2015 Ski Guide2015 Ski Guide


Don't skimp on warmth,

Summit days are hard enough without freezing, so pack the Millet Expert Down Jacket to keep your core toasty for the last couple thousand feet. Millet updated this jacket from previous models by going with 700-fill down, which keeps the weight under two pounds without sacrificing warmth. Whether you use this jacket for belaying a pitch of ice or plodding up an alpine ridge, you'll be happy you brought it along.

Share your thoughts

Review Summary
6 4
0 3
0 2
1 1

What do you think of the

Millet Expert Down Jacket - Men's

? Share a...

Write a review

No file chosen

Rather attach a photo from another website?

Rather attach a photo from your computer?

  • Product review:
  • Share a video
  • Share a photo

How familiar are you with the product?(Optional)

How does this product fit?(Optional)

Only jpg, jpeg, png, gif or bmp files please.


Here's what others have to say...

5 5

Polar Vortex Protection

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: Runs large

Finally decided I needed a serious coat for winter, and this definitely hit the spot. Record lows in the northeast and didn't even have to layer like I do with my other heavy coats. In fact, had to open the coat up to cool down a little.
Temps, probably not as low as this jacket was intended for, but 2 degrees F, not being active, windchill -6, and a tshirt and dress shirt under I was fine. Only cold parts were anything not in the jacket. So glad I bought this.
Much heavier and puffier than the Mountain Hardwear Hunker Down, though I know its a different categorie its in the same price range.
Wish it had a detachable hood, but only days i'd wear this jacket i'd probably want it. I did try the Ivvavik, but it wasn't as warm, nor was sturdy. I love how the expert has reinforced forearms and shoulders. Definitely a keeper.

2 5

Excellent... but it has a MAJOR flaw

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: True to size

First impression when you pick up this jacket is that it feels BOMBER. The outer material is full-on Pertex Endurance, not the super-thin Pertex Quantum material that's ubiquitous on most ultralight down garments. For a parka (yes, this is cut like a parka... it should be work on the outside) that means incredible durability and usability in blustery conditions (where the DWR will fend off any moisture accumulation on the outside). Build quality is excellent and on-par with any of the high-end jacket manufacturers.

Warmth is excellent and compressibility is excellent. This is 700 fill down but honestly you'd be hard-pressed to tell the difference. The down/feather ratio they used (some small feather content is often used on parkas to maintain overall baffle shape) is spot-on and the parka is puffy without looking like an 8000m jacket.

The shoulders and wrist area are reinforced with cordura which should really increase the lifespan of the parka. For some reason they decided to not include these reinforcements on their newer parka offerings.

You see... everything is amazing about this jacket except for one thing: The zipper is obviously burly and high quality but it is outright impossible to operate with gloves. This eliminates the possibility of use as a belay jacket that will have to come on and off constantly.

Some notes on fit:
The cut is one that favors people with broad shoulders and a decent amount of muscle (stocky build) but a healthy waist (this will not fit you if you are fat). If you are tall and skinny, you'll get a really baggy fit.

In terms of sizing, your normal jacket size should be ok. 5'9 180lbs (15% bodyfat) a medium fits me with enough room to layer. A small fits me better if I don't plan on wearing thick layers.

5 5


  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

LOOOOVE IT! One of my favorite Millet items I?ve tried so far! Excellent warmth to weight ratio, outstanding compressibility, and the blue color provides great visibility and very attractive look! The down is high quality and the outer Pertex provides decent protection (although on ?aggressive? rock routes or while using sharp tools (ice axes, crampons), I always wear a protective shell over it).
One thing that I miss is a bit of an extra material or more flexibility on shoulders and under the arms for not restricting motion while climbing (I'm 5'9, 142 lb and wear size S, which, apart from this remark- fits PERFECT!), and, I would also love to have the jacket compressed into its own pocket with a zipper and a hanging strap to clip a carabinner to.

