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I love this jacket. It is incredibly comfortable, and plenty warm for all my needs as a native, mountain-loving Utahn. Fits great, gorgeous color (I got the olive green), and packs down really small in a stuff sack. Thanks, MontBell!
Kept me warm in the Andes. Wore this and 200 icebreaker and was nice and cozy at 20 F. I think the size is true as I originally bought a Medium based on someone elses review but had to return for a large. I'm 5'9", 175lbs, and felt the medium was a little snug. Kind of wish i would have bought the parka though as the hood would be a nice feature.
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I've been using this for over a year now. i bought it for camping but its also my everyday cold weather jacket. It is super comfortable. I find even for single digit weather it is fine with just a single decent base layer - but depends on your sensitivity to cold. It provides a very even warmth and just "feels good!" I find this has a nice "trim fit." I'm 6'3' and 170lbs and the large is a great fit. I regularly struggle to find jackets that fit in the length but aren't to bulky. This one is a great fit for me.
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
Bought this jacket about a month ago for winters in Boone NC and for backpacking. It seems to be quite durable compared to what I originally thought. I'm 5'6", 150 with athletic build, and the small fits perfectly. This jacket has kept me warm in 30 degree temps with just pants and a tshirt on. And chacos of course. Great jacket overall! Very impressed.
I could not be more happy with this jacket. It is like wearing a hug at the end of a long day trekking thru the Sierras. The jacket is very warm and since purchasing it I have not had to layer in the evenings. Just a t-shirt and my hug and I am all good. I was pleasantly surprised how it handled the elements, especially in windy conditions. That being said, I have yet to take it into wet weather conditions but as long as I over-layer it with a rain jacket it will be fine. If I had one complaint (and it is minor) is the jacket does not stuff down that small in its provided stuff sack (Lrg Stuffs down to 12" by 5" dia). It will stuff down further so I am contemplating picking up a smaller sack but for now I just wedge it into my sleeping bag compartment.
Important safety tip - Beware of fire... If one ember hits the fabric it will burn right thru the outside layer. I have two other buddies with the same jacket and on our last low altitude outing both of them burned holes in there hugs (I remained unsaved). The last thing you want to hear on an outing is "do you sell something burning?" "Uh yeah, it you!"
Here's quick backstory:
- Need a light down jacket for cool evenings camping in the Sierras, but not for winter camping.
- Purchased the Patagonia Ultralight Down Jacket. I loved the trim fit, but it was 1) too light/didn't provide enough warmth and 2) too much like a shiny garbage bag. Returned it.
- Ordered the Marmot Zeus and MB Alpine Light Jacket, and compared them side by side. Some pros and cons with each, but the MB felt warmer (even though they advertise same fill and have very similar weight).
- Likes: the slightly trimmer fit of the MB vs the Marmot. The torso is slightly narrower for MB. The collar liner makes it soft around the neck. Slightly shiny but feel like it can comfortably wear it around town. I like the cuffs on the MB better than the Zeus.
btw, I'm 6'5" and about 190 lbs dripping wet, so I prefer trim fit w/ longer arms.
Going camping in June in the Sierras, so will report back then!
super light, silky thing, this jacket. nice stuff pouch. i'm 5'11, 145 lbs. the small i ordered has a snug, fitted look, fits great. enough space underneath for a couple thin wool layers, and trim enough to fit perfectly under my medium Marmot M3 softshell. a medium might fit too, with ample room for a sweater/heavy layer underneath. haven't used it yet, so no news on warmth.
Can someone tell me what the length of the jacket is? Thank you.
In a medium it is 26.8" long.
I purchased the men's version to have a more comfortable fit for layering, as not all women are shaped like a bell, which is a good thing! Anyway after reading many reviews and checking many sites for the best price OMC won out! And their customer service ROCKS! This jacket is one of the best I own and as a woman I own a LOT of jackets! It's very warm for it's fill weight of 4oz-800 fill, the large drop pockets inside assure I don't loose my favorite gloves. For a "no frills" jacket it ended up my favorite, the elastic cuffs are better quality than I thought, and the color is pretty nice (blue) for a guys jacket. The hand warmer pockets do work fine, even as others have wished for both sides to be lined. I love the soft fleece at the neck very soft! For me the only problem is the static on my long hair! I have tested this jacket in short sleeves in 28 degrees and was not cold at all. I also compared it to my OR Virtuoso jacket which has 8.5 oz of 650 fill and should be warmer, but I actually grab my Mont-bell first!! You have to try it to believe it! I got a steal of a deal on the Virtuoso but not sure if I'll keep it. I own 2 Mont-bell jackets, the UL Tech at 2.9oz-800 fill and it is also a great jacket! As far as the other guys review- I really think he should contact Mont-bell if he got a dud of a jacket, their customer service is really, really good, I'm sure they'll make it right. But even Mont-bell can't please every one! Except me, I am one Happy camper!! Thanks!
I bought the 2011 version of the Alpine Light to replace the one I bought a couple years ago. More than anything I just wanted the adjustable draw string at the hem that is on this years model and not on my old one. When I got the new jacket it felt a lot thinner than my old one. I laid it down on my floor to compare thickness the old jacket had twice as much loft as the new one. I gave it a while just to make sure it wasn't because the down had been compressed. On Montbell's website they still list 4 ounces of down fill just like they have for the past three years. Suspect that Montbell is cutting some corners now that they have a foothold in the market.
Interior drop pocket detail on the mont-bell Alpine Light Down Jacket in Burnt Umber. The jacket features these pockets on both sides, perfect for stashing gloves, a beanie, or for keeping a platy of water from freezing at night. A great feature for which I don't mind a bit of extra weight.
Microfleece-lined collar, shell fabric, zipper, and zipper garage detail on the mont-bell Alpine Light Down Jacket in Burnt Umber. This is an exceptional piece.
Cuff, shell fabric, and side handwarmer zip pocket detail on the mont-bell Alpine Light Down Jacket in Burnt Umber. I prefer elastic cuffs, and the handwarmer pockets are zippered and fleece lined.
Logo, zipper, and shell fabric detail on the mont-bell Alpine Light Down Jacket in Burnt Umber. The 30-denier Ballistic Airlight shell fabric is calendared for strength and has a great DWR treatment. It is very wind- and water-resistant and quite durable. This is an accurate representation of what the color looks like in person.
This jacket cannot be beat for its warmth, weight, and pack size. I have owned it for 4 years and it has never let me down. I'm 6'1", 180lbs and the large fits me well. I used to carry this with me on almost every winter hike as emergency warmth until I replaced with the MontBell Ultralight Thermawrap Insulation Parka this last season(synthetic can get wet). Two hand warmer pockets are not easily accessed with a pack on, but two large internal drop in pockets are wonderful. Water bottles, gloves, maps, all will fit in them(run from chest to bottom). MontBell makes a top notch product. Stylish enough for use in the town as well. T-shirt, jeans, hat and this jacket have kept me warm when the temps drop down into the teens. If you are looking for down jacket, any of the MontBell jackets should be considered.