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Down with the coldest conditions.

When Montane designers drew up the Men's Black Ice Down Jacket, they left no stone unturned when selecting features for cold-weather performance. The 800+ fill goose down is kept dry and lofty by the water-resistant Freeflow Ultralite shell while a layer of Primaloft insulation on the shoulders, hood, and forearms further protects the down from harsh weather. Internal neck and half-waist baffles prevent your precious body heat from escaping when freezing winds pick up and the internal water bottle pocket keeps beverages in a liquid state so you can stay hydrated.

  • Freeflow Ultralite shell fabric is highly water-resistant so down stays warm and lofty in wet conditions
  • Peaq liner is breathable, quick drying, and soft against the skin
  • Box-wall construction stuffed with 800+ fill goose down keeps you toasty warm in freezing temperatures
  • Primaloft insulation on the shoulders, forearms, and hood serves as a protective layer for the down in highly exposed areas
  • Relaxed fit and articulated arms provide freedom of movement with reduced hem lift
  • Helmet compatible hood adjusts for perfect fit
  • Internal neck and half-waist baffles prevent precious body heat from escaping
  • Adjustable cuffs and hem seal to keep weather out and heat in
  • Fleece-lined hand pockets warm up cold paws
  • Internal water bottle pocket keeps fluids from freezing solid
  • Includes waterproof stuff sack for storage

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4 5

Very warm

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

I have not yet put this jacket through the wringer, but it does seem very warm. The hood really encapsulates your head and keeps it warm.
I am 170 cm / 70 kg. and a medium fit perfectly (with little room for layering). Although, I went with a large in order to have room for layering and hard shell jacket underneath.

2 5

Potentially great jacket but...

  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
  • Fit: Runs small

Wish I'd read the other reviews, because this jacket is insanely narrow in the torso. XL is usually fine for me. I am not even going to risk exchanging this for XXL because the extra few inches is not going to come close. Weird fit.

4 5

Very Warm Jacket, but.....

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: Runs small

I was expecting to love this jacket as I saw a youtube video on it in a frozen fish locker and the tester said how warm it was. And it is. Very lightweight, excellent construction. This jacket will keep you warm in the coldest of weather. So why do I say but?

One reason and one reason only. The fit is very small. I stand 5'11" and weigh 215 pounds. Yes, I'm not trim, but I'm not very fat either. I do a bit of weightlifting and a bit of eating. I purchased an XXL. Every jacket I own is either a L or an XL. I have never needed an XXL before and it is still much too small. This jacket is very trim, very tight. I cannot layer anything under it. Even with a t-shirt it is warm, but what happens when you go inside a restaurant or a movie and take the jacket off? You will be cold. If I put a sweatshirt on, I can barely zip it. And I feel like a mummy.

So, bottom line: Made extremely well, super warm, but beware of the sizing. I really should have returned it. Instead, I just ordered the Rab Batura in an XL, hoping the sizing is truer.

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I concur with the above comment. This jacket runs 1 to 2 sizes too small. I guess it's a European thing. I am 5'8", 185lb, with a 44" chest. I usually buy L in other brands, but per the sizing chart here, I bought an XL. The XL leaves no room for layering. It literally just has enough room for a t-shirt. If I go up to the XXL, the sleeves are too long. Here is my recommendation: If you are tall and skinny, this jacket may fit well. Go with 1 or 2 sizes larger than your normal size. If you are on the wider side, buy a different brand.

Hi, is the steel/steel/kiwi color of the...

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Hi, is the steel/steel/kiwi color of the jacket dark as the image on your site or is it lighter like the image on the montane site? Physical conformation would be great, thanks

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steel/kiwi is lighter than pictured here. it is very grey, and not black at all.

4 5

montane black ice

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

Very slim fitting jacket. overall quality was impressive. phenomenal hood. Im 6'3 235 lbs with athletic build and the xxl fit tight. 38" long arms. arm length was good but when lifting over head they would ride down 2 inches below wrists. Length of jacket was perfect coming down to mid rear. Very warm jacket. Unfortunately i had to return because was too tight.

5 5

A heater! Size up!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This jacket is right up there with the best when it comes to weight to insulation ratio. It's probably up there in dollar to value ratio as well. It contains a fully baffled 250g of high quality 800+FP down with added Primaloft in the shoulders and forearms to resist compression. The only area where there is sewn through stitching rather than full baffling is at the side seams (armpit to hip). This is still a HEATER. It has more down than the MHW Nilas jacket and far far more down than the Patagonia Fitz Roy at a comparable price. The fit is a little snug despite the claim of a relaxed fit. I'm a size 40 chest and wear medium in everything. I found the medium to be very restricting when considering use as a belay jacket so I got a large. Montane makes some of the best mountaineering gear in the business. The functional helmet compatible hoods on almost all Montane jackets are truly the best. The stiff wired brim might be a slight annoyance when you're packing it into a stuff sack, but it makes up for the nuisance during actual use. The zipper on this jacket doesn't have issues starting like the zipper on the Montane North Star that I returned long ago. It's got UK zippers, so don't complain about the zippers being on the wrong side. Americans are backwards in a lot of things. What other civilized country doesn't live in the metric S.I. system?

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how does the fit compare to the North Star, I am a 40 in chest, 153 lb. I Just got the North star (M) and Love the jacket but its not as warm as I want, single digit over light layers. plus only select layers work with it. Is the Black Ice cut the same at the North Star? Also how would you rate warmth. I'm good in the North Star to about 15 in shade and slight wind with a base layer.

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I wore a MEDIUM with a North Star with some room to layer underneath. However, the Black Ice is cut very slim. You can get away with a medium if you're not planning to wear any layers underneath this jacket. If you plan on layering underneath or using it as a belay or rest-stop jacket, you should get a large.