MontBell U.L. Down Inner Jacket
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: Too long ago.
Great jacket that has lasted me 3 years of hard use, and should have around 3 more years of use in it. I go pretty hard on my jackets, and I wear this thing A LOT. Warm with a t-shirt down to 45 or so, and I've skied with it at 10 below before (baselayer, tshirt, medium fleece, shell on top). Really sucks when it gets wet, so be careful.
- Longevity (moderate feather loss)
Fit is very typical...I am 6' 180 and large is perfect. I also have long arms, still fits well.
Fairly adjustable, I've never worn the hood up over a helmet, but I have easily under a bike helmet with no restriction.
I got hit by a car while on a bike commuting at 25 mph, landed on shoulder, and had a .5" rip. Stitched it back easily.
Fabric: very light nylon
Fill: 800 fill down
Price Paid: $118
I needed something light, warm and very compact for spring thru fall backpacking and light mountaineering in the Pacific Northwest and this item fits the bill. At only 6oz and stuffing down to almost nothing it is the go anywhere ultra light down sweater, if you think this a parka think again.
But for what it is designed to be and do it fills that slot perfectly. Toasty and very light but don't try to travel in this. Ultra light fabric is designed for just hanging out or to use safely under a shell, for protection from ripping.
Glad to have this jacket in my gear cabinet!
Price Paid: $150 +/-
Great jacket. Perfect for 3 season use. Light weight, compresses down to nothing, and wind proof. Pull it out at night or use it when not moving. I have used it with a light base layer down in the 30's. Also great for adding warmth to your sleeping system if you do not want to pull out the winter sleeping bag yet...
If you are out in wet weather, you may want to consider the fiber fill instead. Typical for down, get it wet and it loses loft.
There are lighter models out there, but not for this price.
Fabric: Ballistic Ripstor Nylon
Fill: 725 power fill down
Price Paid: $129
This jacket is awesome. At less than 8 ounces, it stuffs down to miniscule proportions for easy packing, then puffs back up like it has springs inside. Worn alone it is great for chilly nights in camp, and under a shell it makes the colder nights seem a bit toasty. The elastic at the wrists helps to keep drafts down and the front snaps save weight over a zipper. There are no pockets, but this seemed a small price to pay for such lightweight warmth.
Fabric: Airlight rip stop nylon
Fill: 725 Fill Power down
Price Paid: Gift
This jacket is amazing!!! I really don't leave home without it. I use it as my everyday jacket as well as an inner shell skiing. I have a big down jacket but this is far more superior. I just got back from Moab and it was the perfect piece for those cool spring nights. The jacket can be compacted very very small. Great for camping, skiing or just going out on the town. I would recommend this product to anyone without a doubt.
Fabric: 15 denier ripstop nylon
Fill: 725 down
Price Paid: $129
This jacket rocks. It is warm yet it will fit in to you back pocket. This is a no frills jacket, no pockets, snaps up the front. Best suited for around town or the in mountains. In the mountains just slide it under your shell and you will be toasty. They also have pants to match the jacket if you like. Call MontBell to order or check the dealer list under stores on their web site.
Fabric: ballistic nylon from Montbell
Price Paid: $169
I found the jacket is fine at low altitudes in the summertime but not very good for colder temps even with a shell. The key word is Ultralight - this jacket liner works in conditions that favor an ultralight hiking kit. In more serious conditions, the insulation falls short. Also had a problem with feather leakage.
I now use a Feathered Friends Helios for more serious trips.