluoro yellow is too much for me. And those Bionic base layer tops are just braw.

    I think that’s all for now. Thanks for showing the girls things. I’ve got a while to save up for these so a red FLUX, a white/pink Bionic base layer and maybe a Red Chuckchi fleece will be mine. I’m not missing out like I did with the Anti-freeze vest debacle. I’ve gave up on that.

    Good job, oh but when will these be out? Will it be Sep/Oct 10? I miss all the new stuff.

    I used this as an excuse not to do work but the reality is I’m super-organised for my student registration sessions starting tomorrow. I’m away to stick notices to doors.


  4. Moggy, the new XT is a cracker!

    Matt, the gloves are up there with Marmot and Haglofs in fit (for me that means they’re good), and the softshell approach is interesting and will work very well. I just wonder if folk will “get it”. I hope so after we discoverd that most of us are wearing Buffalo mitts.
    Fireball? Yes please.

    Ange, I always try to feature the wummins gear because it’s just as intersting for me and you never get to see it. I think the wummins range is very strong, I just hope it makes it into plenty shops, and that will be around August/September.

  5. I loved my current XT until i started wearing my lim ultimate then i just decied it was too baggy, i still wear it lots though as the hood is way better than the lim ultimate and i still think event kicks gtx’s arse

  6. I want one of them elmer fudd mountain hats, do they do a really small head size? as my nappers like a pea. I tried a superfly xt on ages ago but the fit just wasn’t right for me. Now an ex ME designer is on the case maybe the fit will be right now as ME are my fav jackets of all time but would consider event when my xcr one bites the dust. Some great looking kit there, but i don’t NEED owt.

  7. That Fireball is light! The LIM Barrier is listed at 265g, though mine weighs 278g…. looks like a skinny Buffalo in the photo (the top NOT you :->).

  8. Nice to see the Krypton making a comeback. I was out in one at the weekend and I’d forgotten how good it was. Smashin’ “instant-warmth for the lugs” hood on it.

    I’ve actually got 2 since I bought a “spare” when they discontinued it a few years back, I liked it that much. It’ll be interesting to see how the new one compares.

  9. Where to start?!

    Like the embroidered logos. Much classier.

    Fireball. Oh god yes put me down for one of these. Could only be bettered by adding a really simple ‘balaclava’ hood for us hoodless-bag/quilt sleepers. Then again that Featherlite Mountain cap would probably do a very good job of that…

    Where are the Fireball troos though?!

    Sweet baby jesus! Someone has answered my fervent prayers and produced a Buffalo mitt that will stand up to actual use! The Buffalo Guide concept lives?! Dear Montane, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Can we have two pairs of the Power Dry liners, a pair of the Extreme mitts and a pair of the eVent mitt shells sold as set? Glove perfection.

    I think I can justify that bad-ass looking Resolute Smock. That would keep me toasty in the mountains over here. I’ve just started using Vapour Rise so the Krypton would be a logical step as I prefer the Montane cut to Rab.

    Can you remember if the Extreme pants have snow gaiter cuffs built in?

  10. Aye Moggy, eVent does still have the edge. I hope Gore keep chasing it though. Good for everybody.

    Coops, the eternal want/need dilemma! The hat was neat on me, and I’m a size 59. I reckon it’s do wee heids no problem.

    Bob, the Fireball is going to be a real talking point with that weight. Unless someone else loses a pocket it should still keeps its lightest tag too.

    Kev, I too have spares of recent favourites. A shiny new pair of Montrail Streaks. I’d regret it if I hadn’t bought them.

    Holdfast, I’m sure the Extreme legwear just has a thinner pile at the ankle to let you get big boots in, no gaiter though.
    The gloves do look good don’t they. I saw a set of sample eVent mitts in moroccan blue as well. They’re not going to be available which is a bugger.
    I’ve still got my aged Mountain Range Murton Mitts, Gore-Tex and pile. They were magic.

    The Terra Pants were indeed designed by a wummin by the way, and updated by anothyer one later. The facts are all in there, I just have to rattle the box.

  11. Lovely and different looking handwear :) Extreme mitts and maybe gloves for me I think. Oh and that warm hat.

    My Dryskin/Pile gloves from ME do saturate in persistent rain but actually cope all right subsequently. I’m somehow not totally sure about membranes in gloves with all those seams/flexing.

    Krypton to Duality to Scarab and now back again to Krypton then? No doubt some oddities in between….
    The duality had crazy long arms and vents everywhere. Very nice.

