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Description

On its own for freezing belays or under a waterproof shell during ski sessions.

When winter's weather freezes the hair off your chest, cancel your waxing appointment and wear the MontBell Men's Alpine Light Down Parka as a mid-layer for your ski sessions. With 800-fill down insulation warming your bones, you stay nice and toasty at the resort all day long. Its Ballistic shell and lining are wind-resistant, and it's durable enough to take out on hiking excursions in late fall and early spring. If the day starts to warm up, you can compress this jacket into its stuff sack, store it in your backpack, and whip it out again when the sun starts to set.

The Alpine features an insulated hood that cinches tightly across your head to seal out those blustery winds breezing down your body. Elastic cuffs softly seal out the cold and retain all that wonderful warmth along with the drawcord at the hem. And MontBell lined the hand-warmer pockets with fleece for a cozy feeling that warms up your numb digits on those mountains.

  • 20D Ballistic ripstop nylon shell with DWR coating
  • 20D Ballistic taffeta nylon lining
  • 800-fill down insulation
  • Insulated, adjustable hood
  • Stuff sack included
  • Elastic cuffs
  • Drawcord at hem
  • Two fleece-lined hand-warmer pockets, two internal drop-in pockets

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5 5

Excellent !

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

i took a recent trip with this jacket and was completely content. You aren't getting a 500$ jacket here, but you are most certainly getting a great amount of warmth for your dollar. The fit was great at a large, I had none of the size issues listed below. The hood adjustment is a little wonky but functional. I found the length to also be spot on for wearing under a torrentshell.

It is not the lightest jacket on the market, but with 4oz of down and a good build it is a best buy, no lie!

Unanswered Question

Has anyone noticed any issues with the...

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Has anyone noticed any issues with the durability of this jacket since the change from 30 denier fabric to the now 20 denier?

Size question too! Hi, im 5' 9" 132lb. I...

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Size question too! Hi, im 5' 9" 132lb. I want it for wearing at mountain. The chart seems to say a small but im concerned that will be to tight to layer under the jacket. Please help with S vs M.

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Hey Agustin,

The size chart is correct and designates "best fit" however most people (myself included) have become accustom to sizing up for a relaxed fit. If you are wearing this on Mountain you shouldn't have to layer too much, a simple high quality base layer would in all honesty be perfect.

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This may be several months too late, but I'd go with the small if I were you. I used to own the Monbell Alpine Light jacket in a medium and It was far too loose on me (5'6" 155lbs, 38" chest, 32" waist) and I ended up selling it.

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Does the high collar fold down and stay...

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Does the high collar fold down and stay down? It looks amazing for back country use, but I'd like to also wear it out on the town, and it almost looks like it would have this funky turtleneck look - I have the same issue with my Marmot down vest...if the collar can fold down it would be truly versatile.

5 5

Best buy!

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

For the price the warmest and best fit you'll find! It is so sleek! It is very form fitting so you can wear it out on the town and you will look great and then you could wake up and go spend the day outside mid winter and you will stay pretty warm. Especially if you have a jacket underneath you will stay way warm. I was impressed with how well this jacket compacted and well it repelled water. I wore it alot during utahs rainy winter this year and I stayed dry. I love the look of this jacket and felt it was the warmest I could get for the price. And you'll be a stud in it and then all your new girl friends will want to wear it and they wont drowned in it.

5 5

Excellent Value

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

I tried to compare this jacket to others in terms of fill weight and total weight. Allegedly, the Alpine Light has 4.3 ounces of 800 fill which I have to assume is correct. The total weight using my scale is 13.7 ounces including the 0.4 ounce stuff sack. Other offerings by Western Mountaineering, Patagonia, Feathered Friends and Nunatak were significantly more expensive. A GoLite jacket lost in the coin toss. The baffles below the hand warmer pockets are both overstuffed (odd) but the pockets are inside the baffles which makes the hand warmer pockets warmer. The bottom hem can be cinched down by pulling the ends of the bungee that terminate in the pockets. It's the quickest adjustment I've seen in a jacket and eliminated drafts (tested in light winds at 22-degrees F). The front zipper has a draft flap that works well and does not get caught in the zipper. The hood is helmet compatible but can be cinched down in the back and around the face to control drafts without a helmet. The inside drop pockets measure 8X11 so they're big enough for a water container or to keep your snacks from freezing. I'm 5'9" 155 and the medium is sized well. Stitching and overall quality seem good. Is it too short? The medium measures 28" from the base of the neck to the bottom hem which for me covers half of the cheeks.

4 5

Great jacket, killer price.

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

This is incredibly warm. You can't get a better price for such a high down count. Also, super light weight. If you have broad shoulders for your stature, you will want a larger size.

Unanswered Question

Does anyone know if/how the sizing or fit...

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Does anyone know if/how the sizing or fit on these has changed since the model from 2 years ago....IE one purchased in 2012?

