MontBell Alpine Down Jacket
Like all Montbell down products, this jacket rocks! It's 800 fill insulation makes this jacket both warm and very compact and the fleece lined pockets are a nice touch.
So why the 4 stars vs 5? Blame the zipper! For some reason, Montbell went with a zipper with plastic components as opposed to a full metal zipper found on their UL jackets. The tab (male end) is made of plastic and requires some extra care to prevent the zipper from jamming.
After a year of use, the male end of my zipper split in two - thus making it near-impossible to mount. This is partly my fault since I used some extra force to free a zipper jam but it wouldn't have happened if the zipper was completely made of metal like their UL.
Just a follow up to my previous review. MontBell was more than willing to replace the zipper at no cost, even though I didn't have a receipt. (The jacket was purchased in Japan.) They replaced the plastic zipper with a metal one so I don't expect any more problems. Great service! I'll be buying from them again.
Fabric: very light calendared nylon
Fill: 725 goosedown
Price Paid: $160
A really great jacket. The construction is like a good sleeping bag - no sewn-thru seams, so it is a lot warmer than similar "bulky looking" jackets, like the oh-so popular TNF ones. Good fit. Hugely warmer than the 20 oz down jacket from Cabela's, and only 15 oz. Really it is too warm for any body-heat producing activity, unless it is well below zero.
Light, warm, cut well so it fits -- what more could I ask? This is a great down jacket.
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The Montbell Alpine Down Jacket is 6oz of down with a total weight of 15.4 oz (size medium). As an all-mountain insulating layer, the MontBell Alpine Down Jacket is exceptionally lightweight and incredibly warm. Artful box construction and the tenacious 30-denier nylon shell fabric strategically enclose the 800-fill power down without compressing it. Zippered hand pockets and a micro-fleece lined collar contribute to what MontBell likes to call "Functional Comfort" without weighing you down. Ideal for the diehard winter camper and essential for any ski mountaineering enthusiast. MontBell Alpine Down Jacket Features: High quality 800 fill power hypoallergenic goose down 30-Denier Ballistic rip-stop nylon shell 30-Denier nylon taffeta lining Full Box construction Standard DWR treatment Elastic cuffs and hem seal out drafts Zippered hand warmer pockets Internal mesh pocket Micro-Fleece lined collar Materials: Shell: 30-Denier Ballistic rip-stop nylon shell w/DWR treatment Lining: 30-Denier nylon taffeta lining Insulation: High quality 800 fill power hypoallergenic goose down Fill weight: 6 oz. Weight: 463.5 g (16 oz)
As an all-mountain insulating layer, the Mont-Bell Alpine Down Series is exceptionally lightweight and incredibly warm. Artful box construction and the tenacious 30-denier nylon shell fabric strategically enclose the 800-fill power down without compressing it, thus ensuring freedom of movement. Zippered hand pockets and micro-fleece in all the right places allow for what we like to call 'functional comfort' without weighing you down. Ideal for the diehard winter camper and an essential for any ski mountaineering enthusiast.