The Monton Ghat Windbreaker Jacket is a smart looking, race cut windproof that offers excellent breathability when you are riding hard. The top performance as part of a layering system goes some way to justifying its high rrp, but I'd want more before I considered paying full whack for it. Oh, and I hate motivational quotes on anything, especially bikes and clothing: 'NO TIME TO FAIL'.
- Pros: Rear mesh panel great for breathability, lightweight
- Cons: Expensive rrp, cheesy quote on the rear
Right, let's get this whole value thing out of the way first. The Ghat has an rrp of £140 on the Monton UK website, and for that kind of money it is more expensive than a lot of the competition.
True, it's very well made and the performance, which I'll get on to in a minute, is pretty impressive, but against something like the £53 Galibier Gino Pro Wind Jacket, which I was testing alongside the Ghat, it looks very overpriced. At the time of writing, the Monton UK website has the Ghat discounted to £80, which is a much more inviting price point.
The Ghat follows a similar theme to a lot of jackets of this type. The front panels are a lightweight compound windbreaker fabric, which stops cold breezes from penetrating and offers some water resistance, making the Monton a good solution for those dry days when you might just catch a stray shower.
Behind the full length zip you'll find a baffle to stop draughts getting through, and the high neck helps keeps everything at bay too.
So that you don't overheat, the top back panel is made from a mesh material which allows body heat to escape, and the rear of the sleeves plus lower back panel are made from just a single skin material, which also helps.
With these lighter fabrics the Ghat isn't quite as warm as some of the others out there, so if the temperature is below about 8°C you need to layer up with a lightweight jersey underneath and a thin baselayer. This does mean you'll be able to get more use out of it, in spring or autumn, thanks to the flexibility.
The cut is close and quite racy without being ridiculously tight, so if aerodynamics is important then it's a good option. You don't get any material bunching when on the bike and the dropped tail keeps everything covered when you are really going for it.
The sleeves are plenty long enough, with an extended cuff that is also cut at an angle, offering plenty of coverage for your wrist without interfering with the palm when you're riding.
It's good to see a rear pocket for those essentials you'll want mid-ride without having to dig beneath to your jersey, and there is also plenty of reflective detailing.
I mentioned the 'NO TIME TO FAIL' quote up at the top of the piece, and it really is a bugbear of mine, so having it written across the bottom of the jacket for all to see is a real turn-off for me. Each to their own, though, as it might be just what you need to haul yourself up that steep climb.
Overall, the Ghat is an impressive jacket for 80 quid, but at full price I'd say it's a bit of a stretch, no matter how good it is.
Impressive balance of windproofing and breathability, but at full price it's expensive for what you get
road.cc test report
Make and model: Monton Ghat Windbreaker Jacket
Size tested: Medium
Tell us what the jacket is for
Monton calls it a 'Windproof & Water Resistant Cycling Jacket'. It has enough versatility to be worn on its own or as part of a layering system.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the jacket?
Lightweight compound windbreaker fabric main panels
Shell mesh fabric back middle panel with excellent wicking ability to keep to dry and comfortable
Double-faced milk silk compound windbreaker fabric zipper cover tape
Single face stretch reflective cloth back panel and back of sleeve
A153 underarm and sleeve cuff
Micro-vent back pocket
Full length zipper
Monton epoxy brushed elastic hem holds jacket in place while riding
Hi-vis reflective print detail for your added safety
Follow the size guide on the website.
How easy is the jacket to care for? How did it respond to being washed?
No issues whatsoever.
Tell us how the jacket performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Very good at keeping your core warm without becoming a sweat box.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the jacket
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the jacket
Did you enjoy using the jacket? Yes
Would you consider buying the jacket? Yes, for 80 quid.
Would you recommend the jacket to a friend? Yes
Use this box to explain your overall score
The Ghat offers a lot of flexibility, either wearing it on its own or as part of a layering system. Its performance is excellent, and for £80 it's a very good buy, but at full price it is expensive.
About the tester
I usually ride: This month's test bike My best bike is: Kinesis Aithein
I've been riding for: 10-20 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, commuting, club rides, sportives, fixed/singlespeed
Stu knocked out his first road.cc review back in 2009 and since then he's chucked the best part of seventy test bikes around the West Country, a couple of them quite literally! With three alloy and two steel bikes in his fleet he's definitely a metal man (that'll be the engineering background) but is slowly warming to that modern carbon fibre stuff along with fat tyres & disc brakes.
It's not all nostalgia though, after spending the last few years in product design Stu keeps banging on about how 3D printing is going to be the next big thing and he's a sucker for a beautiful paint job too.