5 5

Awesome but short.

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: Runs small

This jacket is really warm for the weight and price. It's an ideal backpacking jacket. My only beef is that it's too short. I wish I could have kept it but I had to return it based solely on this aspect. It's too bad because I loved it. I'm still giving it 5 stars because, unlike most reviewers, I am reviewing it based on warmth, comfort, style, weight, etc (which all are 5-star quality) instead of just how it fit my body type. I am 6'1" and 155 lbs.

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hello!which size were you wearing and you feel it short?i am 5"10"and 145lbs. which size should i wear?

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I think you would be totally fine with a medium!

2 5

Too short

  • Fit: Runs small

The jacket was too short - I'm 5'10" 155ibs, I ordered an medium, and it seemed to barely cover my waist. Also, I thought that it could'v been warmer. I'm considering ordering a large in the permafrost parka instead.

5 5

Great fit and warmth for multi pitch

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

I researched and tried-out 4 other jackets before choosing this one. Other options included MH Nitrous, Rab Microlight, and Patagonia. Overall, this jacket was the best for everyday use and for keeping toasty at the belay station on multi pitch climbs

Pros
-WARM! I wear it around Boston in 25 F weather with just a t-shirt. I unzip it at the craig when I'm fully layered, because it heats up fast! It is noticeably warmer than the other lightweight jackets I tried.
-Much less expensive
-Tons of internal pocket space
-Good fit for an athletic frame

Cons
-Doesn't layer as well as the other jackets. The MontBell has greater loft than the others, making it just a bit difficult to stuff under a shell.
-Loses feathers more easily. Every day that I wear it, I notice a half-dozen feathers breaking free. Not sure what this means for the jacket's lifetime, but I might need to retire it a bit earlier than others.

I'm 6'1", 185 lbs with an athletic frame. I got a large, and it fits well all over

I'm 5'10 160 w athletic build just curious...

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I'm 5'10 160 w athletic build just curious if you would perhaps recommend a small or medium?

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I'm 5'11, 175 & have this jacket in a medium. I thought that the medium looked small out of the box, but I have had the jacket for 2 weeks now and wouldn't want anything larger (def couldn't wear a smaller size). I also wear a medium in Patagonia gear.

Size comparison

Size comparison

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MB Alpine Light Down Parka v. Nalgene bottle

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Hi James,

Does this run big......Im debating between sm and m

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My dimensions are 38.5 in chest, 5'8", 145lbs, 29in waist, and the Medium in this jacket fits me splendidly. MB, from my personal experience as well as what I've heard from others, typically runs a bit on the small side. However, I also have the MB Thermawrap Insulated Guide Jacket in a size Small, and that seems a bit larger (or maybe just bulkier, given it is a synthetic) than this particular model down parka, but it is definitely larger in terms of size than most MB garments, from what I understand. If your measurements are even relatively close to mine, I would go with the Medium in this jacket; otherwise it might be a bit small for your liking. Hope this helps.

How warm is this jacket? The description...

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How warm is this jacket? The description states it's a layering jacket, but it appears to be much heavier. I live in Chicago and I'm looking for a warm winter jacket for the frigid winters here. Is this a good choice?

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I've worn this jacket with a moderate baselayer underneath comfortably down to ~28-30 degrees without being cold, per se. That being said, I know the Windy City can be, well, windy, and a lot colder than my typical arena (Kentucky), so if you were wearing it out and not moving that much while wearing it, I would think after a while you would start to feel a bit chilled, but by no means frozen. However, it is a quality 800-fill down jacket that does a above-average job at mitigating problems of wind chill; if you had a light or moderate baselayer on underneath, and a shell layered over top, I wouldn't worry about Chicago being a threat, unless it dropped to well below zero. Conversely, if you are really wanting to stay warm bordering on hot, I would look into a higher down-fill parka (if you're into MontBell specifically, check out their Frost parka, I'm pretty sure that is at least a 50-fill higher jacket), but like I said, layering should be efficacious in helping you alleviate the chill of Chi-Town. Hope this helps.

Hello.
Is it a 2013 years product or last...

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Hello.
Is it a 2013 years product or last years one?

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This is the 2013/2014 model

Does anyone know if these have changed at...

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Does anyone know if these have changed at all from last year, is the shell fabric the same, still shiny? The photos don't look like they are as reflective now. Thanks

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This jacket is still going to be shinny, its just the lighting in our photo studio that makes it look otherwise in this photo. The thing is, pretty much every down jacket you get with a DWR coating is going to have that glossy finish; its that coating that makes it water resistant. If its not water resistant you probably are not going to want to rely on that coat to keep you warm in really nasty conditions, that or you are going to need a waterproof shell over top of it. If down gets wet you might as well be wearing nothing at all, its the one true benefit synthetic insulation has over down.