Outdoor Research Megaplume Jacket

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I finally put up the funds for a quality down belay…

Rating: rated 4 of 5 stars
Fabric: Pertex Endurance
Fill: 650+
Price Paid: pro-deal

I finally put up the funds for a quality down belay jacket/parka. I'm primarily a rock climber, but I'm starting to accumulate gear to eventually begin alpinism/mountaineering.

I live in Detroit, so the mercury plummets pretty far, but this jacket is incredibly warm. The hood is large and definitely accommodating for a helmet (or a head full of dreadlocks), but also easily removed by zipper and the zipper itself hides with a flap.

The loft is really nice and light, but at 650+ fill power it isn't an ultra-light. The Velcro on the front draft/storm flap I can imagine icing over, but I haven't put it up to that test yet.

I'm pretty small, so my only complaint is that their "small" is too big. I stand about 5'4" 135lbs, with a slightly smaller chest than what this is measured for. It's not a big deal though because if you use this jacket for what it's for, mountaineering/climbing, then you'll presumably be layering a bit.

Also, Outdoor-Research's "Infinity Guarantee" is exciting. Putting up the funds for something like this is hard to do sometimes, but when a company really stands behind their product, it helps influence your purchasing decision.

Retailers' Descriptions

Here's what other sites are saying:

The Megaplume Jacket from Outdoor Research offers all of the technical benefits of 650+ fill down, the heat trapping properties in addition to the incredibly light weight and compact able material.

- GearX.com

When you find yourself in cold, mixed conditions, the hooded Megaplume Jacket from Outdoor Research covers all the bases. The waterproof Pertex Endurance shell keeps wind and rain at bay, while lofty 650-fill down insulates to warm your core.

- Mountain Gear

CLOSEOUTS . The Outdoor Research Megaplume down jacket keeps you warm and dry with a mix of nature’s best insulator and modern waterproof breathable laminate technology. Lightweight, packable warmth that is awesome for the trail, on the rocks or back in town. Goose down is gram for gram the finest insulation Waterproof breathable Pertex(R) Endurance laminate Soft goose down remains protected by the Pertex(R) Removable technical hood fits over bike and climbing helmets Tricot-lined hand pockets Two interior mesh water bottle pockets Dual drawcord hem adjustments Stuff sack included Length: 31” Weight: 2 lb. 6 oz. Fabric: Nylon Lining: Polyester Insulation: 80% goose down, 20% feathers Fill power: 650+ Care: Machine wash/dry CLOSEOUTS . China. Size: S (36-37) M (38-40) L (41-43) XL (44-46) 2XL (47-49)

- Sierra Trading Post

Description of Outdoor Research Megaplume JacketThe ultimate Banff belay jacket, the M’s Megaplume Jacket™ is a toasty warm treat when temperatures take a dive. The 650+ fill down is extremely warm but compresses for stowage in your pack for when winter s

- US Outdoor Store

A waterproof breathable Pertex shell and lofty 650+ fill down insulation prepare the Outdoor Research Megaplume Men's Down Jacket for hardcore use in the high mountains. The removable hood lets you seal in the warmth for a long ice-climbing belay, and you can leave it behind to save weight when the weather looks promising. Outdoor Research included two large internal mesh pockets to hold your water bottle and warm your gloves for the next pitch. The Megaplume Down Jacket also has tricot-lined hand pockets that keep your hands toasty and reduce the chance of a round with the screamin' barfies.

- Backcountry.com

Outdoor Research Megaplume Jacket


The Megaplume Jacket has been discontinued.

previously retailed for:
$146.54 - $325.00

The Outdoor Research Megaplume Jacket is not available from the stores we monitor. It was last seen January 15, 2013 at Mountain Gear.

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