MontBell Alpine Light Down Parka

2 reviews
5-star:   1
4-star:   1
3-star:   0
2-star:   0
1-star:   0

Specs

Weight 15.0 oz (Size M)
Fill Weight 4.3 oz
Insulation 800 fill power goose down
Shell Fabric 30-denier Ballistic rip-stop nylon
Lining Fabric 30-denier Ballistic nylon taffeta
Center Back Length 26.8 in (Size M)
Compressed 5.3 in x 9.5 in (stuff sack included)

Reviews

3

For a very warm, well-made, very lighweight down parka,…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $159

Summary

For a very warm, well-made, very lighweight down parka, you'd search far and wide to do better than this one. Wonderful, effective hood. Easily a great parka for winter backpackers and climbers, but also for normal people who just want to stay warm in the winter.

Pros

  • 800 fill goose down is extremely efficient while not overly puffy.
  • The hood is one of the best, most comfortable and warmest I've seen.

Cons

  • Not seam sealed or waterproof. But the outer fabric is rated at 25 washes.
  • Would be even better if were three or four inches longer.

This is a beautiful-looking and well designed parka. Nice fleece lined pockets (though, oddly, the fleece is only on one side), nicely tailored with a very functional and warm hood.

Last night I took a walk when it was 10° F. Under the alpine light I wore a thin wool sweater and a thin MontBell Thermawrap, hood up. Light thermal bottom, as well. Perhaps I masked how the parka performs, but I wasn't the least bit cold. And if you're exerting yourself much, you'll absolutely be warm enough. In fact, you might need to unzip a little. If you were standing or sitting still in freezing weather, you'd need at least a couple of layers beneath. MontBell's Frost Line Parka might be better for this type of thing.

This parka is extremely comfortable to wear and, very importantly, comfortable to move in and use your arms without hindrance. I wish it were a few inches longer to keep more of me warm, but as it is the hem goes below my belt.

Cuffs are non-adjustable, comfortable elastic, and the bottom cinch and hood cords are easy to adjust. I haven't worn it in any rain or snow yet, but the few flakes I did notice beaded right up. The outer fabric isn't fragile, nor is it for bushwhacking through thorny underbrush.

The 800 fill goose down really delivers the warmth and looks deceptively unpuffy. For the price, this is a great piece of gear. I bought it from MontBell's outlet on their website for a very good price.

G00SE MODERATOR

I'm guessing the fleece is on the side away from you body? They are counting on your own body heat to be the warmth on the other side.


6 months ago
Ashleigh MODERATOR

Ken, my husband and I each have one of these and I agree with you on your 5 star rating.


6 months ago
0

Great piece of gear. Fit is almost athletic cut. Warmth…

Rating: rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Fabric: 30 denier pertex, i believe
Fill: 800
Price Paid: $140

Great piece of gear. Fit is almost athletic cut. Warmth is awesome, hood is great and it's extremely light. If it's real cold out, I'll wear this under my shell for ice climbing and it does great. and the hood will fit over my helmet, barely.

Excellent construction, nice soft warm pockets and it looks great. And unlike my North Face 900 fill jacket, this Montbell hasn't lost a single feather yet...two years into use.

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Manufacturer's Description

Visit MontBell's Alpine Light Down Parka page.

Retailers' Descriptions

Here's what other sites are saying:

When winter's weather freezes the hair off your chest, cancel your waxing appointment and wear the MontBell Men's Alpine Light Down Parka as a mid-layer for your ski sessions. With 800-fill down insulation warming your bones, you stay nice and toasty at the resort all day long. Its Ballistic shell and lining are wind-resistant, and it's durable enough to take out on hiking excursions in late fall and early spring. If the day starts to warm up, you can compress this jacket into its stuff sack, store it in your backpack, and whip it out again when the sun starts to set. The Alpine features an insulated hood that cinches tightly across your head to seal out those blustery winds breezing down your body. Elastic cuffs softly seal out the cold and retain all that wonderful warmth along with the drawcord at the hem. And MontBell lined the hand-warmer pockets with fleece for a cozy feeling that warms up your numb digits on those mountains.

- Backcountry.com

The Mont Bell Alpine Light Down Parka gets roughly 10% lighter and softer without sacrificing durability! Functional mid-layer's flaunt characteristics essential for comfortable backcountry activity: optimized warmth to weight ratio and exceptional compressibility. The secret to the warmth of these garments not only relies on the high lofting 800 fill power goose down, but the inherent wind shedding ability of the silky 20-denier Ballistic Nylon shell. By blocking a large percentage of wind, a relatively light layer conserves the heat your body is naturally producing. Designing outdoor clothing with warmth to weight ratio in mind is great, but we also like to think the Alpine Light pieces succeed when it comes to warmth to dollar ratio.

- CampSaver.com

Lighter and softer than ever, the Alpine Light Down Parka is a backcountry necessity. Highly wind resistant and very compressible, this hooded jacket can stow in your pack until the wind picks up and then you'll be ready for anything. Standard DWR treatment Sewn through construction Micro-fleece lined collar Insulated and fixed 2-way adjustable hood Draw cords for hem adjustment hidden in pockets Elastic cuffs to seal out drafts 2 zippered(fleece lining) hand warmer pockets 2 interior drop-in pockets DWR treated flat coiled zipper Stuff sack included

- OMCgear

The Alpine Light Down Series gets roughly 10 lighter and softer without sacrificing durability Our most functional midlayers flaunt characteristics essential for comfortable backcountry activity optimized warmth to weight ratio and exceptional compressibility The secret to the warmth of these garments not only relies on the high lofting 800 fill power goose down but the inherent wind shedding ability of the silky 20denier Ballistic Nylon shell by blocking a large percentage of wind a relatively light layer conserves the heat your body is naturally producing Designing outdoor clothing with warmth to weight ratio in mind is great but we also like to think the Alpine Light pieces succeed when it comes to warmth to dollar ratioFeatures800 fill power goose down20denier Ballistic nylon taffeta liningStandard DWR treatmentSewn through constructionMicrofleece lined collarInsulated and fixed 2way adjustable hoodDraw cords for hem adjustment hidden in pocketsElastic cuffs to seal out drafts2 zipperedfleece lining hand warmer pockets2 interior dropin pocketsDWR treated flat coiled zipperStuff sack included

- Bentgate.com