The Montane Featherlite 7 was our Top Pick for Portability. This jacket is unequaled in lightweight packable emergency protection from the elements while running. None of the jackets in this category are as light, pack as easily, or take up as little space as the Featherlite 7. We found the Montane's performance in other categories to be fairly decent as well. It wasn't the most breathable or the most comfortable jacket we tested but it is on par with the best in protection from wind and rain; considering you could take three or more of this jacket along for the same weight as the winners, we were impressed. If you're hunting for a highly breathable AND water resistant jacket check out the Arc'teryx Incendo, as it was the second most breathable jacket and provided excellent weather resistance.
The material they used to create this insanely light jacket (that just might blow away should you lose your grip) is 7d ultralight ripstop nylon. The Patagonia Houdini, the closest in performance to the Montane, weighs 3.5 oz and is comprised of 15 denier nylon. The Featherlite 7 is made from 7 denier ripstop nylon and weighs in at a mere 1.6oz. Considering this jacket offers competitive wind and weather protection to the rest of the field in our review, why wouldn't you get it?