Mountain Hardwear Sub Zero Vest

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I bought it on sale for 80$, so for a quality down…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Fabric: Polyester Z Rip
Fill: 650
Price Paid: $79.99

I bought it on sale for 80$, so for a quality down vest, it was pretty cheap. It was much too warm to wear while backpacking in 20º weather with snow on the ground, so I'd say it stands up to the insulation test.

It can be a bit tricky to figure out how to fold it up to fit in the included stuff sack. It's awesome for backpacking! Reinforced shoulders, a stuff sack, and light weight combine to make this the king of backpacking winter vests (on a budget). It kept me warm through the night while wearing it bundled up inside of my 0º synthetic bag in a 3-season tent. Nice even fill, good and thick.


This is warm yet compresses down into a small bag…

Rating: rated 4 of 5 stars
Fabric: Nylon
Fill: Down (European/Chinese Mix)
Price Paid: $85

This is warm yet compresses down into a small bag (provided). Arm holes are cut so that you have good movement, but drafts don't get through. Collar is warm and zips up as well. Pockets on front and inside are handy. Looks Nice. Reasonably priced. If you want lighter and don't mind spending another $50 look at the Phantom but I think this is a better value.

Retailers' Descriptions

Here's what other sites are saying:

The Mountain Hardwear Sub Zero Down Vest gives backcountry skiers and alpine climbers the core warmth they need on the mountain or simply around town. At barely over a pound, this puffy vest is shockingly light for its loft, and it fits into a small included stuff sack so you can cram it into your pack just in case. One-handed hem drawcords make this 650-fill down vest a snap to adjust on the fly, and fleece-lined hand pockets keep your fingers from turning blue and falling off.

- Backcountry Outlet refers to the men's version

Designed for cold weather climbing and mountaineering, 650-fill goosedown with Taslan reinforced abrasion areas take on the weather and your pack with ease.

- refers to the men's version

Like the name implies, the Sub Zero Vest from Mountain Hardwear brings warmth to high altitudes and cold temperatures, without the bulk of a down jacket. Using the natural warmth and compressibility of goose down to hold heat in close to your torso while still leaving your arms free to grab that ledge, work the ski poles, or make morning coffee.

- Mountain Gear refers to the men's version

Designed for cold-weather climbing and mountaineering, Mountain Hardwear's Sub Zero Down Vest features 650-fill goose down and Taslan-reinforced abrasion panels to take on the weather and your pack with ease.

- EMS refers to the men's version

On Sale. Free Shipping. Mountain Hardwear Men's Sub Zero Vest (Fall 2010) FEATURES of the Men's Sub Zero Vest by Mountain Hardwear Updated design and fit Insulated with lofty and warm 650-fill goose down Abrasion-resistant reinforcement panels on the shoulders and arms combat wear and tear Fleece-lined handwarmer pockets Dual hem drawcords for quick fit adjustments Interior zip pocket stores ID, keys, other small essentials Micro-Chamois-lined chin guard prevents zipper chafe Stuff sack included SPECIFICATIONS: Average Weight: 1 lb. 2 oz. / 503 g. (size large) Center Back Length: 27.5in. / 70 cm. Materials: Body: Z Rip (100% polyester) Panel: Nutshell Taslan (100% nylon) Insulation: 650-Fill Goose Down Usage: Backcountry / Climbing / Cool Weather Athletic / Mountaineering

- Moosejaw refers to the men's version

Mountain Hardwear Sub Zero Vest


The Sub Zero Vest has been discontinued.

previously retailed for:
$32.92 - $135.00

The Mountain Hardwear Sub Zero Vest is not available from the stores we monitor. It was last seen January 15, 2013 at Mountain Gear.

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