MontBell Alpine Light Down Vest

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Weight 9.4 oz (Size M)
Fill Weight 2.8 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 25.4 in (Size M)



Well fitting super light core insulator. This vest…

Rating: rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $100


Well fitting super light core insulator.


  • Light
  • Good fit
  • Large armpit holes (helps breathability)


  • Short hem (torso) length

This vest is 800 fill with a lighter ripstop shell with dwr finish. It has  two internal dump pockets, (great for gloves or something you want to keep warm or dry out) and two fleece lined zippered hand pockets (down on the outside of the hands when inserted.)

It has a drawstring hem with cord locks and a 3 inch fleece lined collar. I got a medium and the fit is snug (5.10  175 lbs) but the larger arm holes alow lighter layering underneath without restriction. The larger arm holes also allow great armpit venting and this makes it a great layering piece. If I was goiing to layer more than a light shirt underneath I would size up to large, but as a core insulator it should fit snug to trap heat.

It is very compressible and light, very pleased with the quality. I wish the vest was a little longer at times in the torso, especially when I wear it without an over layer.

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Manufacturer's Description

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Here's what other sites are saying:

The Mont Bell Alpine Light Down Vest 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.


When your alpine ascent requires additional core warmth, the Montbell Men's Alpine Light Down Vest is there for you at an inexpensive price. And just because it's inexpensive doesn't mean it's lacking. You stay warm when you belay your buddy with 800-fill goose down insulation toasting your core. Ballistic fabric wraps up this wonderful insulation with a surprising amount of durability too, so you get to keep this vest for many years. And you can compress this beauty into its stuff sack when the weather warms up on the wall. The Alpine Light features elasticized cuffs to prevent those blustery winds from breezing in, and a drawcord at the hem keeps in all that wonderful warmth. A microfleece collar offers all-day comfort that won't rub against your chin uncomfortably. And Montbell lined the hand-warmer pockets with fleece to keep your hands cozy as well as warm when you get to the top of that mountain.


On Sale. Free Shipping. MontBell Men's Alpine Light Down Vest DECENT FEATURES of the MontBell Men's Alpine Light Down Vest Sewn thru construction Micro-fleece lined collar Draw cords for hem adjustment hidden in pockets Two zippered hand warmer pockets Two interior drop-in pockets Clean looking Reverso coiled zipper The SPECS Weight: Medium: 9.4 oz Fill Weight: 2.8 oz Compresses: 4.5in. x 8.6in. (stuff sack included) Center Back Length: Medium: 25.4in. Fabric: 800 fill power goose down 30-denier Ballistic rip-stop nylon shell 30-denier Ballistic nylon taffeta lining Standard 25-wash rated DWR treatment ALL CLIMBING SALES ARE FINAL. This product can only be shipped within the United States. Please don't hate us. We cannot ship MontBell products outside the United States or Canada. Sorry about everything.

- Moosejaw

A perfect midlayer for backcountry activity, MontBell's Alpine Light Down Vest flaunts an aggressive warmth-to-weight ratio and exceptional compressibility with high-loft 800-fill power goose down and a wind-shedding ballistic nylon shell.