French company Millet is best-known for making top-end gear for alpinism. This jacket is more of a traditional, heavier hillwalking jacket, with a lining, a button-away hood and a zip with a double storm-flap, but it’s still up to the brand’s high standards.
The outer fabric is Gore-Tex, which is waterproof, windproof and breathable. The two main pockets have a soft lining, to make them extra comfy, and there’s an internal chest pocket for valuables. The large, button-away hood has a slightly wired peak; it’s adjustable at the sides but not at the back.
There are ventilation zips under the arms which are mesh-lined: good for keeping snow out, but it might make them less effective at keeping you cool than others. The Velcro-adjustable sleeves are spacious enough to be rolled up to let more air in too. The hem is adjustable with one hand and all zip-pulls are easy to adjust with gloves on. The main zip’s double storm flap seals with Velcro to keep the water out here.
The fit on me is good: longer at the back, and slightly fitted while still allowing good range of movement and layers underneath, and the jacket comes in a nice choice of colours. I prefer a jacket that doesn’t have a lining, so I might not choose this one, but if you don’t mind that it’s a nice jacket.