MontBell U.L. Thermawrap Parka
Price Paid: $130
The U.L. Thermawrap is surprisingly warm, has a snug fit, and is thin enough to squeeze under a trim rain shell-wears more like a shirt than a jacket. I'm not sure what the exact weight is, but it's well under a pound.
I often find myself hiking in heavy rain, so I have always avoided down-filled products. However, this is the first jacket I've found that provides the right combination of lightness, compactability, and insulation with synthetic materials.
I have not had the chance to test it in truly bad weather, but I can say that at around freezing, the jacket is warm enough to wear with a t-shirt so long as one is exerting some amount of energy. The hood is well-designed with a rounded crest that acts to wrap around the head without feeling tight. Moreover, under a rain shell the hood provides excellent insulation for the neck and head. Feels real nice when the wind is kicking up on a ridge, rime is blowing around, and you want to enjoy the view.
This is not the jacket for dead-of-winter wilderness adventuring, but it is just about perfect for what it is: a super lightweight, synthetic jacket for layering.
I want a sleeping bag made of this jacket.
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The evolution of our U.L. Thermawrap Series continues. Updates to these well traveled pieces are based on beta received from countless wilderness devotees. We have sourced a new type of 15-denier Ballistic Airlight nylon for the outer shell that retains the same ultra-light weight and impressive tensile strength, but is far less shiny, has, a softer hand, and makes very little noise with movement. Cuffs on the jacket and parka now feature a wedge shaped stretch panel for increased comfort and durability. Similar elastic wedges have also been added to both sides of the hem on the jacket and vest creating a more refined fit. The series is rounded out by a new women s specific vest. Rest assured, while we have tweaked some details, the Thermawrap concept remains the same: simple, light weight, synthetic insulation that remains thermally efficient when wet. Whether it be a frigid mid-winter bike commute into the office or a harrowing belay high on the Compressor Route, our Thermawrap Series will keep you covered. Micro-fleece lined collar (Jacket, Vest) Hand warmer pockets (Jacket & Vest) Two Conceal Zippered Pockets (Parka & Pants) Adjustable hood (Parka) 2-way side zippers (Pants) Elastic waistband with snap and zippered fly (Pants) 100 wash rated Polkatex DWR treatment Dual hem adjusters (Parka) 15-denier Ballistic Airlight calendered nylon shell & lining Exceloft synthetic insulation, 50g/m2 (Jacket, Vest & Pants) Exceloft synthetic insulation, 80g/m2 (Parka) Compresses : 4.9 x 9.0 (stuff sack included) Size: S/ M/ L/ XL/ XXL Color: CHNT(Chestnut)/ DKNV(Dark Navy)/ GM(Gunmetal) Weight (size med):12.8 oz.
- Vargo Outdoors refers to the men's version
The Mont-Bell U.L. Thermawrap Parka is everyhing you've come to expect from the super popular Thermawrap Jacket but now includes a hood. Mont-Bell utilizes Exceloft, an extremely durable insulation that dries quickly and retains less than 1% of its weight in water. This innovative blend of materials and design provides the warmth that is critical when used in mixed conditions. Welcome to the future of ultra light synthetic insulation! The Thermawrap Parka packs small and weighs only 12.8 oz. All this with a hood!
- CampSaver.com refers to the men's version
The MontBell U.L. Thermawrap Parka is hooded and slightly longer version of their classic and extremely versatile synthetic layering piece. Two concealed zippered pockets Adjustable hood 100 wash rated Polkatex DWR treatment Dual hem adjusters
- OMCgear refers to the men's version
Cold bivy ledges, windy backcountry lunch stops, and frigid nights in campthe MontBell Men's Ultralight Thermawrap Parka is right at home. This jacket's feathery 15D ballistics shell fabric and compressible Exceloft synthetic insulation help it pack down ridiculously small when you're on the move and loft up big when a chill hits your body.
- Backcountry.com refers to the men's version