MontBell U.L. Down Inner Parka

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

Specs

women's
Weight 7.7 oz (Size M)
Fill Weight 2.0 oz
Center Back Length 24.4 in (Size M)
Fabric 15-denier Ballistic Airlight nylon shell, 100-wash rated Polkatex®® DWR treatment
Insulation 800 Fill power goose down

Reviews

1

Finally took my Montbell U.L. Hoody—that's been…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Price Paid: $150 or thereabouts

Finally took my Montbell U.L. Hoody—that's been absolutely toasty in SF—out into the Sierra snow on a three-day snow-camp. I also, brought along a never used Patagonia DAS Parka (just in case) but even though it got down in the 30's, the U.L. under a shell was amazingly warm, even while I remained fairly still, sitting around the snow kitchen.

I should mention I was layered with a poly-pro T-shirt and a Patagonia R1 Hoody (another great piece) topped with a Mountain Hardwear Epic Jacket.

It's an odd feeling to wear this jacket, as it is so light, it's like it is not there and yet, your torso is warm. Size wise, I bought a large and it's almost a custom fit, but I think I would have been even better off with a little more room from an XL.

As for being part of your ultra-light arsenal—this works well as an extra sleep layer. Did I mention the hood—great.

This jacket is also SO light, it would not hurt to put velcro cinches on the wrists, or maybe an inside pocket—but these are minor details. Light. Warm. Good cut. This jacket is worth every dollar.

0

I take this light compact jacket on all my 3-season…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Price Paid: $135

I take this light compact jacket on all my 3-season backpacking trips. It is a great layer over my fleece and under my rain jacket as needed.

-1

Just trying it on was good because it was warm for…

Rating: rated 2 of 5 stars
Price Paid: $142.25

Just trying it on was good because it was warm for a light inner layer or as a jacket. As I actually used it outside and tried the hood, it was not adjustable because the cord broke off.

If Montbell had actually tested this parka they should have gone back and redesign all the adjustable cords or just omit them! I was thinking of also getting their U.L. Thermawrap but I don't think so!

Manufacturer's Description

Visit MontBell's Women's U.L. Down Inner Parka page.

Retailers' Descriptions

Here's what other sites are saying:

The Mont-Bell U.L. Down Parka has all the ultra-light features and quality of the U.L. Down Jacket but now includes a hood. The U.L. Down Inner family of products delicately balances the characteristics that define reliable ultra-light apparel. For example, the U.L. Down Jacket weighs less than most cotton Tee-shirts, blocks an amazing amount of wind, and is warmer than most heavy fleece jackets, while compressing to the size of a 32 ounces 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.

- CampSaver.com refers to the men's version

The MontBell U.L. Down Inner Parka blocks an amazing amount of wind, and is warmer than most heavy fleece jackets, while compressing to the size of a 32 ounces 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. MontBell U.L. Down Inner Parka Features: Single-quilt construction for weight reduction Elastic cuffs to seal out drafts Insulated hood Hand warmer pockets 4/5C Full Zipper Stuff sack included Standard DWR treatment Materials: Shell: 15-denier Ballistic Airlight hollow fiber calendered nylon shell Insulation: High quality 800 fill power hypoallergenic goose down Weight: 209.7 g (7.4 oz)

- OMCgear refers to the men's version

Whether you're starting your approach, gaining the ridge, or summiting, the MontBell Men's Ultralight Down Inner Parka's 800-fill down is an ultralight insurance policy against the cold. At just over seven ounces, the Inner Parka definitely won't break the weight budget for your fast-and-light trek; since it's packed with 800-fill down insulation, the parka provides as much insulation as your bulky heavyweight fleece. And if the forecast calls for rain or snow, fear ye not; this jacket comes with DWR coating that maintains its water-repellent properties for up to 100 washes.

- Backcountry.com refers to the men's version

The challenge: create the lightest and warmest insulation layer possible, without compromising on fit or features. The result is the highly refined MontBell Ultra-Light Down Inner series. This family of products delicately balances the characteristics that define reliable ultra-light apparel. For example, the U.L. Down Jacket weighs less than most cotton Tee-shirts, blocks an amazing amount of wind, and is warmer than most heavy fleece jackets, while compressing to the size of a 32 ounces 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. Single-quilt construction for weight reduction Standard DWR treatment Elastic cuffs to seal out drafts Insulated hood Hand warmer pockets 4/5C Full Zipper Stuff sack included High quality 800 fill power hypoallergenic goose down 15-denier Ballistic Airlight hollow fiber calendered nylon shell Compresses : 4.5" x 5.6" (stuff sack included) Size: S/ M/ L/ XL/ XXL Color: CHBK(charcoal Black)/ OVGN(Olive Green)/ PAPRI(Paprika) Weight (size med):7.4 oz. Fill Weight:2.1 oz.

- Vargo Outdoors refers to the men's version

MontBell U.L. Down Inner Parka

MSRP:
$175.00 (women's)

The MontBell U.L. Down Inner Parka is not available from the stores we monitor. It was last seen November 5, 2013 at CampSaver.com.

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