  12. Aye, there were so many models just came and went, many of them kinda similar. I wonder if that split potential buyers?
    They really should bring back the belay jacket, the one with the fixed hood.
    I think they need a beefier synthetic insulation piece to fill in that gap, that quite possibly only I see!

  13. “Below is the all-new North Star XT, the “Mountain Enforcer” version of the current and very successful North Star, which also stays in the range (ladies version in purple below).
    The down and fabric details are the same as the Anti-Freeze above, but the XT adds Entrant V waterproof reinforcements to the shoulders, hips and forearms”

    FFS are you telling me my new down jacket is already out of date!!!

    Lurve my North Star I’ve worn it nearly everyday since I bought it! ;-)

  14. Mmmm what a range of kit with lots of nice new tweaks and colours.

    Yes to the Fireball, though no mention of a wummins version. Is there going to be one? Also like the idea of it with a hood too.

    Agree with Ange on the wummins troos issue. I can see what they are trying to do as they have to compete with TNF etc who are all going for these urban colours but the functionality for on the hill is just not there.

    Will also be intersting to see what of the womens range does get into the store and to see if the fit has changed.

  15. No Fireball for you, the 300g Firefox with its full zip and colours of Berry and Green shall suffice.

    The Terra’s have “New” stamped on their page in the workbook, so there’s likely to be some changes there. There’s two leg lengths too.
    I wouldn’t wear such a light colour as that grey in the hills. I’d have soup, coffee, lasagnge sauce and snotters visible on there by the end of the day. I like that brown though. The wummins have a plain balck option too.

    I have brown Lundhags trousers. I wear them with an orange top. Hey, I don’t have to look at it.

  16. Ah more berry to go with my LiteSpeed so I really can look like a ribena berry :-)So 60g extra for a full zip? Wonder how it’ll compare to the Flux for warmth to weight ratio?

    One thing for sure, with that light grey the rear wouldnae be light grey for too long!! I would also have loads of other stains too…… and chocolate just aint my colour

  17. For the extra 150g over the Firefox, the wummins Flux gives you a proper mountain hood and adjustable cuffs.
    Different things though, light insulation versus insulated mountain jacket.
    Er, both then? :o)

  18. Don’t go there.

    Still resisting the temptation of the WS Barrier Hood in Mango though the pull is strong – I have no need for 700g + insulated jacket JUST because I like the colour!!!!!!!!!

  19. That reasoning doesn’t work on me. Remember, I’m the guy standing next you going “Oh, but it, buy it!”.

    I’ve met that man too! That’s why I run up mountains in Dorothy red slippers in the warmer months.

    I’ll need to consider Montane before I go get something to replace my old Rab Generator with.

  20. Blimey, sounds like the hills will be filled with Fireballs later this year. Jon, over at OM, had ’em down at £100 a pop though, seems a wee bit excessive to me? Got to get me one of those mountain caps though…

  21. That sounds about right, I’ve lost thr price list!
    All the Primaloft/Pertex smocks will be around that mark.
    It’ll be a war zone on the forums when the “No, mine is best” stuff starts :o)

    The cap is genius, nice stiff peak too.

  22. Maybe not a fireball for me as i have just ordered a PHD minimus vest from their BARGAIN SECTION, didn’t want green but with a drishell outer for £80 i hope it turns out to be a bargain. Didn’t need one but that is one problem with internet browsing, a few clicks card in hand, and your skint. It’s a good job we live in a society where debt is the new prosperity.

  23. Aye, it used to be be “So what car are you drivng these days?” to see how well you were doing, now it’s “So, what’s your available credit?”.

    Good call on the Minimus Vest!

  24. i did really want the ultra but couldn’t justify the cost tbh. I asked if they have ever appeared in their discount section but a big NO was the reply so i thought go for this, another of your recommendations added to my bought list. Its stacking up mate, but everythings been bang on so can’t really moan.

  25. I’m very lucky in being send kit that works well for me, I really haven’t been sent a dud yet by anyone.
    It’ll happen at some point though!

  26. Hi Petesy,

    I have to say that Montane have got a great looking range there. I can already see myself struggling to decide between a Krypton and a Rab Vapour Rise Stretch Top and that’s before I start to think about getting a new waterproof jacket. Bit worried about the mention of dropping Event though. Was this a Montane-specific rumour or a more general whisper about the demise of Event? Either way I hope it is BS even my less sexy Technicals Event jacket convinces me that I never want to go back to Goretex. It’s a bit like Macs and PCs for me. My Mac is in the doghouse but I still don’t want to stake my claim for inventing Windows 7 – hell no!

