This family of products from Mont Bell continues to delicately balance the characteristics that define reliable ultra-light apparel. For example, the U.L. Down Jacket weighs less than most cotton T-shirts, blocks a deceptive amount of wind, while compressing to the size of a 32 ounce water bottle. Specifically designed as a replacement for the heavy and bulky fleece garments used by many backcountry enthusiasts, the U.L. Down Series is “what you need” when warmth is critical, minimal weight is paramount, and space in your pack is at a premium.
|Center Back Length:||27.6 in / 70 cm|
|Clothing Fit:||Regular Fit|
|Compressed:||φ4.3" x 7.3" (stuff sack included)|
|Compressed Size:||4.3 x 7.3 in|
|Fabric:||800 fill power goose down|
|Fill Weight:||2 oz / 56.7 g|
|Insulation:||800-Fill Goose Down|
|Material:||[shell] Ballistic Airlight nylon (15D), DWR coating|
|Perfect For:||Backcountry Skiing|
|Recommended Use:||layering, casual|
|Weight:||7.6 oz / 215.5 g|
|Montbell U.L. Down T Jacket||$134.95|
|Montbell Thermawrap Jacket||$108.98 - $154.95|
|Montbell Alpine Light Down Jacket||$87.48 - $174.95|
I did quite a bit of investigation before I purchased this product. I was looking to replace my heavy fleece to reduce my backpacking baseweight. I've had the chance to use the jacket on both short and extended backpacking trips and it has performed as I expected. I'm getting the equivalent or better warmth at less than half the weight. It works well for those chilly mornings and evenings.
I considered going with the extra light version but am glad I didn't because I find the pockets useful. I'm not too crazy about the shiny finish of the shell but I bought it more for function rather than style so I'll live with it. I haven't had any issue with shedding yet - only one feather that poked out and I used Mont Bell's suggestion of pulling it back into the jacket.
I'm 5'11" and 165 lbs and found the medium to fit me well. I'm able to wear a base layer plus wind jacket underneath with no issue. I like the snug fit as it helps to keep heat in.
Overall I'm very happy with this purchase.
Me: moderately fit, but kind of barrel chested, with a small amount of 'beer weight' :)
5'10" 185#, 42" chest, 33" waist, 16.5" neck, 72" wing-span, avg. torso length. Generally a 'medium' shirt size. At the recommendation of the MB size chart I purchased a large in primary blue.
I wrote a long review, but erased in favor of the TL;DR version:
My new go-to jacket- LOVE IT.
weight is very amazing
can compress to well under 1L volume (0.6L?)
Perfect for freezing temps
Layers well for colder
Stuff sack is stupid- jacket would easily fit in huge hand pockets, but not capable due to non-reversible pocket with single sided zipper pull.
Shinier than I'd like but not bad.
Blocks wind well, it holds its own, but it's not windproof. maybe on par with 'windblocker' fleece
Cut is generous- If seeking a close-cut 'over a baselayer only' insulation, size down. I have room for a 200wt fleece under mine (recommended size)
Edit: my Large weighs 241 grams (8.5oz) while in the stuff sack
Those are the big ticket things I noticed. overall, fantastic jacket.
It's a great garment, but my wife's Fall 2011 version came with a nicer interior (different color than the outer shell color and interior drop pockets).
Same great quality, loft, warmth as previous versions. However, I was hoping for additional 'storage space' (i.e. interior drop pockets). I assume MontBell wanted to cut down on weight/packing ability by not including this added material (?)
6'2" and 170lbs.: The Large flared out at the bottom a bit. This obviously won't matter when wearing it under a hard shell, but might get drafty on it's own.
I'm glad I decided on this 'less expensive' version of MontBell's down jacket lineup compared to their Ex.UL Down Jacket which was significantly more expensive and didn't even drop below my belt-line when worn with a T-Shirt underneath (size Large).
In the late summer and fall, I wear it alone as a light down sweater, in the winter I wear it under my shell for extra warmth. It is crazy light has a great cut and looks good all by itself. I have had it for over a year and have had now issues with leakage. It isn't the warmest jacket, it is light lightest. That is sorta the point.
Didn't buy this product on backcountry. Totally my bad since backcountry stands by their sales while Montbell does not. This product leaks down more than usual and rips super easily. Totally made to be in an inner mid layer, but you still have to baby it. Buy something else.
pros: very light, packs down super small, great for insulation on day hikes.
cons: not warm enough for nights camping in fall; definitely inadequate <30f; low fill wt - only 2oz - so though it is 800 fill, there is not enough of it to give adequate loft. my marmot wind shirt is way warm and still my mid layer for ice climbing.
only get this jacket if using when >30f