5 5

If your serious then this is a must have

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

I reviewed this parka this last winter and took down some good notes for those of you interested in a warmer down jacket. I used this Jacket on Aconcagua this last season and was able to wear this on summit day. The jacket is incredibly warm and the pertex shell provides the water resistance as well as wind blocking properties that make it a great jacket for wet and blustery conditions. The reinforced elbows and shoulders gives the jacket a more durable wear for wearing a pack and flexor motions at the elbows. 2 things I really like about this jacket is the adjustable hood and the length of the jacket. The hood can fit a helmet and cinch down to accomodate lighter headwear. The Length of the parka provides complete coverage to the butt and can cinch down around the waist to reduce air traffic from updraft. The parka is HOT. I wore it on a ski touring trip to the Apostle Islands this winter in -15 and was toasty. For sizing considerations I usually wear a medium top. I got this online so I did not try on any other size than the medium, which I felt ran a little big, but this jacket is designed to layer underneath. I am 5'10" about 165 and the jackets length is perfect. As for the size I can cinch it down with less layers and with more layers it fills out nice. I think if I were to size down to a small it would definitely limit the versatility of the jacket. A large would be way out of my range. All in all I love this jacket and recommend it for the price, quality and versatility.

I'm comparing this and the MH Chillwave....

Posted on

I'm comparing this and the MH Chillwave. I need something that can handle Rainier this July. I'm also considering either Mt Washington NH or the Mountaineer's Route on Mt Whitney Next Feb.

How does the Expert and Chillwave compare in those conditions? Also, is either parka even adequate for the two winter objectives? My last option is the MH Nilas, but I'd prefer a less expensive option, as I'd be getting a heavier expedition parka when it's finally time for the really big mountains

Responded on

I ended up buying the Expert based on the answer to the same question posted on the Chillwave. I'll post up an initial review once I field test it in a couple weeks.

5 5


Fantastico, assim como todos os outros produtos Millet! muito quente e excelente acabamento.

5 5

Warm and Compact

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

I love this down jacket, the pertex protects, the down is absolutely one of the warmest jackets I have ever worn mountaineering and I have been 100% happy with this jacket. Highly recommended for the serious adventurer!

Responded on

Going to add if you like this jacket and model, check out millets newer launches they are up to par and also check out Norrona's Trollveggen and Lyngen jackets, you will be happy you did!

Unanswered Question

Can anyone specify the length of the jacket...

Posted on

Can anyone specify the length of the jacket through the back in size Large or XL

5 5

Down Coat

I'm 6ft 5in, 200 lbs and the XL fits great. Good feel, very light weight and great wind resistance. Wore it to Sapporo Snow Festival (Japan) last weekend and it kept me dry and warm. I would recommend the jacket. I 'll take it to Nepal in March and really put it to the test then.



Posted on

Russia, the Caucasus, happy holidays

Unanswered Question

what is the length through the back, please...

Posted on

what is the length through the back, please specify the size?

Millet Expert in Action

Millet Expert in Action

Posted on

Responded on

This jacket is ultra warm. The size I ordered was a XL. I could have fit into a large but wanted room for layering. For reference I am 6'4" 210lbs.

The color on BC is true to the real life color.

Great jacket and extra warm. So far i have run into no problems.

Responded on

Also this jacket will pack down into a 5L OR water proof stuff sack for easy transport.

Is the bottom "butt area" part of this...

Posted on

Is the bottom "butt area" part of this coat the same width approximately as the chest? In other words is the bottom when zipped on the large the same size across as a large chest size? Or does it taper down to be very narrow at the bottom? It does not appear from the photos to do this but since I'm female and women's never have a long enough sleeve or torso, I need to know. Thanks!

Best Answer Responded on

It tapers down and the waist fits slimmer than the shoulders. That was my issue with the tailoring. At 5'8" 155lbs the small fit me best but the waist was super slim when I zipped it up. When I put on a medium the waist fit better, but shoulders were super big on me like I had shoulder pads. I found the jacket too puff ball like to be used comfortably unless the wearer was just standing in the cold for a long time. Movement was uncomfortable because of the fit.

Does this jacket have the funny sizing...

Posted on

Does this jacket have the funny sizing problems that older Millet jackets have had? (Euro sizing is sometimes strange).
I normally tend to ware a medium however should I size up for additional layers?

Responded on

Yes. For some reason I fit a size small in this and I'm 5'8" 155 lbs and it still looks big and puffy on me. The medium was way too big to be comfortable. Also the tailoring was awkward as the shoulders seem to be extra broad and the armpits and waist are tapered and slim around the torso. So I looked like a big orange triangle. And the color is more of a Hunter's Safey Orange than the yellow gold that is shown on BC pictures.