Montane Icarus Vest review: stuffed with recycled fill and ready for mountain treks

A mid-weight gilet, the Montane Icarus Vest is designed particularly for mountain walking

Montane Icarus Vest
(Image: © Montane)

Advnture Verdict

A versatile mid-weight, mid layer body warmer with weatherproof capability, which is stuffed full of recycled fill.

Pros

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    Micro baffles keep insulation in place

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    Recycled insulation

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    Water resistant

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    Adjustable hem

Cons

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    Only two colors (both dark)

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    No women’s version

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Montane Icarus Vest: first impressions

The mid-weight Montane Icarus Vest performs as a mid layer below a shell jacket or as an outer layer, with its DWR finish keeping light rain at bay and an internal storm flap behind its YKK front zip to fend off wind chill (see also: What is DWR?).

The close-fit collar and adjustable hem drawcord trap heat inside the vest / gilet, allowing the 100% recycled PrimaLoft Thermoplume insulation to perform its heat-retaining duties, and if it does get wet it dries rapidly. 

But how did the Montane Icarus Vest perform under test conditions for our best gilets buying guide?

Specifications

• RRP: $145 (US) / £100 (UK)
• Insulation: Recycled PrimaLoft Thermoplume (synthetic fill)
• Gender availability: Men’s only
• Sizes: S / M / L / XL / XXL / / XXXL
• Colors: Astro Blue / Black

Montane Icarus Vest: on the trails

Out on walks the Montane Icarus Vest combines the luxurious feel of down with the performance advantages of synthetic fabrics, meaning it is toasty warm, while its shower-proof Pertex outer keeps the breeze at bay. 

The multiple “micro” baffles of the Montane Icarus keep the synthetic PrimaLoft Thermoplume insulation in place and exactly where you want it to stay warm on mountain walks. 

The arm and neck openings are snug and close fitting to trap heat and the pockets are deep if you want to stuff your hands into them for warmth. 

There’s no obvious solution for stowing the Montane Icarus when it’s not in use – it doesn’t stuff into its own pocket or come with a stuff sack – but frankly, it’s so comfortable and practical to wear, why would you ever take it off?

It’s a shame there’s no female-specific version of this vest, but you can find alternatives in our best women’s gilets buying guide.

After spending a decade as editor of Country Walking, the UK’s biggest-selling walking magazine, Jonathan moved to edit Outdoor Fitness magazine, adding adrenaline to his adventures and expeditions. He has hiked stages or completed all of the UK's national trails, but was once overtaken by three Smurfs, a cross-dressing Little Bo Peep, and a pair of Teletubbies on an ascent of Snowdon. (Turns out they were soldiers on a fundraising mission.)