MontBell U.L. Down Parka
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $155
Light, simple and most of all, warm...and so good I've reviewed it twice!)
- Yup, light
- stashes well and
- feels like you're wearing nothing.
- When ordering onlilne, just remember to go a size larger.
The odd thing about the U.L., when I first got it, was the sensation that I wasn't wearing anything and yet, I was protected from the wind and warm—sort of disconcerting, like you feel as though you should put something else on, just to feel like you're wearing something.
I bought my U.L. a size up and it fits like a good glove, but if I'd bought it, to size, it would have been more like getting into a pair of dish washing gloves. I also bought my girlfriend another Montbell jacket in her size and, yup, we sent it back for a size larger.
There are no gizmos on Montbell jackets—at least not the U.L. —no cinches, or drawcords and I've never needed them.
Being that the jacket is of a seemingly delicate nature and filled with down, it will lose efficiency to a degree when wet, but I have used it under a shell, in the middle of snow storms and been just fine.
Breathability, moisture wicking . . . I've tried wearing the U.L. under a backpack and it just gets too warm when you're active. All to say, I usually have to peel it off before it turns my insides/layers into a sauna.
The U.L. works best with layers. I've slept many a Sierra night, in a minimalist sleeping bag, up to my waist, while using the U.L. with one or two layers and no complaints.
While I feel that the U.L. is well made I am also afraid to really thrash it, not that I've ever had the need, but a good bit of abrasion while climbing might be the end of it. Again, this is just a result of it being so light.
Source: bought it used
Price Paid: $140
Toasty warm and light weight.
- light weight
My hiking partner first bought one and after a few outings I was convinced to ditch my heavier jacket and could not be happier. It is very durable, but as with any nylon and down I'm very careful around any fire and so far have no spark holes.
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Here's what other sites are saying:
The Mont Bell U.L. Down Jacket weighs less than most cotton T-shirts, blocks a deceptive amount of wind, while compressing to the size of a 32 ounce water bottle. Specifically designed as a replacement for the heavy and bulky fleece garments used by many back country 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 Parka is designed to provide maximum insulation with minimal weight. Geared towards all of your backcountry adventures, this parka compresses down to almost nothing, but keeps you warm like no other. Sewn thru construction 2 zippered hand warmer pockets Draw cords for hem adjustment hidden in pockets Insulated 2-way adjustable hood Stuff sack included
- OMCgear refers to the men's version
With a weight of less than ten-ounces, the MontBell Men's Ultralight Down Inner Parka brings the heat to your winter climbing, backpacking, or ski touring excursion. Montbell designed this jacket to stuff down to roughly the size of a water bottle, retain your heat with high-loft goose down insulation, and cover up your head with an insulated hood. Even gram counting backcountry fiends will be hard pressed to find a mountain-worthy down jacket with a better warmth-to-weight ratio.
- Backcountry.com refers to the men's version
Free Shipping. MontBell Men's U.L. Down Parka DECENT FEATURES of the MontBell Men's U.L. Down Parka Sewn thru construction 2 zippered hand warmer pockets Draw cords for hem adjustment hidden in pockets Insulated 2-way adjustable hood Stuff sack included The SPECS of the MontBell Men's U.L. Down Parka Fabric: 800 fill power goose down 15-denier Ballistic Airlight nylon shell 100-wash rated Polkatex DWR treatment Center Back Length: Medium: 27.6in. Compressed: 4.3in. x 7.7in. Weight: (M): 9.5 oz Fill Weight: 2.5 oz We cannot ship MontBell products outside the United States or Canada. Sorry about everything.
- Moosejaw refers to the men's version