When Montane designers drew up the Men's Black Ice Down Jacket, they left no stone unturned when selecting features for cold-weather performance. The 800+ fill goose down is kept dry and lofty by the water-resistant Freeflow Ultralite shell while a layer of Primaloft insulation on the shoulders, hood, and forearms further protects the down from harsh weather. Internal neck and half-waist baffles prevent your precious body heat from escaping when freezing winds pick up and the internal water bottle pocket keeps beverages in a liquid state so you can stay hydrated.
|Activities:||Alpine Mountaineering / Mountain Walking / Winter Camping|
|Fabric:||Free Flow Ultra-lite|
|Fabric Breathability Rating:||highly breathable|
|Filling:||250g (L) of 93/7 goose down at 800+ fill (USA), Primaloft Eco|
|Insulation:||[body] 800-fill goose down, [shoulders, forearms, hood] PrimaLoft Eco|
|Lining:||Ultra soft PEAQ® Down|
|Material:||[shell] FreeFlow Ultra-lite (100% nylon), [lining] Peaq Down|
|Pockets:||[external] 2 zippered handwarmer, [internal] 1 mesh security, 1 water bottle|
|Recommended Use:||alpine mountaineering, hiking, winter camping|
|Waterproof Rating:||800 mm|
|Weight:||1.5 lbs (Size Large)|
This jacket is right up there with the best when it comes to weight to insulation ratio. It's probably up there in dollar to value ratio as well. It contains a fully baffled 250g of high quality 800+FP down with added Primaloft in the shoulders and forearms to resist compression. The only area where there is sewn through stitching rather than full baffling is at the side seams (armpit to hip). This is still a HEATER. It has more down than the MHW Nilas jacket and far far more down than the Patagonia Fitz Roy at a comparable price. The fit is a little snug despite the claim of a relaxed fit. I'm a size 40 chest and wear medium in everything. I found the medium to be very restricting when considering use as a belay jacket so I got a large. Montane makes some of the best mountaineering gear in the business. The functional helmet compatible hoods on almost all Montane jackets are truly the best. The stiff wired brim might be a slight annoyance when you're packing it into a stuff sack, but it makes up for the nuisance during actual use. The zipper on this jacket doesn't have issues starting like the zipper on the Montane North Star that I returned long ago. It's got UK zippers, so don't complain about the zippers being on the wrong side. Americans are backwards in a lot of things. What other civilized country doesn't live in the metric S.I. system?