Antonia Bolingbroke-Kent: Prismatic Review
This autumn, amidst the throes of an ‘oh my god I’m going to be f-f-forty’ mid-life crisis I decided the only thing for it was to go for a stroll in Georgia’s High Caucasus.
For ten days I walked through the wild mountains of Svaneti, a crucible of forested hills and jagged peaks clinging to the southern shoulders of Europe’s highest peaks. There were thundering rivers, lung-busting 3000 metre passes, rain, a dusting of early snow and forests stippled gold with autumn’s first embrace.
Walking for two weeks, and staying in simple village homestays, I needed lightweight, practical kit and, most importantly, a jacket that was both comfortable to walk in and kept me warm and dry. After some deliberation I opted for Montane’s new Prismatic jacket: not only did I like the ‘warm yet lightweight and packable’ description, but I preferred the sleeker, more urbane look to the bulkier looking down options.
I have to admit that when the Prismatic arrived in the post, I wasn’t convinced. It just looked too insubstantial for mountain wear and I wondered if it would really keep me warm on those high passes and chilly nights. However, I soon learned that like David (of Goliath fame) this lightweight jacket packs a serious punch, delivering a well-aimed slingshot to the elements. It kept me warm down to near-zero temperatures, dry in light showers and, when I wasn’t wearing it, packed down to the size of a sweatshirt. I love the athletic fit, the stylish look, the snug-fitting hood and the fact it’s also proved an excellent jacket for puffing up and down the hills of Bristol on my bicycle. In sum, the Prismatic is a top notch jacket for those wanting to be active outdoors when the mercury drops.
Follow Antonia’s adventures via her website www.theitinerant.co.uk