My grandma used to say ‘a good hoodie is a good hoodie is a good hoodie’. We, naturally, blamed this on her dementia and put her in a home shortly after. I’ve since come to realise these weren’t simply the ramblings of an addled mind and that she must have experienced the Montane Venom hoodie. What a solid piece! Thankfully, I’m of an age where getting excited about a very affordable Polartec fleece only triggers an eye roll and not the process of establishing palliative care.


Getting back on point, the Montane Venom has articulated sleeves making this hoodie a pleasure to be active in. I often wear mine to warm up on easier problems and find myself keeping it on even when I’m pulling hard. It just doesn’t obstruct me. The considered cut and micro-flatlock seams keep this hoodie comfy when wearing under waterproofs, windproofs and backpacks on hill days, too.


The hood is elasticated and snug allowing it to quickly shield you from the British mizzle and is low profile enough to sit comfortably under a helmet! The brushed microfleece lining feels good against the skin, especially in the generous front pocket and inside the hood.


As for durability, I’m yet to really put mine through the ringers but there isn’t a stitch out of place and given the stretch and quality, low-profile seams I’m not foreseeing a short lifespan. Montane will have my back if anything goes awry, I'm sure.


Last word; despite a no-frills price tag and simple, stylish design I prefer the look and function of this hoodie over lots of the much pricier offerings on the market. It just works, really really well. We were never going to set the world on fire with a review of a polartec mid-layer but you won’t regret buying one of these!


If you like the look of the Venom there is also a full zip offering in the Montane Viper Hoodie.


- Will