Review: Monton Men’s PRO Joes 3-in-1 Thermal Winter Jacket
Monton’s 3-in-1 PRO Joes Jacket for Men has the versatility to use well for three seasons, as it is in fact a softshell-style outer jacket with a removable quilted vest tucked inside. The windproof material with its durable water repellent (DWR) coating can keep you warm and relatively dry in changeable weather, while the gilet alone keeps out the cold on those spring / fall morning rides. The PRO Joes could do with a little more reflective stuff if you ask me, though.
While it doesn’t come cheap, even at its discounted price of Â£ 120 (down from Â£ 200) on Monton’s website, the PRO Joes design means you’re getting a decent amount of kit for your money. As I mentioned, it includes both a jacket and a vest, which you can wear together or independently.
At the start of the test period, at the end of September, the weather was relatively mild (as it is during most of October as well). This meant that I spent a lot of time wearing the outer jacket, which I found comfortable around 12 Â° C to 5 Â° C with just a base layer underneath.
Below 12 Â° I add the quilted vest, and in the morning frosts I’ve ridden so far, I felt perfectly warm.
The jacket’s windbreaker is impressive, it blocks some fairly strong winds, even those coming from the north with their freezing cold. The exterior doesn’t have much bulk either, which surprised me given the heat.
Most of the fabric has some sort of softshell feel, while under the arms and on the back it’s thinner, probably for breathability (you also have ventilation holes under the arms). It is fully lined with fleece to keep you warm.
Considering its warmth, the breathability is decent, even during long climbs. The full-length zipper works smoothly and is easy to use with gloves on, so if you need to let out some warmth, it’s easy.
Monton opted for a DWR coating that performs well in light rain and drizzle, and it also holds up well to road spray, whether in traffic or when following the wheel of a fellow rider.
However, this is by no means a raincoat, and regular to heavy rain will seep in quite quickly. I didn’t find the PRO Joes this quick to dry either. However, you at least stay warm when wet.
As far as the design goes, Monton has focused well on the details. It’s cut nicely for use on a bike, with plenty of arm length and elongated cuffs that fill the gap between the jacket and your gloves.
You also get a drooping tail for decent coverage in the running position and a nice high neck.
You also get discarded pockets, if indeed you can throw away a pocket. There is an offer zipped on the chest and two other zipped “hand” pockets like you would find on a normal coat. I didn’t really find much use for these if I’m being honest as any weight you put on them just makes the front of the jacket feel a bit heavy.
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Monton says its size is aligned with the Asian market, which is one or two sizes smaller than US / EUR. Inside this jacket, the label says two sizes: China – XL and US – L. I wear medium in most brands, but Monton’s size guide does indeed state that Chinese XL is recommended for my weight from 70 to 80 kg. Stick with Monton’s guide and you should be fine.
The overall quality is high, which must be considered the price. The workmanship is neat and neat, and the discreet stitching is comfortable.
The vest part is attached with a small loop at the top of the neck, which allows it to sit independently of the vest when you are wearing both. Hence, you don’t feel limited, because they always move like two separate pieces of clothing.
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The only black “pick” isn’t ideal for a winter jacket in my eyes, and it would be nice to see brighter offerings for dreary day trips. Reflectors are also lacking. There’s a band on the left arm below the Monton logo, but with us in the UK driving on the left side of the road, that’s not exactly ideal.
There is also a small reflective logo on the back, lower right. It’s very small anyway.
The Monton is quite affordable at its (officially) reduced price of Â£ 120, and not exactly outrageous at the RRP of Â£ 200 if you consider you’re getting a quality gilet as well.
Steve was impressed with Specialized’s RBX Softshell Jacket a few weeks ago. It has rated its warmth, breathability, and wind protection, and it also has a decent level of water resistance. It will set you back Â£ 150.
Rapha’s Pro winter jacket costs Â£ 180 and appears to have a similar design to the Monton, including a DWR coating.
Both are cheaper than the Monton’s full RRP, which we still base the value on, although the kit will rarely cost that. Even at Â£ 200 the Monton is not too expensive, especially if we have a very cold winter.
Other colors and more reflections would be nice for riding at night or on dark days, but when it comes to performance the Monton really delivers. Good weather protection, the addition of the vest and the fact that it is very well done help to justify its hefty price tag.
A good quality “system” that withstands all the temperatures winter can throw at you and also offers some water resistance
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Brand and model : Joes Monton Men’s 3-in-1 Thermal Winter Jacket
Tell us what the jacket is for and who it is for. What do the manufacturers say? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?
Monton says: âThe 3 in 1 PRO Joes Jacket is windproof, thermal and treated with a DWR (durable water repellency) coating to keep you warm, dry and comfortable in cold and wet conditions. Brushed interior that provides excellent warmth and thermal insulation from the cold.
The 3-in-1 jacket has a removable padded inner layer. The jacket can be worn alone, with the inner gilet insulated in colder conditions and the gilet can also be used as a windproof insulated outer layer by milder weather conditions. “
It is a versatile jacket in terms of temperature and performs well in cold, dry weather.
Tell us a bit more about the technical aspects of the jacket?
* Windproof three-layer fabric with DWR (durable water repellency) treatment helps keep your muscles warm and dry
* Removable inner quilted vest
* The 3-in-1 function is extremely versatile
* Italian Miti Lombardia with DWR (durable water repellency) treatment helps keep your working muscles warm and dry
* A high fleece lined collar keeps your neck warm and the elongated cuffs fit perfectly with your favorite gloves
* Italian manufacture M.AR.C. Elastic waistband keeps the jersey in place during your ride, nice and tight
* Two front pockets
* Double layer cuffs seal in the cold
* Internal zipper flap with chin guard
* Reflective trim detail for better visibility in low light conditions
* Main fabric: 50D Composite: 91% polyester, 9% elastane
* Italian Lombardia DWR (durable water repellent): 86% polyamide, 14% elastane
* 0 Â° -8 Â° C / 32 Â° -46 Â° F
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Watch the size as it gets small, although Monton himself says so; if you follow the instructions, the size is right.
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Is the jacket easy to maintain? How did he react to washing?
No problem with the jacket or gilet when going through the washing machine.
Tell us how the jacket performed overall when used for its intended purpose
It is a quality jacket for a range of temperatures.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the jacket
Well cut for bicycle use.
Tell us what you didn’t particularly like about the jacket
Reflectors are not well positioned for the UK market.
How does the price compare to similar products on the market, including those recently tested on road.cc?
It’s at the top with the more expensive jackets, as seen in the review, but you also get a vest on the side.
Did you like using the jacket? Yes
Would you consider purchasing the jacket? Yes
Would you recommend the jacket to a friend? Yes
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This is a quality jacket and vest combo that works great for three seasons of the year. Pick the right size and the fit is perfect too.
I usually drive: This month’s test bike My best bike is: B’Twin Ultra CF draped in the latest bling test components
I have been driving since: Over 20 years I ride: Everyday I would classify myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of horseback riding: time trial, commuting, club rides, sports, fixed / single speed,