    The gloves caught my eye. Just how closely are they watching Rab one wonders? The Powerstretch ones look Rab-alike except for the dots, obviously, and the Extreme gloves look very Rab Baltoro to me; a good thing. As a bamboo/merino beanie wearer I’ll pass on all the hats though. I’ve yet to experience the delights of Terra pants being very poor but I expect the beige and brown ones might get discounted. Here’s hoping they still do plain black and that someone discounts them by mistake.

    By the way, thanks for recommending Chocolate Fish in your blog and comments to me. Excellent service and really well made stuff. I am now the excessively proud owner of a black lightweight beanie, charcoal mid0weight thingy (damn it’s long!) and lovely mocha mid-weight beanie. All fine winter/autumn compliments to my bamboo headwear. Now a bamboo thingy/headover/buff…

  27. A great looking array of kit.

    Hats? Gloves? I’ll start saving, now.

    Any mention of the Aero Cap?, out of interest. My favourite cap ever, I hope they keep it in the range, as the Event cap will be a nice compliment to one, rather than a replacement.

    I’m most interested in the new Extreme Smock. I saw a picture of one, a few months ago, on OM I think, I was impressed. I love the current Extreme, to me it’s perfect. the new one will have room found for it, though.

  28. Don’t worry abour eVent, it’s really just that it’s on its own, no backing from its parent company. It’ll still be a superior product for the forseeable future.

    I’ve got the Rab Powerstretch gloves, they were my favourites for ages. The Montane liners construction is different though, much closer to Marmot and Haglofs, the rolled-over fingertips and thumb articulation are a step above.
    Agree about the Baltoro connection there.
    I wonder if the Montane gloves shouild have stronger branding or looks, colours even? There is an awful lot of black gloves with white logos out there.

    Good to hear about your Chocolate Fish success, their kit really is the business.

  29. Neil, the Aero cap is still in the range for next winter. black, black&grey and black&berry.

    I really like the look of the new smock. The hood is miles better than the existing arrangement. That outer EPIC fabric is better too.
    And there’s those red zips!

  30. Wow… Now would be a good time to buy Primaloft shares! What’s next Primaloft underpants. I can see the full head to toe kit list now.

    Peter is the fireball in the picture above large? Would it fit under a large Lim Barrier? Wonderful flexible insulation kit for winter 2010.

    Great kit from Montane once again, my only niggle is the stitching on the from of the Flux is a magnet for snagging. But it’s easily fixed with a bit of patience and a pair of tweezers.

    Love the new gloves and the mountain hat, will it be available in bright green or orange?

  31. Kiff, the Fireball’s a medium and skin-tight on me. So woild fit under a size large something, aye.
    The Pertex would move nice and easy as well, no binding against other layers.

    Gloves are black and the hat’s grey. Ach!

  32. Thank you, peace of mind settled on the Aero. It’s a great cap.

    The Extreme hood, current model, is a funny thing, after a few years it still doesn’t feel ‘right’, sort of pulls up the rest of the smock, makes it sit higher on my back, when it’s fastened up. I’ve never been happy with the fit of it. Fabric/doing it’s hoody job right wise, it’s spot on. I hope the new model is a better fit. Red zips = winner. The new fabric is interesting, more weather proofing can only be good; I live in fear of getting the P & P wet, and trying to dry it in a week.

    Thanks, best wishes.

  33. I’ll need to wait until there’s a size large on the new smock before I can tell how good the hood is (Montane samples are medium) but I’ll report back at some point!

  34. Oh well! I could try bleach and wash in dye, although it won’t be recommended. But I’ll see how they look on first. I’m looking forward to drooling over all the new kit in the flesh.

    Keep up the good work, it’s great to be able to plan our kit months in advance. Thank you.

  35. A girly Flux? Fantastic :-)

    I’m with the other lasses on the terrapants issue – there is NO WAY I’m buying either of those colours – the ‘Hoth’ design will get filthy as well. I’d much prefer the blokes’ midnight colour, and I may have to invest in a pair of the old black ones just in case they never see sense. But like TBW, I’ll be looking to see if they’ve changed the cut.

    The gloves and accessories look cracking – I’m having one of those event caps as soon as they hit the shelves!

    I’ve got an Extreme Jacket for bodying (idling on the hill waiting to be ‘rescued’ by a SARDA dog), it’s great for that and though I was initially disappointed I had to get the jacket because they’d phased out the smock, I find the jacket much easier to get in and out of, especially when wearing a less ‘slippy’ layer inside like a microfleece.

  36. Crikey, ptc*, I wish your computer clock made sense – I just looked at my post and thought ****! Where the heck did the evening go? It says 23:21, and it’s actually 21:28!!

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