Buffalo Special 6 or Montane?

#1
My Buffalo shirt is reaching the end of its useful life and I'm looking to replace it.

I've seen a very similar shirt to the Special 6, by Montane - it actually looks a bit more robust and the pile seems thicker. It also seems cheaper so on the face of it, a better buy.

Has anyone else compared?

TIA

BB
 
#2
Can't imagine anyone needing fleece thicker than what the Buffalo has.
 
#4
OR

Use the issued Sofie jacket until the new issue warm kit comes round as part of the PCS roll-out.
 
C

count_duckula

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#5
I've not used the Special 6 but it looks identical to the Montane: do you mean the Extreme smock? That's the one I have, along with the trousers to make a full suit. It's bloody warm, although the trousers are a bit of a faff to get on.
 
#6
DO NOT POST THE JOKE ABOUT A BUFFALO AND A BISON.

Just don't.
 
#10
I've had both and the Montane is superior in nearly every way. Really well thought out, better use of fabrics and just a more modern version of the Buffalo. It is usually a lot cheaper as well. You wouldn't regret getting one.
 
#12
Thanks all - esp. C_Hinecap - you having had both I value your input.

BB
 
#13
I've got a bit of Montane stuff as they sponsor the Lakeland 50/100 race that I've done and they usually have a shop at the race HQ with discounted gear....can't fault any of it, better than the Berghaus/North Face stuff I've got.
 
#14
I've got the Montane Resolute smock and it really is the dogs bolloxs. It's their top of the range fibre pile smock. Tad expensive but worth every penny
 
C

count_duckula

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#15
I just spoke to a nice chap on the phone: their mil discount is 30%, and seems to cover pretty much everything in their range. This is taken from products bought through them, only.
 
#16
Used to use Buffalo back in the 80's when it was the only game in town, unfortunately the quality was crap. I've had a Montane Extreme for several years now and can't fault it. Construction, features and durability all all excellent. The fleece is starting to get a bit thin but a rub down with the dog's brush perks it up. 'Just in case' they stop manufacturing it, I bought a spare...
 
#18
Used to use Buffalo back in the 80's when it was the only game in town, unfortunately the quality was crap. I've had a Montane Extreme for several years now and can't fault it. Construction, features and durability all all excellent. The fleece is starting to get a bit thin but a rub down with the dog's brush perks it up. 'Just in case' they stop manufacturing it, I bought a spare...
Does that thinning fleece bring the heat rating down to just 'toasty' ?
 
#19
I have the Montane Extreme Smock and have worn it in the depths of winter, snow covered ground etc, etc with only a t-shirt underneath. It kept me toasty warm.

According to the manufacturer they are designed to be worn with only a thin layer underneath and not as part of a multi layer system. I prefer it to my down jacket but sadly for travel it does not pack down as small.

There was a thread on the Bushcraft UK forum a few years back with people trying and comparing the various smocks, might be worth a look.
 

AIRBORNEJOCK

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#20
Had a buffalo that was replaced by the montane smock which as everyone else says is way superior.

The only warmer bit of kit I've got is a Rab neutrino which is shit if it's wet which it tends to get in the UK.
 
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