This family of products 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|
|Color:||GM(Gunmetal)/ PAPRI(Paprika)/ PRBL(Primary Blue)|
|Compressed:||φ4.3" x 7.7"|
|Fabric:||800 fill power goose down|
|Fill Weight:||2.5 oz / 70.9 g|
|Insulation:||800 Fill Goose Down|
|Material:||15-Denier Ballistic Airlight Nylon Shell|
|Perfect For:||Around Town, Layering, Mountaineering|
|Pockets:||2 Zippered Hand Warmer Pockets|
|Size:||S/ M/ L/ XL/ XXL|
|Weight:||9.5 oz / 269.3 g|
|Montbell Alpine Light Down Parka||$194.95 - $199.00|
Exactly what I needed this winter in New England. I looked around for something with an athletic fit that I could wear by itself around the city during the work week, and layer under technical gear on the weekends. I took a chance with MontBell's Ultralight, and it turned out to be just the ticket. I've been wearing it with layered merino wool down to about -20 C so far, and my torso has stayed satisfyingly toasty on my mile-long walk to work along the blustery Boston waterfront. I look forward to putting it to the test up in the White Mountains.
The hood is a bit voluminous (obviously meant to contain a puffy hat or helmet), and on milder days I sort of wish I could detach it, but it's so light that it's hardly noticeable behind my head. The drawstrings can pull it in a good deal anyway.
Aesthetically, I appreciate that it's one of the few down jackets without an ostentatious logo plastered on the chest. Just a clean, subtle logotype near the waist.
I'm 5'6", and the small fits me perfectly.
Unbelievably light and packs down to the size of a grapefruit in a compression sack. Fantastic as a layering piece for some serious warmth under a hardshell. Also great on its own. Warm with only a T-shirt underneath to about 30 degrees or so, which is amazing for how light this thing is. The fit is athletic, which is nice compared to Patagonia's boxy fit on the down sweater. I had one of those and sent it back because the fit was so terrible. The hood is an excellent addition, and adds quite a bit of warmth. When not in use, you can tighten the drawstring and it acts almost like a scarf, sealing out drafts around the neck. I tried the Patagonia down sweater and Rab microlight alpine jacket, and the fit is definitely the best on the Montbell Ultralight. Perhaps not quite as warm on its own, but you can't beat it as a midlayer or jacket for the shoulder seasons. Very satisfied.
I saw a lot of comments on here about different sizes. I'm 5'11 athletic-ish 165 lbs and tried both the small and the medium. Both fit well but ultimately went with the small as mostly i'm going to wear it with 1 base layer and 1 additional warmth layer. the medium had a lot more room in the arms (elbow area), a bit more length in the sleeve, but overall a little bit too much room for me. The small on me is perfectly "fitted". I have used it on a few hikes with a heavy pack on and found it perfect form and function. So basically think about how you like to wear your coat and how many layers, if you're around my measurements or more and like to layer heavy go for Medim, but if you want a fitted look or simply smaller than me go for the Small. It is also great with a tshirt and walking around your city (Seattle).
I love this jacket. I weigh 130lbs and am 5' 9". I bought the small and it fits just perfect in lengh and in the chest. Not too baggy nor too tight. I wasnt too crazy about the gun metal color at first but soon realized that it really didnt show dust and dirt like a solid black or blue would so that made me happy. This jackets packs up the size of a 32 oz water bottle in the stuff sack provided. However it can and does get a lot smaller than that if you decide you want buy a smaller stuff sack to put it in. It's lighter than a cotton t shirt and is really warm down to about 30F ... After that I'd consider a warm base later underneath and a waterproof shell over the top. Great layering piece for backpacking or traveling light.
Great jacket, and probably would have done the job for me and I'm sure will service others well. I am 5'10" and 175# & fairly fit. The Large was OK on my torso, but the arms were a touch too long which I know would have bothered me eventually. For slightly more money you can score the Feathered Friends Daybreak, and just a bit more $ the Daybreak hoody (same basically also as the Western Mountaineering Flash hoody which admittedly I have not tried on). I recommend trying these two other options (perhaps at the local gear store? Mine had the FF option) for more loft & higher perceived quality, at the same weight penalty. I believe ultimately I will be happier with the Daybreak, but they are all awesome jackets - the 3 best offered in this little niche market
I may have gotten the 'old sty;le'? because it has been 2 years since i got mine, but about the sizing. I am 5'8" in barefeet, 150# w/ 36" chest, the small was tiny on me and the medium is tight with a bse t shirt and a 200# fleece under it, and short in the length of the back, letting chiily little breezez go up my back when I bent over.
It is toasty with a t shirt and dress shirt in 40*F weather. Wind goes right through it.
It is very light, too warm above 50*F.
It is a good second layer tho'over a nice fleece and under another fleece and a shell, thats good to down around 20*F.
This jacket has a good slim fit, but was a bit too short for me in the torso (6', 170lbs). But it ended up being a perfect fit for my Dad (5' 10", 170lbs).
In terms of warmth, I never got the chance to put really test it out. Seems like it should be warm.
Bought this for my boyfriend who was not a believer in down jackets. He loves it & is amazed at how warm& light if feels. It is the only jacket he wants to wear. With layers he feels it will take him thru our cold NYC winters. Looks great too
very light, thin. packs small. Not the most comfortable jacket, but works well as an insulation layer on the move to go under a shell, but fill tends to poke through and become uncomfortable. great for Alpine Touring though, as it is light and packs small. could be more comfortable and have more durable shell material. Not a good option if looking for one insulating jacket for all purposes.