Montane Axis Alpha Down Jacket review: a real down jacket that’s also weather-proof

To say that it was raining when we first tested the Montane Axis Alpha Down Jacket would be an understatement, (image credit: The Gear Loop)
Thankfully, the British company has delivered with the Axis Alpha Down Jacket, blending lightweight with incredible warmth and water-resistant properties. (image credit: The Gear Loop)
It’s fairly figure hugging and there’s not lots of room underneath for bulky layering. If that’s what you like, opt for one size larger. (image credit: The Gear Loop)
Montane has opted for 90g (in a medium jacket) of 90/10 water resistant fluorocarbon-free HyperDR goose down at 800+ fill in the body. (image credit: The Gear Loop)
For the back, the hood and underarms (high abrasion areas), there is Polartec Alpha hi-loft manmade insulation, for added durability. (image credit: The Gear Loop)
The jacket is incredibly light (505g) and doesn’t feel like much when you first put it on, but it performs like a heavyweight, keeping wearers remarkably warm. (image credit: The Gear Loop)
We were hugely impressed by its ability to fend off downpours and equally marvelled at how warm it kept us, even when worn as a sole outer. (image credit: The Gear Loop)